BKD Reviews

Updated March 29, 2015
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  1. Great Work Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Tax Accountant in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Senior Tax Accountant in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at BKD full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You will learn a lot on the job. Hours are long but there is room to grow and to move up.

    Cons

    Long hours, pay is relatively low but this goes with the territory.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more to keep your best.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Great Culture, Team Atmosphere

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at BKD full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked with an incredibly talented team and made many lifelong friends. Team culture was great. I was never asked to take any shortcuts while I worked here as I had at another top 10 firm.

    Cons

    Budgeting for jobs was terrible. Budgets were often too small and partners were unwilling to write-off or charge necessary overruns to clients. This adds additional stress to staff and senior in-charges.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Senior Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BKD full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good experience and a good company culture

    Cons

    Low salaries, incompetent partners, lack of an effective strategy to compete in the market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to reward your top performers. Empower your employees to contribute to the bottom line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful

    Good experience, that's it

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    Former Employee - Staff Auditor in Springfield, MO
    Former Employee - Staff Auditor in Springfield, MO

    I worked at BKD full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good experience
    Sink or swim mentality teaches you to think for yourself, as no one is going to help guide you beyond week one of training
    Nice comraderie among peers

    Cons

    Company's approach to recruiting is hiring to fire. You have just a couple months to prove your worth and receive no training. If you ask too many questions, you are immediately viewed as weaker than your peers and run a huge risk of being let go. If you are a strong performer, you also run a risk of being let go, as rather than own up to its recruiting mistakes (i.e. hiring too many), when times get tough management's philosophy is to unload staff as quickly as possible. BKD is not a great place to work, so usually those that don't get fired quit pretty quickly anyway. If you have a family or want a life outside of work, forget it. Informing them that you prefer less travel known is like career suicide. BKD is also very inflexible with working hours. Other public accounting firms are flexible in that it is about getting your work done at any time of the day, but BKD is very rigid - wants you there from exactly 8:00 to exactly 5:00 with a one hour lunch from 12:00 to 1:00. They frown upon you leaving at 4:00 on a Friday, even if you have already put in 60 hours for the week. Much of the travel is for two week jobs, and they also frown upon you coming home on the weekend, which is also different from a lot of firms. Most managers and partners are rude and act like they are above talking to staff. Technology is horrible (i.e. computer crashings and Excel time sheets, paper billing, etc.).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't hire to fire - recruit the correct people and the correct number of people. Take a look at your cheap and inflexible employment practices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. BKD Tax accountant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BKD

    Pros

    The partners are easy to talk to and helpful. The whole office has a family feel to it.

    Cons

    The long hours are hard to deal with during busy season.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    IT Positions

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    Current Employee - IT Team Member in Springfield, MO
    Current Employee - IT Team Member in Springfield, MO

    I have been working at BKD full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Growing company. Forward thinking and moving ahead

    Cons

    Takes time to convince Management of the correct approaches

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have skilled talent that you have placed inside the company. Listen to those members and trust their expertise and ask them questions which will engage them in the process

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    People First?

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    Former Employee - Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Manager in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at BKD full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on privately-held companies, which could hopefully lead to Controller or CFO opportunities in the future.

    Opportunity to obtain work experience necessary to obtain CPA license.

    Cons

    Salary / compensation is well below market. No bonus structure, and health insurance is extremely expensive.

    Lack of opportunity for advancement, unless partner's retire.

    Upper management more worried about finding merger opportunities, than improving morale or growing the business.

    As a result of partner comp levels, billing rates at all levels are extremely high compared to the market (approaching Big 4 rates), which makes it nearly impossible to stay competitive and bring in new business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out how to improve morale at your firm and not work your staff 2500 hours a year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Unerappreciated and overworked

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    Former Employee - Administrative Staff in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Administrative Staff in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at BKD full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    pay was decent and generous on holidays

    Cons

    NO TRAINING at all, everything is about having 100% charge time. Worked 5 years, number of employees in my dept drastically reduced. No one was hired to replace, dumped 6 people's jobs on 4 of us, never a thank you for extra effort. 90% of employees won't raise their head to say hello in passing. Very miserable place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train people if you want them to be succesful. Smile once in awhile, I don't think your face will break.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    You don't want to work here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at BKD full-time

    Pros

    The staff people are loyal to a fault. BKD doesn't deserve them.

    Cons

    Tax Group Partners are nitpicking and control freaks. Staff and Seniors are forced to deal with partners instead of managers because they are too cheap to hire managers and they managers they do hire don't stay.
    Extremely high turnover.
    The cheapest/tight fisted firm I've ever worked for. They don't bring in meals during tax season.
    They will work you to death and throw you away.
    Training is joke! One Great Week is One Big Joke. It's all "look how great we are" and hardly any technical training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advise to partners is go do something else. You're no go at this.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Efficiently-run CPA Firm with strong reputation for professional advisory services across the Midwest

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at BKD full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    *Hard-working, approachable Partners

    *Team environment and many young people

    *Significant investment in updating firm culture (marketing, community involvement, etc.)

    Cons

    *Traditionally conservative firm culture

    *Compensation lower than larger Big 4 firms

    *High attrition / turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    *Continue modernizing firm culture where prudent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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