BKD Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
74 Reviews

3.5
74 Reviews
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BKD Partner & CEO Ted Dickman
Ted Dickman
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • 19 an hour, no work-life balance, they trusted each intern (in 3 reviews)

  • Good experience, knowledgeable partners (until mandatory retirement), lots of training during the first year (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • The long hours are hard to deal with during busy season (in 6 reviews)

  • Also, the staff is not very diverse like a Big 4 (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    It has been good so far

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    Current Employee - Tax Manager  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Tax Manager in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at BKD

    Pros

    There are good people to work with

    Cons

    The pay rate is not market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase pay

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    The firm was a good place to start but gradually shifted to the big-four model of overworking/underpaying nonprincipals.

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    Former Employee - Senior Accountant  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Houston, TX

    I worked at BKD

    Pros

    Training
    Good teamwork among staff
    Generally good clients
    Information sharing
    Standardized processes
    Annual AICPA week training
    Becker materials provided for CPA

    Cons

    Under-appreciated by partners
    Benefits lacking
    Insufficient performance feedback
    Greed of partners leads to small compensation adjustments
    Terrible WIP/time entry system (excel based timesheets)
    Work>Life balance
    Lack of fun and employee satisfaction during office hours
    Received less than 10 verbals "thank you for x" from management in four full years of service

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should you continue to show a lack of respect as well as underpay your good people, employee morale and retention will continue to dwindle. Go back to the 2007 & 2008 mentality rather than trying to operate like a big four firm. That model works for them, but they also pay their people for working long hours. It always appeared that employee satisfaction due to different management at E&Y and PWC were much better despite an increase in hours. I can now personally attest to that now that I am at E&Y.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    You work to make the partners rich.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Little Rock, AR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Little Rock, AR

    I worked at BKD

    Pros

    Starting pay is great compared to other places if you are coming right out of college.

    Cons

    Pretty much everyone supervisor and above will screw you. You work to make the partners rich. Raises are as low as 1% and any chance BKD gets to screw you out of money they will. They will even go so low as to not pay you back for business related expenses. Heard horror stories of people getting stuck with $1200.00+ that BKD came up with stupid excuses to not pay back. Training sucked. I was never trained at all while I was there, it was just expected I would figure it out as I went along which is fine except I was a staff working alone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourselves so new people can take over and run the place right. You all are worse than congress.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fine public accounting firm, but don't plan to stay more than a couple of years

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at BKD

    Pros

    Plenty of training in technical areas.

    Cons

    Felt like management valued billing over providing quality client service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Individuals without leadership skills or management ability are promoted to leadership roles.

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Nice place to work

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at BKD

    Pros

    Professionally run, well reputed and good overall brand name.

    Cons

    Limited scope, conservative compensation, somewhat traditional in their practices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    BKD Technologies needs to focus on long term growth, even if it means high costs in the short term.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great for gaining experience and exposure, but bad for morale.

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    Current Employee - Audit Senior  in  San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at BKD

    Pros

    Great exposure. Given a lot of responsibility early in your career which really forces you to learn. Management is very approachable, at least in the south region. They pay for Becker CPA review. 4 weeks of PTO (let me know if you get to take it though). 10 holidays/yr.

    Cons

    i would say that you will work a lot - which can be a good thing if that's what you are looking for. Advancement is based on timing and politics from what I've seen and heard. Compensation is low compared to similar sized firms. Do your homework.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen AND respond to your employees concerns.

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok place to start your career, but once your resume is built time to start looking.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at BKD

    Pros

    Well developed internal forms which cover all needed items of audit work.

    Cons

    Management does not take all facotrs into affect when evaluating employees. All that was reviewed was the toal amount of chargeable hours instead of realization or internal firm projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You will maintain more employees if you quit acting like you are one of the big four.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Work life balance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Evansville, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evansville, IN

    I worked at BKD

    Pros

    Opportunities and growth in the business

    Cons

    No work life balance...working 24/7

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be a more work life balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place if you want to be underpaid and overworked for the rest of your life.

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    Former Employee - Audit Supervisor  in  Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Audit Supervisor in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at BKD

    Pros

    This is a good place to start in public accounting for a year or two to gain some experience, but if you have ambition, energy and skills you will quickly learn that your skills and energy will only be used to make the partners rich while you work your rear end off. There is a lot of propaganda about it being a Best Place to Work and on and on. Hilarious.

    Cons

    The only people that matter at BKD is the partners. It's all about partner compensation and earnings. The benefits are terrible. Morale was terrible. I saw many talented and ambitious people leave the firm.

    It's a place of the haves and have nots. If you're a partner, you're a "have" and if you are a manager, senior manager, or staff you are a "have not." Leaving BKD was a good decision. The work environment is political and not based on merit or a person's contributions to client service, engagement realization or technical assets. I have never worked so hard for so little.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is not worth my energy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    average...must love to live at work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Evansville, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evansville, IN

    I worked at BKD

    Pros

    Pay is great at BKD

    Cons

    Work all the time and give up personal time at last minute with out notice

    No opinion of CEO

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