BKD Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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  1. Great place to start but not for everyone.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in Fort Wayne, IN
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in Fort Wayne, IN

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You learn a ton! Great way to start an accounting carrier.

    Cons

    Staff get worked to death. High turnover from burnout. Promotions and raises are really small and slow early in carrier.

    Advice to Management

    Allow seniors more flexibility in how they manage staff. Micro management stifles innovation and creativity. This leads to an unnecessary environment of stress. The work is difficult enough, you don't have to create more pressure.

  2. BKD was a great quality of life environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Merrillville, IN
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Merrillville, IN

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive Salary verse hours required

    Cons

    Company Perks were not competitive with other firms

  3. Introduction to disillusioning world of large accounting firms (tax side)

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tax Associate in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Tax Associate in Kansas City, MO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Competent co-workers, decent starting salary

    Cons

    Very impersonal work environment, grind-it-out mentality, very little diversity, extremely slow and rigid pathway toward advancement

    Advice to Management

    Re-work your approach to training, encourage more work/life balance, more frequent feedback and guidance about performance (good or bad)

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  5. Growing pains, old-fashioned culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tax Staff Accountant in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Tax Staff Accountant in Oklahoma City, OK

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good experience, knowledgeable partners (until mandatory retirement), lots of training during the first year. Not a terrible place to begin your career in public accounting as long as you're OK with the second-tier job opportunities that follow. Some offices seems great, some are terrible.

    Cons

    Average pay and small raises. With a relatively high number of partners for a firm of their size, you notice the day-to-day cost cutting everywhere. Offices can feel like a "good ol' boy's" club where it's acceptable for managers to discuss female staffs' "talents" during lunch, etc. Expansion through acquisition creates a firm without a coherent culture. They shuffle people around enough that this will probably work itself out.

  6. Great Work Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Do more to keep your best.

  7. Great Culture, Team Atmosphere

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Senior Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  9. Helpful (3)

    Good experience, that's it

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Auditor in Springfield, MO
    Former Employee - Staff Auditor in Springfield, MO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  10. BKD Tax accountant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BKD

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  11. Helpful (1)

    IT Positions

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Growing company. Forward thinking and moving ahead

    Cons

    Takes time to convince Management of the correct approaches

    Advice to Management

    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

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