Berdon Reviews

Updated August 18, 2015
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  1. Great place to start out

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Berdon (More than a year)

    Pros

    great learning experience good work environment great pay for an intern opportunity to go through full time recruiting after the internship

    Cons

    interns get asked to work late during busy season sometimes interns are unassigned and you just sit there doing nothing for a while, especially outside of busy season not a lot of intern training

    Advice to Management

    train the interns more when they first start out so that they don't waste half their internship doing non-tax work because no one has the time to teach them anything.


  2. Only care about the bottom line

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They pay well. They are good with time off during the off seasons. They help an employee learn with training and seminars. If these are important to you then this is the firm for you.

    Cons

    If you are not the type to bring in new business and increase profits you are not valued. Always use the excuse of budget cuts to get rid of higher paid employees every couple of years. No one is safe from being let go at any time. Upper management are snobs and not very nice to employees unless they really need them or "like" them. They are out of touch with the younger generation and the ones that work in the trenches. They use inaccurate reports to make decisions about work loads and performance. The firm is reactive to issues rather than proactive. They are poor planners which place a lot of unnecessary pressure on staff requiring constantly putting out fires that could have been avoided in the first place.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people with more respect and get more in touch with what your employees do for you. Stop this nonsense of budget cuts after every tax season. How much money do you need to make before you are satisfied? Treat everyone like they were a partner and you will be rewarded with hard dedicated workers.


  3. Long Time Employee

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked at Berdon for 20 years and have an inside knowledge of many of the partners and especially the firm's leadership team. It is a very impressive group. I also worked 5 years at one of the big four firms. If I were a client I would go to Berdon over Big 4 without any hesitation. If you want to work for a winner you want to work at Berdon. They care deeply about getting things right for the client and take a tremendous amount of pride in their work.

    Cons

    Only A students willing to work hard should apply. Not everyone is cut out to be a Yankee. I have read some negative reviews about the firm. One reviewer said the partners/managers were rude. We used to have a saying. Rude is faster. Not everyone can handle a Berdon tax season. If you get upset that someone comes up to you and asks you a direct question during busy season without first asking how your day is going go work for a Big 4 firm.

    Advice to Management

    Allow dogs in the office


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  5. Learned a great deal

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Colleagues, Pay, Overall experience at the firm

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons. None


  6. Worst place of employment

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Supervisor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have nothing positive to say about the firm.

    Cons

    This is the 3rd firm I worked at. The Partners, principles and managers are rude, obnoxious and condescending. There is absolutely no quality of life at the firm.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect


  7. Waste of time

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great experience in terms of learning the type of work and environment you don't want to be in.

    Cons

    The whole recruiting process was a lie. They promise you a wide variety of industry experience but in reality all your going to do is pump out real estate tax returns. The tax partners were bitter and difficult to deal with, they were not in touch with the younger generation and thought everyone should be born with the IRC in their heads.

    Advice to Management

    Stop sucking at life.


  8. Terrible place to work

    Current Employee - Senior Audit Accountant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Audit Accountant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Berdon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    None. There is absolutely nothing positive about this firm.

    Cons

    Terrible hours, unappreciative managers, and HR representatives lie to new hires. A typical burn and churn accounting firm. Very unethical.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees like valued professionals and not like slaves.


  9. A nice place to start your career

    Current Employee - Senior Audit Accountant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Audit Accountant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good client base, respected, long-time firm in the NYC area. Most of the people at the firm were great. There were, as there are in most companies, a few that were tough to deal with as they do whatever they can to climb the ladder. Also, in public accounting, you have more than your fair share of "Type A" personalities, just comes with the territory.

    Cons

    Tough hours, some partners were a bit disconnected from the younger generation. In a few instances there was some less than stellar treatment of certain employees. Although perhaps not performing at expectation, there are right ways and wrong ways to treat people.

    Advice to Management

    Do your best to keep up with the times and make sure you care about your people as much as you do your profits. Focus on providing a better environment and turnover will be reduced.


  10. An OK place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Audit Accountant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Audit Accountant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Berdon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work-life balance, central Manhattan location, pleasant working environment, interesting clients

    Cons

    Review process not consistent, does not utilize technology efficiently, auditing and tax applications are weak, pay, not organized

    Advice to Management

    Get organized


  11. Excellent

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Tax in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I have been working at Berdon full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company, excellent staff that has an exceptional work ethic.

    Cons

    To much caddishness in the office



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