Berdon Reviews

Updated February 23, 2015
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  1. Long Time Employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Berdon

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Allow dogs in the office

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Learned a great deal

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Berdon

    Pros

    Colleagues, Pay, Overall experience at the firm

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons. None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Intern

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    Former Intern - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Berdon as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Comfortable, Transparency between upper management and interns

    Cons

    The work can be a little boring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Worst place of employment

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Supervisor in New York, NY

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with respect

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Tax Intern

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    Former Intern - Tax
    Former Intern - Tax

    I worked at Berdon as an intern

    Pros

    People at Berdon are mostly friendly, although there are a few grinches. Compensation is pretty good, especially for an intern.

    Cons

    Absolutely did not enhance my skills. Performed typical intern work, such as copies and scanning. Did not learn much about tax.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Assign interns real work. This could have turned out to be a great experience if only the staff assigned to interns actually took the time to teach us.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Tax Intern

    Former Intern - Tax Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Tax Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Berdon as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    They treat you like a staff person and actually give you real work. The people are great, happy for the most part. They are extremely flexible with hours and even encourage taking time off to study for midterms and finals.

    Cons

    The work is methodical and mind-numbing. Yes it is relevant experience in the field but not much to talk about on a future interview without sprucing it up and over-exaggerating.

  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 ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees like valued professionals and not like slaves.

  9. Nothing exciting...

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    Former Intern - Marketing Writer in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Marketing Writer in New York, NY

    I worked at Berdon as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    1. Prestigious place to work
    2. Tight knit culture
    3. Good pay

    Cons

    1. Extremely dry and mundane
    2. Stuck-up accountants
    3. Boring work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to change the culture which appreciates the employees more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. An overall great learning experience

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    Former Intern - Tax Intern in Jericho, NY
    Former Intern - Tax Intern in Jericho, NY

    I worked at Berdon as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    great staff, great manager, i was exposed to a great deal of tax based situations

    Cons

    partners expected too much of interns, there was a clear disconnect between Jericho and NYC office locations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    teach your interns more before assigning a great deal of work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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