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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
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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
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    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
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    Disapproves of CEO
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