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BDO USA Overview

Chicago, IL
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
For more than 100 years, BDO USA has been recognized as a premier accounting, tax, financial advisory and consulting organization. Providing services to a wide range of publicly traded and privately held companies, BDO offers a sophisticated array of services and global ... Read more

Mission: Providing trusted solutions in an ever changing world.

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Best Places to Interview: 2017 (#38)

Company Updates

  • BDO, one of the world’s leading global networks of independent public accounting firms, today announced its global revenue for all BDO Member Firms (including the exclusive members of Member Firms’ Alliances) at $9.6 billion for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2019. This represents year-over-year growth of 10.1%. BDO now has more than 88,000 total staff operating from more than 1,800 offices in 167 countries.

  • BDO has announced that worldwide revenue for all BDO Member Firms for the year ended September 30, 2018, amounted to $8.99 billion. This represents year-over-year growth of 10.7%. BDO now has more than 80,000 total staff operating from 1,591 offices in 162 countries around the globe.

    BDO Network Announces Global Revenues Increase to $9 Billion

    Chicago/Brussels - BDO, one of the world's leading global networks of independent public accounting firms, has announced that worldwide revenue for all BDO Member Firms (including the exclusive members of Member Firms' Alliances) for the year ended September 30, 2018, amounted to $8.99 billion. This represents year-over-year growth of 10.7%.

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BDO USA – Why Work With Us?

Chosen for client service philosophy focused on personalized service, attention from senior professionals and tailored service approach.
With a national footprint and broad international network, BDO is poised to serve you wherever in the world you do business. In addition to our breadth and depth of resources, it’s our people, the knowledge they bring to engagements, their commitment to exceeding expectations, and the candid relationships they develop with clients that has made BDO the distinct choice for clients of all types and sizes.
Whether orchestrating resources across the country or around the world, we’re committed to delivering quality service through:
  • Open and communicative client service philosophy
  • Firsthand industry knowledge and participation
  • Geographic coverage across the U.S.
  • Cohesive global network with seamless service worldwide
  • Streamlined accessible organizational structure
  • Attention of highly experienced senior professionals
  • Focused capabilities across disciplines

Facts & Figures:

U.S Revenue 2019: $1.64 Billion
Increase from 2018: 11.8%
U.S. Partners: 576
U.S. Professional Staff: 5,528
Partner-to-Staff Ratio: About 1:9
U.S. Offices: 60+
Alliance Firm Locations: 700+
Publicly Traded U.S. Clients: 300+
Industry Practices: 17
Founded: 1910
Founder: Maximilian L. Seidman
Global Rank: #5
Global Offices: 1,800
Countries: 167
Global Employees: 88,000+
Global Revenue 2019: $9.6 Billion
Increase from 2018: 10.1% year-over-year growth
Since the firm's founding 100 years ago, BDO has prided itself on the values of competence, honesty and integrity, professionalism, responsibility and accountability, and dedication.

Like many American success stories, BDO's proud past began with the vision of an entrepreneur. Twenty-two-year-old immigrant Maximilian (M.L.) Seidman emerged from a tenement on Manhattan's Lower East Side to open a one-room office on the city's Park Row. With little more than a good idea, personal drive to achieve, and a commitment to hard work, M.L. founded Seidman & Seidman in 1910.

Fast-forward . . .The firm known today as BDO is a leading accounting and consulting organization with an extensive national and global footprint, sophisticated and loyal clients, and a talented team of people. Yet, despite our size and stature, BDO remains a family business in spirit, holding steadfast to the ideals of competence, honesty and integrity, professionalism, responsibility and accountability, and dedication, M.L. and the Seidman family ingrained in the culture of the firm. These core values have helped BDO grow to serve clients through 60+ offices and more than 700 independent alliance firm locations nationwide. As the U.S. independent Member Firm of BDO International Limited, BDO serves multinational clients through a global network of 1,800 offices in 162 countries.

Dedicated to quality service for more than 100 years... People who know, know BDO.SM

BDO’s culture and core values establish a set of standards embodied by our work, our relationships and our professionals, the results of which are reflected in our accomplishments and recognition in the marketplace. With a reputation for quality and foundation built on timeless values, BDO is a sound choice both for clients and for those seeking rewarding professional careers.

People First

  • Care
  • Earn trust and be trusting
  • Be respectful
  • We before me! 

Exceptional: Every Day, Every Way

  • Have integrity
  • Be a true professional
  • Everyone is a client
  • Model excellence! 

Embrace Change Through Knowledge

  • Be forward thinking
  • Lead the way
  • Grow and help others grow
  • Move to improve! 

Empowerment Through Knowledge

  • Listen intently
  • Be direct
  • Share what you know
  • Be curious! 

Choose Accountability

  • Take personal responsibility
  • Be humble
  • Mind the bottom-line
  • Do what you say you’ll do!


At BDO, we strive to give our employees what they need to grow both professionally and personally – from the flexibility to find work-life balance to the opportunity to give back to their communities.

BDO Flex
Flexibility comes in all shapes and sizes – just like the needs of our people. From career options, to recruiting, to workflow management, we strive to find a mutually beneficial mixture of workplace commitment and day-to-day flexibility. Because after all, what’s good for you is good for us; in today’s 24/7, high-tech, global work reality, flexibility is essential.

BDO Green
Whether it’s something as large as a company-wide recycling initiative, or something as small as unplugging an unused device, BDO encourages its employees to take charge of their environmental impact. BDO Green is our commitment to finding ways to protect the planet, while at the same time reducing our operating costs. Because green business, it turns out, is good business.

BDO Counts
From serving food at soup kitchens, to planting trees, to assisting the elderly, BDO’s volunteer program gives you the opportunity to give back to your community. Whether it’s participating in our nationwide Week of Service initiative, or pursuing projects of their own choosing, BDO Counts encourages employees to go beyond the typical corporate fundraiser, and to give their time to real, hands-on pursuits.

For eligible employees who dream about gaining work experience in different countries, BDO provides the opportunity to participate in our secondment program. These temporary international assignments will give you a chance to develop your professional skills in an international setting, and enhance your awareness of multinational clients. We’re a global business – we offer global experience, too.

Core Values
People First. Exceptional Every Day, Every Way. Embrace Change. Empowerment Through Knowledge. Choose Accountability. 

BDO’s core values establish a set of principles and behaviors embodied by our work, our relationships, and our professionals. They define what we stand for as a firm, and they guide us, every day, as we navigate the many issues and opportunities of the accounting profession. Our core values allow us to be genuine and fair in our judgments, to build deeper relationships with our clients and each other, and to create an inclusive, adaptable culture for our people. These are the standards to which we hold ourselves as professionals, as individuals, and as a company, and they are what make BDO a dynamic and enjoyable place to work.

For more information about BDO’s benefits, visit our Total Rewards section on

BDO offers a wide variety of training and mentorship opportunities designed to help professionals at all levels advance in their careers.

CPA Exam Support

BDO gives you the flexibility to structure your schedule so that you can manage work and study in a way that makes sense for you and the firm. And as an extra incentive, BDO offers a bonus to employees who pass the test within a specified timeframe. Get CPA EXAM STUDY TIPS from BDO professionals who recently passed the exam.

Mentors You Can Count On

BDO’s built-in mentorship program ensures that all of our interns receive regular, one-on-one guidance from more experienced professionals. As an intern, you’ll be matched with an associate or a senior associate to help you begin your internship and become acclimated to life in the office.  Learn more from BDO’s mentor program: INDUSTRY LEADERS AS TEACHERS AND MENTORS.

Career Advising

Designed to foster professional relationships between seasoned and less experienced employees, the program pairs people at all levels up to Senior Manager with more senior advisors. Career advisors assist employees in improving individual performance and provide a constant, reliable resource to advisees throughout their careers.

BDO University

BDO University (BDO-U) offers access to a variety of online technical and leadership courses. As part of BDO’s New Hire Portal, our professionals have access to a personalized checklist of training through BDO-U that is based on level and business line.

In-house Certified Professional Education (CPE)

A life in public accounting means a life of continuous learning. BDO offers a wide variety of CPE programs to help our professionals grow in whatever way best suits their individual needs, preferences, and learning styles. National, regional, and local training opportunities include conferences, one-on-one training, webcasts, and self-study courses.

BDO Leadership Institute

The BDO Leadership Institute (BLI) is an intensive, 18-month internal leadership development program for high-potential senior managers and directors.  Selection for the program is highly competitive, and focuses on the development of leadership, interpersonal, and business development skills.

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    People, opportunity, innovation, growth potential


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BDO USA Photos

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BDO USA Interviews



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    Tax Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview


    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at BDO USA (Boston, MA) in May 2020.


    Applied online and got a response requesting a time to set up an interview with them. After a fairly easy phone interview, the recruiter did not keep in touch with me for two weeks. After asking them for an update, I received an automated rejection email. I felt after spending a lot of time talking with this specific recruiter over email and phone that it felt very impersonal and rude to not send the rejection email themselves. Companies should take the time and give their candidates feedback or else it shows they truly did not value their time in the first place.

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BDO USA Awards & Accolades

  • Fifth Best Firm to Work for Among All National Accounting Firms, Firm Wide, Vault Accounting 50, Vault Accounting 50, 2019
  • 50 Best Internships, Firm Wide,, Vault 50 Best Internships, 2019
  • 2019 NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women, Firm Wide, National Association for Female Executives, National Association for Business Females, 2019
  • Working Mother 100 Best Companies for Dads, Firm Wide, Working Mother Magazine, Working Mother Magazine, 2019
  • Sixth Best Firm to Work for Among All National Accounting Firms, Firm Wide, Vault Accounting 50, 2018
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