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BDO USA Overview

Website www.bdo.com
Headquarters Chicago, IL
Size 5001 to 10000 Employees
Founded 1910
Type Company - Private
Industry Accounting & Legal
Revenue $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 ... More

Mission: Providing trusted solutions in an ever changing world.

BDO USA – Why Work For 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 2014: $1.05 Billion
U.S. Partners: 446
U.S. Professional Staff: 4,059
Partner-to-Staff Ratio: About 1:9
U.S. Offices: 63
Alliance Firm Locations: 400+
Publicly Traded U.S. Clients: 300+
Industry Practices: 15
Founded: 1910
Founder: Maximilian L. Seidman
Global Rank: #5
Global Offices: 1,328
Countries: 152
Global Employees: 59,000+
Global Revenue 2014: $7.02 Billion
Increase from 2013: 8.8%

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 49 offices and more than 400 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 1,328 offices in 152 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.com.

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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    The size of the company and the depth of resources that BDO offers sets it apart from large regional firms. For the fifth largest accounting and consulting services firm in the world, the culture in my office feels more like a smaller firm with a focus on flexibility, employee retainment, and development. No matter what your long term career goals are, you will be able to find and connect with mentors to help you succeed. I have worked at several different firms in my career and BDO offers the best mix of big firm resources and a true focus on people. In no way do I feel like "just a number".


    As with any large firm, the challenge of inter-office staff sharing, travel requirements, and retaining millenials is present. The work is challenging and sometimes strenuous but the firm is actively promoting "day-to-day flex" to help professionals sprint and recover.

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    Maintain a focus on organic growth as well as through M&A. Everyone I have been in contact with at a management level is very bright, insightful, and seems to care about the employees but to grow too big, too fast may be a challenge.

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    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at BDO USA.


    I applied online and got an email a few days later asking if I'd be available to do a phone interview. The phone interview seemed as if it was to just verify that I actually wanted the position and to see if I knew what I applied for. The next morning I get an email asking if I was available that Thursday or Friday for an in office interview. It was fairly simple, I had two separate interviews. Since the internship is got busy season, they really wanted to know if I was willing to put in the work. They then asked a few questions relating to past experience. After all that, they both told me about the firm. One talked about things going on recently and the other about what they offer their associates.

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BDO USA Awards & Accolades

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  • Best Places to Work for Recent Grads, Symplicity, 2015
  • Alliance for Work-Life Progress Seal of Distinction, WorldatWork Alliance for Work-Life Progress, 2015
  • Working Mother 100 Best Companies, Working Mother Magazine, 2015
  • Top Entry Level Employer, CollegeGrad.com, 2015
  • Top 50 Accounting Firms, Vault, 2015
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