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BKD Overview

www.bkd.com
Springfield, MO
1001 to 5000 employees
1923
Company - Private
Accounting & Legal
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
BKD, LLP, a top-tier U.S. CPA and advisory firm, helps people and businesses realize their goals. Our more than 2,500 dedicated professionals offer solutions to clients in all 50 states and internationally.

We combine the insight and ideas of multiple ... Read more

Mission: The mission of BKD is to always strive for excellence in providing services to clients, create rewarding career opportunities and maintain sound professional, business and financial standards.

Company Updates

  • Here at BKD you get the support you need thanks to our outstanding Learning & Development team! Recognized for their quality, they ranked in Training Magazine's Top 125 for 2017! http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQn38

    BKD Named to Training Top 125 for Fourth Straight Year

    BKD has been named to Training magazine's Top 125 list, which ranks companies by the effectiveness of their employee development programs.

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    BKD Life

    We're committed to highlighting interesting stories about BKDers and the clients they serve. BKDLife is our way of sharing those stories with you. As you read through these stories, you’ll see what makes this firm—and the people who form the backbone of the firm—so special.

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BKD – Why Work For Us?


BKD, LLP, the 12th largest CPA and advisory firm in the U.S., helps people and businesses realize their goals. Our approximately 2,500 dedicated professionals offer solutions to clients in all 50 states and internationally. BKD and its subsidiaries offer clients a variety of services in accounting, audit and assurance, tax, risk management, technology, corporate finance, forensic and valuation services and wealth management. We combine the insight and ideas of multiple disciplines to provide solutions to a wide range of industries, including financial services, not-for-profit, manufacturing, distribution, health care, construction and real estate.

The mission of BKD is to always strive for excellence in providing services to clients, create rewarding career opportunities and maintain sound professional, business and financial standards.

BKD’s audit, tax and consulting staff have a career track that leads from an entry-level position to partner in approximately 12 years. To help you along the way, BKD’s coaching program promotes and encourages your career growth. We want you to succeed just as much as you do.

Choose a track:

Audit & Tax Track

Partner/Principal
Senior Manager
Manager
Supervisor
Senior
Staff

Staff - You work with clients in a variety of industries and engagements. On the audit side, you may assist with cash, accounts payable, inventories and costing methods, accounts receivable, payrolls and fixed assets, report preparation, etc. and manage small review and compilation engagements. In tax, you may prepare individual returns and assist with corporate, partnership, trust and estate returns. In both audit and tax, you may have the opportunity to contribute to larger consulting engagements.

Senior - You supervise staff accountants and assume more in-charge responsibilities. In the audit and consulting areas, you direct the day-to-day execution of engagements. In tax, you research tax issues and begin to review returns.

Supervisor - As an experienced audit in-charge, you can plan and manage an audit or consulting engagement. Tax supervisors oversee research, handle reviews and assist in tax planning engagements. In both audit and tax, you discuss issues with client management, conduct research, actively participate in practice development activities, supervise staff and begin to develop client contacts of your own.

Manager - While managing and completing concurrent projects accurately and timely, you also develop referral sources and new clients. You evaluate the research of others and propose solutions to problems; identify risks and see that engagements are completed with defendable documentation; and objectively evaluate the skills and traits of supervisors, seniors and staff.

Senior manager - You are experienced in the management and administration of engagements and often are the client’s primary contact. You have demonstrated your ability to make sound decisions, solve problems, efficiently manage simultaneous engagements, coordinate multiple services for the same client, supervise staff and develop new business.

Partner/Principal - You are an owner of BKD and have the ultimate responsibility for providing the best possible service to clients. You are responsible for the general administration of engagements and for developing solutions to problems affecting the firm, profession and clients. You are responsible for the retention of existing clients and the development of new ones.

 

 

Consulting Track

Partner/Principal
Senior Managing Consultant
Managing Consultant
Supervising Consultant
Senior Consultant
Staff Consultant

Staff consultant - You develop the necessary technical skills in your field of expertise and demonstrate accuracy, timeliness and thoroughness in completing work assignments.

Senior consultant - You demonstrate an understanding of client issues, prepare work plans and budgets,follow through on assignments, proactively identify client problems and solutions and effectively supervise staff.

Supervising consultant - You manage multiple and concurrent engagements, have developed in-depth technical expertise and actively participate in practice development.

Managing consultant - You do final reviews of consulting engagements; consistently manage the budget, billing and collection;apply firm resources in an efficient and effective manner to engagements; develop referral sources; and coordinate employee performance reviews.

Senior managing consultant - You demonstrate technical competence, are considered a team leader and consistently develop new business.

Partner/Principal - You are an owner of BKD and have the ultimate responsibility for providing the best possible service to clients. You are responsible for the general administration of engagements and for developing solutions to problems affecting the firm, profession and clients. You are responsible for the retention of existing clients and the development of new ones.

To help you advance in your career, BKD’s continuing professional education (CPE) program is tailored to your staff level, skills and abilities. Beginning with Camp BKD for audit and tax staff, our CPE curriculum arms you with the knowledge, tools and techniques needed to help you deliver the BKD Experience of unmatched client service.

One of our client service standards is True Expertise. Acquiring True Expertise takes a lifetime. It is, in fact, a journey you share with a firm full of individuals of varied backgrounds and experiences who, through teamwork, can help you learn how to apply your knowledge to client needs. That’s when continual learning becomes valuable to you, BKD and our clients. It’s nothing but win-win-win.

As you progress in your career, you’ll have the opportunity to update your skills and expand your knowledge in your chosen field—audit, tax or consulting—and learn about new industry- or service-specific solutions for clients. You also will receive essential training related to coaching, leadership development and other nontechnical topics. Someday, you may even have the opportunity to teach courses to help others at BKD advance their careers.

In the end, for BKD, it’s about serving our clients. While we may set the bar high in defining True Expertise, recognize that our clients are increasingly sophisticated, and many are true experts in their own fields as well. You can learn a lot from them. But to gain their trust and confidence, you must demonstrate that you are as good—or better—at what you do as they are at what they do.

People First is BKD’s ongoing program of enhancements to the benefits, policies and standards that shape our work lives. We aim to provide a pleasant and professional work environment, a competitive benefits package and insurance coverage for you and your family.

Our People First focus provides BKD men and women with challenging work, rewarding opportunities and a life. This helps everyone balance their often-demanding as well as gratifying work life with meaningful time to spend with family, friends, community projects and other personal interests.

Ten holidays annually … reward time off … buddies for new employees … overnight travel awards … coaches for career feedback. We're proud of our benefits and continuously review them to ensure they meet the needs of our people.

Find out more by taking a look at our Benefits Summary Brochure

BKD Reviews

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    Pros

    It's a supportive environment dedicated to helping you excel. The catch, and rightfully so, is that you work hard every day. There are no lazy or slacker days. There's also a lot of pressure to be continuously innovative, so there's rarely a "going through the motions" moment. If you like to be challenged and surrounded by driven individuals, it's a good place.

    Cons

    There aren't redundancies in work responsibilities which can make it difficult to take PTO.

    Advice to Management

    There are a lot of very cool, big projects pushed throughout the firm - SKY, Great Season, Leadership Conference etc., but they need more definition to continue to have a culture impact on new employees

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BKD Interviews

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    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 8 weeks. I interviewed at BKD (Houston, TX) in May 2016.

    Interview

    I applied for this internship through my university's career department. The first interview was on-campus. It was very conversational and relaxed. Eight weeks later was the office visit/final interviews, with a steak dinner the night before. We had two 30-minute interviews with two different partners. These interviews were also very conversational in nature. They want to get to know you and make sure that you are good fit culturally with the firm. They also give you ample time to ask your own questions, so have some ready.

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BKD Awards & Accolades

  • IPA's 2016 Best of the Best Accounting Firms, Inside Public Accounting, 2016
  • Bronze LearningElite Organization, Chief Learning Officer (CLO) Magazine, 2016
  • Training Top 125, Training Magazine, 2016
  • Accounting Marketing Award, Association for Accounting Marketing, 2016
  • Best Accounting Firms to Work for (Large), Best Companies Group, 2009
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