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Updated August 7, 2017
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  • Work life balance not too good from audit perspective but it is the norm in the industry (in 34 reviews)

  • Work and life balance not always good due to long hours (in 63 reviews)

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  1. "Public Accounting"

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    Former Employee - Senior Tax Accountant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Tax Accountant in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BDO full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance for a public accounting firm.

    Cons

    There is a lot of turnover at this company.


  2. "Executive Assistant"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at BDO as a contractor

    Pros

    Flexible with your needs

    Cons

    No communication with supervisor

  3. "Okay company"

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    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Audit Associate in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at BDO full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Easy interview process consisting of mostly behavioral questions and nice interviewers. They take you to Orlando, Dallas, or some location for training. Good starting pay and pays for CPA exam and materials. Gives free food and gifts on occasion.

    Cons

    Training is not very helpful because they just consist of lectures (for national training) and online videos with a bunch of repetitive videos/documents about the company's benefits and policies. The exams following the online training videos are unhelpful because they do not tell you what you got wrong after. Also, had a bad experience with management. Not very understanding, no warning or sympathy even as a new hire. The culture of the firm has also changed and is more conservative. Had an overall bad experience. The people are nice but dull.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the training videos to tell employees what they got wrong so they can learn.


  4. "Nice place for a college grad, not the best for long-term career growth"

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    Former Employee - Restructuring Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Restructuring Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BDO (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The career stability and opportunities to work on some different cases.

    Cons

    The career growth opportunities heavily promoted as the onset don't fruition as you imagine they will. You will always be pigeonholed in a relatively low salary range working for this company.

    Advice to Management

    Establish a more entrepreneurial environment.


  5. "Senior Tax"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Not too much positive here. Very lowly clients

    Cons

    Let's try to not make this place such a good ol boys club and promote on merit not on who can kiss up the best.

    Advice to Management

    Get some better clients


  6. "Senior Associate - Tax"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    -Not a ton of overtime compared to Big 4 employment

    Cons

    -Many small not very exciting clients

    Advice to Management

    If your going to talk the talk you gotta walk the walk. Stop under bidding every accounting firm and expecting great realization on projects.


  7. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at BDO full-time

    Pros

    Learning different skills; exposure to various industries

    Cons

    Partners take credit for business leads brought in by others; feeling of distrust among team.

  8. "Tax Services Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    As an intern I was compensated $18.25/ hour. Very independent work environment.

    Cons

    No training, organization and allocating work load to interns was confusing. Don't place you on specific jobs, complete a mix of everything so it was very difficult to know who to turn to for help


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Decent company to work for if you're an audit or tax professional..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BDO full-time

    Pros

    Higher than average base salary levels compared to other similar accounting firms.
    Well-rounded suite of benefits.
    Flex time is offered and is one of the focal points of the interview process.
    Decent culture with many social events offered throughout the year.
    Ability to work from home on a semi-regular basis.
    Friendly people who work hard.
    "Career Advisor" system works well.
    Many opportunities for career advancement.
    PTO bank system with higher than average total PTO.
    Decent severance package depending on tenure with the firm.

    Cons

    Lower than average and almost laughable annual bonus. By the way, this is also the main reason base salary levels are higher than average so go for it if you don't mind getting a mediocre bonus for your efforts. Bonuses are discretionary and you will receive close to if not the same payout as others at your level no matter how hard you bust your hump and no matter how high you score on your performance reviews. Everything is based on how your business unit performs, not on how YOU perform.

    Very quiet office setting which diminishes the culture to "all work and no play" even though the firm seems to pride itself in its new cultural design. Even after working there for a good amount of time it seemed as though nothing had changed. Seems like the firm is stuck in its ways and is still adhering to the model of old school accounting firms.

    Though flex time is offered it is nearly impossible to get approval for it. I never tried but those who did had to jump through multiple hoops and go through multiple senior staff for approval. It also seemed as though those on flex were looked down upon because they didn't have to be in the office every day. Surprising as this is one of the main selling points of the firm when you're interviewing for a position.

    Internal processes such as billing, expense reports, etc. are excruciatingly complicated. Everything you are required to put into the "system" takes forever and the process is cryptic even with proper training.

    Be prepared to live your life according to billable time. Yes, this is how accounting firms make money but the firm is also insane about scrutinizing every minute of your day and you will be reprimanded at a higher and higher level for non-compliance.

    As in most large firms, back-stabbing and organizational hierarchy run rampant and are the root of all evil. The firm operates on an antiquated partner system which no one seems to be willing to change. Most members of senior management seem to be out for themselves and could care less about who they step on to gain more power.

    The exit process is quick, cold, and completely impersonal no matter if you chose to leave or were forced to leave.


  10. "Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BDO full-time

    Pros

    Global Brand and lesser targets

    Cons

    Management Issues and investment needs


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