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BDO USA Los Angeles Reviews

Updated February 1, 2017
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  • Lack of work life balance (Big 4 has better (in 44 reviews)

  • Heavy work load, especially during busy season (in 76 reviews)

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  1. "Good work life balance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BDO USA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Diversity and compensation. Excellent health care

    Cons

    Unstructured and limited guidance. HR policy is uncertain


  2. "Tax Intern"

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    Former Intern - Tax Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Intern - Tax Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BDO USA as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Best group to work in
    - variety of clients

    Cons

    - not much exposure to other tax specialty group


  3. "Good experience"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BDO USA as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Exposure to lots of types of tax

    Cons

    They'll lay you off like nothing


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Its ok"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BDO USA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    potentially have work life balance if you're on a clean or smaller client
    less hierarchy than big 4
    some higher ups actually care about you/your development
    you can get to where you want to be if you communicate it well and have a good career advisor
    competitive pay

    Cons

    bad leaders
    booked on several clients at a time
    no good perks

    Advice to Management

    invest more in your people.


  6. "Ladder for the Future"

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    Former Employee - Assurance Manager in Long Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Assurance Manager in Long Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BDO USA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, great leadership to learn from and flexible working conditions.

    Cons

    Seem to consistently have a shortage in quality seniors.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on talent; reward those that are deserving.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Recommend"

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    Former Employee - Director in Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Costa Mesa, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BDO USA (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - I was at BDO for many years. Generally, the people there were great to work with. The partners do generally care about you and are interested in you. The manager group worked well together.
    - Obviously you need to be more senior for the work to be interesting (staff level work isn't interesting anywhere - you just have to bide your time guys) but what you put in - you get far more out. The opposite is also true...

    Cons

    - There's nice and there's too nice. Over the years there were people they should have got rid of sooner that they let stay. These underperformers (seniors and managers) just mean the good people have to work that much harder.
    - The OC office didn't grow very much from 2007 to 2014. Yes there was a recession - but look at LA and SF - they are powering ahead. This limits opportunities for progression. See my comment in advice below.
    - Year round busy season when you have off year end clients. Well - not 100% a con as you get a fantastic experience - you just need down time sometimes...
    - I had to complain about pay every year. Every second year I would get a nice bump - but then the other year would be poor as I'd got a big bump previously. Just pay market rates already. I got a 25% bump when I left. That shows I was underpaid...

    Advice to Management

    - Make much more of a commitment to help managers do business development. Partners always have lunches and meetings with contacts and prospects - why not take managers along too? How else are they supposed to learn? There were also 3 BD directors in as many years - so not sure what the deal is there.


  8. "Growing, Gaining & Getting it Right"

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    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BDO USA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very smart and committed group of professionals who are gaining new business in record growth numbers without compromising the level of support to their exiting client base.

    Cons

    Run a little lean....some of the worst admin ratios per professional I have experienced (all with poor skill sets, too); inefficiencies like this throughout firm could actually make an otherwise sound and growing firm be even more competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Apply Business 101 to firm and tighten up what are legacy issues and build it correctly.


  9. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Assurance in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Assurance in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people. Talented management. Interesting events.

    Cons

    Long hours. Little work-life balance during busy season.


  10. "Tax Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Costa Mesa, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at BDO USA full-time

    Pros

    Good medical, retirement and other benefits. Training programs. School reimbursement plans. Company pays for CPA prep courses. However The cons at this office location far outweigh the pros

    Cons

    Untrustworthy managers and partners. A lot of back biting between managers, seniors, and associates. Culture at that office focuses more on billable hours and not the well being of its non-managerial employees. Overall company advertises a work life balance for all employees but this ultimately depends on the partners willingness to implement . High turnover. Many employees in this office miss work due to illness. Better work hours with a Big 4.

    Advice to Management

    Offer new hires more money to compensate for the huge gap between overtime hours and a salary based on a 40 hour work week. Hire more talent so that current employees are not overworked. Promote and Encourage flex schedules at all levels, or make flex schedules mandatory. Implement a monetary rewards program for employees who work beyond 55 hours per week during busy seasons. Restore trust within the department.


  11. "Avoid the LA office at all costs"

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    Current Employee - Assurance Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Assurance Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BDO USA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get great experience by being able to work on a variety of different engagements and industries.

    Cons

    Everything else. They claim work/life "fit" when you are recruiting but its only a scheme to lure you in. Be prepared to work long hours with enough work to fill up only a part of your day. There were many nights (MANY) nights where I would have to stay at the client site till later hours, 11-12 am, with nothing to do. This was not a phenomenon only I encountered, this was widespread amongst my peers as well. If you ask for work, they give you nothing to do, but expect you to stay. I think this is a scheme to overcharge the client. Fill up billable hours and charge client for overages.

    There were times we would work on Saturdays even if we had no work to do, no support from the client. When you ask the senior why, the response, because the manager wants us in the office.

    Tone at the top, loud and annoying with lots of gibberish.

    Be prepared for a lot of, why am i doing this? Because this is how we do it and i said so.

    You're better off going to a Big 4. I have friends calling and texting me how much they hate it all the time. So happy I left.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Care a little about why they are leaving and fix the many issues. Instead of keeping talented people you are losing them and wasting money training new ones.


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