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BDO USA New York City Reviews

Updated April 2, 2017
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  • Lack of work life balance (Big 4 has better (in 45 reviews)

  • Really long hours as expected with public accounting (in 75 reviews)

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  1. "Tax Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Intern - Tax Staff in Melville, NY
    Current Intern - Tax Staff in Melville, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BDO USA as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People, Workload, Staff, Culture, Accoutability

    Cons

    I dont have any cons at this time


  2. "Senior assurance associate"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assurance Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assurance Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, travel and competitive salary. The partners at the firm are sincerely concerned about your success. The client base is also very strong.

    Cons

    Heavy work load, especially during busy season. But that is expected at any cpa firm. Sometimes the amount of travel that is required is annoying.

    Advice to Management

    None


  3. "BDO"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good culture, good management, good client reach

    Cons

    not much downside if you are looking for a reputed consulting company that serves mid-size businesses


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  5. "Same as Big 4"

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    Current Employee - Risk Advisory Services Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Risk Advisory Services Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BDO USA (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good compensation, and work load seems to be manageable. People are very friendly and eager to help out. Get to work on clients that you won't see at the Big 4.

    Cons

    Same hours as Big 4. Trying to win so many projects that the company accepts work with less hours than it actually takes to complete the work.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Tough environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Auditor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Financial Auditor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Sorry, can't think of one

    Cons

    The financial practice has high turnover
    The culture presented in the interview is different than reality. It is a sink or swim environment
    Based on the hardwork you put in there is not much of an exit strategy... so your stuck

    Advice to Management

    Be truthful during interview


  7. "Office Assistant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Office Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    No advancement or slow advancement


  8. "Good Place to Start Career"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Experienced Tax Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Experienced Tax Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They are flexible when it isn't busy season. Benefits are decent. Upper management is hit or miss. It is definitely the kind of place where you can make opportunities for yourself by befriending specific managers to get on specific projects, unless someone up top interferes.

    Cons

    They say that they are better than other (read: larger) firms, but that does not seem to be true. A lot of people can regularly work past midnight in busy season. It depends on the group. And some of the managers are incredibly difficult to work with, as well as not knowledgeable. Nothing atypical to public accounting, but they really need to stop pretending that it is that much better in BDO than elsewhere. There are good and bad teams everywhere.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the bad apples among yourselves, or at least recluse them from associates.


  9. "Senior Audit Associate"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BDO USA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company has some of the most down to earth people in the accounting world who really care about you and your success. But this all depends on the line of business you work for, I worked for the NFP and healthcare group and the partners, managers and staff were good people to work with. Management is honest and cares about your life outside of work. You will learn a lot and if you perform well more responsibilities will be assigned along with promotions. If you work hard you will move up.

    Cons

    Some of the clients are not within the city limits so it can be a hassle to drive there but that all depends on what clients you are assigned to. It can get stressful sometimes when multiple jobs are due Simultaneously and there is pressure to finish from different managers.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Sales and not Accounting!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BDO USA (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people and very reasonably priced health benefits. Competitive pay. They do give every professional employee a laptop and all of the files are online so you can work at home anytime if your manager allows it.

    Cons

    BDO is all about employees networking, ie, going out and building relationships and essentially being salesmen for the firm. If that isn't your thing, your reviews will not be good and they will eventually force you out. It's all about bringing in business. They struggle to keep the staff busy in the off season.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on building skilled and talented accountants and leave the sales to only those employees that want to go that route. It's an old boys club, all the directors and partners socialize and leave out everyone below them.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Tax associate"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tax Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Tax Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It has a great presence globally.

    Cons

    Tax financial services group has extremely unprofessional environment and management with questionable expertise.


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