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Updated February 24, 2018
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BDO USA CEO Wayne Berson
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Pros
  • Better work life balance in comparison to Big4 (in 42 reviews)

  • Great people and great environment (in 49 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Accounting specialist"

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    Current Employee - Business and Accounting Operations Specialist in Worthington, OH
    Current Employee - Business and Accounting Operations Specialist in Worthington, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great flexibility and I love the people

    Cons

    You have a lot of down time


  2. "Long Time Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BDO USA full-time

    Pros

    They usually promote from within, ability to move between departments.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is an after thought. PTO is regularly interrupted.

    Advice to Management

    Actually let people take the vacations you are recommending.

  3. "Assurance Senior"

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    Current Employee - Senior - Assurance in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior - Assurance in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great office culture, great people, flexibility, partners are responsive and caring.

    Cons

    Compensation (as with most public accounting firms), starting to become like the Big 4 in some procedural ways

    Advice to Management

    Keep BDO a large firm with the sensibility of a smaller firm. Starting to get a bit corporate and procedural.


  4. "BDO manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at BDO USA full-time

    Pros

    Some partners are caring some are not

    Cons

    Over worked, everyone for themselves

    Advice to Management

    Be more involved


  5. "Accountant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BDO USA full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work and nice co workers

    Cons

    A lot of
    Hours during tax season


  6. "Better Than Most Accounting Firms"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company offers lots of opportunities if you align yourself with the right person. The ability to work flex schedule was a plus for me.

    Cons

    Lack of communications and transparency from senior management. Firm has somewhat of an identify crisis is that it so want to be like Big 4, but doesn't know how to execute.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BDO USA full-time

    Pros

    Great tax specialists in the Washington DC national office.

    Cons

    Not enough staff in the Chicago office to get the work done. The tax partners in that office weren't reliable, nor interested in developing a solid tax practice.

  8. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good place to work as an intern

    Cons

    long hours, lots of work.


  9. "Audit Senior"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture is great! Good people and mentors!

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Unrealistic Expectations"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BDO USA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good, i.e. Health Insurance, and 401K match. Co-workers are pleasant. Flexible work environment with ability to work remotely. However senior management expects employees to work and be available during PTO

    Cons

    Staff turnover and morale is abysmal. Micro managed. Little diversity in staff. Majority of partners are white males over 40. Partners are always pushing for better yield, productivity and realization. Cronyism and favoritism are rampant. If you are making your partner look good you are the “chosen one of the day”. Hours goal is unrealistic, minimum of 2600 hours per year required. No work life balance. Management expects employees to work 24/7 and schedule your life around your work. Have always had PTO interrupted by partner needing “just one thing” that usually eats at least one day of my week long PTO. PTO carryover recently reduced by 40%. Not provided with cutting edge or even useable software. Systems are mostly canned software without flexibility and are clunky. Ability to service clients is a constant struggle and frustration. Would not recommend to experienced talent, that know how to truly service clients, okay place for interns and first few years out of college for experience.

    Advice to Management

    Truly listen and work with staff. Provide solutions to allow staff to meet client expectations. Stop being dogmatic, try being collaborative. Provide real technology solutions for staff, not technology that we “need” to make work.


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