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BDO USA Reviews

Updated May 15, 2018
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Pros
  • Better work life balance in comparison to Big4 (in 43 reviews)

  • Great people and great environment (in 50 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is an after thought (in 55 reviews)

  • It's public accounting so you are going to have long hours and problems with losing staff (in 97 reviews)

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  1. "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BDO USA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Positive work environment. Innovative technology. Great flexibility. Accessible partners and local leaders.

    Cons

    Long work hours. Lack of standardization in certain areas across the firm.

    Advice to Management

    The firm, while it doesn’t want to be a Big 4, does compete with the Big 4 and wants to find and retain top talent but should base its employee benefits on what’s offered at the Big 4. This will help the firm be more competitive.


  2. "Good people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BDO USA full-time

    Pros

    Great group in Orlando. Positive upper management. Corporate policies such as benefits comparable to other accounting firms.

    Cons

    Long hours and tight deadlines, but not out of line with most public accounting jobs.

  3. "Associte"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Gaining experience relatively in a short time period

    Cons

    Long hours, bureaucracy , unfair reviews

    Advice to Management

    Fair review process


  4. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Fast-changing environment, good culture, appreciate employees

    Cons

    Not enough staff, lots of work and long hours.


  5. "Beware of the LA Office"

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    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You don’t really go into public accounting because you love it. You go in and get out ASAP. The people are great as long as they’re from the US.

    Cons

    Expect to work long hours not just during busy season but throughout the whole year. The better you do the worse your life will be here. They keep bringing in secondees because no one else will do this job. Health care is terrible and the stress is overwhelming.

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice if the core values meant anything in the LA office like “people first” but everyone knows that you can’t perform too well or else your life will be miserable here. No one takes into consideration where you live or the industry you’re interested in. Invest in your good employees and reward them for their hard work not by giving them more work. Get rid of the unqualified people in management and really think about why so many people have left this year.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Worst public accounting firm"

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    Former Employee - Assurance Senior Manager in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Assurance Senior Manager in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good in training for business development skillsets.

    Cons

    - Partners to not know how to audit. Every test is an inefficient test of details.
    - Very office-centric type engagement economics. There is no visibility to other offices in the South Florida area.
    - No room to grow. For example, there has been no partner promotion in over 10 years, and they a good amount of seniors who should be manager, and are not.
    - Leadership only looks out for themselves, and has no plans on growing the practice.
    - They do not grow organically, only through acquisitions. The recent acquisition was handled poorly, as seen through the resignations from the acquired firm.
    - National office looks down on the South Florida practice, as the partners clearly do not stay up to date with the latest auditing/accounting literature.
    - Partners would rather over test than perform an educated audit test that can show efficiencies and effectiveness in achieving the audit objective.
    - Partners are critical about everyone else, except their own performance. They take no accountability.

    Advice to Management

    Resign.


  7. "Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BDO USA full-time

    Pros

    Great environment for growth and learning!

    Cons

    Work hours aren't the best as with most in the industry but the environment makes up for it.

  8. Helpful (3)

    ""People First" unless you are an admin which mean's you aren't a person."

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get one paid week off between Christmas and New Year's but I'm not sure even that outweighs all the negatives I dealt with.

    Cons

    Lack of upward mobility, blatant favoritism, poor management, racism, partners who think they are above basic manners.

    Advice to Management

    When putting someone in charge of the admins make sure it's someone who isn't caught saying she was displeased at having to work with so many POC and is better vetted. Having someone who micromanages, is passive aggressive and seems more interested in dividing people for her own "queen bee" agenda made this unbearable. In addition, treating admins like we are servants to the Partners as opposed to humans is unacceptable. Being told we are part of teams but watching teams order food and not include us it makes gives us ZERO incentive to have team mentality. You all should be ashamed at how poorly you treat the people who help drive your productivity and overall success.


  9. "It can go either way"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BDO USA full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule/ability to work from home; 3 weeks of PTO minimum; generous pay

    Cons

    Managers can change their mind on policies; people are not the most welcoming to newcomers; very cliquey environment; difficult to move up; often treated like personal assistant if you're in a lower position

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your employees' work/life balance


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Accountant in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Accountant in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Location Flexibility is the only pro

    Cons

    Flexibility in working from home, work life balance is nonexistent

    Advice to Management

    Communication


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