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BDO USA Reviews

Updated November 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Work life balance is really good for public accounting (in 39 reviews)

  • You will always be busy and learn a lot of information while being an intern (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance could definitely be better (in 52 reviews)

  • Not a ton of cons, usual accounting firm hours during busy season (in 88 reviews)

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  1. "Great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BDO USA full-time

    Pros

    Great learning atmosphere to be in.

    Cons

    Not enough time in the day


  2. "People first!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BDO USA full-time

    Pros

    BDO USA, LLP puts people first, whether externally or internally.

    Cons

    No cons to working here!

  3. "Assurance Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Work life balance is good

    Cons

    Pay is below average for the industry


  4. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BDO USA full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Great coworkers
    Understanding staff

    Cons

    Nothing to mention at this point in time


  5. "Tax associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    no work life balance, more pressure

    Cons

    nice co-workers, one week off in the 4th week of december


  6. "Audit Practice Review"

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    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Audit Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture is very young despite being one of the more established accounting firms. Lots of flexibility for contributors and compensation increases, for the most part, matches performance. Less about showing face, more about just getting stuff done.

    Cons

    Nothing specific to the organization but standard cons of public accounting holds. Budgeting on non-revenue generating teams could improve given people is the strength of the firm.

    Advice to Management

    Devote more budget to recruiting. There are smaller firms picking up better talent than BDO because the firm is so think on recruiting. Also give younger staff more attention, at least the ones that deserve it. Most staff personnel are completely disconnected with partners until they hit senior and a lot of them do not have favorable perspectives from the first two years of not getting any attention.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Gain Experience and Stay in the Short Term"

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    Former Employee - Tax Associate in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Tax Associate in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great internship program, great people, nice perks overall, decent benefits, flexibility (to an extent)

    Cons

    PTO, culture of disposability for anyone lower than Manager, long hours (obviously), kept a shorter-than-necessary leash on associates, poor budget setting and planning

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to what associates are doing and look for process improvements rather than blaming them for mishaps and poor planning that, honestly, should never have been an associate's problem in the first place.

  8. "Assurance Associate"

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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

    Different clients, differnt industries
    Get to experience EBP audit

    Cons

    Long hours during busy seasons


  9. "10,000 foot view"

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at BDO USA full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues
    Collegial work environment
    Department hours are flexible outside of peak seasons

    Cons

    Structured technical development is currently lacking
    Top-heavy pyramidal hierarchy


  10. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Audit Senior in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of resources, tools, and support to help you succeed. Career advisors will guide you set you goals and make you accountable for your goals. Periodic and ongoing feedback.
    If you want to quickly grow, work hard, be positive, and hang on in there!

    Cons

    Raise has not been to the par so far, but that is mostly industry-wise and also based on company's performance.
    Yes, we do long hours during busy seasons, and occasionally at other times too. In my view, if you complain about busy seasons, longer hours, and project-driven career, then you should not be in public accounting. Period!

    Advice to Management

    Make some plans to retain long-tenured and experienced people.


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