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BDO USA Reviews

Updated June 15, 2017
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Pros
  • So work/life balance can be challenging (in 35 reviews)

  • Great people always willing to help (in 39 reviews)

Cons
  • 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. "Administration"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BDO USA (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, did a lot of charity work for the community.

    Cons

    Travelled by TTC, took over 1 hour to get to work.

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Awful Eperience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Associate in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Week of Christmas off and good amount of vacation time. Some okay benefits and decent offices. I had some great co-workers.

    Cons

    Hostile work environment with lots of politics. A lack of communication. Did not allow for feedback regarding managers from lower level employees. Complaints about the work environment seemed to be ignored and not supported by HR. Extremely high turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Start listening to your employees and stop promoting mangers that have no training in managing employees. Give employees some HR support. The way HR is set up supports managers and supervisors and not the rest of the employees.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Second Rate Firm"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are good, although "vacation" and "flex" time are largely fictional. There are some good managers and you do learn a lot.

    Cons

    Poor compensation, long hours, no appreciation from management, awful culture, pretend "flex" time. BDO targets clients on their downturn with solvency issues or scandals. Very few quality clients.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect.


  4. "Expatriate Tax Senior"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Invested in your career most of the time

    Cons

    Like any other accounting firm, work/life balance gets tricky


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Experienced senior"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Accounting Associate in Tysons Corner, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Accounting Associate in Tysons Corner, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people with a new office.

    Cons

    Poor upper management with a lot of turnover.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Its ok"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Tax"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tax Associate in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Tax Associate in Cleveland, OH

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on challenging work
    A lot of paid holidays
    1 week off at Christmas time
    10 hours PTO each month

    Cons

    Cleveland Tax department:

    - no bonus to compensate for long hours
    - be expected to give up your life if you work in this office, expect 75 hour work weeks March- April and then 60 plus hours August- October.
    - no structure
    -hard work is measured by how late you are seen in the office. Regardless of how early you come in.
    - high school like atmosphere, you must make friends with the right people to get promoted in this office.
    - training is non existent for new hires
    - a lot of unhappy people which makes for a negative work environment

    Advice to Management

    Learn to show appreciation for your staff.

    BDO USA Response

    Aug 17, 2016 – CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICER

    Thank you for your candid thoughts. We are sharing your commentary with the appropriate HR director and managing partner. We believe our bonuses do pay for performance and contribution measured ... More

  8. "Assurance Associate"

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

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

    Pros

    Great firm to work for, great resources and helpful, considerate management. Everyone stays very positive during busy season, and managers are always willing to help wherever necessary.

    Cons

    The CPA bonus is lower than other large firms. Employer 401k matching seems lower than many other organizations. Long hours during busy season, but summer hours are very relaxed.

    Advice to Management

    Continue being helpful and present for any questions or concerns.


  9. "Assurance Associate"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with--all are very helpful and enthusiastic about the job. The firm offers great benefits and provides employees with resources to meet their goals.

    Cons

    Employer 401k plan seems low compared to other organizations. Long hours are required during the busy season, but work subsides during the summer months.

    Advice to Management

    Remain available to employees for help, while promoting effectiveness and positivity in the office. Make it a priority to retain employees and reduce turnover.


  10. "Good Place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assurance Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Assurance Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The culture says it all for me. auditing is auditing. it all depends on who you work with. the people who work here make work as enjoyable as it possibly can be.

    Cons

    The hours during busy season can be long depending on the clients you work on. but again it is expected in public accounting.


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