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BKD Reviews

Updated May 7, 2017
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  • Work-life balance was emphasized and there was plenty of opportunities to meet people (in 10 reviews)

  • Flexible work options, great people to work for and a professional environment throughout the firm (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Associate"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hands on experience in audit from planning, execution and completion. Employees are empowered to take charge of the audit and the company rely on young staff to conduct audits.

    Cons

    Everything here is about realization. It does not matter how well a job is done, when it is over budget, executives get mad. The majority of jobs are messy and when a problem occurs, senior management blame it on staff. A lot of politics also involved at this company. No sick days. Employees are forced to take PTO when they are sick.

    Advice to Management

    Stop praising the same people over and over. Develop more people who will add value to your company.

    BKD Response

    May 8, 2017 – Social Media Lead

    We're sorry your experience wasn't positive. Certainly we can focus more on solvency than blame and invest in more BKDers. Thank you for your feedback and we'll continue to make BKD better.... More


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Tax Staff Associate"

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    Former Employee - Tax Staff Associate in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Tax Staff Associate in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BKD (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great technical experience, quality training, and access to information and preparation resources. Strong core values and leadership from the national office.

    Cons

    Very poor leadership and management particularly at the senior manager and partner levels. They are completely clueless of the Dallas tax service market and its competitive employment opportunities just about on every corner. Emphasis and effort to improve culture is non-existent. Employees, particularly staff and seniors, are extremely unappreciated working brutal hours (even compared to most public accounting firms) for uncompetitive salaries and raises and absolutely zero bonus. It is one of, if not the worst branches of BKD. The attitude of the partners is grossly elitist and the poor performance of the location always is blamed on the poor quality of staff and seniors. Don't get too attached to any of your peers there. The turnover consistent and constant.

    Advice to Management

    None. They have been given plenty of honest feedback and constructive criticism especially during the exit interviews with former employees. Same practices reside until they exit.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Auditor"

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    Former Employee - Senior Accountant - In-charge Auditor in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant - In-charge Auditor in Houston, TX

    I worked at BKD (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good experience and opportunity to learn

    Cons

    Terrible work life balance in and out of busy season. Partners are a joke.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Not a good experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Geographically a nice location to work, easy access off the North Dallas Tollway. Office support staff were always very pleasant.

    Cons

    Very rigid environment. Often times employees were not set up for success and held accountable for mistakes that were a result of poorly managed projects.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Good experience, that's it"

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    Former Employee - Staff Auditor in Springfield, MO
    Former Employee - Staff Auditor in Springfield, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BKD full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good experience
    Sink or swim mentality teaches you to think for yourself, as no one is going to help guide you beyond week one of training
    Nice comraderie among peers

    Cons

    Company's approach to recruiting is hiring to fire. You have just a couple months to prove your worth and receive no training. If you ask too many questions, you are immediately viewed as weaker than your peers and run a huge risk of being let go. If you are a strong performer, you also run a risk of being let go, as rather than own up to its recruiting mistakes (i.e. hiring too many), when times get tough management's philosophy is to unload staff as quickly as possible. BKD is not a great place to work, so usually those that don't get fired quit pretty quickly anyway. If you have a family or want a life outside of work, forget it. Informing them that you prefer less travel known is like career suicide. BKD is also very inflexible with working hours. Other public accounting firms are flexible in that it is about getting your work done at any time of the day, but BKD is very rigid - wants you there from exactly 8:00 to exactly 5:00 with a one hour lunch from 12:00 to 1:00. They frown upon you leaving at 4:00 on a Friday, even if you have already put in 60 hours for the week. Much of the travel is for two week jobs, and they also frown upon you coming home on the weekend, which is also different from a lot of firms. Most managers and partners are rude and act like they are above talking to staff. Technology is horrible (i.e. computer crashings and Excel time sheets, paper billing, etc.).

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire to fire - recruit the correct people and the correct number of people. Take a look at your cheap and inflexible employment practices.


  6. "Unerappreciated and overworked"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Staff in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Administrative Staff in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BKD full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    pay was decent and generous on holidays

    Cons

    NO TRAINING at all, everything is about having 100% charge time. Worked 5 years, number of employees in my dept drastically reduced. No one was hired to replace, dumped 6 people's jobs on 4 of us, never a thank you for extra effort. 90% of employees won't raise their head to say hello in passing. Very miserable place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Train people if you want them to be succesful. Smile once in awhile, I don't think your face will break.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "You don't want to work here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BKD full-time

    Pros

    The staff people are loyal to a fault. BKD doesn't deserve them.

    Cons

    Tax Group Partners are nitpicking and control freaks. Staff and Seniors are forced to deal with partners instead of managers because they are too cheap to hire managers and they managers they do hire don't stay.
    Extremely high turnover.
    The cheapest/tight fisted firm I've ever worked for. They don't bring in meals during tax season.
    They will work you to death and throw you away.
    Training is joke! One Great Week is One Big Joke. It's all "look how great we are" and hardly any technical training.

    Advice to Management

    Advise to partners is go do something else. You're no go at this.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "You work to make the partners rich."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Little Rock, AR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Little Rock, AR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Starting pay is great compared to other places if you are coming right out of college.

    Cons

    Pretty much everyone supervisor and above will screw you. You work to make the partners rich. Raises are as low as 1% and any chance BKD gets to screw you out of money they will. They will even go so low as to not pay you back for business related expenses. Heard horror stories of people getting stuck with $1200.00+ that BKD came up with stupid excuses to not pay back. Training sucked. I was never trained at all while I was there, it was just expected I would figure it out as I went along which is fine except I was a staff working alone.

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves so new people can take over and run the place right. You all are worse than congress.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "A great place if you want to be underpaid and overworked for the rest of your life."

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    Former Employee - Audit Supervisor in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Audit Supervisor in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This is a good place to start in public accounting for a year or two to gain some experience, but if you have ambition, energy and skills you will quickly learn that your skills and energy will only be used to make the partners rich while you work your rear end off. There is a lot of propaganda about it being a Best Place to Work and on and on. Hilarious.

    Cons

    The only people that matter at BKD is the partners. It's all about partner compensation and earnings. The benefits are terrible. Morale was terrible. I saw many talented and ambitious people leave the firm.

    It's a place of the haves and have nots. If you're a partner, you're a "have" and if you are a manager, senior manager, or staff you are a "have not." Leaving BKD was a good decision. The work environment is political and not based on merit or a person's contributions to client service, engagement realization or technical assets. I have never worked so hard for so little.

    Advice to Management

    This is not worth my energy.


  10. "BKD"

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    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good office location, young staff , many diverse clients to work with, plenty of hours in the office to work on projects

    Cons

    Long Hours, lackluster pay, poor performance reviews, mediocre benefits,

    Advice to Management

    Work on developing from within, not just hiring for busy season


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