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BKD Reviews

Updated March 23, 2017
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  • Can be difficult to maintain a good work/life balance but think this is also typical of most public accounting firms (in 13 reviews)

  • Very long hours and travel seems more exciting than it is (in 23 reviews)

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  1. "Proposal Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Proposal Specialist in Springfield, MO
    Former Employee - Proposal Specialist in Springfield, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Secure, comfortable work environment.

    Free coffee, sodas and well stocked vending machines with a clean and well equipped break room.

    Excellent team environment with lots of support and resources.

    Firm has been in business for a long time and has good values.

    Cons

    Based on my opinion and experiences, I do not recommend the job. Very strict, controlling environment with a poor work-life balance. According to what I was told, I was paid considerably lower than most of my co-workers, although my experience and education was comparable. Closed-door management policy, but team members are good to help you too.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the exit interviews.


  2. "BKD"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BKD full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility, Resources, Size, Client Base

    Cons

    People, Pressure, Clicks, Hours, Travel

    BKD Response

    Jan 30, 2017 – Social Media Lead

    We appreciate any feedback we can get. Please let us know if there are any additional ways we can improve!


  3. "Don't do it!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Little Rock, AR
    Former Employee - Consultant in Little Rock, AR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BKD (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, CPE & trainng support

    Cons

    Extreme amounts of travel, very long hours, job-first culture

    Advice to Management

    Improve the work-life balance and amounts of travel, otherwise your turnover will continue to be high


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "No Bonus Sucks"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tax Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Tax Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Small enough to gain good experience and see a lot of different returns and see the full cycle of it.

    Cons

    There are no bonuses. It takes away a lot of the extra incentive during busy season. Also, there is little room to negotiate salary.


  6. "Staff Accountant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BKD full-time

    Pros

    Good place to start career

    Cons

    Nothing real negative to say


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Could be a lot better...."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tax Senior Associate in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Tax Senior Associate in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great internal and external training, opportunity for advancement, exposure to a large variety of industries, good PTO, and opportunity to work on any and every kind of tax return.

    Cons

    They claim to be flexible, yet they yell at you for walking in 30 minutes late one morning after you have worked 14 straight days and until the early hours of the morning on most of those nights, but you will never get a "thank you for your hard work."

    They recruit you on a personal level and tell you that you can work at any of their offices and that you aren't just a "number" like at a larger firm; what a lie. You can only go to an office elsewhere if they need the bodies, and they do not care about you personally, you ARE JUST A NUMBER pushing out numbers for them.

    For being such a large national firm, you would think they could have a lot more revenue and employees, but they do not. It is very disappointing.

    No pay raise with promotions. You get new responsibilities and a title change but have to wait until the annual compensation adjustment, which isn't that much even for the best performing employees.

    Advice to Management

    Staff are people too. If you want to successfully grow your firm and office, LISTEN to what they have to say, they are your future. Do not throw staff under the bus when you can't finish projects in a timely manner. Upper management: Be up front with your employees; if you have a problem, say it to his/her face, not behind his/her back nor anonymously through his/her "coach."

    Until all of this changes, people will keep leaving and taking their knowledge and talents elsewhere.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Hostile work environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You'll have the chance to learn about several different industries

    Cons

    Nobody says good morning to you, nobody asks you how you're doing, nobody offers assistance unless explicitly told by upper management

    Far too little business for a national public accounting firm

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect and show some interest in their lives or they'll take their talents elsewhere.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Supervisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Wayne, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Wayne, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BKD full-time

    Pros

    Get experience to move on to another company for better pay & work/life balance.

    Cons

    Although they pride themselves in offering flex time, they work employees too hard....Life/work balance does not exist & is definitely not as what they promote. Huge turnover in staff.

    Advice to Management

    Start listening to your employees.....You don't listen, so they move on.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Audit Senior"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate I in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Associate I in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    This review is in regards to being an experienced hire (not internally being promoted to an audit senior).

    • Lots of learning.
    • Decent brand name.
    • There is work/life balance if you can choose your staff and pick the high performers.

    Cons

    This review is in regards to being an experienced hire (not internally being promoted to an audit senior).

    • There are a lot of politics involved. Being an experienced hire, you pretty much have no political power. Favorite seniors get to pick and choose their staff on their jobs while you get stuck with brand new-first year staff, low performers, or interns. You spend majority of your time teaching, and re-doing work for all your staff on all of your engagements.
    • Upper level management will lie to your face, and throw you under a bus as your coach (if a partner) drives it.
    • Coaches don't shed light on any issues you are having as they should.
    • Big 4 rejects are hired as directors who think they have a chance of making partner. They are terrible reviewers who write numerous, pointless review notes and are slave drivers.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your seniors as humans and not printers.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Bkd review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Low pay, long hours, not a lot of recognition

    Cons

    Name brand recognition and association



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