Executive Assistant & Manager Practice Development (Former Employee) – Tysons Corner, VA – April 25, 2014
BDO was great in how they structured their company. Very organized. Everyone knew their role on the team. It could become challenging at times as communication was at times difficult for me to recieve from the Partners I supported. At the time they were going through a merger which kept them very busy. I learned a lot from this group.
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – San Juan, PR – January 16, 2018
A typical day at BDO will start looking at my e-mails and find out the priorities for that day. Everyday was a challenge , learning new things related to the CPA Industry.
I consider that the administration towards the employees requires more attention. The culture of the workplace was very interesting, interacting with different personalities and different ages was enriched. The hardest part of the job was work with difficult people, but at the same time was a challenge experience.
The most enjoyable part was that I enjoyed what I was doing.
Manager (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – January 15, 2018
Absolutely no work life balance... expect to be available, checking email 24/7 or be criticized for being unresponsive during year end reviews. Lack of direction from partner group... favoritism rampant.
BDO gives all employees the last week of December. BDO also lack minorities within the Tax group. The firm does not recruit from HBCU's and they are not using the National Association of Black Accountants.
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT (Current Employee) – Washington State – December 31, 2017
If you're an individual who thrives in a fast-paced, detail oriented work environment than this is the place for you. They treat their employees well and because the office is small, you become family. As it is an international accounting firm, there are plenty of opportunities available for relocation.
However, it's not the best if you are family orientated. Because it is a public accounting firm, there are 6 months out of the year in which time off is not really encouraged and you spend 55+ hours a week, including weekends in office or traveling.
Great Benefits; great pay
Work Life Balance is terrible 6-7 months out of the year
Each office has a slightly different culture. Mine was very collaborative and helpful. However, even interns were always pushed to perform. If you like a challenging workplace with opportunities to advance than BDO is for yoyu.
Senior Auditor - Accounting and Assurance Services (Former Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – December 12, 2017
I started with a group of individuals fresh out of college. We developed a tight camaraderie which supported us through long stressful hours during our busy season. I am glad that I started my career this way.
Financial Proofreader (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – December 10, 2017
Being the only proofreader at this auditing firm, there were many auditors and several partners. Everyone wanted their work done first. The amount of work on my desk daily was overwhelming. Many expressed undeserved anger towards me.even though I was an excellent.
Finding no advancement in the job along with hardly being able to complete the excessive amount of work, I sadly left the firm.
Some perks are nice in some positions, but management is a mess
Marketing (Former Employee) – New York, NY – December 7, 2017
There are some great perks, such as remote flexibility and work/life balance for certain positions. That said, I don't think it makes up for the poor management within the firm. They pride themselves on their "entrepreneurial" mentality, but from what I learned, that's code for not knowing how to properly manage their business and staff. Additionally, most of the NYC office works in-office, whereas other offices are hoteling, so there is a more tight-knit culture in NYC. In turn, there is also a lot of drama within the office. They're in the process of making some tough decisions, particularly on the Consulting/Advisory side of the business and it is mainly due to poor leadership for the last decade or so. Hardworking employees are paying the consequences for management's bad decisions.
Work/life balance for certain positions, no real issues with taking time off, remote flexibility, decent compensation
Management is all over the map, they pride themselves on their "entrepreneurial mindset", which is code for them not knowing how to properly manage
It is a fine place to work. But the senior hours are killer when 4 to 5 different managers want their client's work done in their time and not in the time you were assigned to on the schedule. This causes, at a minimum, a 50 hour work week for non busy season hours. And when busy season occurs you will have to work 60+ hours during the week. It is a stressful situation and I rather get paid less and work 9 hour days for the whole year than what i deal with in CPA firms.
Auditor (Former Employee) – Woodbridge, NJ – December 6, 2017
BDO Woodbridge commercial audit falls into the 2 stars category. This is a very bottom line driven group. The budgets and staffing are set at about half of what is normal in other public accounting firm based on my past experience at other firms. This is probably intentional to extract the maximum value from each job for the partners. Great for the partners, not great for the staff.
Regardless of your level, you will be constantly" earning your keep", the busier you are, the happier your boss is. I felt like I was chained to my computer for months, weekend work and busy season hours are mandatory for 4 months of the year, 1 month longer than at other firms or even a different office of the same firm.
The office functions like a small firm under the BDO name. There isn't any career development and management doesn't care about your wishes and wants, it's all about getting the job done the way they want it done and in the time they want it done while offering little in the way of guidance. You are a tool to them and nothing more.
It's a paycheck but you need to be a slave. They put on a good facade.
Fast-paced but on a relaxed and collaborative basis
Manager Consultant (Former Employee) – London – December 6, 2017
Could work at home if needed. Allot of creative thinking supported by management.constant communication with management and supporting staff encouraged. Allowed to take initiative to seek new business through providing presentations and meeting clients independently.