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In line with industry average
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJanuary 16, 2018
This is a partnership and all comp and promo is contingent to overall results. Their core services (jobs offered) are auditing, accounting and consulting.
Pros
large enough for internal mobility
Cons
admin and ops staff comp subpar
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Productive and everyday was a challenge
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  San Juan, PRJanuary 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.
Pros
Free Snaks
Cons
Healthcare, 401K
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Recruits beware
Manager (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILJanuary 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.
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Unhappy
Tax Associate (Former Employee) –  Tampa, FLJanuary 15, 2018
Noone talks to each other
You are lazy for leaving at 7pm
Health issues are unacceptable
Negative feedback only
No praise if doing something well
People don't care about each other
Cons
Competition
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Working for BDO
eDiscovery & Litigation Coordinator (Current Employee) –  NYC, NYJanuary 8, 2018
I enjoy working for BDO. The atmosphere is very pleasant. The members of the group are very nice, competent and are very open to questions or new ways of doing things.
Pros
Holiday week off
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Great team in NYC tax department
Administrative Analyst to the Tax Department (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJanuary 8, 2018
The people are great to work with but the hours are long.

The tax management department can be appreciative.

Deadlines come up quickly but the staff works well together.
Pros
Free soda and coffee
Cons
long hours in the tax department
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Good culture with structured benefits.
Human Resources Manager (Former Employee) –  San Juan, PRJanuary 8, 2018
The company provides excellent benefits and wellness program.
Employees have access to a structured Education Assistance Program.
Company provides up to date office environment.
Pros
Snack bar
Cons
Work Life Balance
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good with some pros and cons
Tax Intern (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CAJanuary 7, 2018
-very busy
-management cares about productivity
-good pay and housing provided for
-great location
-lots of challenging work for personal growth opportunities
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Good luck!
Manager (Current Employee) –  McLean, VAJanuary 3, 2018
Good luck with your career! Nice people and employees seem generally very happy and enthusiastic about working at the company. The people are probably the best part of the job.
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Days Off and Job Culture
Tax Associate (Current Employee) –  Dallas, TXJanuary 1, 2018
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.
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Fast-Paced, Challenging
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT (Current Employee) –  Washington StateDecember 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.
Pros
Great Benefits; great pay
Cons
Work Life Balance is terrible 6-7 months out of the year
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Fun but demanding
Tax Intern (Former Employee) –  Columbus, OHDecember 21, 2017
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.
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It's public accounting
Assist clients (Current Employee) –  Akron, OHDecember 12, 2017
Long hours, constant monitoring of productivity, a good place to start but don't hang out too long.
Lots of work variety - you'll never be board and you will learn so much.
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Senior Auditor - Accounting and Assurance Services (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CADecember 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.
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Extremely Fast-Paced And Highly Stressful
Financial Proofreader (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILDecember 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.
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Some perks are nice in some positions, but management is a mess
Marketing (Former Employee) –  New York, NYDecember 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.
Pros
Work/life balance for certain positions, no real issues with taking time off, remote flexibility, decent compensation
Cons
Management is all over the map, they pride themselves on their "entrepreneurial mindset", which is code for them not knowing how to properly manage
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Stressful workweeks
Staff Auditor - Senior Auditor (Current Employee) –  Houston, TXDecember 6, 2017
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.
Pros
Benefits and Pay
Cons
Hours
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They don't care about you
Auditor (Former Employee) –  Woodbridge, NJDecember 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.
Pros
It's a paycheck but you need to be a slave. They put on a good facade.
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Fast-paced but on a relaxed and collaborative basis
Manager Consultant (Former Employee) –  LondonDecember 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.
Pros
Could work at home
Cons
No Binuses (part of firm culture)
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Good overall place to work
IT (Current Employee) –  Santurce, PRDecember 4, 2017
Good overall place to work, but being an accounting firm, IT career advancement feels slow. The most enjoyable part of the job is learning from other employees in their respectives field.
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