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BKD Reviews

Updated 12 November 2014
Updated 12 November 2014
83 Reviews
3.4
83 Reviews
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BKD Partner & CEO Ted Dickman
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Working with very talented individuals and learn a lot as a first year staff (in 5 reviews)

  • They often promote from within so there are many opportunities for advancement (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • The long hours are hard to deal with during busy season (in 7 reviews)

  • long hours during the summer in particular industries (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    It's far from perfect, but it's a great place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BKD full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Small office environment with large national firm reputation and support, opportunities for growth and advancement, stability, high morals and standards

    Cons

    Benefits and pay could be better, but they're still competitive. Very conservative partners/executives that are not open to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You HAVE to be open to change and innovation. Listen to your young professionals and staff. Just because you're a Partner doesn't mean you know everything. You're behind the times and your people are your greatest resources, so listen to them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Unrealistic expectations and underpaid

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Associate
    Current Employee - Audit Associate

    I have been working at BKD full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working with very talented individuals and learn a lot as a first year staff. The hours are not terrible during your first year, but get progressively worse.

    Cons

    Underpaid, unrealistic expectations, work-life balance, benefits are non-existent, no incentive to stay, no diversity. Nearly impossible to work and study for the CPA exam.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees. The Big 4 and smaller firms have better pay. Offer rotational programs during off months.

  3.  

    Tax Associate

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BKD

    Pros

    Good place to start a career and gain experience at a quick pace.

    Cons

    Benefits and salary are not as great as competing firms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus less on billable hours and more on work life balance.

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  5.  

    Great people, unrealistic expectations, salary under market.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in San Antonio, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in San Antonio, TX (US)

    I have been working at BKD full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The office culture is great, the friendships I've made are fantastic. The partners are great people and I truly enjoy being there everyday.

    Cons

    The benefits are sub-par, the pay is consistently below market, the company does not offer bonuses. They consistently require staff to work above their positions, but are slow to promote and offer raises.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to learn and start career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tax Intern in Indianapolis, IN (US)
    Former Employee - Tax Intern in Indianapolis, IN (US)

    I worked at BKD as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I had a great experience learning from a variety of people and exposure to multiple projects. The hours were not too bad, but full time seemed to work very long. Office culture is great and the people are nice.

    Cons

    Longer hours as a full time associate seemed to be pretty demanding for a mid tier firm. The salary offer was low compared to smaller firms or same size firms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    May want to look towards better compensation for new hires. Smaller firms offer better pay.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BKD

    Pros

    Good midsize audit firm, enjoy my experience

    Cons

    Their comp is below market.

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Professional atmosphere, great people.

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

    I worked at BKD full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people are intelligent, hard-working and highly motivated from partner level to support staff. They are willing to give you a chance to demonstrate what you can do and are committed to developing and retaining talent. They offer some work schedule flexibility. For example, employees can purchase additional PTOs, and, depending on the circumstances, can negotiate reduced-hour schedules.

    Cons

    Busy season can be grueling -- long hours and stressful. (I consider this par for the course in public accounting.) To be successful, you will need to be very committed to your career.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Staff Accountant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Auditor in Indianapolis, IN (US)
    Former Employee - Staff Auditor in Indianapolis, IN (US)

    I worked at BKD full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    BKD offers opportunities for advancement and experience that translates to a variety of future career opportunities. On the audit team, you are usually going to the office of a different client every week, so the job is never monotonous.

    Cons

    The cons are the hours, the demanding nature of the work environment, awful communication, bad benefits, travel, and working saturdays during busy season.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to learn how to communicate much better and take more control of the culture of the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Typical Public Accounting Firm

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BKD full-time

    Pros

    Good way to gain exposure in different industries (variety depends on which office you work in); Becker CPA review is paid for (be financially prepared to test in every open testing window until you pass all 4 sections); learn a great deal during your first year....

    Cons

    Work a lot of hours during busy season (work/life balance could be improved); upper management has favorites; lots of "constructive criticism"; compensation could be higher

  11.  

    quite company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Indianapolis, IN (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Indianapolis, IN (US)

    I worked at BKD as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    the best part of working there to me was the experience i gained.

    Cons

    the worst was the work environment it was very quite and i didn't see or have to much interaction with others

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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