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I have been working at BDO full-time (Less than a year)
The working culture at BDO is very team-dependent, but generally you feel that senior management do want to support you and help you learn and progress. Working at a regional offices is (generally) lower pressure than London (reflected in pay), and while working a bit late isn't uncommon it generally really is 9-5.15 working hours, allowing a really good work-life balence.
BDO offers emplyees 10 paid CSR days every year, which for example allows you to become a charity trustee, volunteer with a local charity, and/or do a sponsored run.
BDO got the best review from the FRC in 2018 for audits, which is a great reputation and allows you to be proud of your work. You're encouraged to give top service to every job, with half-arsed output not an option.
Pay rates aren't the most competative (but I feel for the hours you put in compared to other companies that's legit)
Pay rates for different levels are opaque.
Advice to Management
Keep an eye on working cultures in different teams - there are some outstanding models of this but some senior leaders drain morale in their teams.
I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at BDO (London, England) in October 2010.
Having sent off my online application, I was told to complete some online tests. These were the standard easy SHL reasoning tests. After this, I was invited to book my first interview. During the interview, I felt very relaxed, the manager seemed very friendly and the culture in the workplace seems very good. Standard questions such as why BDO? Why Audit? And some competencies such as time in a team and a leader.