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BDO Reviews

Updated 19 February 2018
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Pros
  • Emphasises on the importance of work-life balance (with decent benefits) (in 76 reviews)

  • Challenging yet supportive working environment (in 43 reviews)

Cons
  • Long working hours without OT pay (in 80 reviews)

  • Work life balance during Feb to May is poor however it is made up for during the summer and fall which are slower (in 41 reviews)

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  1. "Best company I have worked for"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager

    I have been working at BDO full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very flexible, great exposure, you set your limits

    Cons

    Have to put in the hours at time


  2. "Alright for some!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BDO full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free breakfast, good overall international network, lots of specialists, flexible working available, local IT support, good external trainers, nice HQ (London), widely used staff recognition scheme, big clients, some outstanding partners, good staff socials

    Cons

    Too much office politics, outdated software, mandatory hot desking, inconsistency, lack of transparency, poor work-life balance, reduced classroom teaching for trainees, tendency to promise innovation and fail to deliver, many onerous policies, progression only available if your face fits

    Advice to Management

    Reflect honestly on why good staff are leaving and make a real effort to stamp out office politics. BDO is a firm with so much potential - you could turn things around if you actually believed in the BUILD values. Accept there is a problem that you need to fix then fix it. Don't just spitball ideas, identify a viable solution and follow through.


  3. "Good culture, preferred to experience of big 4"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BDO full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    people, flexible benefits, charity days, nice office

    Cons

    Some long hours and travel to clients


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  5. "Decent time"

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    Current Employee - Audit Trainee in London, England
    Current Employee - Audit Trainee in London, England

    I have been working at BDO full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Overtime paid- although this is slowly being reduced
    Easy to do well and be notice
    Mid sized clients means not being stuck on the same job for months on end

    Cons

    Few cons- decent place to learn

    Advice to Management

    Be less rigid with timeframes and structure of promotion


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    "Senior Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BDO (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Variety of work, some great colleagues

    Cons

    Poor work life balance, judged on presents not results.


  7. "good, engaging, dynamic, approachable, demanding"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good staff, engaging, dynamic, peak times busy

    Cons

    bad training, lack of direction


  8. "Nice people but not clear on their identity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people are nice people including management. They care about individuals.

    Cons

    I think they are underconfident about their value because they are not a Big Four.


  9. "BDO Audit Senior London"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BDO full-time

    Pros

    Good training, paid overtime, flexible working

    Cons

    Difficult for promotion for accountants trained outside BDO


  10. "Good culture and partners are approachable"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smaller so more exposure to partners and other senior managers.
    Recognition awards for job well done.
    Types of engagements are interesting.
    Regular social events.
    The office space just been renovated and all very collaborative and exciting.

    Cons

    The negatives are consistent with other consulting firms’.
    Peak times are very demanding but less than big 4s.
    Hot desking was recently enforced but it is the model for more big firms now.


  11. "2104"

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    Former Employee - Work Experience
    Former Employee - Work Experience

    I worked at BDO (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good experience and responsibility with tasks

    Cons

    only a week long work experience


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