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Updated 17 August 2018
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Pros
  • "Work life balance is reasonable" (in 84 reviews)

  • "Good colleagues, good working environment" (in 53 reviews)

Cons
  • "The only downside of it is the really long working hours" (in 95 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 50 reviews)

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  1. "Good culture"

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    Current Employee - Trainee in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Trainee in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.


  2. "Dynamic environment, growth opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The organisation is growing so there are lots of opportunities to try new things and get involved in different projects. Emphasis on self-starting and self-direction and seizing opportunities. Speedy progression routes available for stand-out staff members.

    Cons

    The emphasis on self-starting could make BDO a challenging environment for some people. There's sometimes a lack of strategic direction communicated to staff.

    Advice to Management

    Avoid the pitfalls the big four have stumbled into recently. Important to remain unique and differentiated from other professional services firms.

  3. "Simple BDO review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BDO full-time

    Pros

    The entity is fast growing and people try and work together to make sure it doesn't fall apart. Big 4 is more about working against each other to get to the top.

    Cons

    You don't always have to firepower to brag about being at the Big 4 - However, at the end of the day, it really doesn't matter.


  4. "Not enough investment in people"

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

    Pros

    Good work/life Balance
    Great exposure in your role
    Nice people in most area of the firm
    Baker St office is well connected

    Cons

    Pay for performance structure is limited
    Average skill sets of most employees
    Partners as you expect think too much about their bottom line
    Not open to new ideas and change


  5. "Audit manager"

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    Former Employee - Audit Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Audit Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BDO full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic client base exposing you to global businesses. Great opportunities to progress and develop skills.

    Cons

    Work life balance non existent.

    Advice to Management

    Employ more of the right people to ensure that staff are assigned work up to 80% (or similar) capacity to ensure time to deal with ad hoc projects.


  6. "Really good company to work for - Hard work though"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BDO full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and good people

    Cons

    Hard work at times, but good experience


  7. "Audit Trainee"

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

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

    Pros

    Ok pay (21.5k), good sick leave, moderate benefits (you can buy 10 extra days holiday on top of the 28 days given). Good training opps but you need to take initiative

    Cons

    Hate their 12.5inch laptops.

    Advice to Management

    Need new laptops

  8. "Audit trainee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BDO full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, work life balance not too bad

    Cons

    No longer giving mobile phones to new starters


  9. "Tax Associate at BDO"

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    Current Employee - Tax Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Tax Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The culture is the best thing about BDO. The working environment is really friendly, and everyone is willing to help. I genuinely enjoy working at BDO, and am made to feel part of a meaningful team.

    Cons

    I am training for the ACA and BDO has tended to cut corners in paying for training. This has meant that we are no longer being trained in college for all of the exams, which has transferred a lot of the additional work onto us.


  10. "Not for me"

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    Former Employee - Project Executive in Ipswich, England
    Former Employee - Project Executive in Ipswich, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - People (some of them)
    I'm sure this is a fine place to work if accounting is your passion. For me it certainly wasn't and I only took the job until something more suited to my qualifications and skill set came along.

    Cons

    - Underpaid
    - Long hours
    - Uneducated management


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