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BDO Reviews

Updated 17 October 2017
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  • Work life balance not too good from audit perspective but it is the norm in the industry (in 35 reviews)

  • Long hours during busy season, but that is the same as every other large firm (in 67 reviews)

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  1. "Good environment working place"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good colleagues, good working environment

    Cons

    No career progression and limited opportunities to grow as an individual.

    Advice to Management

    -


  2. "Losing its way"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BDO full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A nice main London office in a nice West End location
    A reasonable degree of recognition of personal individuality
    Strong current emphasis on embracing digital technology
    Reasonable work / life balance

    Cons

    Increasingly faceless and corporate
    Big 4 working practices like hotdesking without Big 4 pay and benefits
    A weak HR function and Partners who ride roughshod over official HR practices to condone and cover up inappropriate behaviour
    Do as I say not as I do Partner culture
    Years of no real increase pay rises and promotions without meaningful increases and no apparent plans to change that as profits surge
    Obsession with cost cutting rather than increasing working efficiency and productivity

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and think about your people - we’re not robots and there’s less keeping us with you than you think


  3. "Review"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit Trainee in London, England
    Former Employee - Audit Trainee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Balance Work-Personal Life - Very Good

    Cons

    Salary and slowly career progression


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  5. "Insight Day"

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Gained an insight into the various business areas of the company.
    Got face time with a range of employees in various functional areas of the business.

    Cons

    Relatively Short Experience (ended at 3pm). Didn't go into depth in the M&A Advisory side of the business (which the majority of applications were interested in).


  6. "Insight Day"

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    Former Employee - Student Assistant in London, England
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at BDO (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic staff, very approachable and always willing to answer questions.

    Cons

    No apparent negatives of the insight day.


  7. "BDO London"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Project Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Structured career progression.
    Free fruit and breakfast, Christmas and Easter present.
    Relaxed and friendly atmosphere
    Reasonable hours
    Baker Street good location
    Partners very approachable

    Cons

    Limited but structured bonus
    Office building is poorly designed
    Not generally known outside accountants

    Advice to Management

    Could probably save some money doing less of the in-house branding and the BUILD nonsense


  8. "Great company!"

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

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

    Pros

    Collaborative working culture
    Great working hours
    Fun team

    Cons

    Outside of the core service lines, there are lots of different, small teams, so the working culture can differ across the firm

    Advice to Management

    Too many appraisals


  9. "Great Company to Work For"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good supportive team, plenty of new projects to get involved in

    Cons

    Nothing significant, though perhaps the review process is a bit slow


  10. "Good firm to work for"

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    Current Employee - Tax Senior in London, England
    Current Employee - Tax Senior in London, England

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

    Pros

    Good hours, and good working environment

    Cons

    Clients are smaller than big 4


  11. "Interesting"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BDO full-time

    Pros

    Great team , nice office, good location, free breakfast in the mornings, great work life balance, I feel like I am heard.

    Cons

    Technologically behind, some office politics

    Advice to Management

    Make the company more transparent to it's employees and scrap the bandings


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