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Updated 18 October 2018
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Pros
  • "Work life balance is reasonable" (in 94 reviews)

  • "Friendly working culture, good working environment" (in 57 reviews)

Cons
  • "The only downside of it is the really long working hours" (in 102 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 56 reviews)

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  1. "BDO UK assistant manager"

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    Current Employee - Audit Assistant Manager in Bristol, England
    Current Employee - Audit Assistant Manager in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BDO full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It is a supportive atmosphere where all are supported to be their best

    Cons

    As in all accountancy firms you are worked very hard, though BDO does, unlike the big 4, pay overtime

    Advice to Management

    Hire more seniors to reduce workload on existing staff


  2. "Senior Auditor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BDO full-time

    Pros

    Employees may benefit from great career opportunities.

    Cons

    Employees may find it hard to achieve work/life balance

  3. "Job experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You'll learn fast and use what you learn into practice

    Cons

    low salary. Usually, need to work overtime.


  4. "Lousy employment proposition for senior staff"

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

    I have been working at BDO full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice London office building with a nice canteen, good support and development structure for junior staff, average partner earnings of £530k+, good mix of clients, nice West End location, a lot of very good people

    Cons

    Treats existing senior staff who can’t get onto partner track - most of them - like dirt including lousy pay and benefits (how else such high partner earnings) and patronising and abusive behaviour, increasingly just a smaller version of the Big 4, increasingly soulless and corporate, toothless HR department, 10 years of continual real terms pay cuts even now profits are soaring, other much better places to work

    Advice to Management

    Enjoy your business model whilst it lasts - hard to see how it can when your experienced people can do so much better elsewhere - expect a mass exodus


  5. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly Good food Low Stress Good location

    Cons

    Long working hours
    Lack of benefits


  6. "Seems pretty good to me"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nottingham, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nottingham, England

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

    Pros

    The office generally has a good buzz about it, people seem to get on with each other and I can't complain about the work life balance. There appears to be a concerted effort from the senior team nationally to be more aware of the needs of the employees and flexible working and mindfulness are regular themes in internal communications.

    Cons

    The office is quite dated - but at least it has parking.


  7. "BDO employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BDO full-time

    Pros

    Great employees and strong community vibe

    Cons

    Office doesn't cater to creative thinking

  8. "Data Analytics Senior"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BDO full-time

    Pros

    Highly innovative, and intelligent technology team. Great working environment (once you learn the ropes. Every work place and team has its unique nuances).

    Mostly familial feel which is nice and missing from most Big 4 companines.

    Cons

    Slow acceptance to adopting new technologies. However, way quicker and frankly more agile than UK Big4 .

    As with all big firms, a bit of politicking here and there.

    A bit too laid back sometimes.

    Very little "black box" type thinking. If you're that kind of innovator, be ready to forge your own path (which is very possible so sort of a plus).


  9. "Good experience"

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

    I worked at BDO full-time

    Pros

    Innovative and willing to promote and train anyone regarding their position

    Cons

    Sometimes feels unstructured compared to BIG4


  10. "Great people to work with"

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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

    Growth prospects are good, excellent work-life balance, fair pay.

    Cons

    The travelling is a bit hectic.


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