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Updated 7 December 2018
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  • "Work life balance is reasonable" (in 96 reviews)

  • "Very good working environment and friendly team" (in 60 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company"

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

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

    Pros

    The culture is sublime and the people are great.

    Cons

    No cons, great company with happy employees


  2. "Summer Internship"

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    Former Employee - Summer Intern in London, England
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in London, England
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at BDO (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good company culture, very good benefits, and a chance to run various CSR initiatives.

    Cons

    Very much the stereotypical internship - 6 weeks on excel just adding data, making coffee, and lots of photocopying.

    Advice to Management

    Actually engage the interns in real work - no wonder so few interns decide to come back.

  3. "auditor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BDO full-time

    Pros

    easy, good, fine, happy, location

    Cons

    salary, pressure, gender, bonus, life


  4. "Accounts Executive"

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    Current Employee - Accounts Executive in Bristol, England
    Current Employee - Accounts Executive in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and values. Very chilled out atmosphere, easy going and supportive environment. Quite flexible in accommodating staff, lots of part-time mothers and flexible working is encouraged. Pays for overtime/gives TOIL.

    Cons

    Work can be done in terms of career development and opportunities, lag someway behind the Big 4

    Advice to Management

    Ensure employees feel valued


  5. "senior exec"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BDO full-time

    Pros

    nice people, good for training contract

    Cons

    a lot of focus on non client work and not accounting,


  6. "Great vibes from the company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    everyone from partner to trainee is so friendly

    Cons

    check if you actually want to be an accountant


  7. "Personal Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Personal Assistant in London, England
    Current Employee - Personal Assistant in London, England
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Relatively small, do not feel like a cog in a machine

    Cons

    Lower pay than some firms

  8. "Auditor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BDO (More than a year)

    Pros

    Toil paid for overtime worked

    Cons

    Long hours, terrible office politics, inconsistent career progression, salary lower than other companies. Firm is trying to pretend that it is a big four company when they don't have the capacity to compete in this space, leading to a very unhappy work force. Overall a very unpleasant place to work

    Advice to Management

    None. Company is worse than any Big 4 audit firm.


  9. "Audit Senior"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BDO full-time

    Pros

    Good office in central london
    Good training contract and time off in college

    Cons

    Long working hours
    Limited promotion


  10. "Good firm; often poorly managed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Professional qualification
    - Huge firm globally; you can gain exposure to large and varied clients and work with other BDO member offices around the world.
    - Significant responsibility at an early stage relative to larger firms.
    - Good internal resources

    Cons

    - Often too much expectation placed on junior levels of staff. Due to resourcing issues juniors with one year's experience are often doing the work of someone with 3 years. This can have benefits with regards to exposure when at big four you progress a lot slower. However there has to be a balance and often BDO is too much the other way.
    - Reluctance to look beyond numbers and focus on intangibles such as staff morale, motivation etc. Happy to let people go without replacing them without considering the negative impact on current staff. Subsequently current staff end up with too much workload and then they wonder why they leave.
    - Partner profit shares are higher than KPMG on average. The firm triumphs this as a good thing without considering the ridiculousness of it. Remunerating partners more than a big 4 firm with 5x the overall revenue, that suggests merely a far more unequal firm and is nothing to boast about. Again, they will wonder why talent leave in the face of stats like that.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on recognising contributions of staff and the intangible benefits will flow.