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BDO Reviews

Updated 12 December 2017
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  • Long working hours without OT pay (in 75 reviews)

  • Work life balance not too good from audit perspective but it is the norm in the industry (in 37 reviews)

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  1. "Good culture and partners are approachable"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "2104"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  3. "Summer Intern"

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

    Pros

    Well-organised structure. Associates are helpful.

    Cons

    Can be boring at times. Not much say.


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  5. "Good overall"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BDO full-time

    Pros

    Good culture and working environment.

    Cons

    Salaries not as high as big 4


  6. "Senior"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Auditor in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Auditor in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, Socials, Competitive Pay, Brand, Overtime

    Cons

    Not a big 4
    Working flexibility is less compared to big 4
    No Bonus
    Poor maternity policies
    Benefits mostly paid for

    Advice to Management

    Increase flexibility i.e. work from home
    Bonus


  7. "Ask them what their staff turnover is like"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ipswich, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ipswich, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BDO full-time

    Pros

    Relatively flexible working in comparison to similar size firms

    Cons

    If you are considering interviewing here I suggest you ask what their staff turnover is like and why - and if this is an internal cultural thing? Do your research, speak to current and former employees where possible and then decide whether this is a place you'd like work


  8. "Great work-life balance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great company, with a vision and plans for the future
    - Emphasises on the importance of work-life balance (with decent benefits)
    - Room for career progression & movement
    - Sufficiently big (but not so big that you become faceless)

    Cons

    - Slow career progression
    - Salary pay cannot attract top talent (hence will remain mid-tier)
    - Mid-tier market (depends on your preference)

    Advice to Management

    - Improve salary pay/rewards
    - Improve management culture & behaviour


  9. "Audit"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BDO full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, colleagues in your intake are generally nice and friendly

    Cons

    Hierarchical, bureaucratic, tied up with policies. I generally feel that they do not want do develop you in area that you wish to, but only for you to be able to do the job. Gossips and politics are common. The manager has too much control and he tends to pick a favourite. In my department only this one guy in our intake is always busy while other 5 people including myself are empty handed. As I was not booked for any client, I signed up for some in house training program and my boss emailed me to cancel them as they are 'irrelevant' to the sector I am in.

    Advice to Management

    Live up to the culture you promote I suppose?


  10. "Was OK to start with"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Service Analyst (LONDON) in London, England
    Former Employee - Technical Service Analyst (LONDON) in London, England
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Salary was market rate for IT professionals depending on when you joined and what team you worked in. Free Breakfast. Free fruit twice a week. Flexible working to some extent. Multi faith room. Great location and office.

    Cons

    Career opportunities although advertised was not always made available to internal candidates, some roles were secretly filled prior to advertisement. Management were not transparent. Subsequent pay rises were below average. Technical Service team was outsourced and the process from BDO end could have been managed a lot better, felt like outsiders once the decision was made and not effort from Senior management to ease the process. No thank you or leaving card!!! 3 IT Directors in the 3 Years I was there.

    Advice to Management

    Be a bit more understanding when you embark on your next phase of outsourcing.
    Be more transparent.


  11. "Good environment working place"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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

    -


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