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Updated 19 June 2018
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Pros
  • "Work life balance is reasonable" (in 81 reviews)

  • "Wonderful working environment, employees were extremely helpful and informative" (in 50 reviews)

Cons
  • "The only downside of it is the really long working hours" (in 92 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 48 reviews)

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  1. "BDO UK assistant manager"

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    • Senior Management
    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. "Good company"

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

    Pros

    Nice staff, nice building to work in

    Cons

    Workload can be a bit much

  3. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Associate in London, England
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Recognised firm with proper training structure.

    Cons

    Rude and lazy supervisors.
    No work life balance
    Poor communication to staff
    Overtime not paid
    Lots of young talents quit due to lack of promotion

    Advice to Management

    Inefficient supervisors must be trained and young talents can be promoted.


  4. "Senior Audit Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BDO full-time

    Pros

    Nice new office, some big listed clients

    Cons

    Lesser pay than Big 4 with same working hours


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Awful..."

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    Former Employee - BDO Drive in Manchester, England
    Former Employee - BDO Drive in Manchester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good central location with somewhat nice offices
    - Free fruit twice a week (though it never lasts long)
    - Lots of exposure to different types of work and colleagues in different offices
    - Very easy to get away with doing the bare minimum

    Cons

    - Not enough staff for the work which results in existing good staff having to work much longer hours
    - Extremely high staff turnover
    - Lack of transparency on promotions, will bring up anything they can in appraisals to not give promotions/salary increase or bonus
    - Every single person in the company is in it for themselves and managers will always try to bring you down
    - Managers and Senior Managers abuse the flexible working hours and intimidate the junior members of staff

    Advice to Management

    - Review all the Managers based on anonymous reviews by those under them
    - Invest in staff (training/ IT equipment)
    - Promote a healthy working environment, not just talk about it
    - Evaluate employees on feedback from clients/colleagues and also the amount of work they do, link this to salary
    -Learn how to say thank you for a job well done, a £75 voucher is barely anything


  6. "Brilliant company"

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    Current Employee - Audit Trainee in London, England
    Current Employee - Audit Trainee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    friendly
    understanding
    good pay and progression if you are on track

    Cons

    audit is not a fulfilling job

    Advice to Management

    none


  7. "Ex Corporate Tax"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BDO full-time

    Pros

    Good central location
    Free fruit twice a week (though it never lasts long)
    Get lots of client management experience due to partners never being in the office and distant from what is happening

    Cons

    As above partners rairly in the office and distant from what is happening on the ground and dont have strong client relationships.

    When they are in the office one particular partner can be very hot and cold. If something hasnt gone to plan, blames someone else and can be extremely rude.

    Need more staff at all levels. High staff turnover and has been for a number of years.

    Some senior members of staff including partners have poor technical knowledge.

    Due to staff shortages, staff are sending work out to clients where they don't have sufficient knowledge which is going to result in a large claim on the firms insurance.

    The SSC has caused more work for the seniors to manager who receive the computations back late and completed to a very poor level often with technical errors in. Feedback has been ignored and they increasing the size without listening whether it fits BDO's needs.

    Too high charge out rates and historically low fees in comparison which results in low recoveries. The low recoveries are blamed on managers. When a manager attempts to increase the fee and the client questions the increase. The partner just rolls over and the low fee continues.

    Lack of transparency on promotions and feedback is slow and not particularly helpful.

    Want to be big 4 so going after too large clients for the firms capabilities and ignoring the needs of its current client base.

    Inconsistency in the application of the TOIL policy between offices and departments. Very hard to claim in tax, partners view is your work is part of your job. The reason why you are working late is due to your inefficiency and failure delegate (when there is no one to delegate to) instead of your work load

    Advice to Management

    Need to start rewarding staff with bonuses for hard work (£75 voucher isn't sufficient) instead of keeping all the profits for yourselves.

    Start listening to staff and employing sufficient numbers.

    Scrap the SSC or at the very least listen to and implement some of the feedback such as employing interns does not work.

    Spend some of your retained earnings on IT as BDO are 5-10 years behind the big 4.

  8. "Overall good experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BDO full-time

    Pros

    Good company with a good work life balance

    Cons

    Very little career progression and opportunity


  9. "Best company I have worked for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager

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

    Pros

    Very flexible, great exposure, you set your limits

    Cons

    Have to put in the hours at time


  10. Helpful (2)

    "BDO London worst place to work at ever !!!!!"

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

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

    Pros

    The food in the cafeteria

    Cons

    The negatives are a lot as the company loses good and skilled employees only to remain with archiac partnership and directors who do not want to change or move with the times.

    - A lot of politics and backbiting, the organisation thrives on destructive gossiping and the clique system.If you find yourself not fitting into one then your stay will not be bearable
    - For the short time I was there the turnover of managers was around 80%, no wonder they are always looking for people. The organisation is a smudge on your CV that is why I left I did not even include it on my experience profile as I learnt nothing, I actually regressed. so to those who want to join do so at your own risk

    - Management overpromises onpersonall developmen and equatable performance scheme, where in actual fact it is non-existent you only target a salary rise by a negligible percentage. You ask yourself what is the point of wasting time on useless appraisal systems for the sake of administration work.

    Directors and Partners are very deceptive and work on divide and rule strategy based on favouritism and nepotism, very unprofessional work place

    Advice to Management

    -Change the old guard
    - change the whole culture of the organisation from top to bottom otherwise, we will soon hear of a major audit failure comming from BDO


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