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Review averages

  • 18 employees say

    Excellent (5)
    27.777777777778%
    Good (9)
    50%
    Satisfactory (3)
    16.666666666667%
    Subpar (1)
    5.5555555555556%
    3.57
  • 2 applicants say

    Excellent (1)
    50%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (1)
    50%
    2.50

Company summary

There are many ways to answer the question, “Why BDO?”
 
We could tell you about our 60+ offices across the U.S. or our 1,401 offices worldwide. We could mention our comprehensive service offerings, our experience across virtually every major industry, or the wide range of clients we serve, from regional businesses to global leaders.
 
But what truly sets BDO apart is our commitment to exceeding expectations on every engagement, big or small, for every client, local or multinational. It’s about more than our depth of experience or technical excellence, more than our open, communicative culture. It’s about a firm-wide dedication to delivering service to every single client that is, without exception, exceptional.

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Company info

Who we are

Products, services

For more than 100 years, BDO USA has been recognized as a premier accounting, tax, financial advisory and consulting organization. Providing services to a wide range of publicly traded and privately held companies, BDO offers a sophisticated array of services and global capabilities, combined with the personal attention of experienced and committed professionals. BDO serves clients through 64 offices and over 400+ independent alliance firm locations nationwide. As an independent Member Firm of BDO International Limited, BDO serves multinational clients through a global network of 1,408 offices in 150+ countries. BDO USA, LLP, a Delaware limited liability partnership, is the US member of BDO International Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, and forms part of the international BDO network of independent member firms. BDO is the brand name for the BDO network and for each of the BDO Member Firms.

Company outlook

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Core Purpose

BDO’s Core Purpose is helping people thrive, every day. It is, fundamentally, why we exist as a firm, and it applies as much to our clients as it does to our employees.
 
Core Values
BDO’s Core Values define how we work together in order to serve this purpose. Together they establish a set of standards embodied by our work, our relationships, and our professionals. They allow us to be genuine and fair in our judgments, to build deeper relationships with our clients, and to maintain an inclusive, flexible work environment. They are what we stand for as a firm, and they guide us daily as we navigate the many issues and opportunities of the accounting profession. 

People First. BDO strives to maintain an inclusive working environment where teamwork and relationships matter.

Exceptional: Every Day, Every Way. We deliver the industry’s highest standards of service – and integrity, too. We believe that client relationships are based not only on technical excellence and analytic insight, but on respect, trust, and transparency.

Embrace Change. In a complex and dynamic world, clients expect their advisors to be forward-thinking and insightful about their business. At BDO, we are always learning and growing – as people and as professionals.

Empowerment Through Knowledge. Exceptional client service requires exceptional depth of knowledge. It also means sharing that knowledge with our clients and with each other.

Choose Accountability. BDO professionals take personal responsibility for their work. No matter what, we deliver on promises and obligations to our clients and co-workers alike.

 

Benefits

Not just rewards. Total rewards. 

At BDO, our benefits begin – but do not end – with competitive financial compensation for our employees. Our rewards extend to a variety of opportunities for enrichment that allow you to grow both professionally and personally.
 
Our wide range of benefits, coupled with the flexibility to customize them to individual needs, are among the reasons BDO has been honored with many workplace awards, including Working Mother 100 Best Companies and more than 30 local When Work Works Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility.

Compensation and health-related insurance 
BDO's compensation packages are highly competitive, and include excellent benefits: medical, pharmacy, dental, vision, wellness, pretax transportation, 401k matching, and a wide range of employee discounts (travel, cell phone, computers, and more) and referral bonuses. Compensation may also include merit increases as well as opportunities for year-end and discretionary bonuses that acknowledge exemplary performance, contributions, and excellence in our core competencies.

Personal Enrichment
In addition to a wide range of mentoring, training, and professional development offerings, BDO also provides generous and flexible paid time off programs, granting paid leave for a variety of reasons, including vacation, illness, and parental leave. BDO also grants professionals personal leaves of absence for both medical or general reasons, such as world travel or the pursuit of higher education.

 

Location

For applicants

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What we offer

What is special about working for us?

The next step forward.

As a BDO professional, you’ll work in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment, helping to drive BDO’s already rapid growth as we continue to add clients and open new offices across the country. And as a member of the world’s fifth largest accounting and consulting organization, you’ll deliver the accounting industry’s highest level of service to a dynamic and wide-ranging client-base, across virtually all industries.
 
You, individually, will grow as well. You’ll work in a supportive office, with smaller client service teams and an excellent partner-to-staff ratio. And you’ll benefit from a culture that places a high priority on mentorship, professional development, and work-life flexibility. At BDO, we are dedicated to our people, and to helping them succeed both personally and professionally, as they advance throughout their careers.



How would we describe the company culture?

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More than just professional success.

BDO’s Core Purpose is helping people thrive, every day. And that doesn’t just mean our clients. We strive to help everyone at BDO thrive both in and out of the office – to grow as professionals, while meeting their commitments to their families, communities, and personal lives as a whole.

To that end, BDO maintains a number of programs and initiatives to support our people, both in and out of the office.

BDO Flex
Workplace flexibility is more than just a benefit. In today’s 24/7 global work reality, it’s essential. From the day-to-day flexibility to attend a child’s soccer game, to a formal arrangement to telecommute long-term, BDO Flex allows our people to adjust where, when, or how much they work – even the types of work they do. Everyone has unique needs, responsibilities, and interests, and so we encourage our people to find a mutually beneficial mix of workplace commitment and personal flexibility. For more information, visit BDO's Work + Life Fit page.

BDO Green
Green business is better for the environment – and for BDO too. BDO Green is our commitment to both protecting the planet and improving cost efficiencies, including company-wide recycling initiatives and local efforts to reduce energy consumption. For more information, visit BDO's Sustainability page.

BDO Counts
BDO Counts is our volunteerism program. In addition to nationwide initiatives, such as our Week of Service, BDO supports a wide variety of activities chosen by local offices and individuals. For more information, visit BDO's Community Involvement page.

Core Values
People first. Exceptional every day, every way. Embrace change. Empowerment through knowledge. Choose accountability.
 
These are BDO’s core values, the set of standards for the work we do, the way we treat our clients, and the way we treat each other. They guide us through the challenges of our profession, and they are what make BDO a dynamic and supportive working environment. For more information, visit BDO's Core Purpose and Core Values page.

What else should applicants know about us?

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Growth at all levels.

The field of accounting and consulting is marked by constant change and evolution. Those who are most successful evolve with it, continually learning and growing throughout their careers.
 
To that end, BDO offers a wide variety of training and mentorship opportunities designed to help professionals at all levels advance in their careers.

Career Advising
BDO’s one-on-one advising program connects all of our people with mentors, or Career Advisors, the moment they’re hired. Designed to foster professional relationships between seasoned and less experienced employees, the program pairs people at all levels up to Senior Manager with more senior advisors. Career advisors assist employees in improving individual performance and provide a constant, reliable resource to advisees throughout their careers.

BDO University
BDO University (BDO-U) offers access to a variety of online technical and leadership courses. As part of BDO’s commitment to ongoing education, our professionals have access to a personalized checklist of training through BDO-U that is based on level and business line.

In-house Certified Professional Education (CPE)
A life in public accounting means a life of continuous learning. BDO offers a wide variety of CPE programs to help our professionals grow in whatever way best suits their individual needs, preferences, and learning styles. National, regional, and local training opportunities include conferences, one-on-one training, webcasts, and self-study courses.

BDO Leadership Institute
The BDO Leadership Institute (BLI) is an intensive, 18-month internal leadership development program for high-potential senior managers and directors.  Selection for the program is highly competitive, and focuses on the development of leadership, interpersonal, and business development skills.

Reviews for BDO USA

Reviews - What employees say

3.57 Employees say
2.50 Applicants say
  • 13.Sep 2017
  • Employee

Cogs

2.50
Company culture
2.00
Support from Management
1.00
Teamwork
3.00
Level of Autonomy
5.00
Communication
3.00
Gender Equality
4.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
1.00
Career Development
2.00
Overall Compensation for your work
2.00
Office/Work Environment
3.00
Eco-consciousness
3.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00
Company Image
4.00
Job security
1.00
Handicap Accessibility
0.00
Workplace Safety
0.00
Challenging Work
3.00
Inclusive/Diverse
2.00
  • 24.Aug 2017
  • Employee

What I like about the company

The team is great, supportive and everyone worked together. Good people, great team.

What I dislike about the company

There was never enough time to properly plan for the upcoming project/work/assignments (fly by the seat of your pants). The budgets were always to small so often times the work was rushed and there wasn't enough time to properly update workpapers at the end of the project. The feedback during the coaching process/mentoring wasn't blunt or forward enough.

  • 31.Jul 2017
  • Employee

Company culture

very low company culture.

Support from Management

lack of leadership and communication from partners and managers.

Career Development

no career growth and lack of mentoring on career path.

Company Image

not a good place to start in public accounting.

Suggestions for improvement

  • Need to get rid of the current leadership.

What I like about the company

There is not much positive things to say.

What I dislike about the company

There is lack of leadership in the office and it's too close knit. There are favorite managers and seniors and it's very obvious of the politics. People don't feel like they are part of an organization. Too much bossing around and non-stop busy seasons. Not a good place for someone to be in public accounting.


Review averages

  • 18 employees say

    Excellent (5)
    27.777777777778%
    Good (9)
    50%
    Satisfactory (3)
    16.666666666667%
    Subpar (1)
    5.5555555555556%
    3.57
  • 2 applicants say

    Excellent (1)
    50%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (1)
    50%
    2.50

kununu score comparisons

BDO USA
3.46
20 reviews

Industry average (Finance)
3.15
18,952 reviews

kununu average
3.09
2,064,000 reviews