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BDO Senior Accountant Reviews

Updated 23 Jun 2020

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BDO Global CEO Martin Van Roekel
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  1. "Unethical, profit before people"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Red Deer, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BDO full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Get to experience a wide variety of clients, and complete files from start to finish, helping increase exposure compared to a Big 4 firm.

    Cons

    Anything related to HR policy is intentionally vague. The company will make several promises prior to tax season to incentivize unpaid overtime, then redact these promises once the work is complete. During my first tax season I was promised banked hours and put in 250 hours of unpaid time. Once tax season finished, the HR policy was changed to replace over time with a bonus at the end of the year. This erased all of my banked hours, which I was not compensated for. The "performance bonus" equated to $8/hour when considering the overtime I had worked. Any staff below management level are blatantly ignored during meetings and told to be quiet when offering solutions. None of the managers are provided training on how to manage staff, and it was extremely common that if you went to your manager with an issue, personal or work related, the entire office would know about it by the end of the day. The only people that get rewarded/recognized are those that are willing to forego work/life balance, and work 70+ hours per week with no additional compensation. Competence does not factor into raises, only time spent in the office. Managers use guilt, shame, fear, and lies to motivate people.

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  2. "Regular public practice job"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Tax Accountant in Vancouver, BC
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at BDO full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay for in-depth and accounting fees. During summer the hours are better.

    Cons

    First half of the year is hell, work long hours and management are very focused on chargeable hours. You are treated as chargeable robots.

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  3. "Bdo"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BDO full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great coworkers, easy to make friends

    Cons

    Pay, micro managing, unrealistic expectation

  4. "Not sure"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Cape Town
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at BDO full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible working hours which allows you to work in a time slot that works best for your circumstance.

    Cons

    Poor interdepartmental communication making working there very inefficient.

  5. "Pretty good mid-sized firm"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant 

    I have been working at BDO full-time

    Pros

    Good salary, knowledgable management, decent perks

    Cons

    Doesn't compare to big 4 name recognition, still work crazy hours.

  6. "Na"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant 

    I have been working at BDO full-time

    Pros

    Good work environment lots of team engagement

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy And levels of management reporting

  7. "Hard work little pay"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Waterloo, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BDO full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great experience for CPA/CA looking to get their designation

    Cons

    No work life balance at the firm

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  8. "BDO Calgary Review"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Calgary, AB
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BDO full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Lots of opportunity for exposure to various reporting frameworks (ASPE, IFRS, and PSAS), and special purpose financial statements. -Autonomy in work, but supportive structure -Great benefits w/ RRSP matching -Better work like balance than Big 4 (Difficult busy season, but relaxing summer months) -Opportunity to be promoted in roles quickly

    Cons

    -Salary is lower than industry benchmarks -HR promises employees more than what materializes -Annual reviews are high level, and it can be difficult assess your worth to the firm.

  9. "Good place to learn"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Guelph, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at BDO full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good training process to get CPA

    Cons

    Limited pay by brackets, turning into "Big4" style of business, decisions are limited at the local level based on what "National" decides

  10. "good public firm"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant 

    I have been working at BDO full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great training, nice coworker, flexible time

    Cons

    client size is small to medium.

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