Overview

Introduction

BDO is a global accounting and advisory firm and one of the most prestigious CPA firms in the U.S. Its internship program gives students hands-on experience while they work alongside senior managers. Its full-time staff have access to informal coaching, formal mentoring, and extensive training. BDO does a lot to promote philanthropic activities and diversity, and has a diverse staff, with partners who identify as LGBTQ+ and are of various races and ethnicities.

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Employer Type

LLP

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Size

5,001-10,000 Employees

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Featured Rankings

Vault Accounting 25


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Major Office Locations

Houston, TX


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Employment Contact

Sarah Turcotte, People & Culture Recruiting Senior Manager,...

Firsthand Findings

BDO USA is looking for smart, positive, motivated team players. For students, BDO runs a valuable internship program, providing interns with hands-on experience, a variety of challenging projects and tasks, and the resources and support to understand and complete those tasks. Interns also get the opportunity to meet associates, seniors, managers, and partners. For its full-time staff, BDO provides extensive career development opportunities, including mentoring, coaching, trainings, networking events, and the ability to rotate through various divisions and groups.

Work hours can be long and stressful during the busy tax season, but BDO offers a lot of schedule flexibility and the ability to work remotely, and respects PTO. Salaries and benefits are competitive if ...

About the Company

BDO USA, LLP is the U.S. member firm of BDO International Ltd., one of the world’s largest accounting and advisory organizations serving the middle market, with more than 95,000 people working out of more than 1,700 offices across 164 countries and territories. BDO USA is the sixth-largest accounting firm in the U.S., measured by annual revenues. It has more than 70 offices and approximately 9,650 employees, including 777 partners. In 2021, BDO USA’s revenues exceeded $2 billion. BDO provides assurance, tax and advisory services to a wide range of publicly traded and privately held companies. 

The firm's industry expertise includes asset management; financial institutions and specialty finance; government contracting; healthcare; hospitality and leisure; insurance; life sciences; manufacturing and distribution; natural res...

Employee Reviews


  • “Best parts: WFH ability, we can use flex time if we want to, flexibility just in general, people respect when you are on PTO, culture team in our office promotes events/diversity, overall great atmosphere. Most challenging parts: hours can be tough, the best workers are often taken advantage of, it’s hard to not feel anxious when you aren't working.”

  • “I wouldn’t trade the people I work with for anything. The culture is amazing, even if the work is overwhelming. However, understaffing leaves employees feeling burnt out sooner, which is not the firm’s fault, as there is an understaffing problem amongst all public firms.”

  • “The flexibility is great! You can work at home as much as you want, which makes it easy to be around my husband and children more. I am still working too many hours, but at least I can pick up my kids from school, have dinner with them, and just be there when they need me instead of in the office. However, the total hours requirements are too high. This is driving people out of the company. Especially when the compensation doesn't match the effort. There is no analysis on whether or not there are enough people to work on all the clients we have, which leads to a lot of hours and stress at all levels. I am able to take vacation, but I have no one to back me up while I am out because I can't get consistent staff on my jobs. This leads to answering emails and phone calls on my vacation, which should not have to happen.”

  • “There are very busy periods each year as a CPA in tax that are difficult to plan around. It is a fact of the profession. While the firm is very good at promoting flex work arrangements, the hours can be a drag on morale. That said, flexibility is at BDO's core. Day-to-day flex is such a positive aspect of my job. I can shift my ‘start time’ or ‘end time’ to accommodate family needs or outside appointments, etc. I have a great deal of control over my schedule. I have also taken advantage of a formal flex arrangement (reduced work hours for four months/year).”

Why Work Here


BDO USA takes pride in hiring and developing people with exceptional skills and talent. The nature of our market makes it imperative that we hire and recruit individuals with impact, the kind of people who will make a difference the moment they arrive—and who flourish under our core values of competence, honesty and integrity, professionalism, dedication, responsibility and accountability. 

Getting Hired Here


  • “The firm’s process is aggressive and very professional. The firm is seeking people with great morals, people who want to advance as part of a team, people who are smart, good business leaders, and area experts, as well as the best and brightest graduates.”

  • “I think the firm is actively looking for professionals every day. I can speak on the intern hiring process: There are multiple recruiting events that BDO attends throughout the year to recruit current students. The firm has in-office interviews where students get to meet multiple professionals and see the office and get to meet others in the office. From there, they are given offers within a few days and typically start their internship in January or May. The ideal candidate is someone that is a motivated team player willing to put forth hard work and lend a helping hand.”

  • “My interview process consisted of five interviews - first with an HR/recruiting manager, my potential new boss, leadership of the area I would be working in, and with colleagues that would be on my team. The firm’s communication was timely throughout the process, and they were proactive to keep the process moving and to call with me their decision within a few days of the last interview. The ideal candidate, other than the technical background needed for the position, has a positive attitude and the ability to work collaboratively in teams with many different types of people. BDO focuses on a team environment that helps people thrive every day.”

  • “I thought my firm took the most interest in me as a person. It felt like my firm actually recruited me. They got me through all my interviews within a week. After my first interview I was invited to the office within a day. I was given my formal offer less than 24 hours after my office visit. That is what really stuck out to me, out of all the firms I interviewed with, BDO USA seemed to genuinely want me. They were very responsive; unlike other firms, I got responses almost instantly. The ideal candidate that my firm is looking for is someone who has a desire to learn, and is goal-driven and positive.”

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