Potential to be an outstanding Office, falling short.
Junior Accounting Technician (Current Employee) – Burlington, ON – 22 December 2014
Arrive at 8, work on files, NTR's mostly the odd special project. Receive queries, fix and give back. Management is uninspiring and "talks the talk" unfortunately there is a fair amount of politics so its best to keep your head down and just work. Group engagement and company engagement is lacking, some parts of the office certainly get a better gig. Hardest part of the job is never receiving any good feedback. Just queries and it is rare for someone to say good job. The most enjoyable part of the job for me is the ability to learn at my own pace, work hard, and continually improve myself. While I personally feel this goes unnoticed here, that is not my concern at this point in my career.
Typical student pay, long hours, steep learning curve
Intermediate Accountant (Former Employee) – Kelowna, BC – 24 November 2014
• Proven ability to plan and execute small and medium audits • Independently completed numerous Review and NTR engagements for medium and large businesses in all industries • Tax planning, bookkeeping, and filing of personal and corporate income tax returns • Extensive knowledge of small-medium size businesses including wineries, not-for-profit organizations, credit unions, First Nations and municipalities • Worked well in audit teams comprised of 4-6 members, effectively communicated with client, staff and Partners
A cohesive firm of financial professionals working as a team to grow Alberta business.
Manager, SRED (Special Advisory Services) (Current Employee) – Calgary, AB – 24 October 2014
I am truly enjoying my time with BDO in Calgary. They are a high performance team. Calgary is a competitive market. BDO is stepping up. I am particularly impressed with the SR&ED team. They are clear minded professionals who give honest and straight advice.
Highly qualified team (Probably the best in Alberta right now)
Junior Administrator/Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – Red Deer – 16 October 2014
I loved loved loved working here!! The people, the environment! It was fun and challenging and a fabulous bunch of people. Everyone worked together to build a great office atmosphere. We were always involved in charities and the community. The partners took the time to explain issues and mentor those below them. I truly enjoyed my time there.
When you start you're promised the world - training, room to grow, opportunity for education. What I got was not entry level, but a full-on corporate account with no training on the software nor explanation on what information is needed. There is no manual, no formal training, just dive right in and fend for yourself. The first person helping me was patient and could explain well, but he quit because the company screwed him after writing his UFE, and didn't offer the raise nor promotion he was promised. The next manager who was hired from the outside couldn't train nor had any patience. The software was not always smooth and needed tweaking, or remapping, but the manager would do it quickly in front of you "you won't need to know this" - but eventually you do or else you're always asking for help. Time is money, so you can't ask questions as you go, because you're taking time away from someone else who is charging time on a client. The partner that came in a couple times a week does not chat, nor even say hello as he walked by. There are peaks and valleys - the hours you work overtime at tax time can be taken during the summer as flex time which is terrific, but when there is no work there is nothing to do but file, read. There was no work for weeks and they wouldn't train me on anything new. I got laid off for lack of progress. But there were no files to do. I hope all their business leaves for bad service.
Excellent benefits, RRSP matching after a year; Flexible hours
Biased opinions of management and unfair treatment of staff
Office Services (Former Employee) – Markham – 29 May 2014
Pay for positions are low. Expectations of additional hours, time and personal time are great. Management was poor at interoffice problem solving. Unfair treatment of individuals not noted as favorites or staff having been in the office longer.
Hours worked are long and compensation is low.
Overall management is poor.
Not a pleasant environment to work in.
Long hours, poor management, disrespect in the workplace, unlawful dismissals
I gained some great experience during my summer employment with BDO. I had administrative duties, as well as working on accounts as an accounting technician. My work week was from 8:30-5, Tuesday to Thursday, as I worked at my other job on alternating days. The management and staff there were all excellent; very friendly and helpful if I had any questions. The hardest part of the job was leaving. I would have loved to start a career with their company and hope to find an employer with a similar atmosphere.
Staff Accountant (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 14 January 2014
A very friendly and fun environments. Managements were professional and respectful in dealing with their subordinates. The company has reasonable expectations from their employees. The employees were given rewards for their hard works and innovations.
Accountant (Former Employee) – Kelowna, BC – 9 January 2014
This was a great environment to work in. The pay sucks. Busy season hours are high and you still get in trouble for not working enough even if you work 50+ hours a week. Based on perfection so don't screw up.
I enjoyed working with my fellow co-workers. Management was very knowledgeable and willing to help. I learned to acknowledge my strengths and weaknesses. The hardest part of the job was to make sure all the work I have done is done properly.
This job provided me with more advanced experience.
Administrative Support (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 9 November 2013
The office was located too far from my residence, the working conditions were excellent with up to date equipment which were maintained. I did not find all the employees open and friendly which did not effect my productivity in the firm. My workload was high each day which is the way I like to work. I was working a lot with our clients to ensure their satisfaction, managed appointments for partners and managers and was relief receptionist
Lots of interesting work, got to know some very nice clients and help them with their tax packages.