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I worked in the Salmon Arm office of BDO. The work is fast paced during the busy season, at tax time. The people are supportive and helpful to work with. The partners have a good work-life balance. Being an efficient worker will help you succeed in this company. I enjoyed my time with BDO.
Tax time can be stressful, but you have lots of support
The pay is not enough for the work load and standard of living in Toronto.Otherwise it was a good experience, great team,. since its an open space office, there is interaction among employees with Partners, managerial level.
Long hours when short of staff
Variety of work and room to grow/try new things. The Firm is dedicated to retaining their employees and offer good compensation, vacation/flex days, most departments also allow for a good work/life balance.
flex days, compensation
A medial size accounting firm with approximation 4000 employees. There has a lot of partnership company and most of them professional accountant and lawyers.
Social communication is easy to comply with due to close working environment
Less opportunity due to limited position provided
Terrible place to work. Salary is laughably bad, even if you weren't required to work hundreds of hours of unpaid overtime. Work life balance does not exist. Management is powerfully unhelpful, little praise or feedback of value is ever given. Training given to perform your job as you are expected is woefully inadequate. The job eats you alive until you burn out. Get your hours and get out.
They'll pay for your designation
The entire office is friendly, welcoming, and highly skilled. From initial interview to my last day there, I enjoyed every moment at BDO. I recommend this firm, specifically the Edmonton office, to anyone looking for a rewarding position in public practice.
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Proper training was severely lacking for me from day one. Equipment was old and never worked properly half the time. Although offices are in Canada, IT help is in Africa and done over the phone or over the computer, so it is impossible to get any kind of help in a timely fashion. You can wait anywhere from 3 days to two weeks for someone to get back to you. At that point, you've figured it out for yourself; extremely frustrating. If there is an issue with a co-worker (bullying or harassing) and you bring it forward, it's just not dealt with. You are expected to work super long days from about Feb - June. This is never mentioned to you in your interview. Maybe they need to hire more staff so that people aren't working 12 - 14 hour days... Sure you may get 4 or 5 weeks of vacation/personal time, but you also can't take it the first part of the year and then the last part of the year you can only take the time, if no one else has booked that time... so it's really not worth it.
The environment is highly toxic. Senior management micromanage service lines they have no knowledge or experience in. Extremely disrespectful leadership team with a bizarre gossip and rumor culture. High turnover in every sector of the organization. Low pay, little to no respect, high turnover, disregard for client betterment and only regard for their own pockets. Stay away and save yourself the headache
BDO is a very driven organization. They are good in that sense. A company that knows what they want from people. Overall management is very good but not all managers give appropriate direction. Still a great place to work if you work for the right manager with the right fit for you.
There has been a lot of turnover in this office, especially the last few months. The primary reason for staff leaving is due to the negative and toxic work environment. Managers gossip and speak negatively about staff members and to other staff members openly which creates a negative environment. Promotions are based on how much the managers like you and not your work. The managers (especially female managers) want you to suck up to them and the only way that you will be successful is if you do this. If you aren't the managers favorite then you will never be successful. As mentioned in another post, the Mississauga managers are far more mature and treat staff very well. They remain involved in the files and do not disappear during the audit and only contact staff once they are ready to review the file. If you are given a job opportunity at BDO, do not work in the Burlington office.
Many opportunities for growth and advancement, surrounded by experts and professionals, lots of resources, well respected organization, lots of diverse clients/ industries to gain experience and exposure
free lunches, lots of food provided
Long hours, tight deadlines