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High paced work environment
Very busy office especially during tax season. Office is very professional with a good management team. Lots of fun employee activities which was good for team building.
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Work environment was not great
in general the team are good but management need to improve their skills ore and hire based on the experience not the relationship, salary were not equal for all people at the same position
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Would not encourage anyone to apply there
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.
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Poor place to work
Poor management, no motivation to work long hours. Asked us to take a pay cut so the partners can get their pay out is how it seems. Very toxic place that cares more about how many hours you can get in rather than your health
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The worst organization to be employed at
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
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Relaxed work environment
Relaxed work environment. Open-door management policy. Performance evaluation transparent. Lots of fun activities. Hardest part of the job is dealing with clients.
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BDO Decent to Work At
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.
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Productive workplace
Friendly and helpful co-workers. Great work atmosphere. Very busy in busy season (Jan-April). Good place to learn, but you have to learn fast. Gym and table tennis available.
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Good Place to work
Many employee benefits. Opportunities for professional development and growth. Comfortable office to work to work in and a great location downtown Toronto.
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Negative and toxic environment
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.
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N/a
It’s a decent place to work at. There is no work life balance. The industry is demanding, and the management is too fast paced and short sighted. It’s nice to get some experience in a short time and move on.
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Professional atmosphere lots of opportunities to learn
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
Pros
free lunches, lots of food provided
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Long hours, tight deadlines
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Decent Place to Work but Inadequate Management
Pros:
-Clean office environment

-Up-to-date equipment

-Pretty friendly people

-Partners nice to work for


Cons:

-Company is super cheap

-Not paid enough and no bonuses - they will try to pile as much work on you as possible and not compensate for it

-Management is horrible - office manager is hardly ever accountable for her whereabouts when her team is looking for her, very flighty and unorganized, and moody

-Extra comp days and bonuses taken off the table recently - staff were not happy - company trying to save a buck at the cost of its best employees
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BDO - AFS (Aboriginal Financial Services)
Dont apply at AFS Winnipeg. You will definitely regret it. No one lasts there more than 2/3 months. Processors are treated pretty badly & looked down upon, yet they are on the front-line working with the client & winning them over. They don't pay for OT, people are worked to death & the salary is a joke. Management & existing senior staff do not treat employees as human beings. Toxic environment. Save yourself the trauma.
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Culture they boast about is not what it is
Many in management have no idea what their employees do and take credit for their work. The environment is toxic and abusive. They treat employees like cattle, causing many to get physically ill from the abuse.
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Great workplace
Great management and staff that helps you grow within the company and your future. Lot of learning opportunities during the busy season.
Open door policy for most managers and partners.
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Good experience of learning
I have learned to use different software, such as Caseware, Taxprep.
There is a good management system

Co-workers are very friendly and willing to help.
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Toxic
I have been working at BDO Burlington for some time and this has Been the most negative and toxic work environment i have worked at. Ive worked at three other accounting firms. Managers treat staff unfairly and play favorites. Only favorite staff are put on good jobs. The Mississauga managers are amazing and treat staff so well. It’s very unwelcoming. There are mass fires after busy season but only certain staff are fired (POC)
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Not a collaberative environment
The firm as whole does hold itself to its core values. Your compensation really is not tied into your work output but on how well you are liked. There's no respect for vacation or after hours.

The executive leadership team is out of touch and do not like being challanged, in any manner. The CMO treats his team like he was in school as he is a teacher and really can't execute.
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Productive fun place to work
Good culture, great place to work. Great location, good working conditions, supportive staff. Professional environment, and great for students pursuing their CPA's
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C'est un bon endroit
Excellente culture d'entreprise, mais demande un peu plus de souplesse quand à certaines situations particulières de famille.
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