BKD Reviews

Updated 12 October 2014
Updated 12 October 2014
79 Reviews
3.5
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They often promote from within so there are many opportunities for advancement (in 4 reviews)

  • I've gotten experience at various companies and have learned a lot about accounting in general (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • The long hours are hard to deal with during busy season (in 7 reviews)

  • long hours during the summer in particular industries (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to learn and start career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tax Intern in Indianapolis, IN (US)
    Former Employee - Tax Intern in Indianapolis, IN (US)

    I worked at BKD as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I had a great experience learning from a variety of people and exposure to multiple projects. The hours were not too bad, but full time seemed to work very long. Office culture is great and the people are nice.

    Cons

    Longer hours as a full time associate seemed to be pretty demanding for a mid tier firm. The salary offer was low compared to smaller firms or same size firms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    May want to look towards better compensation for new hires. Smaller firms offer better pay.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BKD

    Pros

    Good midsize audit firm, enjoy my experience

    Cons

    Their comp is below market.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Professional atmosphere, great people.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tax
    Former Employee - Tax

    I worked at BKD full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people are intelligent, hard-working and highly motivated from partner level to support staff. They are willing to give you a chance to demonstrate what you can do and are committed to developing and retaining talent. They offer some work schedule flexibility. For example, employees can purchase additional PTOs, and, depending on the circumstances, can negotiate reduced-hour schedules.

    Cons

    Busy season can be grueling -- long hours and stressful. (I consider this par for the course in public accounting.) To be successful, you will need to be very committed to your career.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Staff Accountant

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    Former Employee - Staff Auditor in Indianapolis, IN (US)
    Former Employee - Staff Auditor in Indianapolis, IN (US)

    I worked at BKD full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    BKD offers opportunities for advancement and experience that translates to a variety of future career opportunities. On the audit team, you are usually going to the office of a different client every week, so the job is never monotonous.

    Cons

    The cons are the hours, the demanding nature of the work environment, awful communication, bad benefits, travel, and working saturdays during busy season.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to learn how to communicate much better and take more control of the culture of the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Typical Public Accounting Firm

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BKD full-time

    Pros

    Good way to gain exposure in different industries (variety depends on which office you work in); Becker CPA review is paid for (be financially prepared to test in every open testing window until you pass all 4 sections); learn a great deal during your first year....

    Cons

    Work a lot of hours during busy season (work/life balance could be improved); upper management has favorites; lots of "constructive criticism"; compensation could be higher

  7.  

    Its all about Efficiency

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Auditor in San Antonio, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Staff Auditor in San Antonio, TX (US)

    I worked at BKD full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits were on-par with the industry, nothing notable to claim. You get more PTO where the catch is you can use it during busy season but If you do, be prepared for the ramifications of your work ethic being called into question.

    Cons

    Their post employment dialogue is terrible. A prospective federal employer of mine is having some issues getting employment confirmation with my previous supervisor's due to 'company policy' stating they don't provide information in that nature.This is strange- it shouldn't be difficult for a previous in charge/supervisor to acknowledge one's contributions within the company as they look for opportunities outside the company.
    Audit technology is below what i consider average. No internet connection = cumbersome audits
    Some clients you engage with on their site place you in interesting positions. We'll leave it at that-not much can be done there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open about the expectations of employees and how they can work smarter, and not harder. Too much linear thinking in a linear industry makes an occupation stagnant in ways pay can't cover. A good dose of "what do you think, x?" mentality always helps more then "Here's what I think, and what you will do".

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    quite company

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Intern in Indianapolis, IN (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Indianapolis, IN (US)

    I worked at BKD as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    the best part of working there to me was the experience i gained.

    Cons

    the worst was the work environment it was very quite and i didn't see or have to much interaction with others

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Wonderful learning environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Springfield, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Audit Associate in Springfield, MO (US)

    I have been working at BKD full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone at BKD is very encouraging and supportive of new staff. There are a multitude of opportunities in a variety of industries. Growth at the Springfield office moves at a quicker rate than other BKD offices and staff are thrust into situations that they normally would not fill until the 2 year mark around the one year mark. Audit associates will travel and experience working as a team for a series of weeks.

    Cons

    The travel is more than I initially expected. In my first year, I was out of town over 100 nights. This does not include commuting jobs. Overall, I realized the travel does not enable me to live the active lifestyle that I enjoy to keep me at my fullest, and am seeking an opportunity in a career with little to no travel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hiring more people out of college has been a help. Unfortunately, the location of the office and the location of the clients is not something that can change. Management is very supportive of growth and transition within BKD and will work to help you be at your best. I truly enjoy working with each and every one of my supervisors and achieving unmatched client service.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    No respect

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at BKD full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Learned a lot over the years

    Cons

    No care for hard workers, no ability to fire those that don't do their work. No respect for anyone who's been around awhile. Pay is terrible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come into this century and pay your people. You might keep your A players.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Run the opposite direction!!!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BKD full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Get to work in multiple industries with small to medium sized clients

    Cons

    Poor, short-sighted management and little respect for experienced hires

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Join the 21st century!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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