BDO Perks? Anyone?

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Flexibility. Values. Lots of growth potential.

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They are probably on par with most other PA firms. Flexibility in my office is great in Tax. Flex is really embraced as long as you get your work done. We have good medical insurance that’s pretty cheap. Earn 28 PTO days at manager or above. I think 12 holidays on top of that, which includes office closure between Christmas and New Years.

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Not having the weight of PwC breathing down my neck like a fiery dragon every time I take thirty minutes for lunch to run a personal errand. General freedom. Messier clients, which I find more interesting. People who aren’t trying to compete with you until they ruin your life. More relaxed culture in general. Partners who like whiskey shots.

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On the whole, I like BDO. It has quirks like anywhere, but BDO2, SA1, and BDO4 are generally correct, except that my partners prefer tequila :)

I specifically echo their comments about comparable benefits and diversity in clients. People generally aren’t designated by industry or by public/private except in the biggest offices, and even then, it’s usually at the senior or manager level. Obviously, specific advisory lines may be slightly different.

I’d recommend getting specific advice by service line and geography, as BDO does have some good offices and some that could use improvement. (This advice would hold for GT and RSM as well).

Exit opportunities from BDO are pretty close to Big4 (I see people leave for F500 pretty regularly and even the F100 occasionally).

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In my town, Christmas parties that ees actually enjoy haha. Benefits/pto on par with big 4. In my office, opportunity to work on private clients, which are usually less demanding than the publics, but still lots of public opportunity to gain experience. Nice quarterly happy hours/parties in my office and other various initiatives’ events with free food and drink. Office is closed (firm holiday) from Christmas until after New Years, if that’s not standard in big 4, and most people actually do take advantage of that

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