BKD Reviews

Updated 15 April, 2015
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Pros
  • Working with very talented individuals and learn a lot as a first year staff (in 5 reviews)

  • They often promote from within so there are many opportunities for advancement (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. Staff Accountant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BKD full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good experience for someone straight out of college

    Cons

    Long hours and decent amount of travel

    Advice to Management

    Better incentives to senior staff to increase retention

  2. Overall a good work experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BKD full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work environment and great co-workers. A lot of opportunities for career growth and relocation options. Had some flexibility in work schedules depending on supervisor.

    Cons

    Low starting salaries for non CPA employees.

  3. Many good people, but overly traditional company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BKD

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    (1)The people are generally good to work with and your superiors make you feel appreciated (with words, if not with money)
    (2) Some increased flexibility in recent years with time off and work-life balance

    Cons

    (1) The general sense is that compensation is not reflective of performance
    (2) Rigid, traditional company with limited flexibility to reward high performers
    (3) Performance management system give employees no sense of where they stand relative to colleagues, and it is very stiff and traditional

    Advice to Management

    As we all learned in undergraduate economics class, incentives matter. Do a better job of measuring and rewarding good performance.

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  5. Audit Associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BKD

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people and opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Work life balance, compensation and benefits

  6. I learned a lot in spite of the company not investing much in my personal progress.

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    Former Employee - Tax Consultant in Indianapolis, IN (US)
    Former Employee - Tax Consultant in Indianapolis, IN (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Bonuses are awarded for passing your CPA exam and you are in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, so there are many dining options in walking distance. Some flexibility in work hours during non-peak season. IT is fantastic.

    Cons

    You have to pay for your own parking at least a block away from the office. Earning your CPA is prioritized but you're given no time to earn it. Typical public accounting firm in that they burn out employees at every level all the time. HR was not helpful in any way.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the reasons that employees cite for leaving the company. My feedback went straight into a folder in some file cabinet and was never read by anyone in charge of hiring/supervising my replacement.

  7. Senior audit associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BKD

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great work environment and everyone is down to earth

    Cons

    Your work is not reflected in compensation

  8. Great Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BKD

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive pay and small firm feel with big firm experience

    Cons

    A little longer hours than normal

  9. Good company, good people

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    Former Employee - Audit Associate
    Former Employee - Audit Associate

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good people and encouraging management

    Cons

    nothing major. good company to work for.

  10. Worst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BKD

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The learning experience was the only good thing about this place.

    Cons

    Work life balance, hours, and salary. Based on all the overtime into this company their pay is very little for what other firms would offer without slaving you. I honestly would never want to work at this place again. Travel is a lot more than expected, no reimbursement for local clients that requires you to pay for parking or lunch. You don't get paid enough especially out of college to just give out money. I also had a manager tell me I couldn't take lunch at a client although from feedback I received from other people working there that is not the case.

    Advice to Management

    Give back to your employees. Make them feel valued because if not you will lose more employees that you already trained to other companies. Give managers some management classes to keep employee morale positive.

  11. Good Opportunities

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    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    My supervisors genuinely care about me and my career and want to see me being challenged and able to grow. They take time to get to know you and develop you as a person.

    Cons

    Structure is rigid, not a lot of opportunity to distinguish yourself early in your career. Lots of focus on keeping costs low. There is encouragement for work/life balance, but there is a lot of travel involved which limits that. Employees do not receive any type of health club benefits aside from a discount at the local Y. Low salary compared to other firms.

    Advice to Management

    Join the 21st century. Make sure people are enthused about their jobs. Consider the things that are important to them.

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