‘BDO is a national, leading accountancy and business advisory firm focused on providing services to ambitious businesses within the UK and worldwide… With more than 3,500 talented people, generating close to £400m in UK revenues, we bring real leadership across the mid-market.’

Rated third in the top larger intake Accountancy & Insurance firms for 2015/2016, BDO offers careers in tax, audit and advisory accountacy services along with management consulting. BDO have offices in more than 150 countries around the world but maintain a ‘personal touch’ with local expertise, offering services to a wide variety of firms including family businesses, SMEs, multinational corporations and non profit firms.

With an overall rating of 3.9, BDO score particularly high for colleagues (4.3), training (4.3) and environmental awareness (4.0). Let’s take a look at what BDO’s graduates have to say…

1. Best and worst things about your job?

Best: No two days are the same as one day you may be in the office and the next working at a client. I enjoy being able to work with different members of the North West audit team.
Worst: Travelling to clients and the long hours. Time pressured to complete all of the audit work within the days given to be at the client.
Audit trainee, Audit at BDO LLP
Best: Exceptional training and support through my professional qualification. Friendly office atmosphere. Early responsibility. Great client base. Free fruit. Good work/life balance which is genuinely encouraged.
Worst: Some of the admin is tedious. The pension scheme.
Tax Trainee, Private Client Services at BDO LLP
Best: Culture is very good.
Worst: Salaries are less than big 4 and no annual bonus.
Audit Trainee, Audit at BDO LLP
£25,000 – £27,000
9am – 5pm
Application Advice: When it comes down to the psychometric test be prepared they’re not easy. Do some preparation for them and take your time.
Interview Advice: Make sure you are up to date with current affairs especially business related topics. Ask questions about how that affair would affect the business. Also ask lots of questions about the business and their various business streams and strategies.
Traniee Accountant, FInancial services at BDO LLP
Application Advice: Know the values, and why you prefer BDO to the big four. Be passionate and have done your research on the company. Ask good questions, as the environment you will be in if you get the job is very question orientated.
Interview Advice: Competency questions, as well as a bit about the sector and job you have a applied for.
Audit Trainee, Audit at BDO LLP
Application Advice: Do your research on the company and know why you want to apply to the company and role
Interview Advice: Put in the extra effort to show who you are, answer questions fully and have a conversation.
Indirect Tax Trainee, Professional Business Tax at BDO LLP

Interested in finding out more? Take a look at BDO’s video below for some application tips and don’t forget to view their full range of graduate reviews!


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