GradAustralia surveyed 44 graduates working at BDO. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate. 44 responses.
The culture is the best thing. The people I work with are kind, supportive and motivating.
Great support and feedback from fellow employees
Everyone is very friendly and good to work with. The work culture and work-life balance is one of the best things about working for my company.
The working atmosphere is great, everybody is friendly and willing to help, and make you feel part of the team
The supportive and friendly working conditions and ability to climb the corporate ladder
Not so much my company but my current position. I feel like I am being pigeon-holed and would like to seek further experience in other divisions
Due to the area of my job, there is a block-out period from July to November which I am unable to take any annual leave
Our office is going through a period of change, so processes and procedures are not uniform
Can be demanding due to time frames and time management needs to be managed
The travel, which is unfortunately unavoidable especially for a mid-tier firm who will have lots of smaller clients. You spend a lot of time out of the office and at clients, which can be draining at times, particularly when they're located far away from where you live. They do their best to put you on clients close to your home, but having to travel eventually is unavoidable.
Very thorough process. Firstly, I had to fill out an application online and attach my CV and transcript. Then I had to undertake various tests (e.g. puzzle based, comprehension, problem solving etc.) before completing a video interview. Then I came to BDO's head office to re-do testing and undertake additional testing (personality, writing skills) before I was interviewed by People & Culture. Lastly, I was interviewed by a Partner of the division and a Manager.
Variety of questions about my education, work life balance, values/ethics, hobbies and work history.
As cliché as it is - Be yourself. The firm is trying to learn equally as much about you as you are about them. Don’t hesitate to ask questions and answer all questions honestly
My contractual work hours are 8.30am to 5pm. However, I am choosing to come in earlier and finish after 5pm to further my learning as a graduate. Also, my team actually discourages me from working overtime as the firm is very focused on maintaining a healthy work-life balance.