Professional organisation with a great culture of giving back to society
National Head of Learning & Development (Former Employee) – Johannesburg, Gauteng – 30 July 2018
I only worked there for six months, but learnt a great deal about management, teamwork and what it means to be there for each other colleagues and as a team. The organisation also has many initiatives that promote worklife balance.
Good company to work for, different and very involved, there"s always something new to investigate and gain knowledge. My line manager is the best, she shares the information to upskill everyone in the department. The volumes and deadlines are high but workeable. That moment when the payroll is concluded and we are ready to pay.
we have systems that allow us to control the process.
The working hours in January and December are crazy.
Receptionist (Former Employee) – Pretoria, Gauteng – 21 May 2018
BDO is an audit firm however as I was not an auditor the only role I could advance to was secretary and the ladies who worked there enjoyed their work so there was no room to advance further than being a receptionist and I needed more for myself hence the move to SAS
I was very busy in my particular job and did not mingle much with my fellow employees. I experienced a total of 3 different managers with different styles in my ten year tenure.. With all of them I was left to work at my own pace and style which I appreciated. The atmosphere was congenial . I often took work home due to interruptions from other departments as well as from emails . I was given training in excel to advance my skills as well as a little on our accounting package. I had very few dealings with upper management but had a lot with my immediate manager. The workplace culture was good as there was an open door policy with our seniors which allowed staff to express themselves. The hardest part of my job was that the companies I managed grew and so did my workload so I felt more pressured than in the past. The best part of my job was that I felt that I was trusted by my seniors as they knew I always worked to the best of my ability. My manager always appreciated me.
Modern offices with a good canteen area and relaxed atmosphere w
Receptionist/Admin (Former Employee) – Cape Town harbour, Western Cape – 16 May 2017
I learnt to multi skill under pressure and to be professional. Work place culture was auditing, advisory and tax so it was pressured. The hardest part dealing with my job was management. The most enjoyable part was setting goals for myself and doing them to the best of my ability and making it happen and seeing the clients happy at the end of the day as it made my day.
The Management was good to everyone. Head of departments used to treat every individual with respect. Time was very important and clients came first. we used to work as team in my consulting department. we were putting extra hours to deliver good work to clients.
every last friday of the months the was drinks and free lunch
BDO has a good working environment and potential for growth
Vacation Work Student (Former Employee) – Durban, KwaZulu-Natal – 1 February 2017
The atmosphere at BDO is one that is filled with contentment, they have a productive yet not as stressful working environment with plenty potential of growth.
I learned various procedures and easier methods of concluding answers, working there teaches one responsibility and appropriate time management.
The staff and management are very helpful and will where needed. Learning the different procedures, legislation and rules was a bit tricky at first however once you get the hang of things and your statements balance or close to, or errors are found is the most rewarding feeling.
A typical day as a trainee auditor involves interacting with the audit engagement team and the client in conducting an audit engagement. This includes getting financial information and supporting documents for the transactions the entity has had throughout the financial year.
I have learned how to work as part of a team, how different sized organisations function and how the International Financial Reporting Standards, South African Legislation and Tax Legislation are applied by the entities.
The management style at BDO is one that creates room for learning.
The hardest and most enjoyable parts of the job are the fact that you work with people. In as mush as it is a joy to meet new people it can also be very hard to deal with people.