Here’s Your Open Thread for BDO Compensation Discussions (2016)

BDO is a firm on a roll. Just last week they announced a third straight year of 20%+ growth in revenue to $1.29 billion. They admitted 39 new partners this year, the largest class since we began covering those promotions. They're snapping up firms left and right. Yep, everybody sounds pretty happy.

Oh, who am I kidding — there's always griping going on, at least according to this tip we received:

BDO Houston comp talks have been taking place over the last couple days.  The legacy UHY people I've spoken to are pissed, haven't talked to a single happy camper yet.  Some are being told it relates to a tough market, oil being down, clients are hurting, etc.  Others were told that the current conditions had no influence and that these numbers are normal.  Staff with a 2016 start date are getting three figures.

If you recall, BDO acquired UHY's Texas practice in late 2014. Prior to the acquisition, UHY was the 5th largest accounting firm in Houston. These days, they're just part of Bravo Delta Oscar machine chasing after Grant Thornton and McGladrey (ooops, RSM) for second-tier firm glory.

But how are the rank 'n' file doing? Are they rewarded for the firm's success? That's why we'll leave this post here, so they can discuss it. As always, the GC comment hall monitors like for those participating to include the following info:

  • Position, promotion (if applicable)
  • City (region is not informative) & Line of Service
  • % Raise 
  • % Bonus (if any)
  • Old & New Base

Bon appétit.

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