BDO USA LLP at a Glance


  • “Great people, and the firm culture of putting ‘people first’—whether it be an employee or client—permeates the whole company”
  • “Work/life balance and flexibility”
  • “Great employee benefits and competitive compensation”


  • “Too many hours, and hitting deadlines can be stressful”
  • “Administrative and red tape-type items interfere with billable work”
  • “Limited exposure to large clients”

The Buzz

  • “Large firm with national presence”
  • “Big 4 style firm without Big 4 prestige”
  • “High caliber professionalism; recruits excellent technical expertise”
  • “Mid-tier firm with nothing distinguishing”


BDO USA, LLP is the U.S. member firm of BDO International Ltd., one of the world's largest accounting and consulting networks, with some 1,300 offices in approximately 150 countries. BDO USA has more than 60 offices and 5,000 employees, and offers a complete range of services, including assurance, tax, transaction advisory, investment banking, and corporate real estate. The firm's BDO Consulting division offers litigation, investigation, business restructuring, and valuation services. Through BDO Capital Advisors, BDO offers investment banking and services. The firm's industry expertise includes real estate, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology; energy; not-for-profit; health care; manufacturing and distribution; financial services; entertainment; technology; and retail and consumer products.

BDO's roots go back to 1910 when 22-year-old immigrant Maximilian (M.L.) Seidman, who grew up in a tenement on Manhattan's Lower East Side, opened a one-room office on New York City's Park Row. At the time, Seidman was one of just 2,200 CPAs in the country. As federal tax laws were established and expanded, creating demand for individual and business tax planning, Seidman's business took off. In 1917, Seidman & Seidman opened a second office in Michigan, where the firm did brisk business with the furniture industry there. By the 1960s, the Seidman name had spread across America, and in 1963, it went international, joining firms from Germany, Canada, the Netherlands, and the U.K. to form an organization called Binder Seidman International Group (BSIG). This was changed to Binder Dijker Otte (BDO) in 1973, in honor of three European founding members of the organization; hence BDO International. The U.S. member firm retained the Seidman it inherited from its founder. The Seidman family was in charge of BDO Seidman until the mid-1970s, when managing partner William Seidman stepped down to work in Gerald Ford's administration. He went on to a career at the FDIC under George H.W. Bush.


130 E. Randolph St
Suite 2800
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 240-1236
Fax: (312) 240-3329


  • Employer Type: Private Partnership
  • CEO: Wayne Berson
  • 2016 Employees: 5,000

Major Office Locations

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Costa Mesa, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Milpitas, CA
  • San Jose, CA
  • Denver, CO
  • Washington, DC
  • Orlando, FL
  • Miami, FL
  • Palm Beach, FL
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Rockford, IL
  • Boston, MA
  • Detroit, MI
  • Kalamazoo, MI
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Saint Louis, MO
  • Woodbridge, NJ
  • Westchester, NY
  • New York, NY
  • Buffalo, NY
  • Greensboro, NC
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Memphis, TN
  • Dallas, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Seattle, WA
  • Milwaukee, WI
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