People First Benefits Brochure



Pay is competitive for each location. Starting amounts are based on our evaluation of scholastic achievement or experience, leadership qualities, initiative and aptitude for public accounting. Compensation is reviewed annually, with adjustments made based on performance. Performance is reviewed semi-annually during the first three years of employment and annually thereafter.

Overnight Travel Award

Once qualified, employees traveling overnight on firm business are awarded $50 per night in additional compensation.

Balancing Life & Work

Paid Time Off (PTOs)

To provide more flexibility to employees, BKD offers PTOs, which cover vacation, sick leave, personal time and bereavement time. They accumulate monthly at rates tied to your years of employment with BKD and may be taken immediately. Full-time employees have the ability to purchase five additional days of PTO annually.

Reward Time Off

Employees contributing significant efforts completing projects may be rewarded with additional time off by designated partners.


BKD's 10 holidays are New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, two days at Thanksgiving, two days at Christmas, and two BKD-determined days.

Personal Flexibility

Situational flex time is available for occasional use, and more extended flex time may be arranged with approval.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

To assist any BKD employee and their immediate family member with personal and job-related concerns,the EAP service is confidential and free of charge.

Establishing & Advancing Your Career

BKD Buddies

To enhance integration to the BKD team, all new employees are assigned a buddy. Buddies assist you in learning about our culture, values, practices and procedures.


To enhance performance and nurture career development, all BKD team members are assigned a coach. Your coach provides ongoing performance and career feedback, helps resolve problems and issues that may arise and answers a variety of work-related questions.

CPA Exam Review and Bonus

BKD will pay for the Becker CPA Review course (live or Internet-based) and provide additional time off to take the exam within the first two years of employment. An incentive bonus also is offered to those who pass the exam in their first two years.


BKD has a continuing professional education (CPE) program for audit and tax client service personnel. On average they receive more than 60 hours of training annually through BKD. Beginning with Camp BKD, associates in audit and tax receive more than 100 hours of training in their first year.


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First Impressions

BKD’s First Impressions dress policy can help set us apart from the competition. Above all, you should strive to match the environment in which you’ll be working. We strategically use traditional business and upscale business casual attire, depending on expectations. In general, attire should meet or exceed the standards and expectations of the highest-ranking client or BKD personnel.

Giving Back

Matching Gifts

BKD matches annual employee gifts of $50 to $500 to the accounting departments in selected schools and gives additional firm gifts.

BKD Foundation

Employees may make donations to BKD Foundation, which enriches our local communities with financial support and our commitment of time.

Community Involvement

We encourage our people to support our local communities by becoming actively involved in community organizations and events.

Your Retirement

401(k) Plan

Employees who are 21 years or older with 30 days of continuous employment with BKD may contribute 0% to 50% of their pretax salaries to a 401(k) plan. For employees who are 21 or older and employed two years with BKD, the firm makes an annual contribution, based on a salary percentage. Employees are 100% vested after meeting the age and employment qualifications.

Saving Money Up Front

Flexible Benefits Plan with Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

BKD's optional cafeteria plan allows employees to pay, from before-tax earnings, for portions of their health care expenses not covered by our health care plan (including dental and vision), daycare expenses and health savings account (HSA) contributions as well as their share of the health, dental and vision insurance premiums.

Transportation Benefits

Eligible employees may use pre-tax dollars to pay monthly parking and mass transit expenses through the firm's transportation fringe benefit plan.

Health, Dental & Vision Benefits

Health Care Insurance

BKD offers a traditional plan with an optional flexible spending account and pays 60% of the premium for both employee coverage and dependent coverage. BKD also offers consumer-driven health plan with an optional health savings account and pays 70% of the premium for both employee coverage and dependent coverage. The employee-paid portion of premium is deducted from your paycheck on a pre-tax basis.

Prescription Card

Employees enrolled in the firm's health care plan receive a prescription drug card for purchasing both brand-name and generic drugs at discounted prices.

Dental Insurance

BKD's health care plan includes an optional dental benefit for which the firm pays half the premium for both employee and family coverage. Two dental plan choices are available offering various levels of coverage for X-rays, cleanings, fillings, extractions, root canals, crowns, bridges, inlays, etc. and orthodontic coverage.

Vision Services Plan

Employees may voluntarily sign up for a vision plan and receive exams, glasses and contacts for a fraction of their cost. Premiums are payroll deducted on a pre-tax basis.


Life Insurance

AICPA group life insurance coverage is provided at two times an employee’s base salary, with lesser amounts provided for coverage of spouse and children after six months' employment. BKD pays all costs. Supplemental life insurance coverage for employees, spouses and/or children is available for purchase. Premiums are payroll deducted.

Long-term Disability Insurance

Benefits begin after a 90-day waiting period after the disability and continue for the duration of total disability or until age of normal retirement. BKD pays the monthly premium, which is added to your gross compensation and makes any disability benefit collected tax free.

Short-term Disability Insurance

Employees may voluntarily sign up for a short-term disability insurance policy. Premiums are payroll-deducted and any disability benefit collected is tax-free.

Equal Opportunity

BKD is committed to equal opportunity. We recruit, employ, compensate, train, develop and promote without regard to race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, national origin or any other protected status

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