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Cherry Bekaert – Why Work For Us?


For over 65 years, Cherry Bekaert has provided high quality financial and management services to a diverse and successful client base. Thousands of clients look to Cherry Bekaert’s accountants and advisors for innovative and professional guidance on important operational and financial matters that advance their business goals.

Currently ranked among the nation’s largest accounting firms, Cherry Bekaert is uniquely positioned to impart quality, cost-effective and practical advice to clients that include multinational corporations, private businesses, nonprofit organizations, governmental entities, emerging firms, start-ups and successful individuals.

Cherry Bekaert helps advance client growth by offering the resources and extensive service opportunities normally associated with national firms, coupled with the personal relationship, value-based fee structure and service continuity of a local firm. Our impressive roster of more than 950 professionals stands ready to assist with all our client’s accounting, audit, tax and consulting needs.

Our affiliation with the Baker Tilly International Limited network allows Cherry Bekaert to be the growth advisor to thousands of clients across the globe. With Baker Tilly International, an association of independent accounting and consulting firms and a member of the Forum of Firms, and an affiliated organization of the International Federation of Accountants, we are able to serve clients on local, state, national and international levels.

Learning and Professional Development

At Cherry Bekaert, we offer extensive learning and development opportunities to guide you throughout your career.

We are committed to investing in your growth and development and will provide you with ongoing learning opportunities designed to benefit you both professionally and personally. Our training agenda consist of a variety of practical, on-the-job educational offerings, as well as internal and external CPE to help you build knowledge, skills and expertise. Cherry Bekaert believes in providing you with a variety of learning activities to help you grow your career and be the best guide to our clients that you can be.

Firm Overview

  • One of the largest CPA and consulting firms in the U.S. with nearly 1,000 professionals
  • Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, with practice units throughout the Southeast, including office locations in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida
  • Serve growing organizations and global middle market businesses
  • Impact the success of your clients and gain real-world, hands-on experience 


  • Learn from the best and brightest at Cherry Bekaert
  • Work in teams alongside partners from day one
  • Grow every day from expertise, industry knowledge and advice

Technical Development

  • Work with exciting businesses in the areas of technology, health science, manufacturing & distribution, real estate, and many more
  • Gain high-level experience serving growing, global middle market companies, both privately and publicly held

Career Advancement

  • Accelerate career development in a fast-growing firm
  • Opportunities for advancement plus the new responsibilities and professional growth that come with it


  • Health, Dental, and Vision insurance
  • 20-27 days of Paid time off (PTO)
  • 8 paid holidays
  • CPA exam assistance and bonus
  • Performance bonus eligible

Professional Development

  • Year-round training opportunities lay foundation for successful careers
  • On the Job – you will work for talented supervisors who guide you throughout each assignment
  • Continuous CPE and specialized technical training
  • Comprehensive performance management program to leverage career progression

Firm Lifestyle and Culture

  • Active participation and support of community organizations
  • Commitment to work/life balance
  • Firm-sponsored social and team-building events
  • Flexible work arrangements

Life at Cherry Bekaert

Meet some of the members of our team and learn what it’s like to work at Cherry Bekaert


Janice Ratica, Partner

I started my career at a Big Four firm, and eventually transitioned to a large regional accounting firm in Milwaukee, which was also a member of the Baker Tilly network. This transition made me realize that a regional firm was the perfect fit for me. I served as a firm-wide nonprofit tax specialist, and the experience that I gained was invaluable.

When I decided to move to the Southeast a few years ago, there was no question that I wanted to work for a comparable regional firm with a significant nonprofit practice. Being within the Baker Tilly network, I was familiar with the reputation of Cherry Bekaert. Fortunately, at that time, Cherry Bekaert was looking for an individual with my experience in the Charlotte office.

The employees of Cherry Bekaert made me feel right at home with their Southern hospitality. I was impressed with their level of expertise and the caliber of their clients. The Firm provides an opportunity to not only get to know individuals within your office, but to build relationships with professionals throughout the entire firm.



Patricia Pryor, Partner

I joined Cherry Bekaert in August 2007 after spending fifteen years with a Big Four Public Accounting firm. I selected this firm because I felt that the firm’s strategic direction coincided with my future career goals. I had spent several years developing my skills to serve Not-For-Profit, Educational and Local government clients but realized that with the changing values and strategic direction of the Big 4 I could no longer serve these clients in the manner in which I really enjoyed.

Over the past two years I have had the opportunity of building great working relationships with Cherry Bekaert professionals both in the Atlanta office and other offices throughout the firm. I feel that I am where I should be. One of the most enjoyable roles I get to “play” is that of teacher. I feel that sharing information is great but teaching someone how to solve a problem or how to work through an issue is invaluable. There is no better feeling than knowing you helped someone grow professionally and become more confident in their own skill set.

I have been married for over 20 years to my husband James and we have two active sons. Working at Cherry Bekaert offers me the day to day challenge of serving top notch clients while allowing me the opportunity to be an active parent in my sons’ lives. My husband and I both come from large close families; however, we have no family members who reside in the State of Georgia. My career with Cherry Bekaert allows us to have the best of worlds, a close biological family and a group of caring, dedicated friends that are “our family”. We both believe the biggest gift we have to give is our time spent trying to positively impact the lives of young people.



Renée Pendleton, Partner
Hampton Roads

After working for a very small firm for almost 10 years, I was apprehensive about moving to a larger, regional firm. But the move to Cherry Bekart was the best one I ever made! I still get the local office feel with the benefits of the large firm resources.

My main focus is in the Accounting & Auditing area so I see the benefits of our regional expertise almost every day through my contact with other partners throughout the firm. There’s always someone that has experience with any issue that may arise. It’s very comforting to know you can pick up the phone and have such strong support from your fellow offices.

I’ve been married for over 20 years but have just ventured into the world of parenthood in the last 3 years. The flexibility I have at Cherry Bekaert has allowed me to continue my growth as a partner, participate in firm wide committees such as Strategic Planning, Real Estate and Construction and the Financial Services groups while still spending time with my husband and daughter.

I am a native of the Hampton Roads area and love the fact that I’ve found a great firm that meets both my professional and personal needs right here in my hometown. The opportunities are wide open for both those that love to travel and those that would rather stay closer to home.

I particularly love the people I work with – both locally and throughout the firm. Cherry Bekaert is truly a great place to be!

At Cherry Bekaert, we are proud to offer comprehensive, competitive Benefits Packages to all full-time and eligible part-time associates.  We constantly strive to keep our benefits competitive within the public accounting industry.

A sample of our Benefits includes:

Paid Time Off (PTO)

Under the PTO policy, eligible associates accumulate a specific amount of time each month, which depends on your position, which accrues to 20-27 days per year.  This time can be used for family or personal vacations, illness, personal business or emergencies.

Paid Holidays

Cherry Bekaert associates enjoy 8 paid holidays which include, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Medical Insurance

Cherry Bekaert full-time associates have the choice of two PPO plans administered by a major health insurance carrier, including one traditional plan and one high-deductible health plan.  Enrollment in the high-deductible health plan includes money provided by the Firm which is deposited into an HSA account.  Both plans offer members the option to see any licensed physician chosen within or outside of the PPO network. Emergency access is covered 24 hours a day, no matter where the member receives it.  Teladoc services are also available as a supplement to both health insurance plans.

Dental Insurance

The Firm offers its associates the choice of two Dental plans through a national dental carrier.

Vision Insurance

Cherry Bekaert offers its associates a Vision plan through a national vision carrier.

Flexible Spending Accounts

The Flexible Spending Accounts provide a way to help you pay for certain health care or dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. Because this benefit uses pre-tax dollars, a Flexible Spending Account is a great way for you to save money on your healthcare and dependent care costs, as well as increase your take home pay!

Maternity/Paternity Leave

In order to help with the demands of the birth or adoption of a child, Cherry Bekaert offers paid leave varying between 3-7 weeks based on years of service for the new Mom and 8 days for the new Dad.


The Firm offers a 401(k) plan to help all associates save for retirement by means of tax-deferred contributions into a retirement fund.  Cherry Bekaert also provides an employer-matching contribution.

Life Insurance

Cherry Bekaert provides group term life coverage and AD&D of $50,000 to its eligible associates at no charge.  The Firm also provides life insurance coverage for your spouse and eligible children, and the opportunity to purchase additional voluntary life and AD&D insurance coverage for you and your eligible family members.

Long Term Disability

The Firm provides Long-Term Disability coverage to all eligible Associates. Cherry Bekaert  pays the full cost of this coverage.

Short Term Disability

Cherry Bekaert offers two plans from which to choose to provide a benefit to replace a portion of lost earnings due to illness or an accident.

Referral Bonus

Cherry Bekaert encourages you to recommend and refer qualified candidates to us for employment.  If we hire someone who you bring to our attention, you may be eligible for a bonus up to $5,000.00!

More Great Benefits:

  • Direct Deposit for pay on the 15th and last day of each month
  • Electronic access to paystubs, W-2 and personnel information
  • Civic & Professional memberships paid for by The Firm
  • Business Appropriate Dress within Cherry Bekaert offices
  • Financial support for CPA and other certification exam preparation and potential bonus for passing
  • Educational Assistance benefits
  • Social Activities such as bowling, golf outings, team parties, and various athletic teams

Best Places to Work Recognition

Atlanta, GA - Atlanta Business Chronicle
Raleigh. NC – Triangle Business Journal
Hampton Roads, VA – Inside Business
Tampa Bay, FL – Tampa Bay Business Journal
South Carolina – SC Biz News


Acquisition International Magazine’s “2013 Full Service
CPA Firm of the Year”


Vault 2015 Prestige – Top 20 Ranking
Vault 2015 Accounting 50
Vault 2015 – Top 20 – Audit & Assurance Accounting
Vault 2015 – Top 25 – Forensic Accounting
Vault 2015 – Top 25 – Tax Accounting

Vault 2014 Prestige –Top 20 Ranking
Vault 2014 Accounting 50

Inside Public Accounting - Top 50 Accounting Firm Inside Public Accounting - Top 100 Accounting Firm
2014 IPA Top 50 Firms
2013 IPA Top 50 Firms
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2014 IPA Top 100 Firms
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PAR Top 100


Accounting Today – Top 100


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    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Cherry Bekaert (Richmond, VA) in May 2015.


    Ugh. An agonizing hour of behavioral questions, most of which made me wonder "What does this have to do with anything?" I can't wait for this trend to end and interviews once again focus on the actual job. I was so relieved when it ended that I found myself hoping they wouldn't contact me again. They didn't.

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    • "Sometimes people ask us to do things at work and even when we follow all their directions they're unhappy with what we've done. Why do you think that is?"   2 Answers

Cherry Bekaert Awards & Accolades

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Full Service CPA Firm of the Year , Acquisition International Magazine, 2013
Prestige – Top 20 Ranking , Vault, 2015
Accounting 50 , Vault, 2015
Top 20 – Audit & Assurance Accounting , Vault, 2015
Top 25 – Forensic Accounting , Vault, 2015
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Additional Info

Headquarters Richmond, VA
Size 500 to 999 Employees
Founded 1947
Type Company - Private
Industry Accounting & Legal
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year

Ranked among the largest public accounting and consulting firms in the country, Cherry Bekaert LLP has provided financial and management consulting services in the southeastern US for more than 65 years. It specializes in serving sectors including Technology & Life Sciences, Real Estate & Construction, Government Contracting, Financial Institutions, Nonprofit, Colleges ... More

Mission: “To make a difference for our people and our clients.”

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