Kerkering Barberio & Co – Why Work For Us?

Located on the beautiful southwest coast of Florida, we enjoy the honor of residing in one of Money Magazine's "Best Small Cities to Live." At the same time, we work in a progressive business atmosphere that embraces work/life balance, is on the leading edge of technology and strongly supports the training and advancement of our staff.

For individuals who aspire to a career in public accounting, pension or financial services, Kerkering Barberio can provide the best of both worlds. Rich with culture, our small-town location is great for a more relaxed life style without forgoing recreational and entertainment value. In addition, the array of services offered by our firm makes us more comparable to a Big Four environment than to the typical local practice, providing greater career growth and diversity. Kerkering Barberio is a unique professional option.

At Kerkering Barberio, we feel that our environment reflects who we are:

  • We work hard, but we like to have fun.
  • Our offices are professional, but relaxed.
  • We stay on the leading edge of technology.
  • We are involved in our community.
  • We have great people!!!

Some of our Annual Events include:

  • BBQs and Cookouts
  • Catered Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • College Colors Day
  • Employee Appreciation Day
  • End of Tax Season Celebration
  • Family Picnic
  • Fundraising Events
  • Golf Outing
  • Holiday Lunch
  • Ice Cream Extravaganza
  • LEA YPG Volunteer Week
  • Onsite Massages

We all want to be successful in our professional lives. For each individual, success can have a very different meaning. But no matter what your definition of success is, one thing is certain; it requires a focused effort in order to reach the desired goals. Kerkering Barberio provides many opportunities in the way of professional development. These include:

  • Continuing Professional Education
  • Emerging Marketers (for business development skills)
  • Leadership Development Program
  • Ownership Progression Plan
  • Paid Licenses and Professional Dues
  • Tuition Reimbursement

Kerkering, Barberio & Co. has been providing workplace flexibility long before it was main stream.  In general, we work a 37.5-hour workweek.  Outside of busy seasons, our standard hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.  We do not micromanage our staff.  We understand the need to schedule doctor appointments, attend children’s events, wait for service people at home, and other personal matters that occur during the workday.  We rely on the professionalism of our staff to notify their respective supervisor of the need to do these things and to ensure that all work meets required deadlines.

Throughout the years, we have found that unique work schedules are very doable in the areas of tax and accounting services.  For the most part, the work can be done at anytime.  As a result, we make individual arrangements with many staff members who perform these services.  Examples include - those who work full time with overtime during busy season, but then work reduced hours outside of busy season, those who work busy season, but then take the summer off, those who work only 37.5 hours per week all year round, etc.  We evaluate each situation based on the individual, his/her technical level, the team’s needs, and other criteria.

In general, it is more difficult to provide these types of arrangements for those who work in the audit and assurance area, due to the demands of the client.  However, we are finding that technology is making the need to actually be at the clients’ location less and less; which in turn, is making flexible schedules in this area of practice more feasible.

Regarding technology, this is obviously a significant factor in workplace flexibility.  Many members of our firm are able to work remotely from their home, tablet, etc.  We have found that those most successful at this are at higher levels of technical ability; they have fewer questions and are able to work more independently.  Therefore, we do limit this opportunity to where we feel it will provide the greatest benefit for the individual and the firm.  However, it can still be an alternate means for all employees to accomplish their job when being in the office is challenged for some reason.

Kerkering, Barberio & Co. has been recognized by a number of groups as a Best Place to Work.  We believe part of what makes us a Best Place to Work is that we understand that we all have personal lives that need to successfully integrate with our professional lives, and the standard “nine to five” hours are not conducive to this.  We work with our staff to provide an environment that coordinates the needs of home and office.

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    KB is a company which strives to keep its employees happy. Effort is made during the busy seasons to keep employees positive & motivated: dinner provided at times, massages, special events like lunches & contests, a supportive atmosphere. HR makes an effort to seek out issues and resolve them. Management seems honestly concerned with keeping a work-life balance to help avoid burn-out & turnover. Also, the company is extremely flexible during slow seasons, and even during busy season to a reasonable point. Open door policy is great for bouncing ideas around. If you are a self-starter, your career path here will be very bright, with lots of opportunities. If you need to be micro-managed to accomplish things, you may have a harder time with the culture. There is no "good old boys club" at KB; if you work hard and well, you are rewarded.


    401k match could be a lot better/bigger. Like any public accounting firm, work during the busy seasons is intense. However, KB does a great job at trying to make things easier on employees.

Kerkering Barberio & Co Awards & Accolades

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Best of the Best Firms , Inside Public Accounting, 2014
Best Public Accounting Firms for Women , Accounting MOVE Project, 2014

Additional Info

Headquarters Sarasota, FL
Size 50 to 149 Employees
Founded 1972
Type Private Practice / Firm
Industry Accounting & Legal
Revenue $10 to $25 million (USD) per year

Kerkering, Barberio & Co., Certified Public Accountants, is Sarasota's premier CPA firm providing a variety of tax, audit and accounting services to businesses and individuals. While accounting and tax consulting is the core of our business, it is the depth and broad diversity of our services and the quality of our CPA's and consultants that set us apart.

Mission: Our mission at Kerkering Barberio is bringing together the best people, quality services and innovative products to assist our clients in achieving their personal, business and financial goals.

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