Cherry Bekaert Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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Cherry Bekaert Firm Managing Partner Howard J. Kies
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Pros
  • Much more so than big 4 accounting firms (in 8 reviews)

  • Reasonably nice office space and free parking (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • In the audit department there are less than 5 people left from last busy season below partner (in 8 reviews)

  • There is no prestige working here - you are better off paying your dues at Big 4 and at least getting name brand recognition on your resume (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Amazing! You are not a number, you are a person.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cherry Bekaert full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Your supervisors care about you and they teach you personally. It’s a firm were management treats personal development as an investment - they treat you well and they teach you well because they want you to stay. The Paid Time Off (PTO) policy is great - I have about 21 days off a per year. The firm is growing fast, so you have the opportunity to grow with them. At the end of the day, do you want to be at a big four and be nobody? Or do you want to be at a strong growing firm like Cherry Bekaert and have the potential to be something bigger than yourself?

    Cons

    Busy season can have its long hours, but that is why you get paid well and have great benefits. The industry is like this, you will find long days everywhere else. During busy season they will cater food and have lots of events and happy hours to ease the stress.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you guys are doing, it’s working great. Continue to grow and get Cherry Beakert’s name out there.


  2. Senior Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cherry Bekaert full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    When you first walk into the Atlanta office, you immediately feel the positive vibe of the firm. Light, breezy, cheery and overall pleasantness. Then you hear the clicking and clonking of what appears to be a make shift Ping Pong table - you get closer and in fact they are Ping Pong tables set up throughout the office! The free snacks and soda is something that is unique to Cherry Bekaert as I am not aware of any other accounting firm that provides this perk - the culture here is very similar to a software development company - if you are going to work hard, why not have a little fun during it! The firm pays well, promotes well, and provides ample opportunities for growth. The leadership is excellent in allowing one to grow into your role! Bottom Line: the big 4 have their place in the accounting world, as they should, but if you are serious about your career and gaining experience without having to sacrifice or feel like you are just a billing machine, I strongly suggest you give the other firms a chance because they not only provide the same experience, but you will much more appreciated for your efforts and more than likely better compensated as well.

    Cons

    Not all the offices in the firm are like ATL.

    Advice to Management

    For a One firm culture to germinate, it is crucial to have the appearance and feel of One firm.


  3. Great Internship

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Atlanta, GA
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cherry Bekaert as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I was put on an internship working directly under a tax consultant. Performed cost segregation work and got to work face to face with clients. The compensation was great.

    Cons

    The communication was difficult with partner at times.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Learned a lot, but not without significant sacrifice.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Audit Senior in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cherry Bekaert full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Like the title explains, I learned a lot here. I was part of a smaller firm acquired, and because of that, I worked on more jobs with more significant issues than I had prior that increased my knowledge substantially. The pay is pretty decent considering you are not putting in the hours of a Big 4. Because of Cherry Bekaert, I now work somewhere awesome ;).

    Cons

    If you have a family, do not expect to spend a lot of time with them. Do not even think to have kids. While there is a busy season with a policy of 55 required hours, be ready to work a lot more than that if you want to get promoted and you will also have these same 50+ hour weeks at multiple times of the year because they are short staffed and it is cheaper to work employees harder than to hire new staff. Know that all Senior Management cares about is hours. When putting in said hours, make sure that you are seen by people because if you get these hours before people get to work early in the morning or when you get home late at night, people will assume that you are lazy because they physically do not see you on location. Cherry Bekeart's "rapid growth" is from acquisition not because people want to work there. If you are at CB because you were acquired, just quit now because you will be labeled as "not as proficient" as those that are at the same level and already at CB. Senior Management thinks that Cherry Bekaert is hot stuff, but ask anyone in accounting anywhere and they will say they've never heard of that firm. If you're doing public accounting for your resume, just suffer the two years at a Big 4 where at least you'll get name recognition. Aside: Surely people reading these reviews know that many of the 5 star anonymous reviews are fake and from HR.

    Advice to Management

    You probably shouldn't have spent millions in rebranding when you have an under appreciated work force. Treat your people better. While hours is important in the industry be a little warmer to employees instead of hammering down policies.


  6. Good experience

    Former Employee - Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Intern in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Cherry Bekaert part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great learning opportunities for interns.

    Cons

    It can be overwhelming at first, but everyone is really nice.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great Co-workers make workplace bearable

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Talented partner group (Atlanta office) Complimentary drinks, snacks, meals, social gatherings Exposure to various clients and industries Co-workers and office environment

    Cons

    Work-life balance (typical of industry) Not enough SEC clients Compensation is slightly below average IT technology seems to lag behind larger firms with better resources

    Advice to Management

    Don't lose sight of the talent that you have at the firm, continue to gravitate towards bigger clients when possible.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Lots of potential

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of room for growth Good variety of experience in different industries. 5-10% less hours than Big 4. Lead partners are talented and listen.

    Cons

    Bad firmwide communication with some bigger recent changes. Some growing pains and some outside hires still trying to fit in.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better. Most of us pefer to hear bigger news some other way than via the grapevine which may or may not be true.



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