Cherry Bekaert

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Cherry Bekaert Reviews

Updated July 17, 2014
Updated July 17, 2014
60 Reviews

3.0
60 Reviews
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Cherry Bekaert Firm Managing Partner Howard J. Kies
Howard J. Kies
38 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • PTO in line with big 4 (except they lump sick days in with PTO so not quite the same) (in 8 reviews)

  • learning experiences, wide variety of clients, great partner base, knowledgeable professionals, respect of work/life balance (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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Staff

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    Former Employee - Staff
    Former Employee - Staff

    Pros

    Great Company and people. Not as many hours as big 4.

    Cons

    Not much exposure to public companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company and peopl

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant  in  Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Norfolk, VA

    Pros

    Really make you feel like they care about you. Much more so than big 4 accounting firms.

    Cons

    Need more accountability and transparency when it comes to promotion.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Best place to work

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    Current Employee - Staff Accountant  in  Coral Gables, FL
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Coral Gables, FL

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Great partners. Friendly, professional environment.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't change a thing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome Place!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Working with great people in ideal industies.

    Cons

    Not the greatest benefits offered.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Auditor  in  Roanoke, VA
    Current Employee - Auditor in Roanoke, VA

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, with plenty of great people to help you grow

    Cons

    Alot of travel and alot of work to be completed in a short period of time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lousy Top Level Management

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    Pros

    Reasonably nice office space and free parking. Decent snacks and dress code policy. In addition, the leave and holiday policy were acceptable.

    Cons

    The leadership in developing a presence in the Washington area was weak. The pay was poor and they found excuses not to compensate performers. The hours were long and management showed no appreciation for the extra hours. There was little to no technical support and people left in droves. They have a diffucult time recruiting or developing talent. As a result, the staffing is inadequate and the pressure placed on those who stay in unbearable. They seem to continually try to do more with less to increase the bottom line. There is virtually no emphasis on quality control and the utilization and realization goals are unobtainable given the circumstances.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible place to be

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Litigation Support  in  Coral Gables, FL
    Current Employee - Litigation Support in Coral Gables, FL

    Pros

    Office location, and independence on projects

    Cons

    There is no formal training process, no one in the department gets along, you work crazy hours, it feels like high school b/c of the "mean girls" in the department, and favoritism is known. It is a very challenging place to work. The entire staff/assistants are looking for jobs elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look into a change of management in your Coral Gables Litigation Support department. It's a hostile work environment where hazing is prevalent and encouraged by senior partners in the office.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Atlanta, GA

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Flexibility, pto, very little pros

    Cons

    Low pay, micromanagers, no training, partners who do not perform

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay market rate

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great People!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The people are Cherry Bekaert are the best part of working there! Smart, friendly and young! Leadership understands people are at the core of business success.

    Cons

    Growing fast and therefore lots of change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue treating your people well. Tie initiatives back to mission and vision more clearly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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