Cherry Bekaert Reviews

Updated October 3, 2014
Updated October 3, 2014
61 Reviews
3.1
61 Reviews
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Cherry Bekaert Firm Managing Partner Howard J. Kies
Howard J. Kies
37 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.  

    Awesome internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Interns
    Former Employee - Interns

    I worked at Cherry Bekaert full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    was assigned work from everyone in the office all the way up to partners. great office culture. awesome motivated people. friendly and welcoming environment. compensation was great!

    Cons

    internship program needs a little more structure.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great Internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Cherry Bekaert as an intern (less than an 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company and peopl

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Norfolk, VA

    I worked at Cherry Bekaert full-time (more than an year)

    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Staff

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    Former Employee - Staff
    Former Employee - Staff

    I worked at Cherry Bekaert full-time (more than an year)

    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
  6.  

    Best place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Coral Gables, FL
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Coral Gables, FL

    I have been working at Cherry Bekaert full-time (more than 5 years)

    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
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lousy Top Level Management

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Cherry Bekaert full-time (more than an year)

    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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Horrible place to be

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    Current Employee - Litigation Support in Coral Gables, FL
    Current Employee - Litigation Support in Coral Gables, FL

    I have been working at Cherry Bekaert full-time (more than 3 years)

    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.  

    Good company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Auditor in Roanoke, VA
    Current Employee - Auditor in Roanoke, VA

    I have been working at Cherry Bekaert full-time (more than 3 years)

    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome Place!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cherry Bekaert full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working with great people in ideal industies.

    Cons

    Not the greatest benefits offered.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't work here - pay your dues at Big 4 instead

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Manager

    I worked at Cherry Bekaert full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    PTO policy is competetive. Lack of organization and accountability mean you can pretty much do whatever you want. Provided a steady paycheck while I searched for (and found) and amazing job that pays me 50% more than I was earning before at Cherry Bekaert.

    Cons

    The firm is devoid of leadership. Pay is well below market standard. Offices act as their own companies rather than part of a larger company (i.e. there is no unified message). Leadership committee is filled with chronyism and basically the same group of people year over year, so ideas are stale. The firm hasn't organically grown (see it's ranking in the Top 100 accounting firms year over year to see the slide from the teens to the 30's in terms of rankings). Bonuses are not standard and are in fact quite difficult to achieve (especially considering that certain evaluation metrics are beyond an employee's control).

    There is no culture of accountability - as long as you are aligned with the right people and are generally 'a nice person', you are going to do fine here. 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. The firm targets small to middle market companies who usually do not have the bankroll to pay for engagements where the firm makes any money. As a result of client targets, jobs are usually not very interesting since they tend to be more about rudimentary issues.

    Bottom line is this: if you think you are going to learn a lot at Cherry Bekaert, you may, but not what you think. You will learn how not to run a business and you will learn the types of people you don't want to become partners with. Leadership doesn't have the stomach to cut non-performing partners, perpetuating a continual cycle of 'how do we move forward, let's try this' that never works because it's the same group of people throwing a new pile of garbage against the wall to see what sticks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your leadership if you truly are interested in changing anything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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