Cherry Bekaert

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Cherry Bekaert Reviews

Updated November 5, 2014
Updated November 5, 2014
64 Reviews
3.1
64 Reviews
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Cherry Bekaert Firm Managing Partner Howard J. Kies
Howard J. Kies
39 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.  

    Great place to start a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Assistant in Spartanburg, SC
    Former Employee - Audit Assistant in Spartanburg, SC

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

    Pros

    Firm is constantly growing; varied exposure on client side; compensation is competitive

    Cons

    Being too budget-conscious can diminish audit quality / hide work-life balance issues when there is unspoken pressure to "eat hours"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    As good a firm as you will find in public accounting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Auditor
    Current Employee - Auditor

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

    Pros

    The co-workers are great, there is a good culture, knowledgeable and approachable partners, etc. You will learn fast and have many opportunities for success.

    Cons

    Mediocre compensation/benefits, occasionally upper management makes puzzling choices

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work, but listen to your employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    You definitely get out what you put in

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at Cherry Bekaert full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Tremendous exposure to all areas of accounting and opportunities for fast growth.

    Cons

    Very understaffed and a lot of 'figuring it out yourself.' The firm is focused on growth at the top line, but they are not preparing for it as far as staffing levels go. It just seems like they are figuring it out as they go. The firm should take a page from "Field of Dreams" and 'build it' before the new clients come.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Company has great clients and people, but it seems like Management doesn't have a clear vision on where they want to take the firm. Throughout my several years at CB, I have seen +10 partners leave the firm, which doesn't paint the best picture on what is happening at the top. It just seems as though the power is resting on the few, who are only looking out for themselves and their 'inner circle.' I recommend that the executive board members of the firm have mandatory rotations. There are people who have been on the board way too long and they are not being held accountable for their actions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Awesome internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  6.  

    Great Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company and peopl

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Staff

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    Best place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lousy Top Level Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Horrible place to be

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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