Cherry Bekaert Reviews

Updated July 5, 2015
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Cherry Bekaert Firm Managing Partner Howard J. Kies
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. Audit Associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Cherry Bekaert

    Pros

    I think it is a good learning experience.

    Cons

    Audit computer system needs an update


  2. Great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Lynchburg, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Lynchburg, VA

    I worked at Cherry Bekaert full-time

    Pros

    Good to work in the area

    Cons

    good to work at in lynchburg

    Advice to Management

    good to work at in the area


  3. Senior Accountant

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cherry Bekaert

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture, opportunity and learning.

    Cons

    It is public accounting. That is the main con.

    Advice to Management

    It is public accounting. Not much they can do and still stay competitive.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Good company overall, but not in the Orlando office

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

    I worked at Cherry Bekaert

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, growing company, knowledgeable professionals in most areas

    Cons

    One of the partners has no consideration for personal life situations, has no respect for privacy, makes racist comments and believes his staff should work like robots, while treating them like idiots. Another individual in management has no CPA degree, cannot communicate in the English language and is very disorganized, but yet, she is the person in charge of managing employees and communicating with clients.

    Advice to Management

    Hire competent personnel; provide feedback; create work/life balance; listen to your employees wants and needs


  6. Good company, but poor organization and company management

    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Tysons Corner, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Tysons Corner, VA

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary, intelligent professionals and good employee morale

    Cons

    poor management, poor organization

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more often with employees and empower employees to facilitate their career growth. Add additional formal employee reviews to increase lines of communication and ensure expectations are clear and are being met


  7. Great place to start a career

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    n/a


  8. As good a firm as you will find in public accounting

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  9. You definitely get out what you put in

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Awesome internship

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great company and peopl

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Norfolk, VA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.



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