Cherry Bekaert Reviews

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
60 Reviews
3.0
60 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great People!

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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 for more than 3 years

    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
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Learned a lot, but not without significant sacrifice.

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

    I worked at Cherry Bekaert full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Awesome people, great firm

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Tax Accountant  in  Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Tax Accountant in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    Kind, helpful, caring people. Lovely firm culture. Good mix of pro bono work, company events, work. Really enjoyed my time here

    Cons

    Hr was unorganized when I began, but seemed to improve as I was there. Could develop better orientation programs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tax Intern  in  Coral Gables, FL
    Former Employee - Tax Intern in Coral Gables, FL

    I worked at Cherry Bekaert as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    They really tried to show the interns the benefits of CB's work life balance. Intern project was a great experience. All the associates were great with helping us out with any issues that arose (assignments, general software issues).

    Cons

    Summer was a really slow time to work. Not much going on, and didnt get to see what busy season is like, but that's what I signed up for. That is a really minor complaint, and its all I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe consider opening up the hiring window for Tax to something besides start dates every January? There is a lot of potential to lose good full-time candidates if you cant forecast that far out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sky's the limit

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Manager in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Cherry Bekaert for more than a year

    Pros

    Very friendly and welcoming environment. You are able to push yourself as hard and in any direction you want and you are actually rewarded for it! The partners listen to you and if you give 110% they trust you to do your thing. Good flexible working arrangements, family friendly culture. Good PTO.

    Cons

    Needs a little more structure in the training and on boarding. Comp is a little weak. Bonus program needs to be more on board with the industry standard. Managers should get offices. Nix the free sodas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your people and you'll go from good to great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good experience

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

    I worked at Cherry Bekaert part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great learning opportunities for interns.

    Cons

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

  8.  

    Lack of good organization

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    Former Employee - Tax Associate
    Former Employee - Tax Associate

    I worked at Cherry Bekaert full-time

    Pros

    I worked with some really nice people. Great firm sponsored social events. Compensation is competitive with other firms in the area.

    Cons

    Tax department is really weak and disorganized. Senior Managers could improve on their scheduling and communication skills. Sometimes it feels like everyone is out for themselves. Also, employees seem very cliquish at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more and make sure directions to employees are consistent to minimize confusion

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

    Learned a lot, great place to begin a career.

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

    I have been working at Cherry Bekaert

    Pros

    Open door policy, Partners and senior managers are extremely approachable and not intimidating at all.

    Cons

    For amount of hours worked, salary could be a little more competitive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    mclean office - boring - blah - mediocre

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    good admin work, free snacks, sodas, sometimes lunch, free parking

    Cons

    there is no light switch if you stay pass 6 pm, you will be working in the dark unless some one is walking through the motion censor, human resource function is so so, mediocre managers not super smart, seniors are nice

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    open your heart and expand your mind

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to intern

    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Cherry Bekaert as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Audit seniors are helpful and willing to teach and train interns and staff, travel was reasonable and co-workers were generally easy to get along with

    Cons

    Sometimes it was difficult for staff and interns to professionally engage with the Partners, but the partners are nice and very approachable

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