Cherry Bekaert Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
62 Reviews
3.0
62 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.  

    mclean office - boring - blah - mediocre

    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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
  2.  

    Great place to intern

    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

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

  3.  

    Outstanding!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accountant in Greenville, SC
    Current Employee - Accountant in Greenville, SC

    I have been working at Cherry Bekaert full-time

    Pros

    Entrpreneurial environment and engaging clients. Not the meat-grinder my former Big 4 employer was. A nice place to work.

    Cons

    None. I had a blast!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Rudderless Ship

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

    I have been working at Cherry Bekaert full-time

    Pros

    Good people who are smart, knowledgeable and dedicated to providing great client service.

    Cons

    Partners do not realize that they have good people. Management decisions seem to be made by the hottest item of the day. There is no clear leadership. The Audit and Tax Practices are for the most part two completely separate entities; with little or no interaction between the two. There is no emphasis on developing from within, it seems more likelly they will recruit and hire Partners from other firms. They preach "One Firm" and "Elite" but there is little practice. The Administrative side (Marketing, training, HR) of the firm really has no clue what the client service accountants do on a day to day basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your greatest asset, develop it.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Disorganized

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

    I have been working at Cherry Bekaert full-time

    Pros

    Free snacks if that is you thing
    PTO in line with big 4 (except they lump sick days in with PTO so not quite the same)
    Some of the staff are quite nice
    They are a bit flexible with start times so it's not a huge hassle to schedule appointments and quick meetings

    Cons

    Can only speak for the DC office.
    There are not enough people working here (more so the tax department). Management is pretty poor and there is one manager in particular that is sucking the life out of the department. Unfortunately, there is no system in place for upward feedback so the staff have no way of communicating this to partners.
    The partners do not seem concerned enough about staff morale and in an environment where you often have to work 60+ hours this is important.
    The OT hours are only SLIGHTLY less than big 4 but the quality of clients and technology available is significantly worse. In short, don't come here because you want to get away from big 4. You will regret it. Pretty much the same amount of hours for fewer perks and not much in the way of training or "prestige".
    This office was decimated about a year or 2 ago when everyone left and has not really recovered from that.
    Mandatory saturdays in busy season whether you have work to do or not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Partners need to actively seek to improve management. The staff does most of the actual work and it is important to the company that they are at least satisfied (if not happy). Implement a way for upward feedback. HIRE MORE PEOPLE. Develop guidelines and standards and STICK to them. Don't allow individuals to dictate processes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Seasonal Administrative Tax Assistant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Seasonal Tax Administrative Assistant in Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Seasonal Tax Administrative Assistant in Virginia Beach, VA

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

    Pros

    Positive office environment, fun company happy hours, good coffee maker, good work privacy, frequent free breakfast, lunch and dinners, fun company outings, they bring in pizza every friday during tax season, and lots of office snacks

    Cons

    Pressure to work long hours during tax season, office politics,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more regular positive and creative constructive criticism

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lack of performance evaluation

    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Management in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    Workplace conducive for adequate performance. Firm provides ample training opportunities through CBH University

    Cons

    Performanc evaluation system is mediocre with very little enforcement of evaluation requirements by upper management. Firm has terminated a number of employees without cause and very little explanation. This has caused poor morale and staff feeling that management is more concerned with cost containment than with professional development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enforcement of performance evaluation for all staff levels including manager and above

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Dissapointed with how things turned out!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in McLean, VA

    I have been working at Cherry Bekaert

    Pros

    Vacation time is adequate
    Met some good people that were very good at their job at my peer level

    Cons

    The Tyson's Corner office has fallen apart. In the audit department there are less than 5 people left from last busy season below partner. In the tax department there were approxamately 20 people at the end of last busy season and there is 1 person left. There has been a compelte inability to recruit any talent after the departures. The problems that have contributed to the fall-out was largely due to management which has not changed at all. The same decision makers are in place. As a result, it is highly unlikely that things will change in the future. The fact is that the firm as a whole doesn't have an understanding of the Northern Virginia market and lacks the leadership to step in and make sure that the right people/leaders are in place to do the right thing. There was a great group of highly productive energetic people that worked there and now they are all gone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Partners need to listed to the managers and seniors when they provide feedback. Generally, they will have a good idea of what is going on in the office and ways to improve morale. Don't wait to address important issues. Reward high performers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Nice place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at Cherry Bekaert

    Pros

    I really like a lot of people I work with, both in my office and with people in other offices. Most people are really nice.

    Most people really care about doing a good job for the clients.

    PTO is pretty good, especially compared to my friends.

    Cons

    Sometimes you have to work long hours around deadlines, but that is part of the industry.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good networking opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA

    I have been working at Cherry Bekaert

    Pros

    Competent staff and senior level employees

    Cons

    Management fails to achieve certifications that are demanded of staff.

    No opinion of CEO

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