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Rudderless Ship

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

I have been working at Cherry Bekaert full-time

Recommends
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

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 Management

Value your greatest asset, develop it.

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  1. Great place to intern

    Former Intern - Intern
    Former Intern - Intern

    I worked at Cherry Bekaert as an intern (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


  2. Disorganized

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA

    I have been working at Cherry Bekaert full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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