Cherry Bekaert

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Learned a lot, but not without significant sacrifice.

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  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Audit Senior in Atlanta, GA
Former Employee - Audit Senior in Atlanta, GA

I worked at Cherry Bekaert full-time (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

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    Awesome people, great firm

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    Former Employee - Senior Tax Accountant in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Tax Accountant in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Cherry Bekaert full-time (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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    Great Experience

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    • 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 (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
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