Kerkering Barberio & Co

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Updated Jul 1, 2014

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3.2 45 reviews

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Kerkering Barberio & Co CEO Robert Lane

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60% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    ENJOY WHAT YOU DO

    Staff Accountant (Current Employee) Sarasota, FL

    ProsMy team, my shareholder, I enjoy public accounting.

    ConsFavortism, long hours, location is downtown and we get a lot of riff raff in and around the building. Plus there is a PUB on the street level of the building that attracts the poeple you don't want to run into late at night when you are leaving the building alone. Management just sends out emails to warn us to be careful (just to cover their a**es.) They don't care or they would set ground rules or have 24-hour security. The parking facility is very dangerous. The Firm is just not what it used to be several years ago.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBeing a Christian, and as most parents taught us, if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all. I will keep it as such.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    They recognize their employees as their greatest asset and demonstrate it daily.

    Accountant (Current Employee) Sarasota, FL

    ProsThey realize and acknowledge that employees are their greatest assets. Professional growth through continuing education and personalized training is evident throughout all levels within the firm. Employees are given many resources, such as computers (IT equipment), office/workstation equipment, software, access to higher level staff for guidance and advice, and a high level of security within the office building to create a comfortable and efficient work environment. The company wants their employees to succeed and provide thier clients with unsurpassed and specialized service.

    ConsClient deadlines can create issues with families and personal obligations during the year. However, KB is always willing to accomodate and work within the needs of their employees. It can be difficult to balance your personal life with work responsibilities, but KB promotes a team approach to deal with these problems for both the benefit of their employees and clients.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to treat your employees as your greatest assets and acknowledge and respond to the ever changing needs of employees and clients as the business environment is changes.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    DO YOU THINK WE WILL GET RAISES OR NOT?

    Accountant (Current Employee) Sarasota, FL

    ProsWill we get raises or won't we? We are paid low base salaries because we are promised overtime, but now we are not allowed to work overtime. We are called in if we work one hour overtime like children. This is not fair in this economy! We are still working just as hard and just as much.

    Location, technology, and coworkers. On the outside, it looks to be a large firm but each shareholder has his/her own practice, and it is broken down into teams.

    ConsSize of firm. You don't get the family feeling anymore. If you are seen talking in the hallway you are frowned upon, it's just work, work, and work. They will beat you down to work, but do not want to pay you overtime anymore.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWe have no HR dept. We have no one we can trust or talk to about anything. Management treats us like children. Who can we go to when we have a problem that is confidential? Is this so hard to ask of a company? I have a problem right now and I need talk to someone about it, and I don't feel comfortable talking with my shareholder. The dress code is terrible and is all HR can say is "I can't enforce it". Why waste money on a handbook then?

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    Ask a lot of very specific questions if you are a prospective employee

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Sarasota, FL

    ProsIt provides a pay check. The benefits are good. For the most part, the office conditions are safe and nice. They are successful in hiring good workers and good people.

    ConsI felt like I was misled as to what my opportunities would be. The style of communication in our department was very lacking. If you are considering a position with KB in a supervisory role, ask to speak to members of the team you would be overseeing. This provides an opportunity to hear their specific concerns and may give you some clues as to issues and challenges, if any, they are facing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe honest about what you want from a prospective employee. Consider patterns that may be developing within certain departments, especially as it effects retention of talented staff

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    If you get a chance to work here, take it!

    Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) Sarasota, FL

    ProsFellow employees
    Dual Monitors, Personal Scanners at Deck
    Fun Functions around the office

    ConsVery demanding during tax season long hours but no unexpected in public accounting
    Downtown is beautiful but attracts the homeless and it is sometimes scary coming in early and you see a homeless person sleeping by the door you are trying to enter. Security is a concern to the women.

    Advice to Senior Managementn/a

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    IT'S ALL ABOUT TEAMWORK

    Executive Assistant (Current Employee) Sarasota, FL

    ProsMy Team, My Shareholder, The Friends I have made, Great Location and it is a place I enjoy coming to every day. Technology is updated often, everyone now has dual monitors, which once you have them, you can never go back to just using one. We are able to work from home and able to receive our work emails on our Blackberrys.

    ConsLong hours but expected in public accounting. I believe the shareholders are in too many Firm meetings during business hours. Leave your office door open, if you can, and if you are not with a client.

    Advice to Senior ManagementResearch indicates that workers have three prime needs: Interesting work, recognition for doing a good job, and being let in on things that are going on in the company.

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    Quality Firm and People

    Accountant (Current Employee)

    ProsThe People and payment of overtime and the bonus plan. The other perks the firm gives us throughout the year, such as bagels and doughnuts on Friday, gas give away, bingo, etc. The firm has gone "green" recently which is helping the environment and making all of us aware of our responsibility to take care of the environment. The firm's willingness to help you grow and luanch new niches and promotes individual growth.

    ConsIt takes time for employees to realize total compensation is higher than the other typical local firms since starting base appears to be lower when making comparisoins to other firms based on base.

    Advice to Senior Managementalways remember the clients, quality of service and the employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    YOU CAN BEAT US OR OUR EMPLOYEES SO COME JOIN US!

    Tax Manager (Current Employee) Sarasota, FL

    ProsLargest CPA firm in the area. We have KB Pension Company and KB Financial Services. We have an International department, Trusts & Estates Department, Medical Department, Team that concentrates mostly on 1040's, Construction Team, Legal Team, Real Estate Team, Partnerships/Corps Team and an Audit Team. A choice to build your career. Come grow with us.

    ConsLong hours during tax season but not unexpected in public accounting. Be careful in the parking garage. Safety is an issue during Tax Season coming in early and leaving late. We never know who is in the stairwells or who will get on the elevators with us or who is waiting when we get off.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManaging shareholder does a great job and so does the COO.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    WANT A CAREER IN ACCOUNTING? KB IS THE PLACE

    Staff Accountant (Current Employee) Sarasota, FL

    ProsTHE BEST ASSET OF KERKERING BARBERIO IS THE EMPLOYEES. Wonderful location in downtown Sarasota. Outstanding reputation in the local community and in southwest Florida. Involved in the local community. Long term career opportunities. Employees seem to stay for the long haul, rarely leave or terminated. Employees are recongized for their hard work and long hours during tax season. Gas give-aways being gas is so high. CPE in house and provided and paid. Overtime paid and you may bank your hours. All of our employees are just wonderful. We have a great receptionist that has the hardest job of all along with all the assistants. How do they manage all of us? If you have not said thank you to them in a while please do because sometimes we forget all they do, without them what would we do? Everyone is needed or you would not be here. We all appreciate each other so much. We are all so busy and have so much on our minds and sometimes don't look up to acknowledge each other but let's start looking up and making each other's day and say hello, as that person may just be having a bad day and may need our upbeat hello or smile. I certainly need a smile. Have you ever had a smile from a stranger? How did that make you feel? It made me feel pretty darn good. I know I appreciate everyone in this Firm except when I have to go to the bathroom and all the stalls are full.

    ConsGet more bathroom stalls. Parking garage is dangerous be careful. More security needed during tax season. Long hours but not unexpected in pubic accounting. No one should stay late in the building by themselves during tax season especially the females and especially on Fridays when the the building is full. Be careful taking the stairs early in the morning and late at night. KB is a great place if you want a career.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOur COO is great and keeps us in line.
    Our managing shareholder does a great job.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Miss you guys

    Tax Manager (Former Employee) Sarasota, FL

    ProsFirst of, I want to say if you get a change to work here, TAKE IT! I wish I did not have to leave but due to some issue out of my control, we had to head back up north. There are so many good things to list as I would need another page or two. The location is great, the people are wonderful and it is not even like being at work. It's a place you don't want to leave. Very professional but not stuffy. Fun too. Overtime and CE paid.

    ConsNothing, come see for yourself. Just some long hours just during tax seasonS - yes with an S.

    Advice to Senior ManagementN/A, Just with my partner and she was the great to work for, wish I could come back. Miss you guys.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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