Kerkering Barberio & Co

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Kerkering Barberio & Co Reviews

Updated July 1, 2014
Updated July 1, 2014
45 Reviews
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Kerkering Barberio & Co CEO Robert Lane
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  1.  

    Great place to work

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

    I have been working at Kerkering Barberio & Co full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Opportunity for advancement, you will learn a ton, reimbursement for CPA exam, bonus once you pass, overtime paid at time and a half, great health insurance (as long as it's only for you), birthday cake every month, lots of fun events, tuition reimbursement, jeans days every once in a while, 401k, vacation, holidays & other PTO good

    Cons

    Long hours during tax season, could have better training (sink or swim attitude)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Incredible Company to Work For

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

    I have been working at Kerkering Barberio & Co

    Pros

    Great managing Shareholder and COO. Wonderful partners and managers as well! They will take their time to mentor you and coach you if you show talent and initiative. The culture promotes an open door policy with upper management and partners (from what i have experienced) and they really do reward you for hours put in. There is a lot of scheduling flexibility and KB has a solid understanding of the importance of work-life balance.

    Cons

    I give five stars for culture and room for growth, however, there is room for improvement with regard to organization, planning and communication. It is also easy for more timid employees to grow complacent as it tends to be up to the employee to take control over his/her career (not a real con) as KB promotes autonomy and will not hold your hand.. this is not to say that they do not answer questions, because they certainly will!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work! More vacation time wouldn't hurt either.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It is interesting but funny at the same time i like pants and stuff

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Kerkering Barberio & Co

    Pros

    -Filling up space
    -Competitive salary huge so i can buy lotsa stuff
    -Overpowered HR department killed off a lot talent within management

    Cons

    -Bad people everywhere
    -Sleepy time room was super awesome
    -Snacks and coffee were free
    -Strong legal team with superior analytical skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more upwords mobility to your company and more competitive pay. Company operations are innovative but not enough to compete against some of its top rivals.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work and grow.

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

    I have been working at Kerkering Barberio & Co

    Pros

    Paid for every hour worked & bonus program.
    Great co-workers, smart and helpful.
    Flexible when you need it.
    Great paid time off allowance.

    Cons

    Expected to work long hours certain times of the year and have to schedule vacations, life events, etc. around those times.
    Health insurance for anyone with more than one person on the plan is very high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire the best and standardize training for new employees.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    SWEAT SHOP

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

    I have been working at Kerkering Barberio & Co

    Pros

    Some co-workers
    Some shareholders
    Location
    Provides education for the green ones
    Kerkering Barberio was known for it's name, now there is no Mr. Kerkering or Mr. Barberio involved in the company anymore. This is very sad as one in particular made this company what it used to be.

    Cons

    The ship is sinking and the shareholders have not even handed out the life jackets.
    I wish it was like the "old" days when every one got along with each other especially the shareholders. Why does one always want to be boss and act out? Some just can't be happy and want more and want others to be unhappy right along with him.

    Too many chiefs. Too much gossiping. Too many secrets. Too many eyes.

    Too many people think they can do or say whatever they please just because they are sleeping and/or are friends with their shareholder. It is a double standard around here.

    Just let us do our jobs in our used small cubicles that the drawers won't even stay closed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People that are are blaming management, management can only do as much as the shareholders will allow. Remember who pays management. The shakedown has just started. Until they get control of one shareholder there will be problems. There is no respect for each other. It is all about the money. All respect went out the door when the last male shareholder retired. As we all know, each shareholder is in business for themselves. It's like executive suites, they hire their own team and pay rent and operate under the Kerkering Barberio name.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    YOU GET AND EMPLOYEE NUMBER WHEN YOUR START & THAT'S ALL YOUR ARE!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accountant  in  Sarasota, FL
    Current Employee - Accountant in Sarasota, FL

    I have been working at Kerkering Barberio & Co

    Pros

    Only the shareholders get the view. We used to have a nice view in the break room but the condos messed that up. Why do we even have a break room? You are always looked upon or check on when you go in there. Breaks are not deserved nor earned here in some eyes.

    It is a known fact that you must be friends with your shareholder or else! See older posts and COMMENTS.

    Cons

    Like someone said previously, "If you aren't friends with your shareholder, you are basically on the outs to begin with.
    Lots of favoritism.
    Certain employees are allowed to act as bosses (and not even in management positions).
    Other shareholders turn a blind eye to the chaos of their department and just care about billing clients and getting their pay." WELL SAID!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do the shareholders really make a company? Perhaps some do and some don't. Stop walking on the female shareholders. Please listen to what we are saying, please.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Is all it is now is a job.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant

    I have been working at Kerkering Barberio & Co

    Pros

    Perfect location, crappy building but thankful I have a job. Love my coworkers.

    Cons

    It just a job not a career. Poor management of employees. As previous posts indicate, favoritism is quite noticeable. You must have some type of relationship with your shareholder to get a promotion here. Some shareholders are treated like dirt and that is quite noticeable too. Very sad as we have some very talented female shareholders here. There is one shareholder that seems to have too much testosterone. He should be voted out or demoted like he did to another shareholder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Is it really management's fault that they can not control a senior shareholder? Management is in all reality the messenger. Give them a break. We can only pray that he leaves on his own and takes his people. How peaceful KB would be. It can not get any worse unless they make him managing shareholder. It is not always greener on the other side.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Be careful, beware and be prepared

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accountant  in  Sarasota, FL
    Current Employee - Accountant in Sarasota, FL

    I have been working at Kerkering Barberio & Co

    Pros

    Name, location, reputation (you think) and coworkers.
    Free CE
    You can get your education here paid, get experience and then leave.

    Cons

    Not appreciated as to what you bring to the table. You have no voice in this company. If you upset certain people, you get let go. The break room is monitored. If you take a break, you are stared at when certain people enter the room. Only certain people are allowed to have fun at this company.

    Shareholders are in business for themselves. They operate as they are in business alone not has a whole. They all just operate under the KB name. They each have their own practice. It is just not seen as such on the outside. This is a very broken company when you get inside. Eight years and there has been change but not for the better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management keep up the good work. It is a tough market to be searching for a job.
    Leadership is great when you have full power.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great reputation as a company, but horrible management of employees.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accountant  in  Sarasota, FL
    Former Employee - Accountant in Sarasota, FL

    I worked at Kerkering Barberio & Co

    Pros

    Name recognition.
    Name recognition.
    Name recognition.

    Cons

    If you aren't friends with your shareholder, you are basically on the outs to begin with.
    Lots of favoritism.
    Certain employees are allowed to act as bosses (and not even in management positions).
    Other shareholders turn a blind eye to the chaos of their department and just care about billing clients and getting their pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shakedown of shareholders/managers/supervisors in order. There are good employees who want to do their jobs but it is tainted by the lack of respect provided in most departments and too many henchmen who are just out to cut heads. Not a comfortable work environment, no open door policy. And to be more realistic about the hours that they want employees to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    unhappy at kb

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Slave  in  Sarasota, FL
    Current Employee - Tax Slave in Sarasota, FL

    I have been working at Kerkering Barberio & Co

    Pros

    Good opportunity. Good location. Donuts, bagels on friday. Nice people to work with. Birthday cake once a month.

    Cons

    See ratings. Also, employee of the month is not based on performance, but on popularity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pretend like you care about your employees. It will make them more loyal and more productive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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