Kerkering Barberio & Co

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Kerkering Barberio & Co Reviews in Sarasota, FL

Updated July 1, 2014
Updated July 1, 2014
45 Reviews
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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.  

    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
  3. 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
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  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    ENJOY WHAT YOU DO

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

    I have been working at Kerkering Barberio & Co

    Pros

    My team, my shareholder, I enjoy public accounting.

    Cons

    Favortism, 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 ManagementAdvice

    Being 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

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

    • 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

    They 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.

    Cons

    Client 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 ManagementAdvice

    Continue 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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    DO YOU THINK WE WILL GET RAISES OR NOT?

    • 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

    Will 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.

    Cons

    Size 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 ManagementAdvice

    We 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?

    No opinion of CEO

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