B&C has a great culture, which is one of the most appealing aspects. It decidedly does not have that big 4 accounting, more snooty vibe to it, and employees at all levels seem to actually enjoy working with each other. At the more junior levels, they pay overtime, which makes the longish hours more bearable as well as dis-incentivizes management to overwork employees (because they have to pay them for additional hours worked). B&C has stable, long term clients on the accounting side and a growing consulting practice, and the two sides work well together and present great opportunities to win client work.
Probably the biggest downside is purely from a name recognition and/or resume perspective. If you go outside the DC metro area (and even within the DC Area), few if any people have heard of B&C. Those who do know the company typically have favorable impressions of it and the employees that work there, but it has much less cache than a PwC or KPMG. Also, the work opportunities within B&C are more limited than in Big 4 environment and most audit and tax work is for stable, but smallish clients. The consulting side has had some growing pain issues and some projects that are likely less desireable than would be available in larger professional services organization.
Advice to Management
Senior management is actually fairly well attuned to junior/ staff issues and in my experience do a good job of communicating both firm and group issues as well as communicating positives and negatives of performance. The culture is fairly open, so i would say the only advice i would give senior management is to make sure your staff is fully engaged and utilized, working on projects that are stimulating to staff and offers staff an opportunity to grow in both leadership as well as expand their professional expertise in certain areas that are attractive to them. I think senior management generally does a good job of this.
The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Beers & Cutler in October 2009.
it was a behavioral interview for a consulting internship. The person was nice, the interview went well. He basically asked for my accomplishments, and talked about them for 30+ minutes. It went by very quickly. I was not very interested in the position, and did not show passion. I'm not sure why I wasn't chosen. Maybe the person who interviewed me was hard to read.