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Cherry Bekaert Overview

Richmond, VA
1001 to 5000 employees
1947
Company - Private
Accounting
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Ranked among the largest public accounting and consulting firms in the country, Cherry Bekaert LLP has provided financial and management consulting services in the southeastern US for 70 years. It specializes in serving sectors including Technology & Life ... Read more

Mission: “To make a difference for our people and our clients.”

Company Updates

  • We are proud to share that Cherry Bekaert LLP has launched a new career page reflecting our brand and mission of “making a difference for our people and our clients.” It has been a journey and we are excited to share our culture, values, professional development, community involvement, and more! Discover Cherry Bekaert at: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQy3m

    —30+ days ago
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  • The Firm congratulates Deborah Walker, Cherry Bekaert's National Director of Compensation and Benefits, for receiving this year's Arthur J. Dixon Memorial Award by the AICPA. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the accounting profession in the area of taxation.

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Cherry Bekaert – Why Work For Us?


So, what's it like to work at Cherry Bekaert? Take a look below at our Glassdoor Employee Word Cloud. We have friendly people who work hard, but know how important it is to truly have a work/life balance. The firm provides generous PTO, nine paid holidays, flexible working arrangements, and a casual "Dress for your Day" policy. Cherry Bekaert serves middle market clients and offers competitive pay, limited travel, excellent training, and opportunities to advance without relocation.  Perhaps this is why so many of our associates come from the Big 4 and other large accounting firms.   

Cherry Bekaert LLP, located in some of the most desirable locations in the Southeast, is the nation’s 25th largest public accounting firm. For 70 years, we have offered a dynamic, thriving work environment where you can expect a close working relationship with your partners and peers. We place an emphasis on open communication and value the input of every individual. From day one, our professionals have significant opportunities for client interaction and advisement.  Believe it or not, we are in the people business. Numbers just happen to be an important product of our client relations.   

Learning and Professional Development



  





At Cherry Bekaert, we offer extensive learning and development opportunities to guide you throughout your career.

We are committed to investing in your growth and development and will provide you with ongoing learning opportunities designed to benefit you both professionally and personally. Our training agenda consist of a variety of practical, on-the-job educational offerings, as well as internal and external CPE to help you build knowledge, skills and expertise. Cherry Bekaert believes in providing you with a variety of learning activities to help you grow your career and be the best guide to our clients that you can be.



Mentorship

  • Learn from the best and brightest at Cherry Bekaert
  • Work in teams alongside partners from day one
  • Grow every day from expertise, industry knowledge and advice

Technical Development

  • Work with exciting businesses in the areas of technology, health science, manufacturing & distribution, real estate, and many more
  • Gain high-level experience serving growing, global middle market companies, both privately and publicly held

Career Advancement

  • Accelerate career development in a fast-growing firm
  • Opportunities for advancement plus the new responsibilities and professional growth that come with it

Professional Development

  • Year-round training opportunities lay foundation for successful careers
  • On the Job – you will work for talented supervisors who guide you throughout each assignment
  • Continuous CPE and specialized technical training
  • Comprehensive performance management program to leverage career progression



 

 

Workplace Flexibility

This is MyLIFE | Yolanda Rico

Manager, Valuation Services | Fort Lauderdale

I moved to the United States from Mexico 17 years ago, I met my husband in 2002 and got married in 2003. I’ve always loved working with numbers and when I was introduced to the valuation/divorce area, I fell in love with it. I have two kids, Diego and Nicolas, Diego is 9 and Nicolas is 5 years old.

1. How did you first realize that workplace flexibility might fit your needs?

When you become a mom, all the dynamics in your life change. My priorities changed and I started thinking I would have to change my work schedule. I really like my job and didn’t want to choose. The moment came when I was juggling the kids, a full-time job, commuting time, and my husband’s frequent travels for his job. I spoke to Gus Perez, my supervisor. He and Cherry Bekaert generously offered me a position that allowed me to work part time from home.

2. What changes have you seen since you started using MyLIFE flexibility?

Now I have time to do all the things I need to do without going crazy. I no longer have to drive 40 minutes each way and I can manage my own time. Sometimes my days are longer than when I was working full time but they are more rewarding because I get to do all the things that I love. I work out more, I spend more time with my kids, and I am much more organized. Mostly, I’m happier!

3. How have your coworkers/clients reacted?

They support me 100%. They have been incredible to me in this transition.

4. What advice would you give to colleagues who are juggling with work/life balance?

My advice is that you have to find a balance that works for you. What works for me may not work for somebody else. You have to evaluate your own life and see what changes would make sense to make work/life balance work for you the way you need it to. That’s the beauty and flexibility of this program.


This is MyLIFE | Mitch Berman

Tax Partner | Bethesda Office

Mitch came to Cherry Bekaert as part of the August 2015 CBIZ acquisition. A lifelong basketball fan, he has been playing since middle school and has also coached both his children. Once his children completed high school, Mitch followed his passion and became a certified International Association of Approved Basketball Officials (IAABO) referee. His officiating duties include private and public school varsity, junior varsity and recreational leagues. At times this means up to 10 afternoon, evening and weekend games per week.

1. How did you first realize that workplace flexibility might fit your needs?

As soon as we came onboard, I got the sense that getting the work done and doing it well is much more important here at Cherry Bekaert than just putting in face time at the office. It’s a real advantage to have all the tools and flexibility that allow people to work from home at any time. Sometimes I actually feel more efficient at home because I don’t get interruptions when I’m trying to focus.

2. What changes have you seen since you started using MyLIFE flexibility?

Workplace flexibility facilitates the ability to spend time away from the office during the work day. Officiating helps me disconnect from the office and shut everything else out, especially workplace stress. Once on the court I must focus on what’s happening within the game. The flexibility also helps me meet MyFIT Goals as I generally run three to five miles per game. This helps keep me healthy and in shape and more engaged when in the office.

3. How have your coworkers/clients reacted?

Many ask about the games because some of the athletes get written up in the newspaper and many staff and clients still identify with the schools that I officiate. There have never been repercussions for leaving early because I make sure the work always gets done. This flexibility is a gift and having it pushes me harder and to be better, at work and at home.

4. What advice would you give to colleagues who are juggling with work/life balance?

If you’re not sure what options you have, ask one of the partners. Let them know what concerns you’re having. You’d be surprised at what can be worked out. If you can make it work, the Firm can make it work. People here will bend over backwards to help out and make it work for you. They care. I work hard and play hard; not just officiating. My family and I are constantly on the move and that's why I appreciate having a challenging career that is also always changing and flexible.


This is MyLIFE | Lauren Thomas

Senior Billing Specialist | Atlanta Practice

My husband, Chris, and I have a four- month old baby named Amos, and a crazy labradoodle, Wallace. We are a two-career family – Chris is a UX designer. We live 25 miles north of our Atlanta office, but with traffic that’s a commute of almost two hours. As a family we love traveling, watching SEC football, and just being together.

1. How did you first realize that workplace flexibility might fit your needs?

Several years ago, we moved when my husband was transferred. My manager and I worked out a plan allowing me to work remotely for a trial period. We all discovered that it worked better than anticipated! We recently moved back to Georgia and I continued with a flexible arrangement, split between working in the office and remotely.

In June, Chris and I adopted our son (with help from our Adoption Assistance Plan), and I again asked about options. The adoption happened very quickly, so I needed immediate schedule changes and everyone on my team came together to make it possible. I still hold normal business hours, working remotely with weekly trips to the office.

While I have family to help out with child care, the flexibility to not miss out on these early days of Amos’ life is such a weight off my shoulders. I have been with Cherry Bekaert for almost 11 years and can truly vouch that it is one of the best places to work. Throughout my time here I’ve had flexibility. I simply couldn’t ask for a more supportive company.

2. What changes have you seen since you started using MyLIFE flexibility?

The biggest change has been my sanity! Atlanta traffic is an absolute nightmare; any time of day really. Scaling that down to one or two days a week is a life saver. It allows me to put in a full day at work and give my family quality time instead of a grumpy wife/mom after hours in traffic.

For my role specifically, the remote working situation has allowed our entire billing team to work through best practices for running a mostly paperless billing department.

3. How have your coworkers/clients reacted?

My coworkers have been very supportive and understanding of my flexible schedule. I am always available by phone and email, and I always communicate any scheduling changes outside of the norm.

4. What advice would you give to colleagues who are juggling with work/life balance?

The best advice I can offer is to reach out to your manager with your concerns/needs. There are options! I feel like often times there are ways to offer flexibility but people are scared to ask. Life is far too short to be miserable!



This is MyLIFE | Matthew Brady

Tax Partner | Virginia Beach/Richmond Practice

Matt and his wife, Ashley, are a two-career couple and the busy parents of 2-year old Camden. The family lives in Virginia Beach but Matt is frequently in the Richmond office. As a market manager for a government contractor, Ashley has an even more demanding travel schedule that has her on the road at least 8 – 10 days each month. As a family, the Brady’s enjoy traveling, focusing on health and fitness, and spending as much time as possible on the beach and with family.

1.     How did you first realize that workplace flexibility might fit your needs?

I looked into workplace flexibility during my job search. I joined the Firm three months before Camden was born. Our Paternity Leave and MyLIFE programs were more generous than what was offered by my previous employers. They were definite factors in my decision to join the Firm.

2.     What changes have you seen since you started using MyLIFE flexibility?

We want to spend as much time with Camden as possible and we can plan out our work days and travel schedules at the beginning of each month. Camden is in daycare and we’re lucky to have grandparents nearby who help out as needed. But I never realized how often infants and toddlers are under the weather. Luckily we can accommodate last minute schedule changes based on who has less to cancel, who’s nearby, who can drop off later or pick him up earlier.

3.     How have your coworkers/clients reacted?

My availability is open by phone and email and for the most part, my schedule is not erratic. Sometimes I do have to run out of the office. I’m very open with my clients and they know I’ll deliver the expected work in a timely fashion. My coworkers are compassionate and supportive too. As long as the work is done well and on time, this works really well. The Firm and my coworkers give me the benefit of the doubt as long as I perform, so the MyLife initiative works well for me.

4.     What advice would you give to colleagues who are juggling with work/life balance?

Learn about the options we offer. Be open and honest about your commitments inside and outside of work. Set realistic expectations. Plan ahead and communicate often.

Work, family, pets, interests and all those other commitments – the demands on our time are vast, varied and seem to be on the rise. That’s why we’re proud to have MyLIFE here at Cherry Bekaert. MyLIFE offers flexibility for where, when and how to work and why we’re doing it that way. The Firm has the infrastructure to seamlessly support this initiative while keeping associate and client data secure.





What does Cherry Bekaert stand for?

Our Purpose

“To make a difference for our People and our Clients”

Our Core Values

Values are the timeless principles, lived individually and collectively, that guide our organization. They represent the deeply held beliefs within the Firm that are demonstrated through the day-to-day actions of our people. Our shared values shape and define our culture.

  • Uncompromising Integrity:  Integrity is the foundation for trust. Trust serves as the cornerstone of our professional client service and public interest stewardship. Honesty, trust, and the fulfillment of promises are paramount to our success.
  • Passion for Excellence:   A passion for excellence motivates our professionals to always go the extra mile. Everything matters, so we strive to do our best. We take great pride in a job well done.
  • Mutual Respect:  Our Firm operates in a diverse society. We embrace these differences to respect our people and to better serve our clients. We place a high value on personal understanding and foster an environment where individuals can excel.
  • One Firm:  The collective talents and assets of the Firm make us unique. Each individual’s contribution is critical to our success. However, while individual creativity and initiative are highly valued, our Firm and our people must be guided by a common purpose – One Firm.

Community Service

Cherry Bekaert cares about the communities, neighborhoods, and places where our associates live and work. Our associates give back through volunteering and making a difference in our communities.

During the summer of 2017, Cherry Bekaert associates overwhelmingly responded to the firm’s Firm-wide Volunteer Week. Cherry Bekaert, as One Firm, joined together in this year's theme to "make a difference in the lives of our youth." Each of our local offices chose a cause that mattered to them and our associates took time out of their schedules to prepare meals, landscape, collect books, and even build legos with students. We had more than 750 volunteers working about 3,000 hours at 20+ organizations across all our markets, improving the lives of youths in the communities where we live and work. Giving back is important to us so throughout the year, we offer an array of other opportunities for community involvement. 

Sample projects:

  • Hosted ‘Back to School Drives’ in various locations, collecting and donating school supplies for local charities, including United Way, Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, A Gift for Teaching, CHIP (Child Health Investment Partnership), ChildNet, Teaching Tools for Hillsborough Schools, and Back Pack Buddies.
  • Packing food boxes for several food banks including Harvest Hope, Central & Eastern NC, and Our Daily Bread.
  • Cleaning and preparing meals at guest homes that provide support and resources for families with loved ones in hospitals including Ronald McDonald House and the Evelyn D. Reinhart House.
  • Landscaping Briarlake Forest Park through Atlanta ParkPride.
  • Conducting science experiments including a Slime Project at the Jack & Jill Children's Center.
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Light the Night.

       

      

      


Spotlight Location:

Miami, FL has some of the best weather in the country with January temperatures averaging 76 degrees. Cherry Bekaert’s local office is in the fashionable Coral Cables neighborhood.  This practice is growing and our Audit group is looking for an Audit Senior, Audit Manager, and Audit Senior Manager who will work primarily with clients in commercial industry groups including manufacturing, distribution, real estate, and construction. Our Specialty Tax group is looking for a Federal Credits & Accounting Methods Manager and an Estate, Gift and Trust Tax Director. We also seek a Forensic Accounting Staff Associate and a Forensic Accounting Case Manager. If you seek a firm that offers professional growth, not just a job, then check out Cherry Bekaert and warm & sunny Miami, Florida!


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    "Best of both worlds - Big Firm Resources/Small firm culture."

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    Pros

    Great culture. Work life balance matters. Management actually hears you. Competitive salary and benefits.

    Cons

    There is nothing negative specific to the firm that comes to mind.

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Cherry Bekaert Interviews

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    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Cherry Bekaert (Miami, FL) in October 2016.

    Interview

    Process took roughly 3 weeks, applied through university career fair. Consisted of on campus, and office interviews. Very positive experience, everyone was extremely nice, and in general really seemed to want to get to know their candidates. Interview offers via email, verbal offer over phone, followed by written offer through email.

    Interview Questions

    • Why audit? Tell me of a time you used your negotiation skills to solve a problem. Walk me through a group project involving a presentation. What are you hoping to get out of this position? Ect, a lot of behavioral questions. And had a good opportunity to ask questions.   Answer Question
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Cherry Bekaert Awards & Accolades

  • Vault 2017 Prestige – Top 20 Ranking, Vault.com, 2017
  • Vault 2017 Accounting 50, Vault, 2017
  • Vault 2017 – Top 20 – Audit & Assurance Accounting, Vault, 2017
  • Vault 2017 – Top 25 – Forensic Accounting, Vault, 2017
  • Vault 2017 – Top 20 – Tax Accounting, Vault, 2017
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