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Cherry Bekaert Overview

Richmond, VA
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
$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 over 70 years. It specializes in serving sectors including Technology & Life ... Read more

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

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  • A day spent in budget meetings is the perfect opportunity for our Firm Managing Partner, Michelle Thompson, to wear jeans in support of Cherry Bekaert's "dress for your day" policy.

  • Cherry Bekaert's South Florida practice recently celebrated the end of busy season with a party at Top Golf! Thank you to our whole team for another successful tax season!

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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 over 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.   

Are you ready to learn more? Here is a step-by-step guide to what to expect during our hiring process. Visit our Careers page, click here and search for openings based on location, category, and desired work schedule. When you’ve found the right role, select “apply now” to create your Presence and submit an application. You and a Cherry Bekaert Recruiter may discuss our opportunity and your qualifications to see if we have a match. Successful candidates may be invited to meet with other associates at the Firm. During this experience, you can:

  • Share more with us about your skills and experience
  • Learn more about our team and culture
  • Ask questions about job expectations and career advancement

A Recruiter will contact you with an offer if you are selected for the opportunity. You’ll receive benefits information and onboarding details. Congratulations and welcome to Cherry Bekaert!


Michelle L. Thompson, CPA, assumed the role of Firm Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer, effective May 1, 2018. Previously Managing Partner of Cherry Bekaert’s Assurance Services practice, Thompson was voted in as Firm Managing Partner at Cherry Bekaert’s annual Partners’ Meeting last October. She succeeds Howard J. Kies, CPA, who served in the role for 27 years.

As Firm Managing Partner, Thompson will drive the overall strategic planning and direction of the Firm while overseeing its operations and financial performance. Thompson’s vision for the future of the Firm focuses on sustaining the success of the Firm’s 70-year history through transformation, innovation and anticipation. A primary focus of her vision is on the opportunities that technology presents for our clients, our profession, our Firm and our people. In addition, Thompson will serve as Chairman of Cherry Bekaert’s Executive Board.

“I look forward to extending the success our Firm has achieved in its 70-year history, as well as continuing to provide leadership that is aligned with Cherry Bekaert’s mission of making a difference for our people and our clients,” remarked Thompson. “Building on existing relationships will be essential to carrying out this mission, along with promoting innovation and helping the Firm and clients adapt to the ever-changing world of technology.”

At Cherry Bekaert's 2018 annual Partner Meeting, Michelle honored the legacy of one of her dearest friends & colleagues when she bestowed the Ray Quintin Uncompromising Integrity Award to Jennifer Heath. "Jennifer embodies trust, honesty & lives the Firm’s shared values every day!" Just like Ray did.

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.


  • 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

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 2018, 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 of "Building Relationships Within Our Communities." In 2017, the Firm's Volunteer Week theme was 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 Market: Charlotte

As the largest city in NC, the nation’s #1 in terms of business growth, home to many professional sports teams (NASCAR, Hornets, and Panthers to name a few), and quite possibly the “Pimento Cheese Capital of the World,” Charlotte is one of Cherry Bekaert’s most exciting places to be.  We are actively expanding.  Click here to see Charlotte jobs!


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    Excellent work environment which fosters collaboration, accountability, trust and having fun when doing the work. Yes, there are times when it can get more hectic and stressful, but having a great team of colleagues willing to help and gatherings outside business hours help a lot during these times.

    Great Work/Life balance, plenty of PTO time, numerous opportunities for growth and work on something different.


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    It was very pleasant. They very honest during the processing and disclosing all the expectations. The decision making was very fast as well. Overall it was a great experience. I recommend

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Cherry Bekaert Awards & Accolades

  • Full Service CPA Firm of the Year, Acquisition International Magazine, 2013
  • Top 20 – Audit & Assurance Accounting, Vault, 2015
  • Top 25 – Forensic Accounting, Vault, 2015
  • Top 25 – Tax Accounting, Vault, 2015
  • Prestige –Top 20 Ranking, Vault, 2014
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