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Cherry Bekaert Reviews

Updated September 6, 2017
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Pros
  • Work life balance is mostly good (in 10 reviews)

  • Much more so than big 4 accounting firms (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Busy season hours, no guaranteed match on 401k, smaller annual raises than other firms expensive health insurance (in 11 reviews)

  • Some periods with LONG hours and tight deadlines / budget pressures (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Good Employer - Making Next Level Leap"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant/Auditor in Coral Gables, FL
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant/Auditor in Coral Gables, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cherry Bekaert full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Management Individuals (Managers, Partners) demonstrate a commitment to teaching which is paramount for career development of staff. Good two-way communication to and from Management. Changes and improvements are made based on feedback provided; of course when plausible. Great flexibility with respect to outside commitments and circumstances, as expectations are clearly communicated. Very cohesive group with respect to South Florida Practice. Making efforts for increased abilities to work remotely, which is always a plus.

    Cons

    Hours can be long - as it the issue with the profession.
    Benefits are not up to par with the market (Expensive Health Premiums, Minimal Match on 401(k)).

    Advice to Management

    Consideration should be given to improvement of Benefits.

    Cherry Bekaert Response

    Jun 19, 2017 – Executive Recruiter

    As an experienced CB associate, thanks for taking the time to share your opinion! We agree that Cherry Bekaert is moving to the next level in South Florida! The client service industry can certainly... More


  2. "Cherry Bekaert, my experience with the firm"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cherry Bekaert full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work life balance. You will not work near the hours that your peers at other firms work. To put this in perspective, I have friends who were working until 2am at big 4 firms, while Cherry Bekaert employees were complaining if they were at the office last 6.

    Cons

    The training and experience you receive is totally based on the team you're assigned to, and it's honestly a crapshoot. You don't really have much say in where you're assigned- some people will have solid managers and jobs that allow them to grow exponentially while others fall to the wayside. You'll be told by management early on that you'll be able to choose your industry and team but this isn't necessarily the case. Partners in Raleigh aren't connected enough to day-to-day tasks to understand this or care about it.
    Additionally, exit opportunities can be slim based on the clients you work on. CB is huge on governments and not-for-profits which is great if you plan on staying in public accounting forever. Otherwise, it may hurt your career.
    Salary is comparable to other firms, but benefits are much worse. This is something I didn't realize off the bat so be sure to read the fine print before you sign.

    Advice to Management

    Expand your client base beyond governments and NFPS. Those industries aren't the most exciting for an up and coming CPA

    Cherry Bekaert Response

    Jun 19, 2017 – Executive Recruiter

    Thanks for providing your feedback although some of it was tough to hear. We’re pleased that you worked fewer hours at Cherry Bekaert and still received a comparable salary to your friends that work... More

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Virginia Beach, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cherry Bekaert full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I have only been working for Cherry Bekaert LLP for a few months and have had a great experience thus far. As a mid-career professional, it is a big transition to start at a new company and I was very nervous at first. From the beginning the Human Resources Recruiting team was very nice and so helpful. They made themselves readily available whenever I had questions or concerns. The Virginia Beach staff is very welcoming and cordial. The staff is very professional but also a great group of individuals to work with. I enjoy coming into the office and working with my co-workers.
             Cherry Bekaert has so many great benefits including "MyLife" which is basically being able to have a flexible schedule. The company believes in the balance of work and life therefore giving you the option to work remotely from home on days when more convenient or having a flexible schedule according the needs of your personal life and family.
            The company has changed the dress policy to "dress for your day" which is exactly what it states. If you have client meetings of course you are expected to be in business attire but if you do not have meetings, it is acceptable to wear jeans or dress business casual. This is a great option to have for me.
                    The Virginia Beach office knows how to have fun! Within the few months I have been employed by the company I have attended several outings including Top Golf. Also, one does not go hungry in this office either as the company provides many breakfasts, lunches, and dinners during busy tax season.
         Cherry Bekaert takes community service and giving back to the community seriously by raising money every Friday to give to a local charity or cause which the employees choose. I think it is great knowing every Friday a local charity or cause have received a donation with my help.
          Overall, the company is a great company to work!

    Cons

    Long hours during tax season but that is to be expected with the business.

    Cherry Bekaert Response

    May 3, 2017 – Executive Recruiter

    Wow, what awesome detailed feedback! We’re happy to hear that Cherry Bekaert has proven to be such a great fit for you. Thank you for taking the time to express your satisfaction with the Firm, we... More


  4. "Great company to work for"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Gain lots of experience with many industries helped me as I moved forward in my career

    Cons

    slow growth for me but I had little tax knowledge coming in.

    Advice to Management

    more mentoring those coming in.

    Cherry Bekaert Response

    Mar 13, 2017 – Executive Recruiter

    We appreciate you sharing that you had such a positive experience during your time at Cherry Bekaert! You’ll always be Cherry Bekaert Alumni so please keep in touch!


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Horrible Place to Work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cherry Bekaert full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I appreciated the Office Services People. They were upbeat and Pleasant

    Cons

    Too Much internal fighting and drama happening internally in Miami / Fort Lauderdale Offices

    Advice to Management

    You don't have a true HR department. You have a single HR person who just makes stuff up. Multiple times the ONLY HR person for 2 offices just made up conversations that never happened in response to my concerns, which were never addressed. There are also a severe lack of internal controls and cliques matter there. It isn't one firm. South Florida is really 3 or 4 firms masquerading as a singled Cherry Bekaert, LLP. And mandatory Saturdays with scheduled weekend hours while they pay you salary for 40 and training from other professionals is not really there, it is mostly just looking at training videos which does not count towards your weekly 60 hour total. Stay away. If you can find another job, do so.

    Cherry Bekaert Response

    Mar 30, 2017 – Executive Recruiter

    At Cherry Bekaert, our mission is to make a difference for our people. We’re glad that our Offices Services Staff were upbeat and pleasant to work with. Cherry Bekaert has over 20 talented HR... More


  6. "Staff Accountant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roanoke, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roanoke, VA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Cherry Bekaert full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, good learning experience and great co-workers

    Cons

    None worth noting here.

    Cherry Bekaert Response

    Feb 14, 2017 – Executive Recruiter

    Great to hear you are very satisfied with your employment at Cherry Bekaert! We appreciate your input.


  7. "Great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cherry Bekaert full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent mentoring from senior management.

    Cons

    Poor communication skills cause tension at times.

    Cherry Bekaert Response

    Jan 30, 2017 – Executive Recruiter

    Thanks for taking the time to post about your experience, we appreciate it! Our managers work very hard to provide training and mentoring to their staff so we’re glad that you noticed! Regarding... More

  8. "Experienced staff review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Have exposure to all "parts of an audit" and a range of responsibilities early on that you would not see in a Big 4. The hours aren't entirely terrible

    Cons

    Does not have the Big 4 name recognition

    Advice to Management

    Bring back spot bonuses

    Cherry Bekaert Response

    Jan 19, 2017 – Executive Recruiter

    What a great perspective! You’ve identified some of the reasons why so many accounting professionals love working for a middle market firm and Cherry Bekaert in particular. The Firm offers... More


  9. "Staff Accountant"

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

    I have been working at Cherry Bekaert full-time

    Pros

    This company promotes a work-life balance so it is fairly easy to adjust your schedule to fit your life.

    Cons

    It is a mid-size firm. So every office has a different atmosphere. Your experience at one office may not be the same as another. I suggest you find an office that best suits you.

    Advice to Management

    Don't micro-manage. Trust that everyone is working towards a common goal. And address the ones who are not. Don't assume that you need to look over someone's shoulder.

    Cherry Bekaert Response

    Dec 12, 2016 – Executive Recruiter

    Thanks for letting us know that you appreciate the flexibility that the firm offers to you regarding your schedule so that you may have work “fit your life.” We also value your feedback as we... More


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Underpaid"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Senior Auditor in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Auditor in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Cherry Bekaert full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, growing company lots of opportunities, work with intelligent like minded people lots of paid time off

    Cons

    Busy season hours, no guaranteed match on 401k, smaller annual raises than other firms expensive health insurance

    Advice to Management

    Improve retirement program, make health insurance more affordable, have a guaranteed 401k match provide regular raises commensurate with other firms

    Cherry Bekaert Response

    Nov 3, 2016 – Executive Recruiter

    We value and consider all feedback, so thank you for taking the time to share your input. We continue to find ways to improve our benefits package, and I’d like to address some of your specific... More


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