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Cherry Bekaert Reviews

Updated November 17, 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. Helpful (4)

    "Intern"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cherry Bekaert (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Overall it's a pleasant atmosphere. The office is pretty new and has a very bright and open feel.

    Cons

    Interned the entire summer semester and got absolutely no feedback. The evaluation process is almost non-existent.

    Cherry Bekaert Response

    Oct 28, 2015 – Executive Recruiter

    Thanks for taking the time to write this review! Internships can provide the opportunity to learn new skills as well as become familiar with a firm’s culture and people so we appreciate your fresh... More


  2. Helpful (13)

    "Tax Staff"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Experience is the only reason

    Cons

    Will work you without giving any appreciation - has layoffs after each tax season

    Advice to Management

    Your staff is the reason the work gets done

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Great entry level position"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Augusta, GA
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Augusta, GA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    CPA exam materials are provided for. Laid back management. Reimbursed expenses including CPA exams. Flexible schedules. Friendly employees.

    Cons

    No training. Long hours. Management cultivates favorites over hard workers. Management fails to give constructive feedback until it's too late.

    Advice to Management

    Train new employees and retain good workers but showing and rewarding those workers.


  4. "Nice people to work with in most offices"

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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

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

    Pros

    Wealth of resources and opportunities with over 20 offices from DC to Miami

    Cons

    Same as other large professional organizations - not necessarily a negative - it's what you make of it.

    Advice to Management

    Management could focus a more on its people and quality of its training programs.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Staff Accountant"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant/Auditor in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant/Auditor in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The people that work here are great and easy to get along with. Also, the work life balance is better than that of larger firms.

    Cons

    The Company's 401k match is low at only .25% for every 1% contributed by the employee, up to a match of 5%.

    Cherry Bekaert Response

    Jul 27, 2015 – Executive Recruiter

    It’s awesome that you are able to enjoy the Firm’s culture that supports having a balanced work/life arrangement and that you also have a good relationship with your colleagues! It's also great that... More


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great Mid Market Firm -- Normal Public Accounting Downsides"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Augusta, GA
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Augusta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Hard work means you learn a lot. You make a lot of great connections that will help you later in life. Great reputation in our market.

    Cons

    Certain Audit Partner, Audit department had heavy male turnover

    Advice to Management

    Retain employees that have the ability to sell.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    When you first walk into the Atlanta office, you immediately feel the positive vibe of the firm. Light, breezy, cheery and overall pleasantness. Then you hear the clicking and clonking of what appears to be a make shift Ping Pong table - you get closer and in fact they are Ping Pong tables set up throughout the office! The free snacks and soda is something that is unique to Cherry Bekaert as I am not aware of any other accounting firm that provides this perk - the culture here is very similar to a software development company - if you are going to work hard, why not have a little fun during it!
    The firm pays well, promotes well, and provides ample opportunities for growth. The leadership is excellent in allowing one to grow into your role!

    Bottom Line: the big 4 have their place in the accounting world, as they should, but if you are serious about your career and gaining experience without having to sacrifice or feel like you are just a billing machine, I strongly suggest you give the other firms a chance because they not only provide the same experience, but you will much more appreciated for your efforts and more than likely better compensated as well.

    Cons

    Not all the offices in the firm are like ATL.

    Advice to Management

    For a One firm culture to germinate, it is crucial to have the appearance and feel of One firm.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "What a mess"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cherry Bekaert full-time

    Pros

    Public accounting can be a rewarding profession.

    Cons

    Professionalism is nonexistent. The firm seems to think that accounting is similar to working on an assembly line and they treat employees as if they know nothing. Partners do nothing except emphasize budgets over quality. The quality of work is poor and training emphasizes what they can sell. Client service is poor.

    Advice to Management

    Promote professionalism.


  9. Helpful (10)

    "Run Like Hell and Don't look Back"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coral Gables, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coral Gables, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cherry Bekaert full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    None, If you like working in a factory this place is for you. The first day you start they issue you and employee number and from there you feel like you are in jail.

    Cons

    This company could care less about developing employees and care more about making money. This company is a Corporate Vampire...they drain you until they don't need you anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Fire all Management and hire people who care more about developing employees.

    Cherry Bekaert Response

    Aug 19, 2015 – Executive Recruiter

    Thank you for taking the time to give your feedback to the firm. We encourage and welcome comments that can help the firm meet the needs of our associates. We are committed to investing in the... More


  10. "Manager"

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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
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great learning opportunities
    Great work quality

    Cons

    It's public accounting
    Long hours when needed

    Advice to Management

    None

    Cherry Bekaert Response

    Oct 28, 2015 – Executive Recruiter

    Thank you for the great review! As to the long hours sometimes, I agree, they are necessary in order to provide exceptional client service. However, we encourage our associates to take the time in... More


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