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Internal Account Executive Advisor Network Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at SEI Investments.
Interview Details – 20 Minute Phone Screen - Talked through my resume and received a more detailed description of what the position entailed
Interview - Went in to their campus and had three separate interviews with two Internal Account Executives and then the Head of Sales.
Interview Question – A role playing scenario where I was asked to sell the interviewer a pen that was lying on the desk. Answer Question
Internal Account Executive Advisor Network Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at SEI Investments in March 2014.
Interview Details – Had 6 (yes six) interviews over the course of the day, 3 with junior associates, 2 with seniors, and then another junior after the director got pulled into a meeting. The interviews themselves were okay, but having six was just extremely repetitive. I found myself sharing the same background info ad nauseam and asking the same questions and getting the same answers. After the day I was told I'd hear back in a week or so. I never heard back. Nothing, despite numerous attempts contacting the recruiter. Very unprofessional process and organization.
Interview Question – What would your girlfriend's mother day about you? (No seriously, they asked that) Answer Question
Cash Analyst Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied through a staffing agency and interviewed at SEI Investments.
Interview Details – I went through a job agency. The interview was schedule at 10.30. I waited in the lobby for 15 minutes before somebody came downstairs and took me to the interview room. It did not seem organized to me as the lady told me she is trying to find the hiring manager as he is away from his office. I was told to wait few minutes in the interview room. After five minutes she came back and said she will conduct the interview as she can not find the Hiring Manager!!
Interview Question – All were very general questions what we expect in an interview. For example tell me about yourself, why you choose accounting as a profession, why you applied with SEI? Tell me about your strength, weaknesses, Why are you suitable for this post? View Answer
Analyst/Senior Analyst International & Emerging Markets Fund Interview (Negative Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at SEI Investments in November 2013.
Interview Details – I submitted my resume online and was contacted very quickly, probably 24-36 hours later. I was then scheduled for a phone interview with someone from HR and the interview took about 45 minutes. The HR person had no idea about finance investments and seemed to be reading from a script. They were very nice and said that they would be in contact in at least a week.
I was then contacted by another HR person to schedule a time to come interview at the office in Oaks, PA. I do not live in Pennsylvania and was kind of surprised that they did not offer to bring me in for the interview but rather expected me to get there myself. For such a large firm this was very surprising.
I arrived for my in-person interview and met with the fund manager of the strategy for about 1.5 hours. The manager was not as impressive as I expected given the AUM of the fund and didn't seem very comfortable in an interview situation, which is strange since the vast majority of the job is interviewing external fund managers. None of the questions were surprising or unexpected but getting a response from the interviewing manager was very difficult. I then spoke with the HR partner for the division and he asked me very similar questions, which again is strange coming from an HR person that doesn't have any investment responsibility. We then discussed the area, the office, etc. before ending the interview.
The most memorable thing from the entire process was that everyone, and I mean everyone, asked about salary. They wanted tax documents to ensure you weren't lying about your previous salary and demanded to know what your target salary was. This was very off-putting. I have no problem discussing my salary targets/demands but their insistence on tax records for my previous salary rubbed me the wrong way. They are a massive company and the strategy has multi-billion AUM, and yet it seemed like their only goal was to determine the lowest possible amount of salary they would have to offer. That's a big red flag to me as talent and experience should be paramount but that did not seem to be the case.
Senior Java Developer Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 6 months - interviewed at SEI Investments in May 2013.
Interview Details – 1 Telephonic round. Almost 50 minutes. Consisting of all technical questions, algorithms, design patterns and core java related questions.
4, 1:1 interviews at Oaks, PA office. Out of 4, 3 were strongly technical knowledge. And 1 is managerial interview. They asked about designing a system on whiteboard. All core java related technical questions. They asked throughout core java and OOP, designing concepts. Threads related questions.
After 6 months, still havent received results of interview. That is more pathetic than ever. At least they should say, whether selected or not. Or they want to hold. I tried to asked them several times but did not receive answer. They wasted my time, money. And it was a really hectic journey from NJ to PA in heavy rain. Talking non stop for 4 hours made me sick immediately.
Interview Question – Not difficult but stressful to talk non stop 4 hours
Questions related to core java, algorithm ( quick sort), multi threading, design pattern questions. Designing system related to card game. Answer Question
Junior Developer Intern Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and interviewed at SEI Investments.
Interview Details – Phone interview discussed resume and qualification
Interview Question – In-depth java data structure questions Answer Question
Senior Account Executive Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at SEI Investments in February 2011.
Interview Details – Met with several managers in the hiring department. Went in on two separate days. Each had a list of several questions. Each interview lasted one hour. The whole process ran about four hours each day I interviewed
Interview Question – Tell me about the industry and what you think is important? This was open ended and I feared that I might not touch on what they were looking for exactly. Answer Question
Marketing Manager Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at SEI Investments in December 2012.
Interview Details – Received a call from a recruiter about 2 weeks after submitting my resume. The recruiter scheduled a half hour phone screen with me where she asked basic questions about my career path and where I see myself going in 5-10 years. She informed me of the eclectic art throughout the office space, the unique plug in from the ceiling concept and that everyone within the company sits at desks with wheels to promote a fluid and collaborative working environment. After our conversation, I received a call from the recruiter about a week later to schedule an onsite interview with several members of the marketing department.
I arrived to the campus and was taken on a tour of the building which ended in a conference room where I stayed for the next 3 hours meeting 4 members of the marketing team individually. The emphasis throughout the interviews was about SEI's culture and lack of titles and upward mobility. I was actually told "you will never get promoted at SEI" and wasn't sure what to make of that.
After the interviews concluded, I met back up with the recruiter who debriefed me. I asked when they were looking to make a decision and she said that I should hear back from them in approximately 2 weeks. I never did.
Interview Question – I was asked a lot of behavioral questions, like, "how many quarters could you fit into this room?" and " if you were a type of cereal, what type of cereal would you be?" Answer Question
Mutual Fund Analyst Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at SEI Investments in November 2012.
Interview Details – I went through a local recruiter. SEI uses recruiters for most of their back office positions (mutual fund analyst, accounting analyst, trade settlement analyst...). My resume was then forwarded to their HR group. You'll have a standard phone interview with HR, and if they think you are a good fit they will invite you for an interview on site. I declined to further be considered with SEI after an initial phone interview.
I thought SEI lacks commitment and appreciation for their employees. First, their compensation is far below industry averages. For these positions they only hire on a temp or temp-to-hire basis even if you have similar past experiences. For temp positions, SEI pays $12 /hr, and for temp-to-hire, SEI pays $34k. Additionally, compensation is not negotiable. There are far more prestigious firms in the area that pay a lot more for the same roles (JP Morgan in Wilmington, Morgan Stanley in Baltimore and Goldman Sachs in Jersey City... not to forget NYC). I would recommend going elsewhere.
Additionally, from what I was told and what I've read through my research, there is high turnover and don't expect to be promoted within. Recruiters have told me candidates go there for 2-3 years to gain experience then move on elsewhere afterward. Furthermore, I found through research the investment side roles are filled using recruiters as well so don't expect promotion from within.
Overall, there are far more prestigious firms in the area that will pay more, offer better career development, and give you a stronger name for your resume. I highly recommend looking elsewhere.
Interview Question – Please tell me what are three of your strengths? Answer Question
Fund Accountant Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
The process took 1 week - interviewed at SEI Investments in October 2010.
Interview Details – Talk with an HR representative over the phone for first round interview. She tells you about the company, what they do and gives you a brief description of the job. She asks you about your background, experience, etc. If that goes well then you come to their office for a formal interview. I had 3 interviews that day. One with the HR rep, and one with each of the two hiring managers. Only one interview with the hiring manager was about technical questions. The other interviews were questions about yourself, education and experience. Overall, as long as your prepared for the interview, you will be fine.
Interview Question – Tell me what you know about the Mutual Fund Industry. Answer Question
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