Rothstein Kass Reviews

Updated May 18, 2015
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Steven Kass and Howard Altman
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Pros
  • You will learn everything about Hedge Funds (in 12 reviews)

  • Work Life balance for public accounting firm (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • No work life balance, but that come with working at an accounting firm during busy season (in 7 reviews)

  • there is lack of job security no matter how good you are and how hard you work (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Smart leadership but no regard for employees.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1 - Great place to learn the financial services/hedge fund industry. 2 - Great people to work with. RK is a very friendly and casual atmosphere.

    Cons

    1 - It can be difficult to get progressive career experience. Senior managers/partners don't involve staff/seniors in any unique projects. 2 - Very long hours (although staff/seniors are paid straight OT).

    Advice to Management

    Do something to show appreciation of the work your employees provide. I mean anything....a pizza day, a company happy hour.....anything. Just something. There is an entire firm of jaded and unmotivated individuals who are not going to have the desire to meet client expectations. People aren't going to believe that "next time" they will be appreciated for all their hard work, late nights, saturday and sunday workdays, and giving everything they have to the firm. These people won't be going above and beyond to please the client and their superiors because there is no self-interest in doing so anymore.


  2. Senior Auditor

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Auditor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Auditor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great pay, you can earn up to 7 weeks vacation or choose to be paid in cash for overtime worked,

    Cons

    lack of proper training, lack of acknowledgement of good work, lack of constructive feedback, lack of professional environment, lack of opportunities for career advancement

    Advice to Management

    Improve performance evaluation process, improve brand name by improving the quality of work not by lowering price, improve consistency in work performed and management philosophy


  3. depends on which group you are working for

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Tax Accountant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Tax Accountant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Mid-sized...well diversified, fair compensation, many talented people

    Cons

    long hours busy season 75-80 hours, politics

    Advice to Management

    Please do not fake people... do not fight, managers!


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  5. Rothstein Kass -

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roseland, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roseland, NJ
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benefits and PTO Many great co-workers A diverse group of employees Opportunity to learn, depending upon whom you work for

    Cons

    Increased pressure to "network" since business downturn Quality of client experiences vary Increased pressure to keep time "down" on complex jobs because clients want lower fees Quality of training varies from poor to excellent, with little oversight

    Advice to Management

    Don't "buy" business from clients and then expect jobs to come within an unrealistic budget Don't make promises to clients without considering your staff's workload


  6. Good place to start, but not a long-term career option

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA

    Pros

    Additional PTO from working busy season hours Diverse crowd of people to work with Firm events (Picnic, Holiday party) Extensive exposure into the hedge fund industry Ability for seniors to manage clients and coach new staff

    Cons

    Unrealistic budgets and expectations Lack of training opportunity for new staff (start in mid-November but only have little time to prepare for busy season which can overwhelm them) Very long hours during busy season and even for jobs out of season Management having the quick trigger of letting people go

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees of what they need to help them to achieve success in the firm. Most often when giving performance reviews it can hurt the staff's confidence and management really needs to help out the staff from a humanistic standpoint.


  7. Great Place to Start, but know when to leave..

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roseland, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roseland, NJ

    Pros

    -Provides great benefit package with ample vacation time and days off -Great learning experience and gateway to better opportunities at Hedge Funds or Private companies -Paid overtime -Firm events (LIFE Initiative, Holiday Party, Picnic)

    Cons

    -Completely unrealistic budgets -Some people would be managing 10 jobs during seasom while others only had 3 and would leave at 9pm, while others would be there until past There is no confidentiality. You can take management a personal problem and you can guarantee the whole office knows the next day.

    Advice to Management

    -Prove trustworthyness to workers -Listen when your workers are speaking out (I think something is wrong when 90% of the senior class quit) -Give FAIR evaluations with FAIR compensation. It isn't okay to give the entire company the exact same raise. It undermines the dedication some people do put in while the rest just breeze by. I think this is a great company to start out at. You learn SO much - about hedgefunds, corporate life, and business, in general. This is a great environment to learn and strengthen your skills. After 4 years or so - get out. It's the best choice I made.


  8. A great learning experience!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Audit Intern in Denver, CO
    Current Intern - Audit Intern in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Rothstein Kass as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay because of overtime! Office culture is a plus! Amazing senior management, always has a open door policy!

    Cons

    Long hours! No work life balance, but that come with working at an accounting firm during busy season.... Career Opportunities are lacking because of slow business during off season.


  9. Just OK

    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Roseland, NJ
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Roseland, NJ

    I worked at Rothstein Kass full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Open door policy, overtime pay, good culture

    Cons

    laid off 75 people unexpectedly


  10. Overall good experience but there are some short comings

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rothstein Kass full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Autonomy in carrying out your job, flexibility in work schedule, vacation time

    Cons

    Lack of feedback, lack of guidance for. Sr management. Ma y times you fly by the set of your pants and hope you get it right because management is just not available.

    Advice to Management

    Need to have a better mentoring program, need to teach partners how to truly be partners


  11. Fairly good company

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

    I have been working at Rothstein Kass full-time

    Pros

    supportive culture, good time off provided out of season

    Cons

    Favoritism at times, inconsistent learning, can be a stressful environment

    Advice to Management

    provide more transparency in career growth



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