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SEI Investments Reviews

Updated August 3, 2014
Updated August 3, 2014
154 Reviews

2.9
154 Reviews
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SEI Investments Chairman and CEO Alfred P. West Jr.
Alfred P. West Jr.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance if that is what you are looking for (in 20 reviews)

  • It is a great work environment, unlike any other (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • Do to the size of the company, the full notion of "open environment" is hard to achieve (in 7 reviews)

  • Hard to define career path, Hard to get pay increases, (in 5 reviews)

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52 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    Great place to start but not finish!

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    Current Employee - Investment Analyst
    Current Employee - Investment Analyst

    Pros

    Easy place to work with good people. Great place to begin a career but that's about it.

    Cons

    No upward Movement!!!! This place gives jobs to unqualified people who management is friends with!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more money to analysts to retain talent. I've seen many people leave who have succeeded at other companies.

    Recommends
  2.  

    A place to start

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting Analyst  in  Collegeville, PA
    Current Employee - Accounting Analyst in Collegeville, PA

    Pros

    A chance to be exposed to a professional setting and financial systems/instruments

    Cons

    Low pay, lack of true team atmosphere, static/repetitive work assignments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Refreshing Corporate Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Oaks, PA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Oaks, PA

    Pros

    Great company to work for if you are ambitious and want to learn. If you want to learn a task beyond your immediate job scope, all you need to do is ask the right person.

    Cons

    Open environment is a double edge sword. Accessibility to people is readily available, however, can tend to be noisy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Director

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Oaks, PA
    Former Employee - Director in Oaks, PA

    Pros

    Collegial environment, great art work, unique office space

    Cons

    Cliquish, limited diversity in top positions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    No career path or progression

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Lead  in  Oaks, PA
    Current Employee - Business Lead in Oaks, PA

    Pros

    The perks of SEI are a flexible work schedule and conveniences like a cafeteria, ATM, dry cleaning, car maintenance arrangement, lots of amenities on campus.

    Cons

    Some cons are the lack of leadership, weak management, arbitrary and reactionary decisions by management, lack of discipline in doing analysis and forming logical conclusions before jumping in new directions. Lack of focus on quality and measurements in the software development and release cycles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider a disciplined approach to quality measurement. Increase the qualify before focusing on bringing more clients onto the Platform. Spend money on quality resources where there's an obvious need.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good People, Dated Technology, Process Heavy

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    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Oaks, PA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Oaks, PA

    Pros

    A lot of very smart people work for SEI who are willing to help you. Indoor gym and lockers, passable cafeteria.

    Cons

    Technologically behind the times. Software development community inundated with heavy process and procedure making achievement difficult. Modified Agile process than smells a lot like waterfall. Company uses off shore resources and a lot of junior programmers. Code bloat is rampant. Development tools are spartan - Java 6 development on Windows XP desktops. Repository for source code is an antiquated Borland product (StarTeam). Software architecture a hodge podge of old technologies and old patterns. UI developed with older version of struts or naked JSP's. New equipment is rare. Work from home not always available to employees or contractors. Management less concerned with productivity of developers - they are seen as a cost.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in your development teams and environment. Lighten up on the process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    MOOPs

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The people you work with are nice

    Cons

    It's Mind numbing monkey work

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good entry level learning experience and training. Social culture was good but professional culture was lacking.

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    Former Employee - Investor Services Analyst  in  Oaks, PA
    Former Employee - Investor Services Analyst in Oaks, PA

    Pros

    Good training to learn the role at an entry level. Formalized training programs, as well as lots of fun events and happy hours for employees.

    Cons

    Underpaid and overworked employees. More often than not I had to work overtime, even though the upper management was trying to simultaneously cut down on overtime because they didn't want to pay for it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    stepping stone

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    Current Employee - Fund Accountant  in  Collegeville, PA
    Current Employee - Fund Accountant in Collegeville, PA

    Pros

    good place to learn about the industry, unique culture

    Cons

    low pay, massive turnover at entry level due to low pay, constant cycle of training new people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    entry level employees are paid well below industry standard

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Very open and laid back environment

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    Current Employee - Operations Analyst - IMS  in  Oaks, PA
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst - IMS in Oaks, PA

    Pros

    It is a very laid back environment.

    Cons

    Could be too laid back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication is key.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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