Interviewed at SEI Investments
Interview Details – 3 rounds with the phone first, then two in person interviews in the same day. Usual behavioral questions.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 days - interviewed at SEI Investments.
Interview Details – Very standard interview process. As a recent grad they asked me about my favorite classes and least favorite classes, strengths and weaknesses and then examples of each, leadership examples and so on.
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
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at SEI Investments in October 2009.
Interview Details – Three interviews. The first interview is over the phone with an HR representative. The second interview was with the two supervisors that would be from the "team" that you would work for. The second interview was with your direct manager.
Interview Question – No really tough questions. Just general questions about the market and how you would handle situations. They might throw in a "How many stop lights are in New York City?" type question Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation. They said that the salary was set and threatened that if I didn't take it, the job would be offered to the next one in line.
I interviewed at SEI Investments in October 2010.
Interview Details – Long hiring process, phone interview first. Then 7 different face to face interviews. Continuously meet with more senior management as you progress through the interview.
Interview Question – Sell me my glasses View Answer
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
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 3 days - interviewed at SEI Investments.
Interview Details – Went through a staffing agency. Went on tour first and interviewed shortly with HR rep. Met with 1-3 people in 4 separate interviews for 30 mins. Easy behavioral and experience questions. Was difficult interviewing with so many different people. Almost forgot if i was repeating myself by the end. Laid back interviewers. Interviewed on a Friday and heard back by Tuesday. Really looking for motivated, team player, responsible person for this position.
Interview Question – What could you bring to a team environment? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – none
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at SEI Investments in March 2011.
Interview Details – I had two in office interviews. The first interview was with two supervisors of a team and the second interview was with one supervisor of the team. You never interview with a manager. The supervisors choose who gets hired for there team. Basic questions asked about work experience. Easy interview.
Interview Question – Couple questions asked on financial terms such as swaps and bonds. Answer Question
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
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took a day - interviewed at SEI Investments in July 2010.
Interview Details – It was a joke all said and done, they hire mainly from temps with very few direct hires. My First interview to become a temp had me being interviewed by a several people at the same time for multiple roles. At the end it was mainly choice which one I choose. Most of the questions were basic easy answer questions.
My interview to go full time was purely a formality with almost no questions of relevance.
Interview Question – Where do you see yourself in 15 years. View Answer
Negotiation Details – None, they gave me less then a day to accept.
Pros: “Flexibility\work from home option great for people with families. On-site gym. Open culture\friendly employees. Great vacation benefits. On-site cafeteria. Running trail behind office.” “Flexibility\work from home option great for people with families. On-site gym. Open culture\friendly employees. Great vacation benefits. On-site cafeteria. Running trail behind office.” – Full Review
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