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  1. Helpful (1)

    well-kept secret

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Auditor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Auditor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Constantin Associates full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    friendly work atmosphere, exciting and varied work. you are quickly given responsibilities and work directly with partners and managers.Top performers are paid above average but you will need to pay your dues first and that could take a couple (several?) of years. also the entry level and intermediate salaries are lower than average though. two types of employees, the interns and the permanent ones. the interns are mostly foreign students on short term basis and have a high turnover, permanent employees have a lower turnover than industry averages and most have been there from 5 to 25 years. Only the best tend to stay, those who don't fit leave quickly or are not kept. overall it is a nice and secure place to build a career in public accounting if you like the work, but you will have to demonstrate dedication and loyalty. to know a foreign language is helpful.

    Cons

    busy season takes its toll, but compared to my previous company it is really not extreme, I have heard worse from my friends at other places. Also the firm is really big on work quality, so you should expect to deliver high quality work and at a fast pace. this can be challenging and may take some time depending on where you are starting from. If you are a bit lazy, or looking for a place to chill this is not the place to be. the firm is small so if you are not up to par, it will show immediately. expectations are a lot higher than in my previous (E&Y) accounting firm.

    Advice to Management

    maybe hire or promote more at managers level, so you could be more available for employees, as you seem to have a lot on your plates would be nice to have more social events for the employees


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great experience – Great internship

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

    I have been working at Constantin Associates as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent people; the team is very helpful and the partners are really accessible; great work environment for a first experience in New York; workload was extremely manageable and actually enjoyable. I really had a great and instructive time during my one-year internship here with Constantin and I would definitely recommend it.

    Cons

    Lot of work during busy season. Roughly five months throughout the year (mid-January to mid-April).

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing, and continue this internship program.


  3. Helpful (2)

    hmm

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Its a friendly environment, the accountants are all great people and all work hard. Office space is spacious and alot of light from the 25th windows. Attractive personnel, especially in the accounting department.

    Cons

    Does not explain everything on hand what to do, clients are foreign so if you don't speak the language, you are at a disadvantage. Tax season sucks always, but they do provide to treat you nicely after the season ends. Something must be odd, because personnel keep leaving. And Most consider Constantin as a temporary place.

    Advice to Management

    Well run, up to date on accounting knowledge. Take better care of your personnel, to avoid the constant staff turnover seen.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Small firm with great potential & poor management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Constantin Associates full-time

    Pros

    Exposed to various industries and areas of accounting Hands on experience

    Cons

    Lack of leadership, organization & communication Minimum benefits or none


  6. Helpful (3)

    So frustrating!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    For french people, it is an easy way to get a first experience in New York (they almost exclusively hire french people!) and improve their english skills. For everybody else, it's a lot of freedom for a few months before it gets painful.

    Cons

    Management has clue how to deal with employees without conflicts: work overload, vacations cancelled in the last minute (literally!), communication reduced to a bare rude minimum (and always by email)... The partner spends her life in the office and expects everyone to do the same... except that salaries do not go accordingly! If you arrive 5 minutes late in the morning, they take half an hour (!) off your vacations but if you leave the office at midnight, you don't get an extra cent!

    Advice to Management

    Apply basic personnel management rules! Stop treating people bad, listen to them and pay them properly and maybe (maybe!) they will stay more than a few months. If you still think the problem comes from your (ex)-employees, don't change anything, you'll only sink faster! People are not a commodity, they are an asset!



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