Michael C. Fina Reviews

Updated August 1, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Great family company but limited opportunities due to size

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Island City, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Island City, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Michael C. Fina full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you are good at doing different things, this is a great place to work. You are never limited in responsibilities or opportunities to move laterally or up, however, the organization is rather bottom-heavy and that could be limited. The family, who still run the company, is very supportive of their management teams and are accessible to all.

    Cons

    Everything depends on your experience with your immediate manager, and there are some departments known for competitive and negative experiences and favoritism.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to move forward in a positive direction and hire quality leaders with direct experience.


  2. Helpful (5)

    From Bad to Worse

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Michael C. Fina full-time

    Pros

    - Mission of the organization - Reward and Recognition of Employees - Enjoyable environment; everyone relatively gets along - The PEOPLE; bright personalities, ever the hopeful for better days; positive attitudes

    Cons

    UPPER MANAGEMENT is the biggest Con! They haven't the faintest idea of how to create an effective business process for immediate or long term positive results. Ever the changing of the tides with business practices and goals make for an unsteady work environment, unpredictable outcomes and disillusioned employees who will never be able to meet expectations. No goals will ever be met if there isn't a proper and realistic plan in place. Definition of S.M.A.R.T as it exists within the org - Stupidity only leads to more stupidity, - Micromanagement is the devil's m.o., - Asinine methodology breeds poor at best results, - Ridiculous expectations creates guaranteed failure; and lastly, - Turbulence amongst the team destabilizes the group. I plead as an employee who still believes in the company's mission, clean up your act. Stop being your own worse enemy and FOCUS - Find gaps in processes and create attainable resolve - Obsess not over the failure but over the successes of your employees - Cohesive relationships amongst managers and employees make a stronger foundation - Underestimate no one as everyone is valuable - Stimulate a positive environment for your employees so they feel more than appreciated

    Advice to Management

    Change existing management; rethink your business model and think more about your employees who do nothing but their best with what limited tools they have.


  3. Helpful (6)

    Accountant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Island City, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Island City, NY

    I worked at Michael C. Fina full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting programs where you get to learn about other better employers throughout the country. They do have decent first year anniversary gifts. It's a good starting job, but only for the title since the work you'll be doing won't be helpful anywhere else.

    Cons

    Very high expectations for very low wages and not fantastic benefits. They use in house programs that don't provide experience in accounting anywhere else. At the time that I was employed, there was no room for advancement but it wasn't until I resigned that the considered to properly compensate me. Stay at your own risk, one could make a career out of it if you don't want to learn any other system out there and don't mind being overworked for little pay.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Outdated products/not competitve in market place

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good management support and help with client presentations.

    Cons

    Products were not up to speed in the market place and couldn't compete with the big players..


  6. Helpful (4)

    Sales

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    large selection of jewelry. supportive operations staff.

    Cons

    dysfunctional management. unhealthy and hostile work environment

    Advice to Management

    need retail therapy. Do not employ criminals.


  7. Helpful (1)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Helpful co-workers and management is trying to be in touch with their employees

    Cons

    low pay which results to high-turn over of employees

    Advice to Management

    -


  8. Helpful (1)

    Okay Employer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The perks were the best part!

    Cons

    Summers you are expected to work long hours just to get off early on Friday.


  9. Helpful (7)

    No...

    • Work/Life Balance
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Coworkers make the work day go well

    Cons

    Pay is cheap and very litte advancement


  10. Helpful (14)

    Is HR Posting Fake Reviews?

    • Work/Life Balance
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Michael C. Fina full-time

    Pros

    - MCF's mid-size allows employees to have frequent contact with the Finas - Charity walks are encouraged - The average New Yorker is aware of the retail side - Some of those that have been here for many, many years receive a genuine farewell retirement party - Most non-executive employees are great as colleagues

    Cons

    - Location is awful; MCF is in an industrial area right off of the 7 train (which means restaurant choices for breakfast/lunch are extremely limited). - Wages are a joke and you can forget about raises/promotions. - The company's size should be an advantage, but nepotism and arrogance stifles innovation and growth. - Although MCF somewhat has a heart, it definitely has no brains. Turn-over keeps getting worse. - We are told that things will improve, but when recommendations are offered, no one listens. - Important information is not shared equally, many have been left in the dark on critical accounts on many occasions. - Benefits are not attractive --------- - HR may be doing a little PR in desperation. Some of the posts on here look very suspicious because some "reviews" do not at all reflect what's truly happening. For example: Up to 1/11/14, the average was 2 stars. However, the last five posts (excluding this one) had an average of 4 stars. Additionally, up to 1/11/14 the average number of days between posts was 135, that’s 4 and a half months. But, the last five posts (excluding this one) had the average numbers of days between posts at 34, that’s slightly more than a month. Again, there is no absolute proof, but the sudden flood of positive "reviews" (seriously, one almost every month since March 2014) strikes as suspicious. Just look at the numbers: 07/02/14 – 5 stars (suspicious) | 06/04/14 – 3 stars 05/04/14 – 4 stars (suspicious) | 04/23/14 – 4 stars (suspicious) 03/05/14 – 4 stars (suspicious) | 01/11/14 – 1 star 12/29/13 – 1 star | 06/09/13 – 1 star 03/31/13 – 1 star | 12/16/12 – 1 star 08/09/12 – 4 stars | 12/16/10 – 4 stars 11/19/10 – 3 stars | 11/18/09 – 1 star 11/06/09 – 1 star |09/26/09 – 2 stars 01/07/09 – 5 stars | 08/21/08 – 2 stars 06/16/08 – 1 star | 06/15/08 – 3 stars

    Advice to Management

    Ask yourself if A. Fina is really the best person to run the company. Yes, it's nice to tell customers (ahem, excuse me, partners) that MCF is WBENC certified, but at what cost? Also, employees do indeed have ideas worth listening to, GAAP should not be the exclusive filter for decision making.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great Perks!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Michael C. Fina full-time

    Pros

    Tons of Pros to working here - Great PTO plan, beautiful roof top lounge with stunning Manhattan views, parking lottery, employee recognition program, work life balance friendly, Fruit Fridays monthly, awesome holiday party yearly. There is also a great spirit amongst many of the employees.

    Cons

    Smaller company so internal promotions dont happen as often as I would like but they do happen and the company continues to grow



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