Rothstein Kass

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Rothstein Kass Reviews

Updated Jun 11, 2014
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2.8 46 reviews

67% Approve of the CEO

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Steven Kass and Howard Altman

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38% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    A great learning experience!

    Audit Intern (Current Employee) Denver, CO

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

    ConsLong 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) 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 Senior 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.

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Walnut Creek, CA

    ProsAdditional 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

    ConsUnrealistic 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 Senior ManagementListen 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.

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Roseland, NJ

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

    ConsIncreased 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 Senior ManagementDon'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

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    depends on which group you are working for

    Senior Tax Accountant (Current Employee) New York, NY

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

    Conslong hours busy season 75-80 hours, politics

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease do not fake people... do not fight, managers!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros- 7 weeks vacation (2 weeks accrued from over time)
    - Open door policy
    - Performance evaluation after large jobs
    - Has philanthropy group

    Cons- Management doesn't depict a true picture of future business plans (when it affects the employees directly)
    - Prefers people with similar personalities
    - Management is disengaged with firm activities outside the office
    - Some trainings don't match with job levels

    Advice to Senior Management-Please value the diversity each person provides. Providing feedback is great, but if the management is not willing to help the individual to overcome the weakness, there is only so much a lower level employee can do by his/herself. Think about where each person fits. Just because they may not have the ability to move onto the next level shouldn't mean that employee is incompetent. If you keep on moving everybody up every year, then everybody would be a manager by their 5th year.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIf nothing else, I would say the best reason to work there is you get paid overtime that can be used towards having up to 7 weeks off a year!

    ConsLike any job it is a complete toss up if you get along with the people you work for. It is better than most audit companies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe management doesn't really care to much about the lower levels, there is no consistency in what they do there.

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    Senior Auditor (Current Employee) New York, NY

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Smart leadership but no regard for employees.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    Pros1 - Great place to learn the financial services/hedge fund industry.
    2 - Great people to work with. RK is a very friendly and casual atmosphere.

    Cons1 - 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 Senior ManagementDo 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.

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    Not a great firm

    Staff Auditor (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsWork Life balance for public accounting firm
    Hedge Funds experience

    ConsSinking ship firm has no structure

    Advice to Senior ManagementTain employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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