Rothstein Kass Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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  1. Rothstein Kass - Talking The Talk, Not Walking The Walk

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Rothstein Kass full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Growing firm in accounting world. Good opportunities to get experience in hedge fund industry, so you can find a good job after five years if you use RK to build your credentials. Lots of fun events.

    Cons

    Favoritism rules the day. If the managers/partners don't like you, don't expect to advance, even if you're talented. They preach about respecting everyone in the firm, but keep on partners who don't show any respect to their staff because the partners bring in lots of $$$. One team motto.... when really it's more like forty five teams. Happy hours for everyone... well almost everyone, unless you know the right people, you're not getting invited. Pay sucks. Firm askes what you want, and then offeres less. Is that how you retain talent?

    Advice to Management

    Focus on REALLY making the changes you say you're going to make, by making partners and managers show the same respect they want given, instead of yelling and chewing out staff. Also, the focus is on making practice staff happy, what about the non-practice personnel? Seems they're forgotten as well, and don't enjoy the same benefits (PTO time off), events (a lot don't get invites to happy hour events, to name one instance), opportunities to grow (really, if you're not pratice staff, what do you work towards?).


  2. former senior

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Roseland, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Roseland, NJ

    I worked at Rothstein Kass full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    paid overtime, benefits, bright people, good learning

    Cons

    too much politics, very high-stress/cutthroat environment, unrealistic expectations, no confidentiality, do not give 2 week notice because sometimes HR will let you go immediately and you're out 2 weeks salary

    Advice to Management

    be more humane, get rid of some policies designed to create a hostile work environment, instead really need to improve HR department and employee evaluation, good/hard-working people get thrown under the bus and lazy people who are friendly with the right partners are left alone


  3. Overtime!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Rothstein Kass

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good amount of vacation days, pretty good benefits, and paid over time. People are younger and are friendly for the most part.

    Cons

    The office environment could feel like highschool at times. There's no clear vision of your future at this firm. ok


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  5. Just like the movie "THE FIRM"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Auditor in Roseland, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Auditor in Roseland, NJ

    I worked at Rothstein Kass

    Pros

    Great interview process and presentations.

    Cons

    Constant calibration of firm for the sole benefit of Principals without any regards for associates' welfare.

    Advice to Management

    Benchmark best practices at all times.


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roseland, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roseland, NJ

    I worked at Rothstein Kass

    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 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.


  7. Nice, Maybe Too Nice

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Auditor Financial Services in Roseland, NJ
    Former Employee - Auditor Financial Services in Roseland, NJ

    I worked at Rothstein Kass

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    This firm basically lets you take off anytime you want nine months out of the year with a morning's notice. You can leave early any day during busy season so long as you think of some reasonable excuse. The only real expectation is that you get your work done at some point. After the economic downturn, the firm was able to hire more intelligent staff than they had in the past. So, it should be a better place to work now.

    Cons

    For some reason, this firm hired quite a few people who did not belong in the accounting profession. As you may notice, a lot of people on this board can barely write. This was typical at the staff level and remained at the senior and management levels. The "backstabbing" people were the ones trying to tell management to get rid of some of these idiots. Everyone received close to the same raise even though there was a clear difference in performance.

    Advice to Management

    Fire some of these morons and give the good workers higher pay.


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA

    I worked at Rothstein Kass

    Pros

    Additional 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

    Cons

    Unrealistic 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 Management

    Listen 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.


  9. The company LOOKS good when you start off. BUT you learn quickly how much politics is involved.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Auditor in Roseland, NJ
    Former Employee - Staff Auditor in Roseland, NJ

    I worked at Rothstein Kass

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The employees are very friendly and the company DOES try to keep employees happy.

    Cons

    to continue from my "pros" sentence, the company FAILS miserably in TRYING to keep us happy! so much politics. and the seniors and managers are HORRIBLE! they do not explain to you. the training sucks its all on the job training.

    Advice to Management

    they need to learn to be patient and help the juniors instead of actually yell at them in front of everyone as if they are in some class room. no such thing as corporate environment!


  10. Rothstein Kass -

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roseland, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roseland, NJ

    I have been working at Rothstein Kass

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Increased 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 Management

    Don'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


  11. depends on which group you are working for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Tax Accountant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Tax Accountant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Rothstein Kass

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    long hours busy season 75-80 hours, politics

    Advice to Management

    Please do not fake people... do not fight, managers!



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