Rothstein Kass Reviews

Updated April 6, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    RKCO

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

    I worked at Rothstein Kass

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 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.

  2. Helpful (1)

    RKCO

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

    I worked at Rothstein Kass

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If 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!

    Cons

    Like 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 Management

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

  3. Senior Auditor

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

    I have been working at Rothstein Kass

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    lack 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 Management

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

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    Smart leadership but no regard for employees.

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

    I have been working at Rothstein Kass

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    1 - 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 Management

    Do 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.

  6. Not a great firm

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

    I have been working at Rothstein Kass as an intern (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work Life balance for public accounting firm
    Hedge Funds experience

    Cons

    Sinking ship firm has no structure

    Advice to Management

    Tain employees

  7. Staff was willing to listen to new ideas

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Rothstein Kass

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

    Pros

    Partnering departments were very enthusiastic

    Cons

    Marketing leadership was reluctant to change

  8. Very cliquish staff

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

    I worked at Rothstein Kass full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits; good professional support/ongoing credits; variety of clients

    Cons

    office culture - if you fit in with a clique, great, if not, tough luck! Seniors could care less about staff.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let staff get stuck with just one senior in the beginning - make sure they work equally with everyone

  9. RK was a great place to work. Operative word being "was"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rothstein Kass

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great advancement and learning opportunities, competitive salary, good benefits and loved my coworkers. Training reimbursement and support from mgmt made it easy to pursue professional certifications.

    Cons

    Flavor of the week initiatives and greed at the top sunk this firm. Culture was good until the disastrous introduction of the core values. Forced training was aggravating and only loosely applied to job responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach

  10. Easy

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

    I have been working at Rothstein Kass full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    -One fair Partner who is very proactive and listens to the needs of his employees
    -The job is simple and can be done efficiently with all the resources available when you work with managers whose interests support the firm interests as a whole.

    Cons

    -The system always freezes and IT blames it all on the server and there's just 'nothing' that can be done.
    -Some members of management believes in only ONE way to audit
    -Personal preferences affect the evaluation process
    -Very detailed that Supervising Seniors miss the big picture of the audit because they focus too much on the neatness and uniformity of workpaper documentation

    Advice to Management

    The world of auditing is diverse and it continuously evolves so efficiency is key to more competitive bidding and winning proposals. Your traditional ways are in no way contributing to your efforts of being efficient. Educate your managers and supervising seniors who are afraid come out of their comfort zones and accept other audit methodologies that encourage efficiency.

  11. Backstabing, overworked, inhumane treatment

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

    I have been working at Rothstein Kass full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Pretty good benefits, and paid over time

    Cons

    Opportunity to learn, depending upon whom you work for

    Extremely unappreciated employees and a huge turnaround

    Very toxic work environment & culture where back-stabbing is encouraged & allowed. Alot of the seniors I worked with gave a ton of work and then went back their desk, sat back and chat with other seniors about the last episode of Lost. The staff I & II are very overworked and the few seniors that take pride in their job and take the time to explain to staff how to do things in an audit are usually the ones fired at end of busy season.

    The SENIORS WHO ARE LAZY and stuff their staff with everything THEY should be doing so, can take 2 hours of breaks (excluding lunch) are the ones kept around. They are the ones who usually BACKSTAB those under them by blaming others for hours billed to a client when it's them who didn't work for the hours theycharged the client. And of course it's these types of seniors and managers that get to head up roundtable meetings cause they are such "real leaders" when it's them who talks behind people's backs but they give a big smile when they see the same person face to face.

    Management can keep denying how miserable most of the company’s employees are and they keep promoting alot of the backstabbing seniors who head up the roundtables but when most of us decide to leave the company you will be stuck with those seniors who will be partners and you wll looking back and think "huh this is why all these people quit?" Just look at who the company kept and promoted to high levels for the answer.

    Favoritism rules the day. If the managers/partners don't like you, don't expect to advance, even if you're talented. Don’t expect to win a rebattle with seniors who are liked by a partner.

    There is NO CONFIDENTIALITY EVEN WITH HR! The minute you go into a meeting with HR or a partner the entire office will know your discussion in about 2 hours!! Absolutely horrible!! HR should get fined for not keeping conversations private!

    Happy hours is not for everyon..., unless you know the right people, you're not getting invited.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on really making the changes you say you're going to make, (ie make the company to run like Zappos) by making PARTNERS AND MANAGERS show the SAME RESPECT they want given, instead of YELLING AND CHEWING OUT STAFF.

    Need to improve HR department and employee evaluation since good/hard-working people get thrown under the bus and lazy people who are friendly with the right partners are left alone and get promoted even though they are idiots.

    Giving power to a handful of seniors can get out of hand since they hold alot of power and can take adntage of it. Please don't have 4 or 5 seniors determining who should stay or who should go and they are the eyes and ears of management. You don't get it that those 4-5 can conspire and get anyone fired who speaks up about their misstreatment by them! It makes other feel like it's Big Brother environment and you are being watched all the time. Stop that so that working at Rothstein Kass can feel warm and welcoming place to be.

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