Rothstein Kass Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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  1. 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


  2. 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!


  3. Helpful (1)

    RKCO

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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    RKCO

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Senior Auditor

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  7. Helpful (1)

    Smart leadership but no regard for employees.

    • 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

    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.


  8. Staff was willing to listen to new ideas

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  9. Very cliquish staff

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 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


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  11. Easy

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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