Rothstein Kass

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Rothstein Kass Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
49 Reviews
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49 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart leadership but no regard for employees.

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    • 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stay away from Rothstein Kass if you can

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

    I have been working at Rothstein Kass

    Pros

    learning about hedge funds & accounting, understanding what it's like to work for a horrible, unfair company so that you can appreciate better jobs later

    Cons

    partners & senior managers are spineless and love to throw people under the bus the first chance they get, there was a layoff this past Monday 4/27/09

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get some integrity & humanity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great, diverse culture in an auditing firm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Summer in Beverly Hills, CA

    I worked at Rothstein Kass

    Pros

    The diverse, team-oriented culture that brings all of us together. Although the job itself can be tough, but the people make the office a great place to be in. Plenty of opportunities organized to bond. Great access & exposure to senior management.

    Cons

    Political climate in the office may be annoying to some, and the nature of the work itself isn't the most exciting so don't expect too much. Can be a little repetitive, but you can get really good at it. In the end you're the one who is in control so it depends a lot on you on where you want to be ahead in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organize more events to know entry-level employees more, improve the technological facilities there. Enhance internship program by making it more challenging, and provide greater opportunities for career advancement.

    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was an amazing experience.

    • 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 full-time

    Pros

    It is your way to get involved in business environment.

    Cons

    hardworking, handle tough pressure and so on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    must adopt a new culture

  6.  

    Avoid it at all costs!

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

    I worked at Rothstein Kass

    Pros

    Reputable company in hedge fund industry. A lot of the seniors get to work for hedge funds as accountants after spending a few year in RK.
    Plenty of vacation time. They encourage you to take extra time off for reduced pay (you can still get 20% of your salary after you finished your regular vacation). During off season there isn't much going on in the office, may as well keep you out of the office and pay you less.

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations of how much time is needed for staff to complete work. Need to negotiate very hard to get hours to finish your work. If you eat hours, you get fired. If you don't eat hours, you never finish your work. And so most of the seniors and staff eat hours secretly.
    A lot of back-stabbing going on in the company. There are certain seniors who are able to befriend the partners and so they can blame everything on the staff when things go wrong.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    RKCO

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

    I worked at Rothstein Kass

    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 ManagementAdvice

    -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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Get what you can and let them lay you off.....

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant

    I worked at Rothstein Kass

    Pros

    vacation policy, benefits package. Some very cool staff and support staff. Good training and CPE opportunites for staff to. Good reputation and appearance on resume.

    Cons

    Behind the polish is the rust.......Mgmt and Seniors above you will stable you in the back. Firing process is all about having someone willing to go to bat to save you. They do not promote strong, smart personalities and especially if you are not white.......Balanced philosophy is crap they reward slaves who eat time and suck up to the right people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Live up to your own stated philosophies of diversity and balanced lifestyles at all levels. Be able to tell people why they are getting laid off and areas they can improve on if they ask (if you are firing for a real reason that should not be hard)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    RKCO

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

    I worked at Rothstein Kass

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Do not work here

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

    I worked at Rothstein Kass

    Pros

    Good pay & Benefits, that's it.

    Cons

    Lots of office politics. Managers don't appreciate your work. You can get laid off for no reason, (probably because some manager didn't like you). Make sure you do a good amount of research on this firm. I wouldn't even accept it if its the only job offer I had.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a new team of managers/

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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