SEI Investments
3.1 of 5 149 reviews
www.seic.com Oaks, PA 1000 to 5000 Employees

SEI Investments Reviews

Updated Jul 1, 2014
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3.1 149 reviews

                             

78% Approve of the CEO

SEI Investments Chairman and CEO Alfred P. West Jr.

Alfred P. West Jr.

(108 ratings)

55% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Good work/life balance if that is what you are looking for"
    in 18 reviews
  • "It is a great work environment, unlike any other"
    in 19 reviews
Cons:
  • "Do to the size of the company, the full notion of "open environment" is hard to achieve"
    in 6 reviews
  • "Hard to define career path, Hard to get pay increases,"
    in 5 reviews
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    Manager (Current Employee)
    Oaks, PA

    ProsThere are a lot of great people working here and its a good culture. The environment is such that everyone is very hands-on and so you get to work with senior staff and you also get a lot of great overall experiences. Benefit time and work life balance is great.

    ConsThere is little reward or recognition for hard work (I should say none). Oftentimes you won't even get a review of your performance. The salary is OK. There is a rumor that salaries are kept within 80% of the market, which sounds about right. Limited pay growth. With the workloads being much higher than competing companies, you kinda would expect the salary to also be more competitive. Benefits are not that great either (higher cost for a high deductible plan). There is no career track for growth, training or advancement. Also GWP is sucking the life out of this company. While the culture is great I don't know that the values or ethics are.

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

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    Get out before you are stuck!

    Accounting Analyst (Current Employee)
    Oaks, PA

    ProsThe people are generally friendly and young. The building is cool and campus is huge. The cafeteria has good food.

    ConsPay is horrible!!! There are people who dont even have degrees making more money with their entry level jobs than SEI will ever pay. They work you like a dog and then give you a hard time when you have overtime. Management doesn't have a clue about reasonable time lines in comparison to your work load. Also, if you are a woman in the investment managment services department, find a new job. Moving up is about as likely as the US getting out of debt. It is sad really that SEI plays into the statistics of woman not having the ability to succeed in this industry but I am living it. Upper level management needs classes on how to run a team.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop buying art and trying to woo your employees with happy hours every quarter. Instead, take a look around at what REALLY needs to be done. Put yourselves in classes, give reviews more than every year, try rewarding your employees every once and a while and lastly, do some work yourself. Being promoted to management does not mean that you no longer have to work. Stop dictating and teach, help your employees to grow and fix their pay.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Sinking ship

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Oaks, PA

    ProsGood vacation allowance, good hours

    ConsGets worse each year. Sales rules the roost and salespeople make good money - everybody else makes just OK money. Gap between the haves and have nots is huge. There are no specialists, just generalists. Benefits other than vacation are just OK. Company-wide systems project is 10 years old with no scale yet - sucking the company dry...

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuit doing "projects" and manage your staff. Quit worrying about yourselves and represent your staff. Buy an off-the-shelf product t run your business and save $

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Culture - Low Compensation

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros-Open Work Environment
    -Great Co-Workers
    -Job Security

    Cons-Salary
    -Lack of career advancement
    -high turnover of employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Investment Analyst (Current Employee)
    Ancient Oaks, PA

    ProsThere are no pros in this firm.

    ConsOpen but overcrowded environment
    Firm's objective is to please investors
    Employees are disposable, treated as 2nd class citizens
    Low salaries
    Incompetent management

    Advice to Senior ManagementLeave, let more capable individuals lead the following work force!

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

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    Good family flexibility

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Oaks, PA

    ProsFlexible and understanding of working parents' demands and last minute schedule changes kids often demand; child care center was a great help when kids were little; entrepreneurial yet big company perks

    ConsProcess-resistant in marketing, poor planning, lacks leadership and strong executive management ; still run like separate businesses instead of one cohesive corporation - missing opportunity, leverage and efficiencies

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrust the smart people you have hired to do the right thing and let them lead

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Move on to Vanguard.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Oaks, PA

    ProsWork life balance, cool campus

    ConsReally low pay, lateral movement, micro management, dull work

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop spending money on stupid artwork and invest in your 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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    Great Company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat office area. Everyone tends to be very helpful and open to assist others.

    ConsDo to the size of the company, the full notion of "open environment" is hard to achieve.

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    Great work-life balance, but not for the Type A individual

    Sales Support (Current Employee)
    Philadelphia, PA

    ProsThe company is a great place to make friends and enjoy your time in the office. The company is great for people who have families and need the flexible balance of time and also for people who are established in their careers looking for a home.

    ConsThe atmosphere doesn't push people to succeed so a lot of tasks are done on a so so basis. There are a lot of gaps in processes and it's not a focus to correct.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpend some time focusing on the structuring of responsibilities, tasks and understanding. It may be time consuming at first but will be very rewarding in the future.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It was a minimum security prison

    Operations Analyst - IMS (Former Employee)
    Oaks, PA

    ProsNice campus, cool environment, young team

    ConsWish they would spend less money on art and decorations and instead pay their employees higher salaries. Coming out of college, they take advantage of new graduates willingness to work and do not promote.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote those who truly deserve it

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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