SEI Investments

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SEI Investments Reviews

Updated January 9, 2015
Updated January 9, 2015
171 Reviews
3.0
171 Reviews
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SEI Investments Chairman and CEO Alfred P. West Jr.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance if that is what you are looking for (in 21 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 8 reviews)

  • Hard to define career path, Hard to get pay increases, (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Overall, a pretty good place to work.

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

    I have been working at SEI Investments full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Competitive benefits, salaries could be more competitive. Innovative environment. I enjoy the open floor plan although some will not adapt & leave. Company culture is encouraging to younger incoming employees. YOU are responsible for your destiny which some do not get their heads around.

    Cons

    As I said I feel salaries could be more competitive. There has been a recent initiative to improve work-life balance. I am yet to see much ACTUAL changes come out of that, just a lot of fancy website meandering.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Changes to culture start at the VERY VERY TOP & filter down,. Whatever change you want to enact, or put out press about enacting, then THE TOP puts it in writing, gets senior managers to allow it, change it, enforce it & accept public employee feedback when it is not going down as expected. (Sometimes grass roots movements can change companies although more rarely.)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    DO NOT WORK FOR THIS COMPANY! MANANGERS DON'T GET ALONG WITH THE ACCOUNTS. NO DIVERSE!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Fund Accountant in Oaks, PA
    Former Employee - Fund Accountant in Oaks, PA

    I worked at SEI Investments as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good learning process to learn mutual funds

    Cons

    Training is really bad. Need a lot of training to understand these mutual funds. They don't like it if you ask a lot of questions. I think that is disrespectful because they think the accountants know everything which is not true.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of most of the managers. They need will train employees who can very diverse with everyone. Learn how to treat employees well instead of throwing paper and stuff to our desks to understand that we know everything? Yea right. Give me a break.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Don't be fooled

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting Analyst in Oaks, PA
    Current Employee - Accounting Analyst in Oaks, PA

    I have been working at SEI Investments full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    I got pretty good with Excel by doing this job. Other than that I can't really think of any pros.

    Cons

    If you are considering a job as an Accounting Analyst with SEI I have a couple pieces of advice for you that I had to learn the hard way. First, any accounting job that doesn't require you to have your CPA or even care whether or not you are pursuing it and doesn't require you to have been an accounting major in college (I worked with econ majors, math majors etc.) is not really an accounting job. There is no specialization required to do this job. They are just looking for labor and the salary reflects that. It is not even close to the market rate for an entry-level accountant. Second, if you are being pursued by one of the recruiting agencies, don't fall for the pitch. They will tell you anything to get you to take the job. They don't get paid until you start. And it's not SEI that is paying them. You are the one paying them by accepting a lower wage for the first 3 months. Finally, understand that if you do accept a job through the temp agency you will not have any benefits for the first 3 months and you will not be allowed to take any time off for the first 6 months that you are employed. You have to work there for 90 days before you are allowed to take time off but your time as a temp doesn't count towards that 90 days even though you are still working a 40 hour (or longer) week and doing all the same work as a full time employee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Business Analyst

    I have been working at SEI Investments full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pros of working with SEI is: fitness center; fitness classes; cafeteria has good/qualified professional grade chefs; community involvement; good training classes.

    Cons

    The cons: SEI does not offer competitive salaries; there is no clear structure as to who is in charged; open floor environment; the "promotions" are not merit based.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotions need to be merit based; salaries need to be competitive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great Entry Level with Learning Opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Oaks, PA
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Oaks, PA

    I have been working at SEI Investments full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Open environment allows for cross collaboration among teams fairly easily.

    Cons

    Initiating projects can be challenging due to limited resources.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent Client

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Analyst in Oaks, PA
    Current Employee - QA Analyst in Oaks, PA

    I have been working at SEI Investments as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Really Grate people. Management treats employee with respect.

    Cons

    Lack of professional development and opportunities to land bigger role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to encourage hard working.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Many Opportunities to Grow as a Professional

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Business Analyst

    I have been working at SEI Investments full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity
    Flexibility
    Rapid Growth
    Good Compensation (if you put in the time and effort)
    Innovative Culture

    Cons

    Low Pay In the beginning
    Politics
    Stagnant Managers in Operations
    High Turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize and Compensate mid level talent before they leave

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Unique and creative workplace

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

    I have been working at SEI Investments (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice group of people and a flat organization. And a very unique work space

    Cons

    Not many to figure out. Loved this place, had to move out as the contract was done

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Amazing!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SEI Investments

    Pros

    Culture encourages open communication and creativity.

    Cons

    I have yet to find something negative!

  11.  

    Great people, matrixed environment...

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

    I worked at SEI Investments full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Talented people and a lot of tenured professionals who really know their subject matter. Campus, artwork, 'perks' and team building activities are nice examples of the team-oriented culture.

    Cons

    Takes considerable self-teaching, networking and discipline to navigate your career around the organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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