SEI Investments Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
157 Reviews
2.8
157 Reviews
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SEI Investments Chairman and CEO Alfred P. West Jr.
Alfred P. West Jr.
112 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance if that is what you are looking for (in 20 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 7 reviews)

  • Hard to define career path, Hard to get pay increases, (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great business experience, great employees.

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

    I worked at SEI Investments as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    I liked the open office setting. Each floor has different teams and there aren't any cubicles.
    Great experience dealing with a high volume of clients.
    Very easy to communicate with management.
    There are a lot of company sponsored events such as happy hours, BBQ's basketball leagues, etc.

    Cons

    Starting salary for a lot of the positions are very low.

    Huge campus, getting from your desk to other offices and/or the cafeteria can be a good 5-10 minute walk.

    Seemed difficult to move up within the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Horrible experience

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

    I have been working at SEI Investments full-time

    Pros

    Some perks include stock repurchase program, 401K, cafeteria, gym, and tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    Started in IMS division after college and have regretted that decision ever since. Very difficult to move into new positions and the pay scale is pathetic. Management is well aware of turnover issues, but refuse to address it with more competitive pay. Majority of younger employees can't work from home and must stay in hotels during snowstorms. Don't work here and get stuck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more with employees and share your expectations, so they can have opportunities to advance. Salary improvements would go a very long way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Stay away from this place.

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

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

    Pros

    Very nice campus located next to the Perkiomen trail and Creek.

    Cons

    I can't speak for all the teams but this is the worst job I've ever had. I am consistently made to feel like I am back in the first grade getting yelled at for not raising my hand or something. Management does not treat you like a professional or even like a human being. Definitely not worth it for the measly $35k they call a salary. Just for some perspective I worked for Walmart in produce for 3 years in my college days and was treated much better there. I Won't be staying here much longer. The average tenure for an analyst is approximately 18 months which says a lot in itself. I doubt I will make it to half that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people with respect and dignity and pay a competitive wage. This will reduce your turnover dramatically and thus your training costs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to start but not finish!

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

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

    Pros

    Easy place to work with good people. Great place to begin a career but that's about it.

    Cons

    No upward Movement!!!! This place gives jobs to unqualified people who management is friends with!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more money to analysts to retain talent. I've seen many people leave who have succeeded at other companies.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Portfolio Accounting Analyst

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Great work/life balance.
    Decent opportunities for advancement.
    Good place to start after college

    Cons

    No real training process in place to ensure employee success.
    Below industry average pay.
    No flexibility for analyst to work from home when most work can be done from anywhere.
    Extremely high turnover rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay analyst more and the turnover rate will decrease tremendously.
    Spend less company money on artwork.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    A place to start

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

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

    Pros

    A chance to be exposed to a professional setting and financial systems/instruments

    Cons

    Low pay, lack of true team atmosphere, static/repetitive work assignments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Middle Office Operations Analyst

    Current Employee - Middle Office Operations Analyst  in  Oaks, PA
    Current Employee - Middle Office Operations Analyst in Oaks, PA

    I have been working at SEI Investments as an intern

    Pros

    The people are friendly, but there is not much collaboration, so it doesn't add very much to the postion.

    Cons

    If you want to learn something about finance, this is not the internship for you. I spent the summer making sure forms had name, address, phone number, and social security number on this. There is not collaboration or intellectual challenge. I did not get anything out of this internship whatsoever.

  9.  

    Pay is low. They sell you alot on the culture but dont really care about you in long run

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

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

    Pros

    Get alot of exposure across different departments and sectors

    Cons

    Preach alot innovation and cutting edge technology but refuse to spend any money on real enhancements

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't pretend to be transparent when your clearly not.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great stepping stone

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

    I worked at SEI Investments full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great work life balance, nice campus, great people and some opportunity. Built a lot of great relationships while there. Great culture.

    Cons

    Below industry compensation especially given the workload and expectations. Good raises are rare. Limited advancement or training opportunities. Weak management. Ethics and policies loosely enforced... Not much on values. No interest in process improvement so many people are buried in mundane processes... Working hard but not necessarily efficiently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate your employees to make them competitive to their industry peers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Refreshing Corporate Experience

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

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for if you are ambitious and want to learn. If you want to learn a task beyond your immediate job scope, all you need to do is ask the right person.

    Cons

    Open environment is a double edge sword. Accessibility to people is readily available, however, can tend to be noisy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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