The Siegfried Group

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The Siegfried Group Reviews

Updated Jun 23, 2014
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2.9 59 reviews

50% Approve of the CEO

The Siegfried Group President and CEO Rob Siegfried Jr.

Rob Siegfried Jr.

(50 ratings)

46% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • I met lots of great people while there(in 4 reviews)

  • go for an interview, take the amex gift checks and spend it on gas to go to other interviews(in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper Management need to get their act together(in 5 reviews)

  • After the big 4 engagement, the company promised a "regular' staffing job that's more interesting(in 3 reviews)

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    Great pay, potentially great experience, and lots of great exit opportunities

    Manager (Former Employee)

    Pros1) The pay, especially if you travel or are on an engagement for more than six months, is really good. 2) I met lots of great people while there. 3) The work can be really rewarding if you get on the right client. 4) All the standard perks of a good CPA firm (CPA exam reimbursement & bonus, travel stipend, etc.) without having to do audit work

    ConsSometimes the work can be low-level (depending on the client & assignment). Clients might also view you as a temp if they're not well informed about the company and the capabilities of its resources.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to become more and more transparent with the Resources. They are the lifeblood of the company and the more they know, the more connected they'll feel! Also, figure out a way to try and standardize the promotion process to be more objective.

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

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    All Talk no substance

    Senior Associate (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    Pros-Money for job Interview
    -Variety of work
    -Pay is not so bad, comparable to other big firms

    ConsEverything else. For a company that promotes work/life balance and communication, there isn't any. You get work like a dog on remedial things. Working late on engagements are expected even if you are done with your section. Yes you get penalized for being good at what you do. There's no communication on where you are heading with your job.

    Advice to Senior Management-Practice what you preach

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Wonderful Comp Plan, Great Experience, Good Culture

    Senior Associate (Current Employee) Detroit, MI

    Pros-Compensation
    -Culture
    -Depth of Experience and Growth

    Cons-Some assignments can be mundane

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

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    Siegfried is a great place to meet great people and get great experience

    Associate Manager (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsI have really enjoyed working for Siegfried. From the start, the have taken care of me and delivered on every one of their promises. They have bent over backwards for me, and truly shown that they value me as a professional and a person. They pay very well and do not make you travel or work anywhere you don't want to. Everyone that I have met is very smart, and I am proud to work with such a high caliber group of professionals.

    ConsSiegfried expects their employees to be involved with the firm, which is a good thing and a bad thing. There are some instances when professionals are busy at their respective engagements and may not possibly have the time to go to a connection event; however, I never regret attending an event. We always have a blast, and something positive always comes out of it.

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

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    OK for a while

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsYou might have a great client. Your co-workers are almost always fun people. Pay is good.

    ConsConstant right-wing politics courtesy Rob Siegfried, you're treated like a commodity and are dispensable, absolute lack of diversity (the leadership group is almost all white and mostly blond). The employee development program (held on Saturday) devotes a good part just talking about how Obama is the antichrist and America is being ruined by the takers. The company is more like an extension of the Siegfried family so important positions are staffed with Rob Siegfried's extended family.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReconnect with staff and don't work with blinders. No one cares about your political/religious/ethnocentric beliefs so keep your opinions to yourself. You're never going to retain the best when your only approach is to throw money at people. If it was that simple employees wouldn't be leaving your company so often...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company with a great future

    Associate Manager (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsI have really enjoyed the projects that I've been able to work on during my first two years with TSG. They have been high profile projects on Fortune 100 companies. The learning curve is very steep when compared to the big 4 environment I was used to - rewarding. You are able to determine exactly how much travel you want - 0% to 100% and you are rewarded both financially and with more project options if you are open to traveling and seeing other cities.

    Due to the entrepreneurial environment created by the CEO, you are rewarded for everything you do.. e.g. - if you are a mentor/team leader you get a substantial bonus at year end.. larger than my big 4 bonus.

    ConsThe work can vary from project to project so it is important to be flexible.

    You also don't necessarily see other people from TSG that often unless you are assigned on to a project with other TSG resources. It seems more and more projects have been calling for multiple resources which is helping that.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide an office by office budget that can be used on recreational teams / events. That's an easy way to get people together.

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

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    Stay away

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    Pros- Salary is pretty good compared to other placez

    Cons-Backstabbing, no real vision and blatant favortism

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop doing these fake 5 stars review and actually try to fix the issue.

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

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    Empty Promises

    Manager (Former Employee) New York, NY

    Pros1. Firm provided the highest starting salary and had a very lucrative bonus structure, especially if you were willing to travel.

    2. The firm also made it seem like they would be able to deliver on providing great, career-building projects and that the firm was growing with endless opportunities to advance into higher leadership opportunities at the firm.

    Cons1. When starting at the firm, I waited four (4) months until I was placed on a project.
    2. During the two (2) years I was with the firm, I was on the bench 50% (i.e. unassigned) of the time.
    3. When the firm laid off fellow employees during the recession, they were unethical and tried to get out of paying unemployment benefits by using excuses for terminations, such as "misaligned with firm values".
    4. I had other colleagues who were on the bench more than I was.
    5. Very political environment. You were expected to attend all firm happy hours, dinners, etc and kiss up to senior management.
    6. Paid only once per month.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook at what other consulting firms have done to become successful. Rid of bad management, including those at the top. Reorganize the company so it is aligned better and rename your firm because people who have been mistreated remember and will never forget.

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

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    A Rewarding & Fun place to work!!!

    Senior Manager (Current Employee) Charlotte, NC

    ProsSiegfried has been a great employer for me because I have been able to build upon my prior accounting experience through working on a variety of engagements. While at Siegfried, I have been on 4 engagements ranging from Public Accounting, Internal Auditing, Alternative Investment Accounting and Real Estate Accounting. For someone that enjoys travel, I have had the opportunity to work in various states all over the US and even worked in Napa Valley. To name a few industries I have worked on are banking, retail, fertilizer, oil & gas, timber and winery, but not all. I have been to Vegas a couple of times for Siegfried Seminars and Fun! Recently, I was promoted to Team Leader and now have the opportunity to serve the Resources and be a part of their career paths while at Siegfried. The promotion has been a highlight for me. The Firm has been extremely accommodating to me and generous to my family.

    ConsIf you are not looking for variety in assignments and projects, then you may want to reconsider your chosen career path.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep maintaining the professional work environment that I enjoy being a part of.

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

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    Good Place to Work

    Senior Manager (Current Employee) McLean, VA

    Pros1) Varying Client Assignments -- really does enhance your resume
    2) Long Client Assignments -- combines the best of both private and public accounting where you are treated as part of a team and truly valued (much different than the view for external auditors)
    3) Driven/Intellectual Colleagues -- refreshing to work with like-minded individuals
    4) Lavish annual trips that make you feel special -- always nice to have fancy dinners and accommodations provided

    Cons1) Weekly hour goal is making the feel of the company too similar to public accounting
    2) Travel demands can be excessive

    Advice to Senior ManagementScale back the weekly hour goal to ensure a better work/life balance

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

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