The Siegfried Group

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The Siegfried Group Reviews

Updated October 7, 2014
Updated October 7, 2014
61 Reviews
3.5
61 Reviews
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The Siegfried Group President and CEO Rob Siegfried Jr.
Rob Siegfried Jr.
52 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • Your are rewarded for travelling and working long hours during the year through incentive bonuses that is paid 45 days after you have earned the amount (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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  1.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at The Siegfried Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    1) 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

    Cons

    Sometimes 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 ManagementAdvice

    Continue 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    This company is the about the worst company to ever work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at The Siegfried Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    None to really speak of.

    Cons

    Doesn't come through on promises, very low pay compared to others, and minimal to no salary increases going forward. Company has multiple incentive programs in place which sounds good on paper; however, calculations at time of payout are convoluted at best and actual payout is 50% of promised so that you don't leave mid-year. Company tries to circumvent this by providing title changes; however, this does not translate into monetary compensation. The work is extremely unchallenging and you typically are more qualified than those people you report to at the company you've been outsourced to. Worst part is they make you sign a non-compete, which they WILL ENFORCE even if outsourced company tries to offer monies to Siegfried to release you form the non-compete. This obviously has caused them to burn numerous bridges in the industry with their own clients. Stay very far away as this firm burns people left and right... seriously regret having ever started with Siegfried... pls heed this warning.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    All Talk no substance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at The Siegfried Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Everything 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 ManagementAdvice

    -Practice what you preach

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Wonderful Comp Plan, Great Experience, Good Culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at The Siegfried Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Compensation
    -Culture
    -Depth of Experience and Growth

    Cons

    -Some assignments can be mundane

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Associate Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at The Siegfried Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    Siegfried 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    OK for a while

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

    I have been working at The Siegfried Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Constant 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 ManagementAdvice

    Reconnect 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...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company with a great future

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at The Siegfried Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Stay away

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at The Siegfried Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Salary is pretty good compared to other placez

    Cons

    -Backstabbing, no real vision and blatant favortism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop doing these fake 5 stars review and actually try to fix the issue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Empty Promises

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

    I worked at The Siegfried Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    1. 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.

    Cons

    1. 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 ManagementAdvice

    Look 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Rewarding & Fun place to work!!!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at The Siegfried Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Siegfried 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep maintaining the professional work environment that I enjoy being a part of.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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