I have been working at Cohen & Steers full-time
I’ve been working here for several years now and have had a very positive experience, because I'm in a good group with good management.
Excellent pay, competitive benefits. Super nice people and focused, talented workforce. Senior management seems to be taking active steps to improve overall culture and employee satisfaction.
I think this is a great place to work overall.
Seemingly zero drive or initiative to get rid of toxic managers. Most managers are excellent--this is a case of a few bad apples really bringing down the whole firm, which I think skews the reviews here. 360s were recently implemented (pro) but exclude senior managers (con). This creates the appearance of a leadership vacuum or overly-insular culture at the top, whether true or not.
As others have stated, there has been lack of progress on ways to improve work/life balance: some departments have normal, sane policies, while other groups seem to be expected to work 60+ hour weeks nonstop. This has been changing apparently but it should be a higher priority, imo. It's a relatively small firm so I take this in stride as normal growing pains, but would of course like to see more rapid improvements.
Advice to Management
Continue or accelerate improvements in overall employee experience. Take a stand against toxic managers. Ask yourself: where does your impression of different business groups come from--is it from the same toxic managers who are causing havoc behind the scenes? How can you verify what you are being told? I urge management to examine their own information sources and see how they can get a more thorough and honest view of what's going on, then take decisive action based on the results.
I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Cohen & Steers.
Applied through college career site. Heard back and was called in for an interview. Four people interviewed me, one after the other. It was an informal conversation; they were very friendly. Heard back from them rather quickly.