I worked at Chernoff Diamond &Co (More than 5 years)
The Partners and management staff at Chernoff Diamond truly practice what they preach. While their goal is that every client is 100% satisfied, they also believe that their employees need to feel good about their place in the business. Multiple times per year the owners show their employees appreciation by offering things like health fairs, summer olympics, summer fridays to name just a few. Every member of mgmt is approachable and takes employee feedback seriously.
If I had the opportunity to work here again, i would do so in a heartbeat.
None. The partners have really outdone any company I have worked for with respect to their commitment to creating a positive working environment.
Advice to Management
Keep up the good work!!! Your employees notice and appreciate all the extras they are fortunate enough to have here.
I have been working at Chernoff Diamond &Co full-time (Less than a year)
While some of my previous companies limited my responsibilities, Chernoff Diamond really welcomed my talent and work ethic. If I wanted to work on something that fell outside of my "responsibilities", the managers and partners would welcome that and try to accommodate accordingly.
My job involved both long-term and short-term tasks. Long-term tasks understandably went through an approval process (sometimes lengthy, sometimes not). It is commonplace at other companies too. The challenge was the short-term projects often went through the same rigmarole. What would ideally take an hour or maybe a day ended up lasting a week, pushing long-term projects to the wayside.
I worked at Chernoff Diamond &Co full-time (More than 3 years)
You get to meet a lot of talented people. There is a lot to learn, and you will likely get at least some recognition. The company rewards performers, and really does put a lot of effort into creating their own unique work environment. If you find a niche that works for you, you may find this to be a great place; if not, you should certainly learn something here for your career.
The people here will generally be genuine to you. Those who aren't will be apparent quick enough. In general, you likely will find everyone friendly enough that you may grow a group of buddies, although it likely would not be so quick to meet those in different departments, which in honestly is par for the course everywhere you work.
The office itself, while not a deciding factor, is worth something. For Long Island, the office is actually great. The work environment might feel relatively cramped at times, but the indoor parking, food court, other building shops, etc. do make a lot of life things easy.
In case it wasn't clear, and in case the cons end up sounding too negative, let me be clear: if you worked here and feel like you wasted your time, you are an idiot. You should either find that it is a great place to work, or that it wasn't a great fit but you saw things from a new perspective.
The environment is unique, perhaps to a fault more often than it is beneficial. Different office functions are often too fragmented to feel harmonious as one company. Management does truly try to create a sense of 'one team', but they do it their way with no real input or feedback from staff, so as a result, things can feel clique-y, although they don't ever feel hostile between departments. That being said, you'll likely be subject to the whims of your own department head, which will either be someone level-headed, too complacent, or too irrational. I've dealt with the spectrum, from truly listening, to being threatened in ways that you would never expect at a Fortune 500. I guess this is what happens when you can count the majority owners on less than one hand and they are all old enough for social security but can't figure out succession plans without staff noticing.
In addition, there is this bizarre atmosphere of recognizing that the environment and culture is not at the forefront of the business world, so they overcompensate in ways that feel unnatural. While many companies are moving towards casual dress policies, you would never see jeans here - rather, expect to be asked to be overdressed on occasion. As I understand, the company specifically requested wooden (non-transparent) doors for an outdatedsense of visual privacy only for those with offices. Also, note their marketing strategy seems to be asking everyone to share badly-photoshopped invitations to seminars on LinkedIn.
Last, it often feels like from a growth perspective, they are in an awkward stage. There is an "unspoken" feeling that the company is spending more time focusing on growth that it neglects what it currently holds. From a cultural perspective, this may explain why mid-career hires with 'big firm' experience choose to leave if they can, but may stay if they couldn't handle the big firm experience. Although they may try to sweep it under the rug, the firm has layoffs and lets people go way more often and easily than any competitors.
Advice to Management
Find a vision, a good one that shouldn't change focus significantly or frequently (let me repeat: it should be neither frequent nor significant), and go.
Nice office, indoor parking lot
Long hours, bad management, confusing structure
I have been working at Chernoff Diamond &Co full-time (More than a year)
- Great work environment along with helpful management.
- A lot of growth potential.
- A lot of learning potential
It takes at least a full year to gain some footing on what this company does.
I have been working at Chernoff Diamond &Co full-time
Chernoff Diamond is a great company to work for. The culture is extremely collaborative and tight-knit. Working on any project, big or small, you get the sense that you are truly part of a team that is trying to accomplish something great, namely, providing the best possible value to a client.
It is a large enough company for someone just starting out in their career to feel comfortable in terms of resources and knowledge transfer, but it is small enough to never feel lost in the shuffle and to see how your work contributes to the overall picture. As a benefits consulting firm in the modern economy, each one of its business units is extremely relevant and works on providing important and relevant services in an intelligent and efficient manner.
Chernoff Diamond takes great pride in being client-centric and truly serves its customer's best interests at all times. It is a great place to work for anyone at any stage in their career.
If you are looking for a larger firm, currently Chernoff Diamond definitely will not be a great fit as it is slightly smaller and boutique in nature. While this is not a con for me, it could be a factor that others would consider. Additionally, the firm's hq are mainly located in Long Island in a more suburban setting, so that may detract from those who want to work in a large city.
Hands on Management (mostly)
Not always a clear career path
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