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Cohen & Steers Reviews

Updated October 28, 2016
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  1. "Most excellent place to work. Great opportunities for growth. Excellent leadership and a wonderful culture."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Information Technology in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Information Technology in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cohen & Steers full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I have been employed at Cohen & Steers for a little over a year now. The best place for learning the industry and REITS. Staff is very smart, nimble and pleasant. Salary is very good. Location is perfect.

    Cons

    Lots of chiefs with big egos. Cohen and Steers could use some sensitivity training. There are a lot of unhappy staff members stretched very thin.

    Advice to Management

    Would be great to have some all staff town hall type of meetings regularly. These types of gatherings boost moral.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Miserable"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and benefits were about as good as it gets.

    Cons

    Everyone there is miserable. Misery breeds misery. I'm a relatively outgoing person and learned how to shut up and be to myself. Even though pay and benefits were good, it wasn't worth sticking around people who are that miserable. Always felt as if everyone was talking about me behind me back. Office affairs. If you don't like talking to others and culture isn't important then you may thrive here.


  3. "Fast paced, but overworked"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cohen & Steers full-time

    Pros

    You can learn a lot if you are just starting out. Nice office space and the location is good. Close to various transportation hubs

    Cons

    Employees spread very thin. Too much work piled on each individual employee. Can be a very gossipy type of atmosphere. Senior management does not seem to care that their employees may be unhappy with their work environment. Complaints go unheeded.


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  5. "Poor management and work environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Unknown
    Former Employee - Unknown
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cohen & Steers full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The coffee selection in the kitchen

    Cons

    You wouldn't believe that this company manages so much $$$ in its portfolio by the way they run the office it makes one feel like you work for a non profit. No team building activities or flexibility around work schedule. I was never allowed to take a break between 8:00am - 4:00pm not enough work to get you through the day, people weren't friendly or social.

    Advice to Management

    Learn from other companies what it means to retain good talent. In this day and age people aren't going to put up with your poor management and social skills. If you don't have enough work for people for 8 hours every day then don't hire someone who has 5 years experience to clean the kitchen. You will be more successful if you gave interns an opportunity to learn from you


  6. "Administrator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Cohen & Steers full-time

    Pros

    Salaries are fair could be better

    Cons

    There are many pros and cons.


  7. "Firm with Great Potential - Seriously Dysfunctional Managers"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cohen & Steers full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The firm is a pioneer in the listed real assets space and definitely has a strong position in the REIT market. The offices are nice and the employee offerings are there including mobile phone provider discounts (it's so small it doesn't even cover tax on your bill)/discounted citibike memberships($70 a year)/401k plans with good firm matching.

    Cons

    The place is run backwards at times and self inflicts damages to it's own success through poor oversight and incapable upper management who have very little appreciation for the work their teams provide. At times it seams like they think work just gets done magically or that anyone would be able to preform the role when it often is anything but that as lower level employees remain and learn all the hurdles one should jump through to get their job done. Not easily learned and should be valued but they often choose not to resulting in embarrassingly high turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Begin to pay better attention to lower level employees or they will leave. Recently a number of key individuals left the firm as they were tired of dealing with the inefficiencies of the place and managements inability to recognize talent.


  8. "Not there for the culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cohen & Steers full-time

    Pros

    Great if you want to be in the real assets space and learn a lot about the industry and really dig into the products.

    Cons

    Culture needs an overhaul and management is clueless as to how to improve. Expect to go in, sit at your desk, speak to people only when necessary and leave for the day.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to all levels of your staff. Unhappiness breeds more unhappiness and leads to poor business performance.


  9. "Meh"

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    Current Employee - Operations Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Operations Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cohen & Steers (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance depending on your role. Average pay and benefits. Good office location.

    Cons

    Very poor training and onboarding. Stiff, conservative environment. Little to no opportunities for advancement and career growth.

    Advice to Management

    Foster more community, provide better training.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Drowning in bureacracy"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Cohen & Steers (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company is a leader in their industry and they produce excellent work and results.

    Cons

    Poor management. Inefficient processes welded in place. Fear of change, lack of leadership and mentorship.

    Advice to Management

    Believe in the employees you have and empower them rather than stifling them.


  11. "No work-family balance"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cohen & Steers full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interaction with many groups, and high-caliber employees. Good for starting off your career at, once get solid experience time to move!

    Cons

    Overworked/underpaid. Operations' group was a revolving door! Toxic environment.



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