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  1. Helpful (2)

    "well-kept secret"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Auditor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Auditor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Constantin Associates full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    friendly work atmosphere, exciting and varied work. you are quickly given responsibilities and work directly with partners and managers.Top performers are paid above average but you will need to pay your dues first and that could take a couple (several?) of years. also the entry level and intermediate salaries are lower than average though. two types of employees, the interns and the permanent ones. the interns are mostly foreign students on short term basis and have a high turnover, permanent employees have a lower turnover than industry averages and most have been there from 5 to 25 years. Only the best tend to stay, those who don't fit leave quickly or are not kept. overall it is a nice and secure place to build a career in public accounting if you like the work, but you will have to demonstrate dedication and loyalty. to know a foreign language is helpful.

    Cons

    busy season takes its toll, but compared to my previous company it is really not extreme, I have heard worse from my friends at other places. Also the firm is really big on work quality, so you should expect to deliver high quality work and at a fast pace. this can be challenging and may take some time depending on where you are starting from. If you are a bit lazy, or looking for a place to chill this is not the place to be. the firm is small so if you are not up to par, it will show immediately. expectations are a lot higher than in my previous (E&Y) accounting firm.

    Advice to Management

    maybe hire or promote more at managers level, so you could be more available for employees, as you seem to have a lot on your plates
    would be nice to have more social events for the employees


  2. "Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Constantin Associates part-time

    Pros

    Growth, learned a lot and gained experience

    Cons

    Low pay compared to industry average

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great customers but frustrating management"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Auditor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Auditor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Constantin Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The portofolio of customers is really interesting and challenging. Customers in various regions and sectors.
    Good opportunities after this work experience.
    The location of the office is good.
    Health insurance is good.

    Cons

    Management is completely disconnected from reality on how to manage an audit firm in 21st century.
    Workload is insane all year long.
    Not enough staff during the peak season.
    The office is outdated, looked like you work in the 60’s.
    Low per diem and average range hotels on business trips.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your team’s feedbacks and advices.
    Staff better the teams.
    Open a CPA book.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Staff accountant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Hands on experience, different industries exposure

    Cons

    Poor management, organization, employee turnover, understaffed


  5. Helpful (2)

    "hmm"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Its a friendly environment, the accountants are all great people and all work hard. Office space is spacious and alot of light from the 25th windows. Attractive personnel, especially in the accounting department.

    Cons

    Does not explain everything on hand what to do, clients are foreign so if you don't speak the language, you are at a disadvantage. Tax season sucks always, but they do provide to treat you nicely after the season ends.

    Something must be odd, because personnel keep leaving. And Most consider Constantin as a temporary place.

    Advice to Management

    Well run, up to date on accounting knowledge. Take better care of your personnel, to avoid the constant staff turnover seen.


  6. "Audit Assistant"

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

    I have been working at Constantin Associates full-time

    Pros

    Easy to get hired. Quick responsabilities.

    Cons

    Salary very low. No bonus. Not enough staff. Long hours. No personal development.


  7. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Constantin Associates full-time

    Pros

    Good company for beginners. I can recommend it for your career. Don't hesitate to apply for a job in this company.

    Cons

    In a high season which is January-March there are many projects and the time of work is more than 8 hours per day. You need to work under the time pressure.

  8. "Poor management and bad communication"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Constantin Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not a good firm to work with.

    Cons

    Poor management and lack of communication. Poor planning and organisations of tasks.

    Advice to Management

    No advice to management as they are happy working in a bad environment without learning from mistakes.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Audit Senior"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Constantin Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, good humour among the staff and generally good atmosphere in the office. Good pay as well and can work close with the 2 partners.

    Cons

    Poor management, no benefits at all - even though they are a small part it still makes you feel good if you get benefits, promotion can be stifled if management just don't like you- even if you have the potential and are willing to learn, training is non-existent - seriously please provide at least 1 week of training a year it can really help everyone succeed in their roles. french and English- you ideally need both to succeed in the firm and gain promotion quicker. If you are English and happen to be new- growth can be really stifled in the firm as they certainly have a quota of people speaking English at management level. Also please have some standards of what you expect of each grade- please don't make people guess as to their actual responsibilities are. Also if you not going to train your seniors, at LEAST train a LITTLE BIT your junior members of staff so that Seniors are not baby-sitting them all the time and not doing their actual work.

    Advice to Management

    Please become leaders and be the technic experts in the firm rather than hide and talk waffle and make everyone else do the work. There is a reason for the seriously high turnover in the last year...Also it's not great when the Partner of the firm is on YOUTUBE where he promotes his channel where he is Singing and dancing like a madman.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Small firm with great potential & poor management"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Constantin Associates full-time

    Pros

    Exposed to various industries and areas of accounting
    Hands on experience

    Cons

    Lack of leadership, organization & communication
    Minimum benefits or none