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R.V. Kuhns Reviews

Updated October 28, 2017
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  1. "Improving"

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Portland, OR
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at R.V. Kuhns full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of chances to work on interesting projects, plenty of flexibility in schedule and hours, most consultants are easy to work with, improving morale, good group of mid level associates and younger consultants.

    Cons

    Hard to see clear direction from management, too many long term employees just floating and not improving, overstaffed in entry level analyst group, understaffed in alternatives research.

    Advice to Management

    Take a hard look at how decisions are made, demand more from people not pulling their weight, and curb the non stop analyst hiring.


  2. "Investment Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Investment Analyst in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Investment Analyst in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at R.V. Kuhns full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, good company culture, internal promotions, downtown Portland work perks, challenging work and room to learn and grow.

    Cons

    Reporting season can have longer than 8 hour days but PTO and flex work schedules make up for it in the off reporting season.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Low Morale"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at R.V. Kuhns full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility, PTO and work/life balance are good as long as you're organized.
    Some great people work there, but there are bad eggs too.
    Opportunities are available to learn quite a bit about the industry if you seek them out. The knowledge I gained helped me get the job I have now.

    Cons

    Management lacks transparency and follow through.
    Not a meritocracy -- raises, bonuses and promotions are based more on who you're friends with than the quality of work you put out.
    Opportunities for growth are not equally available.
    Good employees will be used until they burn out, while those that work the system comfortably float by and promote mediocrity.
    Morale is extremely low due to high turnover at all levels and poor management decisions.
    Comp is below industry, and net pay has been decreasing due to higher premium costs being passed along to employees.

    Advice to Management

    Improve transparency and follow through on promises made to employees -- they don't forget just because you try to sweep things under the rug. Listen to employees (current and former) if you want to stop the revolving door and retain talent.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Worst company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    PTO - but only if you have time to use it during reporting season
    Turnover - gives you motivation to look or a new job
    Lunch time with friends

    Cons

    PMA work from home policy: the Everson Department always works from home but then sends notices to analysts not letting them work from home, even during snow emergencies.
    Pay: way below industry standard
    CFA: so many people who keep failing the CFA multiple times yet are promoted because they play the game
    Morale: is very low

    Advice to Management

    reorganize PMA. Get a manager that knows finance, has a college degree and doesn't send passive aggressive emails


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Pay is well below industry average"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good coworkers. Young work force. You get to learn the basics of the investment consulting industry, but nothing in-depth. That's about it.

    Cons

    1. Analyst pay is well below industry average. Higher up consultant pay is above industry average.
    2. Work load is not evenly distributed. Pay is not merit based.
    3. You do not get incentive for taking on extra projects.
    4. Poor management.
    5. CEO and a lot of higher up consultants don't even work in the office.
    6. Weird tension and vibe between "higher ups".
    7. A few consultants don't respect analysts enough. Bad internal communication.
    8. A few higher ups don't appreciate people's work.
    9. Some meetings and action items are unnecessary.
    10. Extremely high turnover. Constant staffing crisis.
    11. Hard to get promoted.
    12. Year end bonus is a joke.
    13. Long hours during reporting season with no extra compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Hire management professionals. Increase pay for analysts and associates.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Dumb company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at R.V. Kuhns full-time

    Pros

    PTO policy -- that is, if you get a chance to use it, because there is so much turnover the company is constantly limping from staffing crisis to staffing crisis.

    Cons

    Where to begin... I have worked at pizza restaurants better managed than this place.

    Have you noticed reading the other reviews that the one thing everybody loves most about this place is the vacation policy? That's right, the best thing about working here is that you don't have to work here that often.

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves.


  7. "Good company - a few bad eggs"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at R.V. Kuhns full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work life balance, PTO, team building, and great co-workers.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for advancement, some interactions are very political.

    Advice to Management

    Keep all interactions professional and matter-of-fact.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, great co-workers, great company to learn and grow with.

    Cons

    Need to review where they compare to industry standards regarding salary.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Stay Away"

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    Former Employee - Investment Analyst in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Investment Analyst in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You get lots of vacation time and the people are nice. The location in downtown is also a perk, especially if you live downtown.

    Cons

    No work life balance, and way below industry pay. If you read the other posts, you will realize that the moral is also low hence the high turnover. They don't require a college degree for some management positions. For analysts, you just plug in numbers and run reports.

    Advice to Management

    Increase compensation and require a college degree for management positions.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, poor pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at R.V. Kuhns full-time

    Pros

    The highlight of working at RVK were the people I got to work with. But that was about it.

    Cons

    The compensation was extremely poor and below-market.


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