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Pros
  • Good opportunities to get experience in hedge fund industry, so you can find a good job after five years if you use RK to build your credentials (in 4 reviews)

  • Good amount of vacation days, pretty good benefits, and paid over time (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Management played favorites, long workweeks during busy season, upper level employees reluctant to let go of clients (in 10 reviews)

  • Work life balance, communication lacking (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Just like the movie "THE FIRM""

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Auditor in Roseland, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Auditor in Roseland, NJ

    Pros

    Great interview process and presentations.

    Cons

    Constant calibration of firm for the sole benefit of Principals without any regards for associates' welfare.

    Advice to Management

    Benchmark best practices at all times.


  2. "Rothstein Kass - Talking The Talk, Not Walking The Walk"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Rothstein Kass full-time

    Pros

    Growing firm in accounting world.
    Good opportunities to get experience in hedge fund industry, so you can find a good job after five years if you use RK to build your credentials.
    Lots of fun events.

    Cons

    Favoritism rules the day. If the managers/partners don't like you, don't expect to advance, even if you're talented.
    They preach about respecting everyone in the firm, but keep on partners who don't show any respect to their staff because the partners bring in lots of $$$.
    One team motto.... when really it's more like forty five teams.
    Happy hours for everyone... well almost everyone, unless you know the right people, you're not getting invited.
    Pay sucks. Firm askes what you want, and then offeres less. Is that how you retain talent?

    Advice to Management

    Focus on REALLY making the changes you say you're going to make, by making partners and managers show the same respect they want given, instead of yelling and chewing out staff.
    Also, the focus is on making practice staff happy, what about the non-practice personnel? Seems they're forgotten as well, and don't enjoy the same benefits (PTO time off), events (a lot don't get invites to happy hour events, to name one instance), opportunities to grow (really, if you're not pratice staff, what do you work towards?).


  3. "Backstabing, overworked, inhumane treatment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Rothstein Kass full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pretty good benefits, and paid over time

    Cons

    Opportunity to learn, depending upon whom you work for

    Extremely unappreciated employees and a huge turnaround

    Very toxic work environment & culture where back-stabbing is encouraged & allowed. Alot of the seniors I worked with gave a ton of work and then went back their desk, sat back and chat with other seniors about the last episode of Lost. The staff I & II are very overworked and the few seniors that take pride in their job and take the time to explain to staff how to do things in an audit are usually the ones fired at end of busy season.

    The SENIORS WHO ARE LAZY and stuff their staff with everything THEY should be doing so, can take 2 hours of breaks (excluding lunch) are the ones kept around. They are the ones who usually BACKSTAB those under them by blaming others for hours billed to a client when it's them who didn't work for the hours theycharged the client. And of course it's these types of seniors and managers that get to head up roundtable meetings cause they are such "real leaders" when it's them who talks behind people's backs but they give a big smile when they see the same person face to face.

    Management can keep denying how miserable most of the company’s employees are and they keep promoting alot of the backstabbing seniors who head up the roundtables but when most of us decide to leave the company you will be stuck with those seniors who will be partners and you wll looking back and think "huh this is why all these people quit?" Just look at who the company kept and promoted to high levels for the answer.

    Favoritism rules the day. If the managers/partners don't like you, don't expect to advance, even if you're talented. Don’t expect to win a rebattle with seniors who are liked by a partner.

    There is NO CONFIDENTIALITY EVEN WITH HR! The minute you go into a meeting with HR or a partner the entire office will know your discussion in about 2 hours!! Absolutely horrible!! HR should get fined for not keeping conversations private!

    Happy hours is not for everyon..., unless you know the right people, you're not getting invited.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on really making the changes you say you're going to make, (ie make the company to run like Zappos) by making PARTNERS AND MANAGERS show the SAME RESPECT they want given, instead of YELLING AND CHEWING OUT STAFF.

    Need to improve HR department and employee evaluation since good/hard-working people get thrown under the bus and lazy people who are friendly with the right partners are left alone and get promoted even though they are idiots.

    Giving power to a handful of seniors can get out of hand since they hold alot of power and can take adntage of it. Please don't have 4 or 5 seniors determining who should stay or who should go and they are the eyes and ears of management. You don't get it that those 4-5 can conspire and get anyone fired who speaks up about their misstreatment by them! It makes other feel like it's Big Brother environment and you are being watched all the time. Stop that so that working at Rothstein Kass can feel warm and welcoming place to be.


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  5. "Easy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rothstein Kass full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -One fair Partner who is very proactive and listens to the needs of his employees
    -The job is simple and can be done efficiently with all the resources available when you work with managers whose interests support the firm interests as a whole.

    Cons

    -The system always freezes and IT blames it all on the server and there's just 'nothing' that can be done.
    -Some members of management believes in only ONE way to audit
    -Personal preferences affect the evaluation process
    -Very detailed that Supervising Seniors miss the big picture of the audit because they focus too much on the neatness and uniformity of workpaper documentation

    Advice to Management

    The world of auditing is diverse and it continuously evolves so efficiency is key to more competitive bidding and winning proposals. Your traditional ways are in no way contributing to your efforts of being efficient. Educate your managers and supervising seniors who are afraid come out of their comfort zones and accept other audit methodologies that encourage efficiency.


  6. "RK was a great place to work. Operative word being "was""

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great advancement and learning opportunities, competitive salary, good benefits and loved my coworkers. Training reimbursement and support from mgmt made it easy to pursue professional certifications.

    Cons

    Flavor of the week initiatives and greed at the top sunk this firm. Culture was good until the disastrous introduction of the core values. Forced training was aggravating and only loosely applied to job responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach


  7. "Very cliquish staff"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Auditor in Roseland, NJ
    Former Employee - Staff Auditor in Roseland, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rothstein Kass full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits; good professional support/ongoing credits; variety of clients

    Cons

    office culture - if you fit in with a clique, great, if not, tough luck! Seniors could care less about staff.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let staff get stuck with just one senior in the beginning - make sure they work equally with everyone


  8. "Staff was willing to listen to new ideas"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Partnering departments were very enthusiastic

    Cons

    Marketing leadership was reluctant to change


  9. "Not a great firm"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Staff Auditor in New York, NY
    Current Intern - Staff Auditor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Rothstein Kass as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work Life balance for public accounting firm
    Hedge Funds experience

    Cons

    Sinking ship firm has no structure

    Advice to Management

    Tain employees


  10. "Sr Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing to pros about, company merged with KPMG

    Cons

    It Merged with KPMG! Mgmt didn't care about the employees at the end...


  11. "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rothstein Kass full-time

    Pros

    Firm really tried to develop staff as professionals through training and seminars. They had a really solid training program.

    Cons

    Sold out to the man. Total boys club. Way too many corporate responsibilities and obligations without consideration of the client service workload.


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