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Rothstein Kass Reviews

Updated November 9, 2016
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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. "Avoid it at all costs!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Reputable company in hedge fund industry. A lot of the seniors get to work for hedge funds as accountants after spending a few year in RK.
    Plenty of vacation time. They encourage you to take extra time off for reduced pay (you can still get 20% of your salary after you finished your regular vacation). During off season there isn't much going on in the office, may as well keep you out of the office and pay you less.

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations of how much time is needed for staff to complete work. Need to negotiate very hard to get hours to finish your work. If you eat hours, you get fired. If you don't eat hours, you never finish your work. And so most of the seniors and staff eat hours secretly.
    A lot of back-stabbing going on in the company. There are certain seniors who are able to befriend the partners and so they can blame everything on the staff when things go wrong.


  2. "Senior Auditor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Auditor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Auditor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great pay, you can earn up to 7 weeks vacation or choose to be paid in cash for overtime worked,

    Cons

    lack of proper training, lack of acknowledgement of good work, lack of constructive feedback, lack of professional environment, lack of opportunities for career advancement

    Advice to Management

    Improve performance evaluation process, improve brand name by improving the quality of work not by lowering price, improve consistency in work performed and management philosophy


  3. "depends on which group you are working for"

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

    Pros

    Mid-sized...well diversified, fair compensation, many talented people

    Cons

    long hours busy season 75-80 hours, politics

    Advice to Management

    Please do not fake people... do not fight, managers!


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  5. "Rothstein Kass -"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roseland, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roseland, NJ
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benefits and PTO
    Many great co-workers
    A diverse group of employees
    Opportunity to learn, depending upon whom you work for

    Cons

    Increased pressure to "network" since business downturn
    Quality of client experiences vary
    Increased pressure to keep time "down" on complex jobs because clients want lower fees
    Quality of training varies from poor to excellent, with little oversight

    Advice to Management

    Don't "buy" business from clients and then expect jobs to come within an unrealistic budget
    Don't make promises to clients without considering your staff's workload


  6. "Good place to start, but not a long-term career option"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA

    Pros

    Additional PTO from working busy season hours
    Diverse crowd of people to work with
    Firm events (Picnic, Holiday party)
    Extensive exposure into the hedge fund industry
    Ability for seniors to manage clients and coach new staff

    Cons

    Unrealistic budgets and expectations
    Lack of training opportunity for new staff (start in mid-November but only have little time to prepare for busy season which can overwhelm them)
    Very long hours during busy season and even for jobs out of season
    Management having the quick trigger of letting people go

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees of what they need to help them to achieve success in the firm. Most often when giving performance reviews it can hurt the staff's confidence and management really needs to help out the staff from a humanistic standpoint.


  7. "Great Place to Start, but know when to leave.."

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

    Pros

    -Provides great benefit package with ample vacation time and days off
    -Great learning experience and gateway to better opportunities at Hedge Funds or Private companies
    -Paid overtime
    -Firm events (LIFE Initiative, Holiday Party, Picnic)

    Cons

    -Completely unrealistic budgets
    -Some people would be managing 10 jobs during seasom while others only had 3 and would leave at 9pm, while others would be there until past There is no confidentiality. You can take management a personal problem and you can guarantee the whole office knows the next day.

    Advice to Management

    -Prove trustworthyness to workers
    -Listen when your workers are speaking out (I think something is wrong when 90% of the senior class quit)
    -Give FAIR evaluations with FAIR compensation. It isn't okay to give the entire company the exact same raise. It undermines the dedication some people do put in while the rest just breeze by.

    I think this is a great company to start out at. You learn SO much - about hedgefunds, corporate life, and business, in general. This is a great environment to learn and strengthen your skills. After 4 years or so - get out. It's the best choice I made.


  8. "Just OK"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Roseland, NJ
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Roseland, NJ

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

    Pros

    Open door policy, overtime pay, good culture

    Cons

    laid off 75 people unexpectedly


  9. "Overall good experience but there are some short comings"

    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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rothstein Kass full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Autonomy in carrying out your job, flexibility in work schedule, vacation time

    Cons

    Lack of feedback, lack of guidance for. Sr management. Ma y times you fly by the set of your pants and hope you get it right because management is just not available.

    Advice to Management

    Need to have a better mentoring program, need to teach partners how to truly be partners


  10. "Fairly good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Rothstein Kass full-time

    Pros

    supportive culture, good time off provided out of season

    Cons

    Favoritism at times, inconsistent learning, can be a stressful environment

    Advice to Management

    provide more transparency in career growth


  11. "Enjoyed the firm culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Assocaiate in Roseland, NJ
    Current Employee - Assocaiate in Roseland, NJ
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Culture, environment, nature of work

    Cons

    Scheduling needed an overhaul. HR was too busy with promotions and didn't deal with obvious issues.

    Advice to Management

    include all staff in your engagements. Don't have pets.



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