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SEI Investments Reviews

Updated May 27, 2017
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  • Teamwork oriented and good work/life balance (in 43 reviews)

  • The people here are amazing as is the unique culture and work environment (in 38 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Stay Away, Uncontrollable Sinking Ship"

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    Former Employee - Fund Accountant in Oaks, PA
    Former Employee - Fund Accountant in Oaks, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None, the disorganization alone makes it impossible to get anything done. High School like corporate culture. Everything they tell you in the pre-employment process about inclusiveness is a lie.

    Cons

    A fee based Investment Manager Services company that will ultimately fail because of lack of effective organization, talent, and inability to see the future of their industry. They use outdated tech, outdated HR, and have an inability to introspectively assess their flaws as a corporation. SEI will not be a company in 10-20 years, and I am glad I left when I did. Al West is also a selfish CEO who redeems stock options like candy and wouldnt be surprised if he just took the money and ran on this 30 year venture. Stay Away Investors, Prospective Employees its a sinking ship for sure.

    Advice to Management

    Run


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Not the best"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Oaks, PA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Oaks, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SEI Investments full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great campus, with attractive buildings and landscaping/trail. employees use pythons to allow mobility. this used to be a fun place to work.

    Cons

    As SEI grows and gains more clients and jobs, it keep the number of resources low, squeezing every drop of energy out of employees.

    Advice to Management

    hire more employees and help rather than take advantage of the entry level employees. you will earn loyalty and trust of your employees.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Now it become a mediocre company - with the Indian people politics - stay away!"

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    Current Contractor - Contractor in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Contractor - Contractor in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SEI Investments as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Training at the beginning and open environment

    Cons

    No motivation to work ! Unethical and selfish Indian co-workers, who will do anything for their own benefits

    Although company has good vision and culture, but in SEI- SWP it is 90 % Indian people and 10 % Americans. so it is same like working in an Indian company. You will see cheap politics of the Indian people, almost every month people will get fired because of politics. I had seen this in the UI/UX team. 3-4 people fired in the last 6 months.

    No flexibility in hours, very strict in hours, in UI/UX people fear to go to the rest rooms because they fear to get fired

    Advice to Management

    Hire more Americans, managers please stop simply believing Indian people and firing the honest people, check the facts, try to motivate the teams, bring innovation and great work culture within the team.
    when you hire someone as a product owner try to hire Americans or someone who has real experience or some one who is old and mature enough to do that job stop hiring people with the only intention of being full time and turning h1b to green card.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Agile Team Lead"

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    Current Employee - Tech Lead in Oaks, PA
    Current Employee - Tech Lead in Oaks, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Experience, Lot to learn

    Cons

    People have to be in fear coming to work. Dealing with management is horrible here. Managers in general will get you fired if they have an agenda in mind, it doesn't matter how good you are. Promotion depends on how good you know your superior. Setting up someone to fail is very common, and all your reviews you will get nothing negative. So beware !!. You will get really good experience working here but the mind set for management will not make it a good place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to people who work hard/smart. Don't make a military style dictator type of environment


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Stay Away Unless..."

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    Current Employee - Senior Fund Analyst in Oaks, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Fund Analyst in Oaks, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SEI Investments full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    37.5 hour weeks, low cost of living area, next to a highway for easy commute,

    Cons

    Lack of career path, very different experience based on Directors policies/standards, well below industry standard, high school clique oriented culture


  6. "Poor compensation"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Oaks, PA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Oaks, PA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Interesting work environment, good work-life balance. Good experience for recent graduates.

    Cons

    Training for new hires is poor. Business units often seemed to be at odds with each other. Can be difficult getting adjusted to open floor plan.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Stay away if you are Good student or well experienced"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Oaks, PA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Oaks, PA

    I worked at SEI Investments full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Domain experience. It is Great to be part of teams that develops Investments related software.

    Cons

    The teams that actually develop this software are a mix of professionals who are derived from offshore Vendor companies. They will have a job insecurity , etc. So as such this is not easy place to work at if you are outsider to these Vendor companies. These folks will have lot of informal communication channels that could bother you from focusing on work.

    But what is typically done here is regular maintenance of software , nothing innovative.

    Stay away if you are educated from a Good university or a Good student from elsewhere.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Scrum Master"

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    Former Employee - Scrum Master in Oaks, PA
    Former Employee - Scrum Master in Oaks, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SEI Investments full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good cafeteria
    The grounds are well kept
    Nice art work

    Cons

    No coaching. New employees are thrown in the deep end with no support.

    There's no buzz. Employees don't get a good sense of where their work fits into the overall goals of the organization. There's no excitement about the work or the company.

    SEI is very fast to replace American workers with off shore resources in India.

    Because SEI is a "flat organization", it's hard to know what your career path looks like and how to manage your career at SEI.

    Advice to Management

    Create some excitement about the organization and its products. Create an internal communications team and maintain a good corporate intranet site.

    Give people the give employees effective, actionable, feedback so they can better manage expectations, their work and their career.


  9. "Fund Accountant - Alt Investments"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oaks, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oaks, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SEI Investments full-time

    Pros

    Campus, cool company culture, other than that not much

    Cons

    Absolutely miserable pay, terrible allocation of work, nearly impossible to move up, people were always harping on eachother. Do not recommend.


  10. "Middle Office Operations Analyst"

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    Current Intern - Middle Office Operations Analyst in Oaks, PA
    Current Intern - Middle Office Operations Analyst in Oaks, PA

    I have been working at SEI Investments as an intern

    Pros

    The people are friendly, but there is not much collaboration, so it doesn't add very much to the postion.

    Cons

    If you want to learn something about finance, this is not the internship for you. I spent the summer making sure forms had name, address, phone number, and social security number on this. There is not collaboration or intellectual challenge. I did not get anything out of this internship whatsoever.


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