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SEI Investments Reviews

Updated May 3, 2017
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SEI Investments Chairman and CEO Alfred P. West Jr.
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Pros
  • Teamwork oriented and good work/life balance (in 43 reviews)

  • The people here are amazing as is the unique culture and work environment (in 37 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Fund Accountant Role (PE)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fund Accountant in Oaks, PA
    Current Employee - Fund Accountant in Oaks, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good job for coming out of college
    Willing to train
    Some fun perks (happy hours, etc.)
    Growing company

    Cons

    Does not pay well for industry standard
    Upward mobility is severely lacking
    Client-Based, so your work can change at will

    Advice to Management

    Pay better and don't let the client run rampant with unrealistic expectations.


  2. "Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Specialist in Oaks, PA
    Current Employee - Specialist in Oaks, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SEI Investments full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Steady job. Hard to get fired. Decent 401k, insurance, and other benefits. Generous vacation time. Open office is nice.

    Cons

    Company pays very poorly and will not give fair pay based on contributions. There are very few opportunities for career advancement and no career paths. When they do come up management often selects the wrong candidate for the job. Most importantly SEI seems uninterested in retaining their top talent and often lets them walk to competitors. But poor performing employees will stay forever and keep getting a paycheck.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees. Give them opportunities for growth.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Not worth it"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SEI Investments full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pays well, good perks. Health Insurance is also OK and 401K match from day one.

    Cons

    Your ideas will not be entertained. Very dirty politics. Super micro managed. Senior management has some serious trust issues

    Advice to Management

    Grow up!


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  5. Helpful (6)

    "GWP Development Trains will disappoint you"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scrum Master in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Scrum Master in Malvern, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary, ok health benefits and 401k match from day one, oaks campus is good and fun working at. Great cafeteria and walking trails and gym on-site

    Cons

    Too much micro management, senior management is very partial, if you're joining GWP Development trains start learning how to please your managers. Very cheap mentality of senior management team. In short be prepared to work for an Indian firm with bunch of rude and horrible people. One person in the organization makes all decisions for all trains. Everyone blindly follows and no one can question or else you'll be threatened to leave the company.
    None of company benefits like tuition reimbursement etc is applicable to GWP Teams in Malvern
    In a nut shell if you're joining with GWP in Malvern you're in black hole

    Advice to Management

    Grow up GWP Management Malvern team. With this mentality it makes a great company looks bad.


  6. "Middle Offices"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Middle Office in Oaks, PA
    Current Employee - Middle Office in Oaks, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of engaging and young employees

    Cons

    Lots of engaging employees with little or no industry knowledge

    Advice to Management

    Experience is the key to overall client satisfaction, implement a consistent salary structure In order to avoid paying all news hires MORE than current senior employees, creating a retention program that is a true reflection of employees effect and commitment


  7. "Long time employee"

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

    I have been working at SEI Investments (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial environment with lots of opportunity.

    Cons

    Culture does not work in the big leagues.

    Advice to Management

    Make decisions for the strategic long term, not short term tactical.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Fund Accountant - Alternative Investments"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Fund Accountant in Oaks, PA
    Current Employee - Fund Accountant in Oaks, PA

    I have been working at SEI Investments full-time

    Pros

    SEI has a good work environment. You work at desks rather than cubicles and in a spacious area.

    Cons

    The salary is so low. Career advancement opportunities are boring. You can jump laterally but they don't offer the types of finance positions I am looking for. A lot of accounting roles and back office work in this company. Just took the job to gain some experience than I am out of there.

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees more. The turnover is high in this company. Lots of young employees. Probably because of the low pay and bad positions.


  9. "Operations Department in Middle Office"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oaks, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oaks, PA

    Pros

    While I was at SEI my team consisted of mainly under 30's with their first job and it made some aspects of the job fun

    Cons

    My main gripe with SEI is the lack of communication and consistency of regulations; one week there is a rule for processing certain accounts and the next week it has completely changed. Also overtime was mandatory for the processing team, no problem with doing it but to be forced to every day is not ideal

    also the pay could be better for the stress level

    Advice to Management

    Management was always preaching employee welfare, happiness and cohesion but I would say what would make employees happier is bigger teams to cut down the amount of work forced upon a select few and to hold everybody to the same standard


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Low pay, Good Culture and Bad Values"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - ExperiencedTax Staff in King of Prussia, PA
    Former Intern - ExperiencedTax Staff in King of Prussia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SEI Investments as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture, people, environment and work life balance. In many instances you manage your own work.

    Cons

    I agree with the theme your seeing here on this site. Salaries are held below market and with SEI xbeing a flat organization, there is no mobility. No reviews or recognition for good work. The culture can be great, but the values are atrocious. Sexting on company time on company equipment is ok? Benefits too really deteriorated below market.

    Advice to Management

    How do you attract and retain top talent with these salary policies or bad values?


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Advisor Network"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Relationship Manager in Oaks, PA
    Former Employee - Relationship Manager in Oaks, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at SEI Investments full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, lots of autonomy

    Cons

    Glass ceiling, very weak senior leadership, CEO and others are serial filanderers, below market compensation, army of employees satisfied with status quo

    Advice to Management

    Horrible place to begin your career. Workplace is a fantasy land. Employees believe they're at the center of universe but are largely irrelevant in mutual fund business. Laundry list of unethical behavior among mid and senior level Managment. Perfect "glass ceiling" company. Almost no women in senior positions. Management is full of wife cheating misogynists. Don't get sucked in by the illusion of utopia!!!


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