Rothstein Kass

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Rothstein Kass Reviews

Updated Jun 11, 2014
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2.8 46 reviews

67% Approve of the CEO

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Steven Kass and Howard Altman

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38% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Super Nice place to work

    Senior Associate (Current Employee) New York, NY (US)

    Pros1) You will learn everything about Hedge Funds
    2) Very Experienced people to train the staff
    3) In House training available for all levels of people
    4) Decent Summer hours

    Cons1) No Experience in Private Equity

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue the good Job.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It was an amazing experience.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIt is your way to get involved in business environment.

    Conshardworking, handle tough pressure and so on.

    Advice to Senior Managementmust adopt a new culture

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    Backstabing, overworked, inhumane treatment

    Senior Associate (Current Employee) New York, NY (US)

    ProsPretty good benefits, and paid over time

    ConsOpportunity 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 Senior ManagementFocus 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Rothstein Kass - Talking The Talk, Not Walking The Walk

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY (US)

    ProsGrowing 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.

    ConsFavoritism 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 Senior ManagementFocus 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?).

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A great learning experience!

    Audit Intern (Current Employee) Denver, CO (US)

    ProsGreat pay because of overtime!
    Office culture is a plus!
    Amazing senior management, always has a open door policy!

    ConsLong hours!
    No work life balance, but that come with working at an accounting firm during busy season....
    Career Opportunities are lacking because of slow business during off season.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Senior Associate (Former Employee) Roseland, NJ (US)

    Prospaid overtime, benefits, bright people, good learning

    Constoo much politics, very high-stress/cutthroat environment, unrealistic expectations, no confidentiality, do not give 2 week notice because sometimes HR will let you go immediately and you're out 2 weeks salary

    Advice to Senior Managementbe more humane, get rid of some policies designed to create a hostile work environment, instead really need to improve HR department and employee evaluation, good/hard-working people get thrown under the bus and lazy people who are friendly with the right partners are left alone

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Overtime!

    Senior Associate (Current Employee) New York, NY (US)

    ProsGood amount of vacation days, pretty good benefits, and paid over time. People are younger and are friendly for the most part.

    ConsThe office environment could feel like highschool at times. There's no clear vision of your future at this firm. ok

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Just like the movie "THE FIRM"

    Senior Auditor (Former Employee) Roseland, NJ (US)

    ProsGreat interview process and presentations.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementBenchmark best practices at all times.

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Roseland, NJ (US)

    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 Senior 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.

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    Nice, Maybe Too Nice

    Auditor Financial Services (Former Employee) Roseland, NJ (US)

    ProsThis firm basically lets you take off anytime you want nine months out of the year with a morning's notice. You can leave early any day during busy season so long as you think of some reasonable excuse. The only real expectation is that you get your work done at some point. After the economic downturn, the firm was able to hire more intelligent staff than they had in the past. So, it should be a better place to work now.

    ConsFor some reason, this firm hired quite a few people who did not belong in the accounting profession. As you may notice, a lot of people on this board can barely write. This was typical at the staff level and remained at the senior and management levels. The "backstabbing" people were the ones trying to tell management to get rid of some of these idiots. Everyone received close to the same raise even though there was a clear difference in performance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFire some of these morons and give the good workers higher pay.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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