Rothstein Kass

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Rothstein Kass Reviews

Updated 11 June, 2014
Updated 11 June, 2014
46 Reviews

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  1.  

    Not a great firm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Auditor  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Staff Auditor in New York, NY (US)

    Pros

    Work Life balance for public accounting firm
    Hedge Funds experience

    Cons

    Sinking ship firm has no structure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tain employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Staff was willing to listen to new ideas

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    Pros

    Partnering departments were very enthusiastic

    Cons

    Marketing leadership was reluctant to change

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Very cliquish staff

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Auditor  in  Roseland, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Staff Auditor in Roseland, NJ (US)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Easy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Senior  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in New York, NY (US)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Backstabing, overworked, inhumane treatment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY (US)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Rothstein Kass - Talking The Talk, Not Walking The Walk

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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?).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Just like the movie "THE FIRM"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Auditor  in  Roseland, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Auditor in Roseland, NJ (US)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Benchmark best practices at all times.

  10.  

    Avoid it at all costs!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Get what you can and let them lay you off.....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant

    Pros

    vacation policy, benefits package. Some very cool staff and support staff. Good training and CPE opportunites for staff to. Good reputation and appearance on resume.

    Cons

    Behind the polish is the rust.......Mgmt and Seniors above you will stable you in the back. Firing process is all about having someone willing to go to bat to save you. They do not promote strong, smart personalities and especially if you are not white.......Balanced philosophy is crap they reward slaves who eat time and suck up to the right people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Live up to your own stated philosophies of diversity and balanced lifestyles at all levels. Be able to tell people why they are getting laid off and areas they can improve on if they ask (if you are firing for a real reason that should not be hard)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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