Rothstein Kass

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Updated 15 October 2014
Updated 15 October 2014
49 Reviews
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  1.  

    Just OK

    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Roseland, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Roseland, NJ (US)

    I worked at Rothstein Kass full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Open door policy, overtime pay, good culture

    Cons

    laid off 75 people unexpectedly

  2.  

    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)

    I have been working at Rothstein Kass full-time (more than an year)

    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
  3.  

    Great place to start your accounting career!

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

    I worked at Rothstein Kass full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great reputation in the fs audit industry,flexible working schedule for people who need it

    Cons

    Lack of international exposure, lack of resources like big four has

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Super Nice place to work

    • 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)

    I have been working at Rothstein Kass full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    1) 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

    Cons

    1) No Experience in Private Equity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the good Job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was an amazing experience.

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

    I have been working at Rothstein Kass full-time

    Pros

    It is your way to get involved in business environment.

    Cons

    hardworking, handle tough pressure and so on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    must adopt a new culture

  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)

    I have been working at Rothstein Kass full-time (more than 3 years)

    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)

    I have been working at Rothstein Kass full-time

    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.  

    A great learning experience!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Intern in Denver, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Audit Intern in Denver, CO (US)

    I have been working at Rothstein Kass as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Long 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    former senior

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

    I worked at Rothstein Kass full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    paid overtime, benefits, bright people, good learning

    Cons

    too 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 ManagementAdvice

    be 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Overtime!

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

    I have been working at Rothstein Kass

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends

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