CAE (Capital Asset Exchange & Trading) Reviews

Updated November 3, 2014
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  1. 4 people found this helpful

    Excellent opportunity and business, very smart people, and very demanding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Capital Asset Trader in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Capital Asset Trader in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at CAE (Capital Asset Exchange & Trading) full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Extremely high, uncapped bonuses
    - Extremely bright people
    - Learn transferable deal skills, negotiation, and client service
    - Travel to Europe, Asia regularly
    - Work with clients all over the world
    - Amazing business model, and growing

    Cons

    - Management pushes us very hard to get results
    - Trading is a tough business to manage emotionally
    - I would like more feedback
    - Internal rules for managing competition need to be improved
    - Technology improvement needs to continue

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Keep improving communication
    - Clearer promotion path for new people
    - We need more weekly competitions
    - The new training program is excellent, but needs to be expanded to existing people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    2 yr employee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Trader in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Trader in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at CAE (Capital Asset Exchange & Trading) full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    CAE is not the same place it was when I started. They have made great strides and continue to do so. They brought on new Sr management as partner that are really making a difference. I cant tell you the last time I worked 12 hrs in a day. Do we put in some long days at the end of the month, we sure do. I find it hard to believe CAE is still getting these reviews. It clearly is coming from the same people time and time again. We have a dedicated team that has been growing over the past 1 1/2. I do think Management has also grown.

    Cons

    Management needs to slow down instead of making quick decisions. Communication can be improved through out the company. Can be very stressful at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to improve and build a world class org.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Works for People on the Move

    Current Employee - Trader in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Trader in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at CAE (Capital Asset Exchange & Trading) full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I’m in the early stages of my career and wanted my next job to be more challenging, with more rewards as a result. CAE seemed pretty high energy and focused on success, so I thought I’d give it a try. It was rough going at first. My last boss was a micro manager and at CAE I had to get used to becoming a real self-driven employee. Once I got used to the pace, though, I started to do well. Since I am personally motivated to succeed at CAE, I’m fitting in with those co-workers who want to make things happen for themselves and the firm. It’s turning out to be a great learning experience for me.

    Cons

    CAE definitely is not for the weak at heart. If you’re looking for somebody to hold your hand and cheer you on, it’s not that type of place. However, self-starters will do fine here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The social events are great. With everyone on their own during the workday it’s great to have events that make you feel part of a team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful

    Great Training Ground for a High Performance Sales Career

    Former Employee - Trader in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Trader in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at CAE (Capital Asset Exchange & Trading) full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    I come from a family with sales jobs in our DNA so it was pretty natural for me to think of a sales career after college. CAE looked interesting to me since the company seemed high energy and pretty much focused on sales. The executives are super successful and I wanted to learn from the best. My time at CAE turned out to be very educational. I learned what it takes to be a top sales earner in a very tough, competitive environment. Those lessons are helping me advance in my sales career. Working at CAE, and enjoying it, proved that sales is the right career path for me. I would have stayed, but left to work in a new company with my brother.

    Cons

    It is definitely a place for self-starters. The atmosphere is intense and there’s no room for slackers. But they are very aware of the guys who do perform and you are compensated accordingly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Since the bar is set so high, keep improving the training program for new recruits to give everyone their best shot. Also keep up the perks for top performers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful

    Challenging opportunity but worth if you are determined to be successful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Capital Asset Trader in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Capital Asset Trader in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at CAE (Capital Asset Exchange & Trading) full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Earning potential is high
    - Everyday brings new challenges which allows me to strive to be better. Having creative solution to face each challenge.
    - Great opportunity to shape an industry
    - In a complex that has a gym, which helps when you need to have that break.
    - Work environment is improving

    Cons

    - Many changes in the past, which has cause some disruption in the way CAE was run. There is less now.
    - This job can be the most rewarding as well as the most frustrating job you will every experience.
    - Benefits can be confusing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CAE has great people that are focus on the long run. I want to see that we stay focus on the plan on this company and people are pushed in the right way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 7 people found this helpful

    Life-changing experience for leaders, not a good choice for followers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Capital Asset Trader in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Capital Asset Trader in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at CAE (Capital Asset Exchange & Trading) full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    -Complete autonomy; if you thrive in a situation where you get very little direction, this is the place for you. If you need to be told how to do your job, don't come here.

    -Management is very direct and they have a vision for where the company should go. This direct approach can also be considered a con by people who are uncomfortable with honest feedback.

    -If you like a demanding environment that has a HUGE monetary upside for performers, welcome home. The amount of money you can make here is shocking. I was making more money that my small group of friends combined after working here for a year. You will need to earn it though. I think a lot of the people who have failed here (read the 1 and 2 star reviews below), came into the job thinking they were going to get rich by being average performers and doing the bare-minimum. This is not the case. If you are an average performer in the workplace, you will be better suited at another company.

    -Very nice office and gym facilities.

    -Hours are nowhere near as bad as I've heard they were in the past.

    Cons

    -Management changes company policies often. It never bothered me much since 95% of the changes made the company better but there are always people who will complain regardless of the outcome.

    -Bonuses can sometimes take a few months to get paid out. Initially this can be disheartening but once you're 4-6 months into the job, you'll be receiving bonuses every month.

    -Although not bad, the medical benefits can be a little tricky to figure out initially.

    -The job can be extremely stressful and nerve-racking at times. If you are an emotional person or cannot handle stress well, you will be miserable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Communicate changes before they are made.
    -Take into account employee feedback before making adjustments.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful

    Great Prospects, Transitioning Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Trader in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Trader in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at CAE (Capital Asset Exchange & Trading) full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic coworkers - employees at CAE (traders/support staff) are extremely bright and motivated to make something of their careers.

    The job itself can be very rewarding if you can navigate the market. You’ll get exposure to international business and high value transactions.

    Gym on site is nice if you like to stay active. Hours are pretty standard, and actually less than my last job in the financial sector.

    Cons

    Not everyone makes it CAE. People who do can become a bit arrogant in their perceived value to the company. The company rewards high performers, and can do better in training newer traders to scale.

    High, high expectations. They want the best, and even then that isn’t always enough.

    Different from other inside sales positions, so transferring skills from another job isn’t always applicable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your new people better so that the company can grow. Build up some new leaders from within the company to shake up the management guard.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 10 people found this helpful

    Great opportunity... Not for everyone

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Trader in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Trader in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at CAE (Capital Asset Exchange & Trading) full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great business model in a unique industry. Freedom to build up your own pipeline and run the entire sales cycle. Company offers decent benefits and opportunity for individual success. New faces in the executive team seem to be steadying the company’s direction.

    Cons

    This isn’t a typical sales job. If you think this is going to be Wall Street trading, look elsewhere. A financial background may help you to understand the market opportunity, but it’s not going to make you a great trader. This job takes an enormous amount of dedication, persistence, and can be extremely frustrating at times. Quota targets and performance expectations are set extremely high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep steadying the ship. There are a lot of great people in the company and investing in them would do wonderful things for CAE’s future.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Great Money , but you're a telemarketer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Capital Asset Trader in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Capital Asset Trader in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at CAE (Capital Asset Exchange & Trading) full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Learn negotiating, communication and gain confidence
    - Semi conductor market has pricing variations one will not find in any other market
    - Earnings potential
    - Work along side kids from great school
    - Gym and benefits
    - Great starting point to make a quick dollar

    Cons

    - You're a telemarketer, not a trader
    - You will not gain tangible skills or learn their platforms (Excel, SQL, SAP, Oracle)
    - See above: "credits earned will unlikely transfer" , you won't be able to gain any other meaningful jobs out of here. ie.) one who makes 250k a year here will be pressed to find another company wiling to pay that individual 45k - given only their CAE skills
    - 14 hour work days
    - Success subject to macro economic cycles of general market (in first 4 months)
    - The CEO is a private equity guy who is trying to pump and dump the company
    - Recently they hire anyone

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing, You're making great money and you keep/reward your best employees.

    Positive Outlook
  11. 9 people found this helpful

    If you're good you will be heavily rewarded. If not, you will be let go immediately.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at CAE (Capital Asset Exchange & Trading)

    Pros

    -Extremely high earnings potential
    -Good base salary for when you are still ramping up
    -Good training program
    -Enriching and challenging work
    -Improving culture and hours, many benefits, gym, cafeteria

    Cons

    -High stress at times
    -Business comes and goes in waves
    -Can face high pressure from Management
    -Sometimes Seniors are given preferential treatment although this is improving
    -If you do not perform for a few months you are cut without notice

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep improving the culture, things are headed in the right direction but there is still lots of work to do. Less impulsive decisions and stick with your word. Keep the competitions and other aspects of trading exciting!

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