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Ronald J. Kruszewski
24 Ratings

    Not your typical Wall Street firm

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President Equity Research in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Vice President Equity Research in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Stifel Financial full-time (more than 5 years)


    Culture is changing as the firm continues to grow via acquisitions, but still not your typical Wall St. firm. With multiple institutional offices throughout the US, firm offers good flexibility with repect to location for those who prefer to live outside the NY Metro area. Fir the most part management is respectful and loyal to employees. Offers a decent work / life balance if that's what you're looking for.


    Firm is well known for under paying at the VP / Associate level relative to peers, especially outside NYC. Top producers however are pretty much on par with larger banks, but this is a select few. Still carrying a little too much mid-management overhead from legacy acquisitions.

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    Institutional sales force is still compensated via commissions, one of the last remaining firms to do it this way. This is fine for a monoline equities shop, but firm's growth into other asset classes requires a broader scope of incentives to drive sales in new products (i.e. equity options). Until payouts for all products are set at parity the sales force will continued to focus on cash equities, which is a slower growth and lower margin business relative to listed options. Switching to a salary / bonus comp structure could also solve for this, where sales reps are incentivised to pitch a more comprehensive / hybrid set of services to inst'l buyside accounts, which have increased in sophistication.

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Stifel Financial Interviews

Updated Feb 18, 2015
Updated Feb 18, 2015

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    Investment Banking Analyst Interview

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    Four 30 minute interviews with technical and fit questions. I met with them in the morning and they got back to met quickly on the process and how I did which was appreciated

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Headquarters Saint Louis, MO
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded Unknown
Type Company - Public (SF)
Industry Finance
Revenue $1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
Competitors Unknown

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