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America's Growth Capital CEO & Head of Investment Banking M. Benjamin Howe
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  1. Challenging and Rewarding Work Environment

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at America's Growth Capital full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Tons of deal experience Focus on exciting & growing tech sector Fun culture to be apart of Work closely with Partners

    Cons

    Typical I-Banking hours Interns need to show initiative to get involved


  2. Great deal experience; tough work environment; valuable experience if you are willing to work very hard

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at America's Growth Capital full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fast-paced and energetic Lots of M&A experience - more than bulge bracket colleagues Tons of responsibility early on in career

    Cons

    Broad set of responsibilities spreads some too thin Little training - all learning on the job Low compensation compared to other firms

    Advice to Management

    Understand that employee churn is a problem that must be addressed


  3. Helpful (1)

    Ton of Experience; Low Compensation

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    Former Employee - Third Year Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Third Year Analyst in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at America's Growth Capital full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lot's of M&A experience. Deals tend to be repetitious / similar in nature.

    Cons

    Little respect for employees. Don't care where you end up after. Have to work on weekends. Locker room like culture.

    Advice to Management

    Work on better supporting employees in taking next step in career.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    I was treated poorly while being manipulated into doing things outside of my job description and comfort zone.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at America's Growth Capital full-time

    Pros

    I gained experience in my field which I was able to apply to future employment. Mostly, I experienced the worst possible situations which has helped me withstand more reasonable situations at future employment. If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.

    Cons

    You will be asked to do things far outside your job description. Interns are made to get alcohol on Fridays instead of doing real work. There is a bait and switch from the time of your interview and when you are brought on board. The CEO makes up rules as he goes along and keeps it that way so that he has ultimate power over the company. There is no HR structure or employee protection. Employees are far overworked.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a real HR Department that can protect employees. Keep employees doing only professional work and not personal work for their managers. Stop the drinking and games during work time.


  6. Helpful (3)

    AGC Partners is ok

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst Intern in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at America's Growth Capital full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -it's an investment banking internship

    Cons

    -they pay you poorly -no deal experience -no substantial work -no name recognition WHATSOEVER

    Advice to Management

    pay your interns more


  7. Helpful (2)

    Decent intro to banking

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good for an off cycle internship, other interns were chill, high deal volume (although incredibly partner dependent)

    Cons

    Pay was bad, didn't do as much modeling as I would have liked, wayyyy too much time spent doing marketing

    Advice to Management

    Pay your interns more or they will never ever come back


  8. Helpful (1)

    On the up

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Boston, MA
    Recommends

    Pros

    - Lean firm, increased opportunities to take on additional responsibilities - High deal flow (24 closed transactions in '11) - Direct promotion to Associate (PM) for top performers - Interesting sector coverage (technology focused) - Well attended conferences (1 in Bos, 1 in SF) good for networking - exit opportunities - Strong team of junior bankers - New training program (Wall Street Prep) - Weekly social outings

    Cons

    - Transaction amounts tend to be lower ($) - Limited modeling as tech is less dependent on traditional valuation methods - Impulsive C level executives - Weekend hours policy - Only recruit Ivy / NESCAC

    Advice to Management

    The culture at AGC is generally what you are going to get at most boutique investment banks. There is clearly a "type" of candidate they are looking for when recruiting, either you fit the mold or you don't. In recent years turnover ratio has improved. My main recommendation would be to limit the busy work and try to focus the junior bankers on execution.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Fast Paced and Challenging Environment

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in Boston, MA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great work experience, prepares you well for other finance jobs

    Cons

    Very little compensation as a summer analyst, however the experience is worth it


  10. Helpful (5)

    Very High Turnover

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Nice office. That's about it.

    Cons

    High turnover. No one lasts very long. The pay is horrible.

    Advice to Management

    The partners should close a deal once in a while and stop blaming it on the analysts.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Life is good!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good place to work- lots to learn

    Cons

    Typical IBD hours eve though it is a boutique firm

    Advice to Management

    Increase IBD junior bankers



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