Brendan Wood International

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Updated March 5, 2015
Updated March 5, 2015
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  1.  

    Extraordinary experience. Best in class firm, unique intelligence,outstanding clients, amazing CEO level of influence.

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    Current Employee - Managing Director in Palm Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Managing Director in Palm Beach, FL

    I have been working at Brendan Wood International full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Tough to make the cut but worth it. Outstanding career opportunity. Relatively small group has extraordinary global reach

    Cons

    The level of intelligence output provided by this firm demands hard work and discipline. To make partner you must perform.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain same high quality standards and hire only absolutely top people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    I have been working at Brendan Wood International (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company has a world class clientele, an outstanding reputation for the highest quality capital markets intelligence on the planet. Interns are offered unique opportunities to tackle serious challenges at a very early stage in their careers. The alumni and employees of this firm speak for themselves on the company web site. The genuine employee reviews ,where alumni and employees clearly identify themselves, consistently refer to an extraordinary learning curve and personal growth path. The firm pays its young people well, the benefits are good and there is a mandatory 4 week vacation plan for all employees. The training aspect is the huge advantage which distinguishes this as a learning opportunity and puts it in a class of its own. The company works in an open forum and the transparency is unique. Decisions are made on the spot, allowing young persons to quickly grasp the experience of the partners, listening in to the discussion on all kinds of issues and challenges. The firm is privileged to work on the most relevant issues in the world. Its inteliigence programs are all designed within the walls of the company and are independently financed by this firm's partners. The company is highly successful, owns its own building and uses no lines of credit, rather operates on shareholder capital. It is a model company ,operating with the highest standards of ethics and integrity as is well known to its clientele and alumni.

    Cons

    The standards are high for work ethic and integrity. Occasionally an intern fails to meet such tests. The company has sometimes been victimized by bitterness arising from employees who despite the firm's gracious exit procedures and severance ,exercise resentment before and especially after their departure. Fortunately, these experiences are outweighed by the positives but anonymous venom is distracting . I am amazed at the partners irrepressible patience and optimism. The name on the door and the company"s relatively small size make it an ideal target for those who are caught out by the standards which are rigidly enforced as they have to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the 43 year tradition going and hire the best.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Outstanding Team!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brendan Wood International

    Pros

    This company has a heart and is very kind to employees in genuine difficulty and highly supportive of quick recovery. I do not understand why anyone would not celebrate this company’s decades of high performance and standards. It doesn't matter what race or orientation this company celebrates performance.

    Cons

    This is a global company with direct access to TopGun directors, CEOs and CFOs. Brendan Wood International teaches how to evaluate TopGun performance in the markets including identifying TopGun revenue generators within investment banking, sales, research and trading division. BWI candidates with the highest integrity and performance are rewarded accordingly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    TopGun performance is the mantra of this organization. This company encourages every individual effort to achieve. Only recommendation I have to management is to not let criticism deter the quality training and teaching you offer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Brendan Wood International

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    Former Employee - Summer Time Student in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Summer Time Student in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Brendan Wood International part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The partners at BWI support folks who work hard and want to make a difference and treat the employer fairly and decently. This company always hires less and does more. Integrity and performance is everything.

    Cons

    The company seeks out future partners who are highly motivated, charismatic, self-directed and driven, capable of working within tight deadlines. Unfortunately, this is not a fit for everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company is a legend and integrity and performance is everything. If you don’t care about performance and are prepared to fail go elsewhere. The partners at BWI support folks who work hard and want to make a difference and treat the employer fairly and decently.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Fantastic Organization

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at Brendan Wood International

    Pros

    Brendan Wood International executes several thousand intelligence gathering debriefs with executives and major investors throughout the world. This unique investigative process pinpoints TopGun performance for investment banks, corporations and portfolio managers. Management offers a fantastic opportunity to join one of the most successful and diverse teams within the capital markets.

    Cons

    I cannot understand why anyone would criticize this organization. This is an outstanding equal opportunity entrepreneurial structured organization. This company encourages every individual to achieve the highest performance standards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Individuals have to juggle several roles such as financial analysis, report writing, taking calls from clients, placing a high volume of calls to potential clients, assisting in sales lead analysis, marketing company visits and monitoring news flow. People who fall between the cracks are people who just didn't put in the effort and energy. Management keep doing what you are doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    An amazing experience

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    Former Employee - Senior Scholastic in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Scholastic in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Brendan Wood International part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    At Brendan Wood International, you learn a lot. The company has an amazing scholastic internship program that gives young candidates a very hands on experience. The experience is very beneficial to future job prospects, as it gives a deep insight to how the capital markets work. I started working at BWI as one of their first scholastic interns and I was there through the beginning of the program, hiring et al. The company does a great job at helping its staff gain meaningful leadership experience, and that is a strong stepping stone for a future career. Working at BWI you meet some well educated and very smart people, even former CFA's in the mining industry! You can get a deep insight into their experiences through friendly conversation. The environment is very supportive, and you are able to catch on quickly.

    I appreciate the company values, as well. They have a strong value for it's interns' education, and they actively support this through flexible hours and even scholarships! Truly an amazing experience, and it's a great company to start your career.

    Cons

    The company is very client based and one will see that from time to time the work load builds up to meet deadlines. However this is good insight to how many companies work, especially in their area of business. Nonetheless, they are doing a good job so no harsh comments against them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your scholastic internship is amazing, keep it going! Otherwise your products and services are top notch in the marketplace.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Best Learning Opportunity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - ScholasticPac Rim in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - ScholasticPac Rim in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Brendan Wood International as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    If you are enthusiastic about the job, and willing to take advantage of the multiple opportunities BWI offers, you are able to learn about the global market within a month. I accepted this internship because I was curious about the financial world and I strongly believe no other company could have taught me so much about investment, finance, communication skills, persuasive skills, and data analysis all at once. I am glad I had the opportunity to grow professionally with a company like BWI.

    Cons

    Even though the Scholastic Internship Program is an amazing program, it is still growing and might need a bit more structuring to be done. I hhappened to be an intern when the project was implemented, which was 3 months ago, so I'm sure the past 3 months taught them what should be improved.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent Opportunity

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Panel Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Panel Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Brendan Wood International full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The firm is fast paced and highly relevant to corporate executives and institutional investors. The management team delivers quality service to clients and has a great reputation in the market. The management team knows the industry and the most important players in the capital markets. The intelligence is second to none.

    Cons

    The company works as long as it needs to in order to fully satisfy their clients; client satisfaction is very high. The intelligence is highly relevant and incredibly useful to clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The firm should continue to build the business and the brand.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Unprofessional

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    Former Employee - Partner in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Partner in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Brendan Wood International full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Nice office building but there are hidden cameras and microphones everywhere.

    Cons

    The worst kind of environment to work in. Very negative. Many of the staff are immature and dishonest. There are hidden cameras throughout the office and management eavesdrops on personal conversations. There is no path to grow here. It is a sweatshop. You will be used and abused. The Brendan Wood brand is a fallacy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Brendan is an act. He is a cult leader that mis-treats people in an in-humane way. He has no manners. He does not understand basic business concepts. Get someone in that can lead that knows how business works. Stop abusing people just because you can. Stop hiding behind charitable endeavors. Pay people what they deserve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Teaches Hard Realities but Leaves You With Too Many Bruises

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Brendan Wood International as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great learning - rarely do you get to see business from this perspective

    Cons

    Absolutely no encouragement
    Poor pay in relation to the profits the company makes
    Negative environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your people and treat them like humans

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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