Brown Investment Advisory & Trust

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Brown Investment Advisory & Trust Reviews

Updated July 18, 2014
Updated July 18, 2014
6 Reviews

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Fast growing, client-first, partnership culture without the ruthlessness of Wall Street

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD

    Pros

    Fast paced, challenging, entrepreneurial environment
    A culture of actually caring about clients ahead of the firm's interests
    Opportunities to grow and advance long before such opportunities would be available at a typical Wall Street firm
    Equity ownership in the firm is encouraged and made available to all employees

    Cons

    Back office suffers from a lack of experience, accountability and weak leadership.
    Pace of growth does not lend itself to those expecting a well-formed, clear career path or established management training
    Offices outside of Baltimore don't fully buy in to the firm's investment process and are allowed to chart their own path

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offices outside of Baltimore need to be brought into the fold, both in investment approach and operationally.
    Accepting underperformance by employees is only going to drag the firm's growth

    Recommends
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good training ground but need strong internal connections to succeed within firm.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD

    Pros

    The highlight of Brown Advisory is the quality of the people and the team-centric approach. The experience can vary dramatically depending on your business unit, but generally the company is filled with hard-working, good people who care deeply about the firm's clients. The firm also serves as a great training ground as it is large enough for you to receive good mentorship but small enough that you can be given real responsibility early on in your career. The tag line of "thoughtful investing" rings true throughout the firm - you will work with very smart and driven investors with great knowledge and expertise in all types of markets (public, private, equity, fixed-income, real estate, etc.). The firm's connections to interesting, powerful and resourceful individuals within (employees brought in because of their connections, board members) and outside of the firm help propel the firm's growth and access to other smart and successful investors.

    Cons

    There is little respect for a work/life balance, especially for those in operational roles, and little reward for working 55-60+ hour weeks. Salaries are well under market. The company is filled with an expensive old guard (70+ partners), and although there is a statement that most employees are owners of the firm, the ownership is heavily lopsided with the senior partners and favored younger partners owning most of the shares (growth and an increase in the stock price does not affect all equally). Advancement can be slow for those who are hired into the lower ranks but better for those who are hired in with experience. The company continues to operate with an old-boys network that can be tough to crack unless you went to the right school, come from the right family, or have significant personal or family wealth. Those who are "in" receive faster promotions, more stock and larger salaries, which are often tough to justify versus the "out" crowd who may work harder and accomplish more but do not receive the same rewards.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    It depends where you are in the firm and who you know

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    Current Employee - Back Office  in  Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Back Office in Baltimore, MD

    Pros

    Great office on the water in Fells Point. If you know people who you can bring in as clients, then your chances of succeeding and moving up are very good. It's a very old-school investment house with old-school mentality.

    Cons

    The work/life balance for Operations is shockingly bad. Frequent night work and weekends are expected. The operations department uses outdated technology. Work that should be automated will take hours for someone to manually assemble. The overtime is intense and the bonus is insultingly tiny. Bonus is based on contribution to the business, which means bringing in clients or improving procedures, NOT hours worked. You will basically be expected to work for free (weekends and nights), in hopes that you will someday be promoted into a plush role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the work/life balance of low-level employees and update your software

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people, very friendly co-workers, and smart individuals. Great location, cheap rent all around, great for young people. If you work hard you will be noticed.

    Cons

    The salaries are not the greatest incentive. Some employees make much more than they need to make and some make much less than they need to.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Ok Experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Was able to experience London through a finance internship

    Cons

    Horrible Management in London. Didn't give me any direction. Wasn't given much responsibility. Felt that I could've learned a lot more through my experience but wasn't encouraged to explore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to your interns

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Interesting

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The benefits package is very good. One of the few investment firms to offer 9 paid holidays!

    Cons

    No real training program, mostly on the job.

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