CAE (Capital Asset Exchange & Trading)

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CAE (Capital Asset Exchange & Trading) Reviews

Updated November 5, 2014
Updated November 5, 2014
61 Reviews
3.6
61 Reviews
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Ryan Jacob
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Gym on site is nice if you like to stay active (in 6 reviews)

  • You have the potential to make a lot of money within 6months (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours, stressful environment, low hourly wage (in 7 reviews)

  • Less than ideal work/life balance (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Do not sacrifice anything to work here - It's not worth it

    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    - You have the potential to make a lot of money within 6months. That said, your chances of staying long enough to see any real money is slim. I started in a class of 5 people and by month 3, it was just I that remained.
    - Really nice office complex and onsite gym

    Cons

    - Management does not treat anyone (even each other) with respect - I can not emphasize this enough.
    - 16hr days are very common.
    - Work on Friday.
    - Emails from Management come at all hours of the night and they expect a response immediately.
    - Very little training for new employees, it is a "sink or swim" environment.
    - The Management does little to control the deal process that exists, and thus a LOT of unethical behavior takes place.
    - Management periodically asks the top preforming traders and managers to submit loosely scripted Glassdoor reviews to boost their ratings (I was asked on MANY occasions to do this). So please, read grossly positive reviews with a 'grain of salt'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to realize that your employees are humans and most likely, very smart. All they want is a little training and support. Once they have that, they can make YOUR company a lot of money. Don't treat them like insufficient machines.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 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 an 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
  3.  

    A Graduate Education

    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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Working in Silicon Valley in sales and service, I always wanted to get closer to the semiconductor business since that’s where it all begins. After interviewing at CAE, I decided it would be a good opportunity to learn more about manufacturing and make some decent money as well. After a round of interviews, I felt the team at CAE was highly informed and ambitious about being a major player in the equipment market. It’s been a good experience so far. I’m getting a graduate level education in semiconductor manufacturing and the compensation is meeting my goals.

    Cons

    CAE can be a pretty intense environment but sales is always intense. You’re only as good as the last, and next, deal you close. If you’re looking for a low pressure environment, CAE isn’t for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When possible, work more closely with those team members who may not be performing up to speed. It will help create more of a team environment and can save some people who just need an extra boost.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Churn and Burn Company

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

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

    Pros

    cutthroat sales experience, If you are the 1% of people that makes it in a hiring class you will have potential to make good money.

    Cons

    No Training, 12+ hr days, terrible salary, no ramp up,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 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 an 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome Place to Work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great group of people who have a deep sense of purpose and work hard to make the business successful.

    The Mentor Program implemented over the past year is working and has helped to obtain and retain talented and dedicated employees.

    Office shuts down for lunch and most head to the on-site gym for a workout or a game of basketball.

    Office closes at 1:00 PM of Fridays and if we are successful at obtaining our goals, a 3 day Holiday weekend can turn into a 4 day Holiday weekend.

    On-site state of the art workout facility with Rock Wall, Pool, Free Weights and Cardio Equipment, Personal Trainers, Cross Fit, and every class imaginable.

    On-site Cafe that serves organic, freshly prepared food with a menu that changes daily.

    My work/life balance is better than any other company that I have worked for.

    Cons

    Requires hard work, determination and integrity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The environment is very different from when I started 15 months ago. You've made great strides to improve the culture and work/life balance. I believe that those who currently work at CAE do so because they really like what they can bring to the company. Continue to reward success.

    Bonus program for non-traders needs to be implemented, so that we can all be recognized for our contributions to the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good Opportunity for Sales Self Starters

    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 an year)

    Pros

    I was downsized out of a marketing position in high tech and being about mid-point in my career, thought it might be worthwhile to expand my search to include sales. Since marketing and sales tend to work closely together, I thought it might be doable to migrate over to a full time sales position. The guys at CAE gave me every opportunity to succeed, with training and clear objectives. But it was pretty clear I’m just not cut out for sales and I wasn’t meeting their sales numbers. We left on good terms. No harm. No foul. The short stint at CAE convinced me to stay focused on a marketing career. However, I did learn some valuable information about how sales really works and that is an added benefit as I move forward in marketing.

    Cons

    CAE is a one man for himself kind of place. If you are thinking of a retraining type move, this is not the place for you since there is really no ramp up time. They expect results from you asap.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management has great drive and imparting this ‘can-do’ attitude to new employees is a must. Since they expect you to be a self-starter, providing as much education and information as possible will further ensure newbies will succeed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fast Moving Company and Very Performance Driven. Not for Weaklings!

    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    No one would argue capital equipment sales has been a male dominated environment. So I was a little hesitant about taking a job with a company specializing in trading this type of equipment. Granted, my confidence level is always high but I was skeptical. Would I be dealing with a lot of annoying macho stuff? After working at CAE for a while I can say, yes, there is definitely some of that, but it is very much an equal opportunity environment. If you’re a confident, driven to succeed type, which I am, you can get rewards in terms of compensation and advancement.

    I really like the gym which has absolutely everything you’d want to exercise. Hey, I might not be able to bench press as much weight as the guys but I can hold my own with those sales numbers!!!!

    Cons

    Yes, it is a high pressure environment, but seriously, what would you expect when you’re dealing with multi-million dollar deals? It’s not necessarily a warm fuzzy environment but I’ve found it works if you meet your goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to provide some perks like the gym since it helps provide balance and prevent burnout. Foster promotion for those who demonstrate steady performance at a high level.

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

    Don't leave a real career for this place!!

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

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

    Pros

    Learn the grass isn't always greener on the other side. You next job will be better. Extensive experience learning to work with inept and abusive top management.

    Cons

    CEO always meeting with lawyers about filing a suit against a former employee or customer. Otherwise meeting with lawyers about a class action suit filed by former employees or customers. CEO is verbally abusive and threatens employees with their job once hired on. Makes current employees write good reviews on Glassdoor or risk punishment. Corporate values and simple common decency are out the door at this place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get counseling

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 9 people found this helpful  

    Do your research before even thinking about working here.

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

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

    Pros

    Possibility of very high pay.

    Cons

    When you factor in mandatory 16 hour days(and Sundays), you're basically working two jobs, so the one Pro that was listed above is not looking like a pro anymore.

    Management has no idea what they are doing. Constant flip-flopping. Employees are fired every week.

    The skills you learn here are not transferable anywhere else.

    Competitive environment to the point where it's hostile.

    Make sure you do your research before even thinking about applying here. Do a Google search of "Meet California's Most Abusive Company" and you'll be amazed at what you'll find.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace the CEO(even though he is part owner). Replace most of Sr. Management. Treat employees with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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