CNL Financial

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CNL Financial Reviews

Updated November 13, 2014
Updated November 13, 2014
13 Reviews
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13 Reviews
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  1.  

    Worked 5 years in various CNL units

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

    I worked at CNL Financial (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, committed people, it was the most "human" place I have ever worked - meaning there was a genuine care for people.

    Cons

    Definite "clicks", but you will find that anywhere. Career paths could be spelled out a bit more clearly, but many times you could create your own opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CNL Financial full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Exciting a growing industry. Tech friendly

    Cons

    Business is asking for more and better technology, but does not want to fund it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Never a dull moment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at CNL Financial full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Challenging transactions, work-life balance, cares about employees

    Cons

    Training is insufficient for some levels, sometimes allows consultants to overstep their roles

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Company with great benefits

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    Former Employee - Management Reporting Analyst in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Management Reporting Analyst in Orlando, FL

    I worked at CNL Financial full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There were many great benefits with this company such as as having 11 Holiday's plus 1 birthday day off. The working conditions were good and the people were friendly. The work life balance was good. The company had a decent 401k program as well especially considering there are mid to large companies in the area that do not even offer to match for 401k or give any type of retirement assistance to their employees.

    Cons

    Company is in downtown Orlando so the commute was difficult at times. I did not see many opportunities for advancement within my team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I felt compensation was a little less than the norm for my position

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Wonderful, family-oriented company!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CNL Financial full-time

    Pros

    CNL does a great job placing value on their employees. Fantastic management from the top-down has proved to cultivate great working relationships and a team-based atmosphere. Truly a gem of a company to work for!

    Cons

    Business is growing exceptionally fast and more infrastructure is needed to support the growth. Teamwork is important in this busy season!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to support the employees and their family lives as well as their professional lives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Fantastic internship experience - real responsibility with great people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CNL Financial as an intern

    Pros

    vested interest in you and your development

    Cons

    I have no cons for working at this firm

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to emphasize importance of culture

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    My experience here from entry level forward has been one of great learning and growth potential.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at CNL Financial full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Competitive salary, flexible time off, very little time micromanagement, autonomy, recognition of hard work.

    Cons

    There are no major cons that would affect my review. Minor things that can be easily overlooked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing. Focus on rewarding employees with higher positions as you grow. Otherwise, excellent work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great culture, below adequate pay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at CNL Financial

    Pros

    CNL has a great culture and family-type atmosphere

    Cons

    Pay is not up to par with other companies, some upper management should be re-evaluated for their poor treatment of employees

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    used to be a great place to work

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Orlando, FL

    I worked at CNL Financial

    Pros

    good benefits, honest company, good branch employees

    Cons

    little bank with the big bank feel. Very micromanaged. Does not have a culture of cross selling much to their detriment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get out of the ivory tower and see how things really work the numbers don't show the true picture, things that work on paper don't always work in reality.

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    good place to start as entry level analyst, but must leave firm to realize true professional potential.

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at CNL Financial

    Pros

    great place to obtain real estate private equity investment experience, Jim Seneff (CEO) has great long-term vision and is doing a great job guiding the firm.

    Cons

    compensation is not competitive in quantitative finance positions, i.e. financial analyst.

    hard to get promoted to Director/VP ranks; even so, once promoted, compensation is NOT competitive.

    also, upper management is made up of mostly very religious people. This makes its way into the company's culture. I often feel that if I want to move up in the company, then I will have to at least pretend to take the same religious views as upper management. I am not an atheist, I just think that religion should not be mixed with corporate culture unless the company is a faith-based company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you have very talented people in the firm that are not adequately paid. You are going to lose quality talent if you dont change your compensation structure.

    in terms of industry compensation comparison, at CNL, analysts are paid like exec admin staff, directors are paid like analysts, VP's are paid like directors. Not everyone will stick around for the firm's "good story"!

    Concerning the religious nature of the firm, it is okay for individuals to be religious, but this cant be part of the culture, especially when you strive for diversification! Things like praying before firm-wide gatherings could very well be offending people who are of different religious beliefs.

    Approves of CEO

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