Commonwealth Financial Network

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Commonwealth Financial Network Reviews

Updated February 27, 2015
Updated February 27, 2015
53 Reviews
4.0
53 Reviews
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Peter Wheeler
37 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work/life balance is pretty good (in 6 reviews)

  • Work hard play hard mentality, amazing benefits and annual bonus (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Lack of diversity in the workplace (in 2 reviews)

  • Low pay and not much in the way of a career path (in 2 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Interning was great

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

    I have been working at Commonwealth Financial Network

    Pros

    Good environment to work in, had the ability to work on my own and prioritize as I saw necessary

    Cons

    Got a little repetitive after a while and there was that many new things to do

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work, my bosses and all the partners are great people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Operations Associate in Waltham, MA
    Current Contractor - Operations Associate in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at Commonwealth Financial Network as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture. Very laid back and flexible.

    Cons

    The work (in operations) doesn't translate well into other jobs. The compensation was fairly low, even with a large year end bonus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I definitely would have liked to have stayed if the pay was better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technology Trainer in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Technology Trainer in Waltham, MA

    I worked at Commonwealth Financial Network

    Pros

    Commonwealth was a great place to work. Management listened to what people had to say. The company is involved in charities and philanthropy. It is a community of people that like to work hard and play hard.

    Cons

    Not a ton of cons. Apparently the help desk was a tough department to be in, but did not work with them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to start

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

    I worked at Commonwealth Financial Network full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    It was good to start in the industry. There were good people there, and perks such as Bagel Fridays were great and company outings were nice. Training was a plus. Certifications were encouraged.

    Cons

    Surprising when trying to move to a new department, you were told you were too ambitious for the role. Biggest deterrent there for people and why so many leave. Pay isnt great, but they try to make up for it with bagel fridays, and a "ra-ra" attitude by saying how great the place is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize who your talent is, or people who want to work hard are and and keep them. You might actually have to pay up to do this, but it will be worth keeping them. A lot of people who have left have gone on to really good roles, and its a shame that they could not have stuck around and developed there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    An Enjoyable place to work, but challenging when comments about improvements were given.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

    I worked at Commonwealth Financial Network full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great salary and bonus packages. Constant training programs that assist employees growth and learning, and great atmosphere in the office. The office location is near the T so it's easy accessible, and the building is great and well designed. Friday Bagels and beer on Fridays is great for the community.

    Cons

    Some department heads need to be open to ideas and innovation that can help the growth of the company. Not open to accept immediate change that can help improve processes and procedures which can have immediately impact the quality of services provided. If you don't accept or contradict their thoughts you will not have a job for long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening to those who come in to help and not to destroy the culture. Don't ignore or shut down their ability to provide ideas that will help improve service. Move on from the saying "If it ain't broken don't fix it!" We are in the 21st Century in which Ideas and thoughts need to be heard even if you don't want to use them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A great company to work for

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

    I have been working at Commonwealth Financial Network full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    This company offers good benefits, a great training program for new employees along with trainings and courses available to every employee. They strive to go above and beyond, for their employees, advisors and prospects.

    Cons

    For me, the commute. They don't pay extremely well, but they try to make up for with their benefits and bonuses.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company - but certain departments/groups are undergoing too much change

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Development in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Development in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at Commonwealth Financial Network full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work, amazing perks, and most people are very nice and friendly. Bonuses are usually generous. Founder lets employees who have been at company for over 3 years use some of the properties that he owns, which is an amazing perk. If you want to learn and challenge yourself, you have the opportunity to do so, you just have to seek it.

    Cons

    As the company has experienced enormous growth, too many initiatives and too much change have been undertaken. This especially applies to the project management process and to development. Hoping that there isn't so much change all the time and that things settle down a bit. Too much change in too short a period can leave employees feeling like nothing is going to completely get done and that we are going to start our next initiative without completing initiatives that have already been started.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Over the years, the company has done a great job to carve out a niche in the financial industry and to stand out from the competition. Look at what steps were taken to do that and improve on them to get to the next level without thinking that you have to re-haul or re-invent everything. Obviously, the company has been successful for a reason and the culture has been second to none for a reason. Don't try to alter too much as it could endanger what the firm has been doing right all these years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Commonwealth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Insurance Operations in Waltham, MA
    Current Intern - Insurance Operations in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at Commonwealth Financial Network as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good culture, everyone is really friendly. Come in at 8:30 and leave at 5:30. The work/life balance is pretty good.

    Cons

    Compensation not so great.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing Place to Work

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

    I have been working at Commonwealth Financial Network as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    company culture, casual dress summers, free food, fun events, great opportunities for development

    Cons

    lower pay than industry standard

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to wk
    Orkney for

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

    I have been working at Commonwealth Financial Network full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture, people and atmosphere

    Cons

    Could be more competitive on salary

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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