Edward Jones

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Edward Jones Reviews

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70 Reviews
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Edward Jones Managing Partner Jim Weddle
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Pros
  • If you choose the team carefully you can have a good work/life balance (in 43 reviews)

  • Great training especially if you have limited to no financial knowledge (in 70 reviews)


Cons
  • It can be tough to see enough decision makers by going door to door during the daytime (in 57 reviews)

  • Door knocking was one of the hardest things I've ever done in my life (in 68 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Edward Jones

    Pros

    Great place to work. People are fantastic. Great work-life balance. If you want a satisfying career and you want to work with great people, this is the place for you.

    Cons

    Can't really think of a downside. I've been with Edward Jones for 4 years. It's a wonderful company and I am satisfied with my career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider revising the maternity leave policy. In Europe, they have a 1 year paid leave policy. Vacations should be longer as well.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A great employer, but some minor downsides...

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    Current Employee - BOA Branch Office Administrator in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - BOA Branch Office Administrator in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Edward Jones

    Pros

    -Great benefits, flexible schedule, good compensation. They provide you with all the training you need to get started. If you get along with your advisor, life will be just fine. They have profit sharing and 401k matching.

    Cons

    The health benefits are not the best. If you work in an office where you hate your advisor (boss), life could be miserable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow BOA's to get licensed without having the branch being profitable. Work on getting better health benefits that don't cost so much for a family.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good starting platform

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Edward Jones

    Pros

    Training is good; great place to start at and get your Series 7 license, etc. and get some good industry experience. You get to have your own office and make your own hours as long as you are making money. Other FAs are very supportive and genuinely try to help you out and make sure you do well.

    Cons

    Payout structure is low compared to the other major brokerages. Also the firm teaches you alot about selling, but not much about actual finance and investing principles. If you didnt learn about economics and finanical markets in college or are not very familiar with investments, then you are on your own to get "up to speed" and learn about the industry. Some advisors seem comfortable with not knowing squat about investing and just sell what EJ tells them to. If you are analytical and like being able to research investments, follow companies, options, etc, then this is not a place for you to be at, go be an analyst at a hedge fund or investment bank.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put a training program in place to make sure advisors know more about the finance industry and a broader range of investments. There needs to be more FAs out there who can actually "advise" instead of just sell.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    It's not for everyone!

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    Former Employee - Financial Advisor in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Financial Advisor in Cary, NC

    I worked at Edward Jones

    Pros

    Full Autonomy, it's your business, it's all up to you to make it or throw in the towel. Great home office support, good training.

    Cons

    Door to door prospecting, door to door prospecting, and door to door prospecting,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I like the company and I like their mission statement, I'm just not cut out to do door to door prospecting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I'll never know...

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    Former Employee - Sales Intern
    Former Employee - Sales Intern

    I worked at Edward Jones

    Pros

    you get paid during your study time while preparing to take the series 7 exam- which is not a bad way to go

    Cons

    was let go just before i was to sit and take the exam- my scores were just a bit below expectations..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look at the whole picture when evaluating your employees- allow a bit more flexibility in job related performance reviews to allow a bit more flexibility

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    door knocking tough in a world of con artists

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    Former Employee - Financial Advisor
    Former Employee - Financial Advisor

    I worked at Edward Jones

    Pros

    this company knows what it wants and is willing to help you along--everybody knows what your going through trying to build clients in the beginning because they had to do it as well.

    Cons

    they claim that they don't recruit people from the financial industry with current clients and want hard workers who are follow their formula instead, but it seems the only people who have come to edward jones with a clients already in tow are the only one's with any type of security in the beginning years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    they should spend more time and money on other forms of marketing and advertising than door knocking

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Support the Investment Advisors in the field

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Development Leader in Lake Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Development Leader in Lake Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Edward Jones

    Pros

    Stable employer. Good benefits. The ability to become a Limited Partner. Strong corporate culture.

    Cons

    Limited growth potential. Very few people make it out of the trenches to make higher incomes. The company tends to micro manage the rank and file employees. If you do not drink the cool aid you will not advance with the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reevaluate your compensation package. You need to increase pay rates for the home office associates

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to learn

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    Current Employee - Intern
    Current Employee - Intern

    I have been working at Edward Jones

    Pros

    This was a good experience, overall nice people with a general knowledge of the financial services industry, best experiences gained in client relations

    Cons

    Very little financial knowledge necessary, work mainly based on generating clients to gain assets under management, small branch offices, too many branches

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To cut down the walls between boas and fas, consider making some offices such as regional leaders larger, with multiple fas and boas

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good Place, not for everyone!!!!

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    Former Employee - Financial Advisor in Reading, PA
    Former Employee - Financial Advisor in Reading, PA

    I worked at Edward Jones

    Pros

    Be your own boss
    Major Flexibility
    Great compensation after a few years
    Independence
    Great training
    Great Ethics
    Operate in independent workspace
    Really teaches a trainee how to help their clients fully

    Cons

    Terrible health benefits, if you are looking for this you will not find it here.
    Terrible salary compared to other financial advisors, especially wire house firms.
    Your mentor is usually a good distance away, mine was over 2 hours away.
    If you like to work in a team enviornment this is not the place for you.
    Overall it is a great company, but not the right fit for everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is very knowledgeable, however, your management is either in St. Louis or your mentor who can be anywhere. You will be the main manager and big boss.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Training

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Edward Jones

    Pros

    Great training, own office, like own business

    Cons

    Door knocking which works, but gets you smaller investments, rollover 401k's

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    No opinion of CEO

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