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11 people found this helpful

Sales environment at the Associate level driven by tough senior management, great skill set to learn and move on quickly

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Current Employee - Associate in East Palo Alto, CA
Current Employee - Associate in East Palo Alto, CA

I have been working at Arbor Advisors

Pros

Getting to learn how to cold call and sell on the phone is a skill set this job gave me that I value. In addition the junior level employees are great, and there is a lack of pretentiousness that typically accompanies investment banking. Fair to say though that this isn't really investment banking at the junior level, much closer to sales which I found to be a good thing. In addition since turnover is high your network becomes very valuable very quickly.

Cons

The compensation structure is not competitive per investment banking (which is fine since the job is closer to sales) however the visibility into bonus is almost zero which is frustrating. Senior management has a rudimentary grasp of corporate finance which makes training new employees in modeling, structured finance and M&A an afterthought there.

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  1. 7 people found this helpful

    Fine for a short term job; not a place to build a career

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    Former Employee - Associate in East Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in East Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Arbor Advisors

    Pros

    The junior level comraderie is high. Part of the reason for this is commiseration on quality of senior management, compensation, and high hours worked/high facetime. That being said, the job is mostly autonomous with some degree of freedom about how you go about your day. It's an OK place to park yourself for a few months and get a salary while looking for something else, but if you start thinking long term here, it will get depressing.

    Cons

    This is not an investment banking job. This is a sales job with little relevance to investment banking. This job will not build your skills for banking. Some associates have been able to move to private equity shops which focus on calling though, which is really the only possible career progression. Compensation as a percent of firm revenue is depressingly low. I would echo other reviewers as well; they have been spot on. Hours are mandatory 7am to 8pm minimum (babysat until 8pm each night; time is tracked).

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  2. 6 people found this helpful

    After three months at Arbor Advisors, all your colleagues and yourself included will be looking for an exit strategy.

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    Former Employee - Associate in East Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in East Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Arbor Advisors

    Pros

    If you want to get "investment banking" on your resume, this is an opportunity to do that. You will gain extensive sales experience as the culture is 100% geared towards selling as opposed to execution of deals. The day to day work demands are relatively autonomous allowing for thoughtful self evaluation of career opportunities. Fun work events including watching sporting games at local East Palo Alto bars.

    Cons

    Lack of trust from senior management with Associates seen as a commodity. You will spend 10% of your day focused on HR recruitment, i.e. phone screens and live interviews of new Associates and VPs from day one given the routine employee turnover (80-90% annual churn - check LinkedIn). Beyond pure sales experience, limited knowledge gain on the investment banking execution side. Hours are mandated regardless of work load. Overall, a difficult environment to spend 60-80 hours at weekly, you will dread Sunday night.

    Doesn't Recommend
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