Cantor Fitzgerald

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A Good Stepping Stone

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY
Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY

I worked at Cantor Fitzgerald

Pros

If you find a way to impress senior management, it could make your experience there a really good one. Also, it's a good company to have on your resume. It opened a lot of doors for me.

Cons

ALL decisions take FOREVER because ALL (and I really do mean ALL) decisions are run by the Chairman. Get ready for some late nights waiting for approval on your projects. Also, don't hold your breath on that "promised" bonus because it's not coming. If by chance it does come, you'll be so insulted that it would have been better not getting anything at all.

Ladies, maternity leave is the ABSOLUTE MINIMUM!!

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Understand that a happy worker is a productive worker. Keep your workers happy and you will see that you no longer have that revolving door.

No opinion of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    For the hustlers and thick-skinned only.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Cantor Fitzgerald

    Pros

    If you're in the front office (IBanking, Sales & Trading, Sr VP and up, etc.) and you contribute to the top line, then you'll have a chance to make Wall St. income. If you have thick skin, a hustling mentality and can navigate the office politics then you'll fit it nicely here. The firm's businesses span across many different industries (Ibanking, insurance, gaming, internet, etc), and you'll have the opportunity to get involved in a variety of interesting projects. Once you've worked here, you feel like you can survive any business environment.

    Cons

    If you're in a support or back office role, then expect Wall St. hours and demands without the pay. There is an overriding culture of fear, functional chaos and individualism. Communication with management tends to be face-to-face as they want to avoid having it recorded for accountability purposes. It's a multi-billion dollar firm, but yet operates more like a small business (e.g. most approvals pertaining to salaries, bonuses, partnership and expenses go through the CEO) so be prepared to wait and wait and...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The culture of fear that is encouraged leads to low morale and high turnover, but if Cantor survived 9/11 then it can survive anything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Not very good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Cantor Fitzgerald

    Pros

    For experienced hires only! If you are coming out of school... do not work here to learn anything.

    Cons

    Everyone out for themselves. Zero teamwork environment. This place is a "eat what you kill" environment, therefore, if there is a common client fellow employees will try to burn you to get a piece of their commissions. There is no educational experience for the novice employee. If you produce (with client revenues) then you will get compensated. If your group does not produce any revenues, Howard will not give you a red cent! Benefits are not that great either.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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