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Dissapointing

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Broker in Phoenix, AZ
Current Employee - Broker in Phoenix, AZ
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at Charles Schwab full-time

Pros

Entry level training. In the first year you work at Schwab you will go through 2-3 months of training depending on what time of year you start. Most significantly you will get a full month to study for your brokerage licenses. If you have no experience in the financial industry this is a great way to get your feet wet.

Cons

Entry level is the only thing Schwab is good for. They hire young 20 somethings and pay them to get their licenses and then work them till they quit. Overall salaries are pretty weak. If you are anything except a recent college grad they will be low balling you. God forbid you have a family to support, after the take 30% of your pay for insurance and retirement benefits you are going to be bringing home $2,000 a month as a broker. Management makes a big deal about the "opportunities" for growth and advancement, but in reality it is just going to another phone department and doing your same job for a negligibly higher salary. Actual career advancement occurs in two possible ways, either you go to a branch and try your hand as a financial consultant (don't let the name fool you, this is a sales position and has almost nothing to do with advising or consulting with clients), or you can become a team manager. Both of these take upwards of five years to achieve. After your first real promotion is when prospects start to look really hairy. Schwab is a pretty flat organization (only 6 managers between me and the CEO) but that means that each successive level of responsibility is drastically smaller than the last. Several hundred phone reps are competing for 2 dozen or so manager jobs, who in turn are competing for 4-5 director positions. To make it even harder Schwab has a ridiculous habit of hiring upper-level managers from outside of the company. Of the 5 directors in my section only one of them started their career at Schwab, and most have only been there for a few years. When I look at my management chain I literally have to go all the way to Walt Bettinger before I find a boss that has been with the company for more than 7 years. This is really disheartening to a lower level employee, considering that I do not see a single upper level manager that started in my shoes and made it to where they are now.

Advice to Management

Promote from within. When half the FC's are from Edward Jones, and all the operations center managers are poached from Vanguard, how are your employees supposed to maintain their drive and ambition? You will reduce turnover and develop real leaders.

Other Employee Reviews for Charles Schwab

  1. Fairly typical financial institution

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Associate in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Charles Schwab full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits in line with industry norms. Conservatively run, but stable company to work for.

    Cons

    The atmosphere is quite political, you're not really allowed to have an opinion on anything. A healthy questioning of authority figures and their decisions is certainly not tolerated. They don't like to promote people if they can avoid doing so, but if you do intend to advance, you will need to know the manager. It's an extremely nepotistic environment. As I mentioned, the company is managed conservatively, so don't expect an above average starting salary, or a massive raise every year. The company does not require a pre-employment drug screening of job applicants. For this reason, not all of your co-workers will be consummate professionals.

    Advice to Management

    Start paying market rates, and start drug screening new applicants. If you pay peanuts, you'll get monkeys. It's not difficult.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Ugly Politics and back stabbing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Programmer/Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Programmer/Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Charles Schwab full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They have 2 days work from home options which is awesome for an employee.

    Cons

    It used to be great company to work for. Last few years lot of politics from senior management made this company a very bad environment. Pay is miserable.

    Advice to Management

    Decrease some upper management politics. Employees getting suffered.


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