First Annapolis

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Work with bunch of smart, collegial guys in a fascinating ethical industry. And make money doing it.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Linthicum, MD
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Linthicum, MD

I worked at First Annapolis

Pros

Smart guys. Ethical, dynamic industry - something is always shaking. You make consulting mone while traveling one twentieth as much. You work face to face with your clients, who are big hitters and consistent performers at the biggest companies you have (or should have) heard of.

Cons

There are two camps of partners. One are really cool and equitable. A true meritocracy. The other camp operates on politics. They managed to oust the founder. The managing partner is a good man, and one of the brightest minds in payments. A couple of the other partners are hot-heads who can either make you or break you.

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Please read the following: There are two camps of partners. One are really cool and equitable. A true meritocracy. The other camp operates on politics. They managed to oust the founder. The managing partner is a good man, and one of the brightest minds in payments. A couple of the other partners are hot-heads who can either make you or break you.

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    I hope you like payments!!!

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Linthicum, MD
    Current Employee - Analyst in Linthicum, MD

    I have been working at First Annapolis

    Pros

    Probably the top payments advisory firm in the world. There is so much knowledge inside the building I don't understand why every payments firm in the industry is not breaking down the doors of this place to get a glimpse of what's inside! Lots of interaction with clients. Senior members of the firm actually listen to opinions of junior employees and try hard to make the analyst life a worthwhile experience - is a two way street though - must give to get. A true open door policy with senior professionals.

    Cons

    Very small firm - at times can feel like a family business, which is good and bad. Star performers hog all the top notch assignments. Is very much an up or out culture. Senior management will not be forthcoming with performance reviews and analysts must be very assertive to become aware of how they are performing and read between the lines. Personal benchmarking to peers is key to success. The senior professionals seem to enjoy watching the junior analysts compete with each other.

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    Hire a CEO!! Firm leadership suffers from no single leader. The partners lead as a group - though very distracted with client work and business development. As a group, they do not share much information about the partnership with the rank and file.

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    Really smart and driven people - - but make sure you are aligned with those you work with best

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at First Annapolis

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn a lot very quickly. If you take initiative, you will have meaningful roles on projects and can get promoted rather quickly

    Cons

    Your first few projects will make you or break you. Some projects and / or project managers are challenging offering a limited amount of guidance (or in some cases too much guidance).

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    Promote good patient coaches / mentors and show that their importance to the firm. There are a lot of really smart people but fewer who know how to develop others. The industry and subject (payments industry) can be tough to grasp (especially at first), which makes it challenging for star performers to excel. The firm has the opportunity to retain more high caliber people with a more development type atmosphere.

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