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Stark Investments Review

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Former Employee - Analyst/Associate  in  Boston, MA
Former Employee - Analyst/Associate in Boston, MA

I worked at Stark Investments

Pros

- The firm is well known in the world of hedge funds.

Cons

- If you're not based in Milwaukee, employees are treated as a different class of employees.
- Employees are not given an opportunity to invest directly in the subportfolio they manage.
- The 401k plan through Marshall & Illsey is atrocious. There isn't an opportunity for employees to grow long-term wealth beyond their salaries.
- Since senior management is so involved in the aggregate portfolio, they sometimes lack the proper management of a firm that is now considerably larger (i.e. not recognize skills/talents of associates that may be underutilized, etc.)

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- Step back and decide which partners will focus solely on portfolio issues and which parters will focus on business issues to be more effective.
- Give analysts the opportunity to demonstrate investment talent. There are may traders not listening to their analysts and performance would have been MUCH better if some of the analyst recommendations were followed. A true meritocracy would allow analysts to demonstrate talent via model portfolios that could eventually open opprtunities for them as traders.

Doesn't Recommend

Other Reviews for Stark Investments

  1.  

    Analyst

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    Former Employee - Analyst
    Former Employee - Analyst

    I worked at Stark Investments

    Pros

    The company is a good platform to learn and improve your skill sets in a variety of asset classes .

    Cons

    Company is too top heavy and not enough management fees to keep good employees; no investment direction, adverse selection in employees who are quitting vs staying.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the number of strategies and employees, bring the business in line with capital under management, refocus investment strategies to core competencies.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2.  

    Amazing! Great people, great opportunity.

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    Former Employee - IT Intern  in  Saint Francis, WI
    Former Employee - IT Intern in Saint Francis, WI

    I worked at Stark Investments as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    They gave me every opportunity to succeed and learn, making sure that the next step in my career would be upwards.

    Cons

    The hardest part was getting to familiarize yourself with as much as possible. So many in-house apps and different programs to modify and fix.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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