FBR Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
35 Reviews
2.7
35 Reviews
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FBR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard J. Hendrix
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  1.  

    Low morale

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FBR full-time

    Pros

    Good opportunities to make a difference on research side

    Cons

    Morale was very low while I was here.

  2.  

    Morale problems

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FBR full-time

    Pros

    People are generally friendly and work together well

    Cons

    When I left company was struggling with employee morale

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Environment!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FBR

    Pros

    Great group of hard working people

    Cons

    Small size limits firms oppurtunities

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    good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FBR full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    top hotel training program. On the top of the market

    Cons

    long extended work hours. difficult to balance with private life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible Bank

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    Former Employee - Equity Research Associate  in  Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Equity Research Associate in Arlington, VA

    I worked at FBR full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Equity research/Investment banking in the DC area. Strong player in the 144A issuance market. Company is focusing on adding value through policy research.

    Cons

    Work normal investment banking hours while getting paid the FBR rate. Compensation is a joke. Only reason to work here is to get a start so you can move to a better firm soon. Most research here is a joke. Lots of turnover in research as people pursue better opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Either pay people or work them less.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Not What it Used to Be

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FBR full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very talented people and a lot of opportunity to build your own path.

    Cons

    Weak leadership at the top that did not understand how to cultivate the talent that was already in place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on organically growing the organization by rewarding top performers. Learn how to get rid of people that are not performing well at all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company but, they have lost their way in the past couple of years.

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    Former Employee - Sales Trader  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Sales Trader in Washington, DC

    I worked at FBR full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Nice offices, but they are moving. Work life balance is good and compensation was excellent in past years (2011 my bonus was almost nothing compared to other years).

    Cons

    The values of the top management is questionable, They are getting back on the right track but in the short term the company is questionable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    good hours, good people, lots of responsibility, opportunity to be promoted to analyst, but mediocre pay and benefits

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    Current Employee - Equity Research Associate  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Equity Research Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at FBR full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good hours (some groups work longer than others), good people, lots of responsibility, opportunity to be promoted to analyst, vibe is social amongst associates

    Cons

    The pay is mediocre and the there are few benefits beyond medical, dental, and vision. Should add tuition reimbursement and travel compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    na

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience over my six years with the firm!

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at FBR full-time

    Pros

    Access to top leaders is exceptional.

    Cons

    Had a few tough years, but that is behind us.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better communication with employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Best on the ground, on the job learning opportunity in the sell-side financial services space, bar none

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at FBR full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial culture, manager/mentor model of development, innovation is expected and smart hard workers are rewarded.

    Cons

    It takes time to learn to speak up, you have to find your own value-add opportunities, no face-time means your work has to speak for itself

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Standardize recent training and development opportunities at the junior and mid-levels. Highlight the experiences of those who have built careers at FBR from the entry level to the senior levels.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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