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FBR Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
39 Reviews
2.6
39 Reviews
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  1.  

    Intent and ample resources to expand but problems executing,

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FBR

    Pros

    Good research analysts, good internal structures in place,

    Cons

    Equity research pay a bit below the Street
    Generally friendly culture and cohesiveness
    Some issues integrating acquired analysts and some issues executing plans to build out research coverage

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Match Street compensation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Intern in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at FBR as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to learn, and can help right away if proactive.

    Cons

    Put the interns in a position where know what is needed for the future.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Where dreams go to die, good ole boys go to get richer and uppity recent grads think they're on top of the world

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Arlington, VA

    I worked at FBR full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free lunch on the 25th of every month

    Cons

    Everything else. Expensive healthcare, Lack of upward mobility. Management promotions because of tenure. Low compensation and no bonus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Form committees and speak to employee. Happy employees are productive employees. Increase compensation many employees would like to have a career with the firm but the unbelievably low compensation forms a roadblock.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    FBR Management Will Lie, Cheat, & Steal; First They Will Work You into the Ground

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    Current Employee - Equities
    Current Employee - Equities

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

    Pros

    Not many. This firm is in a declining portion of Wall Street and they don't pay their people well.

    Cons

    Management will work you into the ground and then not pay you. They have had many employee compensation lawsuits, just look it up. It is terrible working with people who habitually lie in order to make their profit forecasts. Further, upper management really only pays themselves and everyone else gets paid low-class or middle-class wages at best, despite being in a supposedly lucrative industry. Management needs to learn how to share.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop lying, stop stealing, stop messing with your employees lives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    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.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  8.  

    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

  9.  

    good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FBR full-time (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

  10.  

    Not What it Used to Be

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FBR full-time (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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible Bank

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Equity Research Associate in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Equity Research Associate in Arlington, VA

    I worked at FBR full-time (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

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