First Southwest Company Reviews

Updated May 8, 2015
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  1. Compliance Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at First Southwest Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people. The firm had a great reputation and history.

    Cons

    Poor management and low compensation relative to industry. Poor interdepartmental communication.

    Advice to Management

    Evolve


  2. Great company to work for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a place that will allow you to make a name for yourself. Hours may be long and some senior employees may push you around but if you put in the hard work, they will compensate you for it and will give you opportunities to grow. They do not reward laziness and bad attitudes. Don't expect freebies from anyone

    Cons

    Senior employees are not approachable. Difficult to learn the business when you are new since there are very few employees that will actually take time to help you.


  3. Helpful (1)

    harrasment procedures

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative
    Former Employee - Administrative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good salary, benefits and hours of operation

    Cons

    lack of interaction with management regarding resolution of harrasment in the workplace

    Advice to Management

    HR needs more training on handling conflict in the workplace without being bias


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  5. Overall

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good environment to work in

    Cons

    Take long to move up

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  6. The proverbial hamster wheel...

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at First Southwest Company full-time

    Pros

    Although it was increasing when I left, the workload was reasonable. They give ample vacation time and opportunity to use it. Work spaces provided to employees were very large and comfortable. Productivity stats were not used to micromanage employees.

    Cons

    There seems to be very little respect for most employees evidenced by poor compensation, lack of training, lack of recognition and weak communication. It seemed common for pay to start below industry average and remain stagnant. Very little resources were put into training employees while favoring a "sink or swim" approach that relied on the employee to train themselves by asking the right questions. (you don't know what you don't know). Expect little to no recognition for a job well done, but expect the bat signal to be shown upon you if you make a mistake or take action management doesn't agree with. Communication from management to employees is an immense problem. It is the worst I have ever seen in my career. Employees are left in the dark about important details, etc while management holds weekly closed door meetings. Management seems to work and communicate separately from their subordinates. There is a huge disconnect between management and employees that causes a lack of coherency and purpose. In many areas policy and procedure are hazy.. Ask 3 people, get 3 different answers. There is very little in writing to fall back on.

    Advice to Management

    My experience suggests that my feedback would be ignored anyways. Nothing during my time at this company lead me to believe that employee feedback was wanted and/or valued.


  7. Above average hours, below average pay

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at First Southwest Company full-time

    Pros

    Most of the lower level workers are nice and helpful

    Cons

    Management doesn't care about lower level employees. Pay is well below average for the industry and the hours you are expected to work. They keep people there with the promise of future compensation that never comes. Inconsistent direction from management. NO work life balance. If you have other options, do NOT work here.


  8. Stable Company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at First Southwest Company full-time

    Pros

    Very good Job Security and they give you quite a bit of vacation/personal time

    Cons

    upper movement is hard and the work environment is cold

    Advice to Management

    Be nicer to employees, even on a bad day for you


  9. great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Intern in Houston, TX

    Pros

    very friendly team members. great work environment.

    Cons

    new office location is somewhat inconvenient.


  10. Helpful (1)

    If you are a workaholic with NO personal life, then this is the place for you.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    They are loyal to employees that are loyal to the company.

    Cons

    Lack of respect from upper management. Little recognition for a job well-done, but a lot of recognition if something goes wrong. General atmosphere of senior leadership not caring about so-called "support staff." They expect you to be a workaholic and do not expect you to have a personal life. Benefits not up to date with many other companies current standards.

    Advice to Management

    The improve the work/life balance and recognize when an employee is doing an exceptional job. If an employee is doing a good job then reward them monetarily. Improve benefits for employees.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Hope you like Texas-style management

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Exposure to the public finance industry.

    Cons

    salary, hours, old boys texas mentality management

    Advice to Management

    Reward people for their contribution, try to be more diverse, let your employees know you value them, reward those for hard work and not for playing office politics



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