Global Hunter Securities

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Global Hunter Securities Reviews

Updated November 10, 2014
Updated November 10, 2014
10 Reviews
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  1.  

    A Great Firm with Sharp Employees

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Global Hunter Securities

    Pros

    Great management, smart people, reputable firm.

    Cons

    Long hours can be draining, however, you'd be hard pressed to find an investment banking firm where this is not the case.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not rewarding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Global Hunter Securities full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You will learn a lot, because you have no choice. Your job description will change many times before your one year anniversary. Is that a pro or con?

    Cons

    -Do everything twice.
    -Upper Management needs an overhaul.
    -Too much dollars are spent on wrong hires. Extremely high turnover.
    -Talent may be recognized, just not rewarded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mgmt needs to mentor and lead.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Houston office research department gave interns the opportunity to contribute, learn, and grow.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Summer Research Associate in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Summer Research Associate in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Global Hunter Securities as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Meaningful work and exposure living in Houston
    Access to top management
    Very nice and helpful colleagues
    Cheaper living in Houston

    Cons

    Getting use to Houston weather
    Pay is not as high as bigger banks
    Upward mobility can be challenging
    No development programs for new employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop better development plans and training for entry level candidates so turnover is not as high. (Mostly in the banking sector)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Don't expect to be promoted here...either come as somebody or don't come at all

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate

    I worked at Global Hunter Securities full-time

    Pros

    - Some fun people to work
    - Access to managing directors
    - High levels of responsibility

    Cons

    - Little promotion opportunities
    - Will take any deal to try to make a dollar
    - Questionable and incompetent management
    - Nepotism
    - Hires quickly then finds out hired too quick so layoffs are common
    - Deal Fees > Clients > Employees (unless you came from and made a name for yourself at a bulge bracket - then you are closer to the deal fee importance)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become more of a meritocracy and remove those in charge that are either an experiment or made it there based solely on connections

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    research intern

    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Global Hunter Securities as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    great office location, nice and warm coworker

    Cons

    HR seems like did not know what kind of person GHS needs, only follow the rules.

  7.  

    Solid experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Global Hunter Securities

    Pros

    Ambitious/smart people, high energy, can learn a lot from highly successful people

    Cons

    Lots of hours if you work as an associate. It is more of a lifestyle than a job.

  8.  

    Long hours and big heads

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Institutional Sales
    Current Employee - Institutional Sales

    I have been working at Global Hunter Securities full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Culture, working in an environment where there's lots of tools to learn everything you need to be successful in this buisness

    Cons

    Arrogant, "fraternity" atmosphere is pretty standard; if you're new, you're the bottom of the barrel no matter how much experience/knowledge you have; lots of turnover

    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big Career Mistake

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Associate in New Orleans, LA

    I worked at Global Hunter Securities full-time

    Pros

    > Jocular / fraternal jr. experience
    > Fun people to work with, at the jr. level
    > Drinking / bar crawl breaks mid-afternoon / mid-week when slow
    > Work hard / play hard is defined here

    Cons

    Bank-wide Criticism
    > Nepotism on an almost outlandish level
    > Unstable platform
    > Questionable leadership
    > Under-qualified in industry niche
    > Deal / fees first, client second
    > History of questionable broker practices (see China Media Express)
    > Difficulty closing larger mandates, routinely attempt place securities w/o adequate sales coverage
    > Past clients have issued securities ultimately disruptive and costly to their capital structure
    > "A lot of the time, we're the last stop before chapter 11,"
    > "GHS, where deals go to die,"

    Jr. Level / Experience Criticism
    > Jr. bankers terminated / let go when sr. bankers unable to close deals to support P&L
    > Long hours on fruitless deals
    > Exit options almost non existent
    > Little to no credibility / "prestige"
    > Unprofessional work environment
    > If you're not from the South, uphill battle at times culturally
    > No training program for first years
    > "Working closely with MD's," is sales pitch during recruiting, very difficult dynamic in practice
    > Little to no exposure to aspects of traditional banking corporate finance sans hybrid debt deals

    Advice to jr. level person joining, keep looking or go to grad school

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve standing and reputation with prospective clients, acquire sr. talent that have report and actionable industry contacts to diversify product capability aware from costly, high risk debt / and hybrid equity mandates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Do everything twice

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Analyst in New Orleans, LA

    I worked at Global Hunter Securities

    Pros

    flat corporate structure - lots of access to MDs

    Cons

    Lack of professionalism and knowledge of the process, everything has to be done at least twice

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop regular protocol

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    At-Will clause.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Global Hunter Securities

    Pros

    small private business. if you are viewed valuable to them, they treat you like a star.

    Cons

    At-will clause allows them to let you go home without any penalty when you are viewed as no longer valuable. Zero communication from the mgmt to local offices. Flattery will work here.

    Doesn't Recommend

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