Graduate Leverage

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Trapped

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

    I worked at Graduate Leverage full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Small company, easy to get to know all other coworkers in the office and get a feel for how they operate. Easy to say that majority of workers are smart and there's plenty to learn. Some of the company ideas are very innovative and understandable.

    Cons

    Can't trust company, pretty much every promise which was made during my tenure was broken. No upward mobility. Lack or communication (would be understandable if company size was 5 to 10 times what it's current company size is). Layoffs seem to be common place and arrive without warning. Pay isn't great either.

    Advice to Management

    Trust is the hardest thing to earn and the easiest thing to lose...


  2. Helpful (2)

    Everyone is waiting to either quit or be fired

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at Graduate Leverage full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great mutual funds and unique approach to investing. CEO is a market wizard and can seemingly see the future on trades. The market opportunity exists for the company to do very well.

    Cons

    Bankrupt culture. Senior leadership doesn't care about anyone but themselves and making money. The office used to be full, now it is almost empty since all the jobs have been shipped to Manila. Everyone thinks they will be next and fears for their jobs, or at least a pay cut, which have been common. It feels like I am on the Titanic - I am shopping my resume.

    Advice to Management

    The employees know that you think we are expendable and that you only care about money. And, please, start acting professionally (no more 2-year old temper tantrums, throwing and breaking things . . . ).


  3. Great Working Environment,

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Analyst in Waltham, MA
    Former Contractor - Analyst in Waltham, MA

    I worked at Graduate Leverage as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great Working environment. Real open door policy. Opportunities to articulate ideas, try them out and finally get rewarded for them. Very involved and empathetic executive management team

    Cons

    Due to small office, politics affect almost all opportunities for growth and involvement. Not very involved in diversity recruitment.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more diverse teams.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    :(

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

    I have been working at Graduate Leverage full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Coworkers (other advisors) are pleasant. There is a nice work-life balance. Located just outside of Boston. Convenient.

    Cons

    Execs seem to change the entire business model every month. Very disconnected from the firm's daily practices. Currently outsourcing certain departments.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees. They go through the trenches for you and their efforts were not reciprocated.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Not much fun

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

    I have been working at Graduate Leverage full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    It's a paycheck and you don't have to work hard

    Cons

    Not much room for growth


  7. Helpful (2)

    Software Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at Graduate Leverage full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    They have the charm of attracting bright people to work for them.

    Cons

    Those bright people quit in about a year time because the CEO shuts down projects he claims to be very passionate about without warning, after making those people work for 60+ hours a week towards those projects.

    This place claims to be not political but it actually is very much so.

    The leadership tends to go in all sorts of directions. The departments fight with each other and most of this company is outsourced at this point. Everyone is afraid of looking bad and being reprehended/fired.

    Saving money is the key objective of this company and long hours goes without saying. They want to do everything without much process never mind methodology which never existed.

    Advice to Management

    You have a lot of talent, allow departments to communicate with each other and stop playing the blame game. Stop claiming you will set in processes and grow teams when in fact you use management for a completely different goal.

    If the company is not profitable is not your talent's fault it's lack of management of your client base.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Schizophrenic, but great ideas.

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

    I worked at Graduate Leverage

    Pros

    Bright visionary president. Forward looking, generally. Company was generous when it was able to be. Makes all efforts to do right by its customers.

    Cons

    Opportunistic, often fits and starts in its program offerings, struggles to reinvent itself from financial market collapse that killed access to funds, credit, and the student loan industry - particularly consolidation loans - which the company originally launched into.

    Advice to Management

    Take stock in your approach: the same one may not be working as successfully in your new iteration as it did so amazingly well in your initial go. Consider bringing products to completion (or near) before going to market.



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