Graduate Leverage

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Graduate Leverage Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Trapped

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

    I worked at Graduate Leverage full-time (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Everyone is waiting to either quit or be fired

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    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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 . . . ).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    :(

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Graduate Leverage full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Great Working Environment,

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Waltham, MA

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Hire more diverse teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not much fun

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Not much room for growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Schizophrenic, but great ideas.

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    • Senior Management
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    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 ManagementAdvice

    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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