KBW Reviews

Updated March 16, 2015
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KBW President, CEO & Vice Chairman Thomas B. Michaud
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  1. An interesting environment

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Florham Park, NJ
    Former Employee - Intern in Florham Park, NJ

    I worked at KBW

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation, engaging management team, Office life

    Cons

    Difficulty finding direction, not many opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Give interns more opportunities


  2. Great Company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate
    Current Employee - Research Associate

    I have been working at KBW

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing senior management and leadership

    Cons

    Some bad publicity a couple of years ago with the Chairman

    Advice to Management

    Keep the KBW name autonomous from Stifel, it has a strong reputation


  3. Analyst in FIG

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    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Culture is a lot more laidback than the traditional bulge-bracket shops -Senior bankers treat the bullpen with a lot of respect -Salary is in-line with what you'd expect for a boutique

    Cons

    -Just because deals are smaller in size and volume, doesn't mean they expect you to be in the office any less. Face-time is still considered customary. -Not sure how things have changed since they were acquired by Stifel.


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  5. Good small team

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KBW

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Able to learn a lot.

    Cons

    Management was tight with budget


  6. Once a great company now in decline

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    Pay is fair for a smaller firm, easy to work across divisions, top research on the street for FIG

    Cons

    Limited access due to size, old boys club feel

    Advice to Management

    Try and value and reward existing revenue producing areas


  7. Company business has been shrinking.

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    Former Employee - Not Client Facing in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Not Client Facing in New York, NY

    I worked at KBW full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Senior management have good personalities and shoot from the hip. Best are the old school investment bankers.

    Cons

    Shots from the hip often miss. More disciplined business planning would benefit the business. Typically sexist Wall Street culture (but informal and friendly).

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course with your focus on the financial sector and someday it will come back and the company will be successful again.


  8. An overall great experience, would recommend working here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KBW

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    strong culture very good compensation i think its a great place to work, associates have a lot of responsibility, makes it more challenging for us

    Cons

    long hours a lot of work sometimes the work gets a bit boring, but there is mobility throughout the firm

    Advice to Management

    overall a great place to work


  9. Large pool of long tenured, average employees makes it a professionally stifling place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Equities in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Equities in New York, NY

    I worked at KBW

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A few of the positives include low levels of bureaucracy, generally friendly employees, and competitive salaries.

    Cons

    Key downsides include poor senior leadership, lack of accountability, and little diversity among the employee base.

    Advice to Management

    Poor recent strategic decision making (in both the US and Asia), slow response to changing dynamic of marketplace, and terrible employee morale indicates serious senior management shake-up is needed as it suggests that management either does not know or care about the serious challenges threatening the firm from both inside and outside. It is tough to say which is worse, but the sad reality is that neither is getting addressed appropriately.


  10. a great place for dinosaurs to repose

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    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY

    I worked at KBW

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great quality of life good benefits

    Cons

    very limited capabilities and product offerings bad commercial sense abounds lack of strong leadership to direct business growth most of the money here has been made when the co went public mgmt is severely risk averse


  11. Skip it

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KBW

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company are big supporters of 9-11 and serve free lunch everyday

    Cons

    There really isn't a good middle management structure at all. Seems most are where they are because of who they became close with, not skill.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look into the money that is being throw away by over engineered processes



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