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  1.  

    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 an year)

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good small team

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KBW

    Pros

    Able to learn a lot.

    Cons

    Management was tight with budget

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Once a great company now in decline

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Try and value and reward existing revenue producing areas

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    overall a great place to work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

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

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    Former Employee - Equities in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Equities in New York, NY

    I worked at KBW

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Skip it

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KBW

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Positive

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    Current Employee - Senior Vice President
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President

    I have been working at KBW

    Pros

    Professional, deeply committed to the industry

    Cons

    Small firm, growing its profile in HK

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Summer intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at KBW

    Pros

    Provided with a great summer internship experience that I would argue was one of the best exposures to the financial world

    Cons

    I wasn't too happy with how little communication there was internally... seemed like you only really interacted with the people you directly worked for

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the only thing i would advise the management on is making sure that everyone knows who is new (even interns)

    Approves of CEO

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