Madison Street Capital

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Madison Street Capital Reviews

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
9 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tough Work but Good Exposure

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Madison Street Capital full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Will give anyone an opportunity despite background.
    Get exposure to the industry
    Would be a good internship but maybe not full time position.
    I heard they have changed their structuring over the last year so that could be a plus
    Everyone is pretty outgoing

    Cons

    You will have to prove yourself to stay hired and the work is very daunting with very little pay.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Interesting work in the short run, but I wouldn't advise staying here

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Madison Street Capital full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    40 hr workweeks. Get to work with some really motivating people.

    Cons

    Really difficult to make good money if you have no experience in sales even if you do it's still really hard to make deals. Dial phones for literally 8 hours making cold calls using questionable sales tactics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Obviously something isn't working.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Waste of time.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Madison Street Capital as an intern

    Pros

    Honestly I can't recall any benefits of working for Madison St. I'm don't even list Madison St. on my resume.

    Cons

    Poor senior management, little opportunity to make real money. Very suspect in its dealings. Lots of cold calling (as an intern).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some integrity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Positive and challenging working environment in line with top tier investment banks

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Madison Street Capital full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Challenging work load that pushes you to succeed.
    Great management that makes you work hard to get results.
    Deals are getting completed in a voided space within the middle market.

    Cons

    Sometimes long hours are required. But, within investment banking, that is normal.
    Compared to other investment banks, hours are much less demanding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing - it works

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible Company - Management could care less

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Madison Street Capital full-time

    Pros

    Only pro was that it helped me realize what company I would never want to work for.

    Cons

    Upper management only cares about themselves. They don't have any value in their employees and could care less what happens to you. Don't ever expect a raise. Very shady and secretive. Management never tells the truth to employees and will just lay you off out of no where with no explanation. The service they "provide and sell" is a bogus and unethical.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have some value in your employees - maybe that's why your failing!

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

    Hard to Succeed

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Madison Street Capital full-time

    Pros

    Management is helpful and wants you to have success.

    Cons

    The 'contacts' and 'leads' they have for companies are not helpful. Your job is too cold-call 200-300 businesses a day and see if any of them are looking for financing or to sell. It's like finding a needle in a haystack.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more clearly defined and reachable daily/weekly sales goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    OK

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Madison Street Capital

    Pros

    Helping business owners is rewarding work. The diversity of types of businesses, along with the broad range of revenues makes for days that are never boring.

    Cons

    More often than not, the message from top leadership to everyone else becomes jumbled. This can be messages regarding timing of meetings, current state of the company, direction of growth, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management is competent enough. Some members of the team need some leadership training...I might suggest "Crucial Communications". I don't know the author of this study.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Name..Not Real Deal Makers Though

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Madison Street Capital

    Pros

    The Availability of Management
    Some periodic cash Bonuses and spiffs,
    Some really talented Mid-Management that keeps the business strong
    Great Training at every level

    Cons

    Feasibility of Business model
    Company has a very, very low deal closing rate
    Customer consideration
    Base and commision percentage is low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Deal closing percentage should be a selling point not a secret. Try to become a true Invesment Bank. Remember that being customer driven is more than just lip service.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Formerly Houlihan Smith. Now it's Madison Street Capital

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

    I have been working at Madison Street Capital full-time

    Pros

    "Entrepreneurial" and significant autonomy at the low- to mid-level since senior management does not take a strong role in deals; some voluntary access to investment banking training IF you are in the right group.

    Cons

    Senior management has ZERO M&A/financing experience from reputable investment banks so you learn nothing from those above you. Any worthwhile skills you acquire come from some outsourced investment banking training programs for which the firm will reimburse you, and from taking a senior role in deals that were forced through the business development group. Top management (purely sales backgrounds) is "ethically challenged" in a BIG way. A very select few at the very top make good money but at the expense of everyone below them and at the expense of clients' welfare. Bonus potential is not anywhere near where they say it is, and the base salary is very very low, if present at all. The culture is "toxic" due to these factors and more. They have/had some talented mid-level employees but even those have been/are leaving the past couple years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Handle your clients ethically and pay your employees fairly instead of hiding the bad reviews/complaints/lawsuits. You have a unique business model that could be effective, but instead you go for the quick buck and the low-hanging fruit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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