Mesirow Financial Reviews

Updated June 27, 2015
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Mesirow Financial Chairman and CEO Richard S. Price
Richard S. Price
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Pros
  • work life balance is good and they offer tuition exchange (in 8 reviews)

  • Great culture, great people and fantastic environment (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management decisions are made by committee so not much gets done (in 5 reviews)

  • Managing directors get to own their little empires, which means lots of favoritism (in 3 reviews)

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  1. previous full time employee

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

    I worked at Mesirow Financial full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    great people
    good career tajectory
    competitive benefits
    great work life balance

    Cons

    difficult industry
    some employee turnover due to very competitive market

    Advice to Management

    continue to retain the best people
    develop a mentoring program


  2. Uncompetitive salary

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mesirow Financial full-time

    Pros

    Nice building. Good location.

    Cons

    Very uncompetitive salary unless you are a producer bringing in money. And the management doesn't seem to care. Speaking of upper management... Since Jim Tyree passed away the place is without a leader.

    Sad... And the benefits are average at best


  3. Vice president

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mesirow Financial full-time

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

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial environment, but that sword cuts both ways. There's no single vision or clear direction. Hours are very reasonable and the top brass try to be good guys/gals.

    Cons

    The significant difference in treatment of client-facing businesses compared to infrastructure groups (IT, accounting, HR, etc.) created a clear sense that there are "have"s who matter, and "have not"s who don't.

    Advice to Management

    Lead or get out of the way. The time for consensus on post-Jim direction is long gone.


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  5. cashier

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    Former Employee - Cashier Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Cashier Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Mesirow Financial (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    It was a good company when Jim Tyree was alive.

    Cons

    The work environment has became considerably worse.


  6. Good mix with few gaps

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mesirow Financial

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, decent life-work balance. People are smart and foster a collegial atmosphere.

    Cons

    Not the best processes. Pay so-so.


  7. SVP

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

    I worked at Mesirow Financial full-time

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

    Pros

    The corporate office offers many benefits to employees and opportunities for advancement. The Mesirow brand is well known in the Chicagoland area.

    Cons

    Working in a satellite office is not a good idea as we were excluded from many of the opportunities offered to corporate employees

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to include satellite offices in all opportunities. Many of the people working there feel excluded.


  8. ok place.

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Mesirow Financial

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

    Pros

    Charity events ; business casual; decent benefits

    Cons

    Varies by business line; turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership - need to remove bad management.


  9. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Benefits Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Benefits Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Mesirow Financial

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

    Pros

    great environment
    great people
    learn a lot

    Cons

    weary of promotions
    position environment depends on the team

    Advice to Management

    share goals and strategies with employees and what to do / grasp in order to get to the next level


  10. Business Analyst

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst - IT Shared Services in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Business Analyst - IT Shared Services in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Mesirow Financial

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

    Pros

    Finance and Accounting - Had a chance to work on such systems.

    Cons

    Shared Services - After main project was completed, the position turned away from finance and towards shared services.


  11. I felt like I was being tortured every day.

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    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Mesirow Financial full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Company looks good on your resume. Lots of opportunities to do more work than you were hired to do. Builds character if it doesn't break you.

    Cons

    Ineffective and incompetent management. Unfair oversight of staff from HR to immediate managers through senior level. Low performers are allowed to remain. Co-workers were unfairly terminated. Benefits are sub par.

    Advice to Management

    A significant review of admin support managers is needed. Survey your employees regularly and you will finally see why you have 60% turnover.



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