R.J. O'Brien Reviews

Updated July 4, 2015
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  1. Temp

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at R.J. O'Brien (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    good atmosphere, good leadership, great learning opportunity

    Cons

    I have no complaints here.


  2. Finacial Industry Flop

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Accounts Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Customer Accounts Coordinator in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at R.J. O'Brien full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good starting point
    A lot to learn
    Secure company
    Hires temporary employees as full-time on a regular basis, i.e. interns

    Cons

    Below industry salaries
    Disorganized, no clear job tasks
    Horible HR department, disorganized and unclear about HR functions
    Very political, you will not move up unless you know someone
    Extremely cheap, do not do overtime
    Work load is extremely high for minimal pay
    Employees quit on a regular basis
    Minimal raises and other benefits
    Stuck with how things were done in the past, not willing to implement improvements

    Advice to Management

    Don't preach RJO is family owned and family/people centered because it is NOT
    Stop promising big raises
    Invest in training programs


  3. Customer service

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at R.J. O'Brien (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    None. Going to work was like getting a root canal daily.

    Cons

    Very old high school hierarchy.

    Advice to Management

    Not everyone will kiss your behind


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  5. Clerk

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

    I worked at R.J. O'Brien

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    vacation time and paid holidays only thing that is good about the company

    Cons

    over worked under paid, no room for advancement, horrible management

    Advice to Management

    Terrible managers


  6. Place does not care about its employees

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at R.J. O'Brien full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    There really are no pros.

    Cons

    This place has terrible benefits.
    Low pay.
    Low morale.

    Advice to Management

    Give incentives or people will continue to leave.


  7. Helpful (2)

    A technology "body shop"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Employee
    Former Employee - IT Employee

    I worked at R.J. O'Brien full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Learned a bunch about the trading industry. The family members are genuinely friendly and sincere to everyone. Benefits are adequate, including a decent amount of PTO. The management team has a great understanding of the industry and kept it on a growth track during recessions and industry turbulence.

    Cons

    Unfortunately for as good as the senior management is at operations, they are completely inept when it comes to technology. Compensation is below industry averages. They rely much too heavily on consultants for strategic planning and carrying out basic tasks. They will under-invest in critical areas like security while blowing the bank on pet projects. I've been gone for a little while now, but I've been told by people who are still there that nothing has changed. Headhunters have actually laughed at me when I told them I used to work here.

    Advice to Management

    Start taking technology seriously and renew your commitment to the people that deliver it. Work with your CIO/CTO to form a proper strategy and give them the resources and autonomy to deliver on it, without micromanaging. A strategy combined with an actual budget will give you predictable IT costs and production while greatly reducing the need to call in overpriced consulting companies to re-build every couple years.


  8. Helpful (2)

    By far the most frustrating career experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at R.J. O'Brien full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    If you are accepted into the 'family' as a follower you will be golden and protected. A lot of intelligent and friendly people

    Cons

    Stubborn and inexperienced leadership in advancement opportunities. The firm culture is stuck in the past with no sense of urgency to accomplish initiatives. If you are enthusiastic and assertive ..don't apply here. You will be perceived as aggressive thus a threat.

    Advice to Management

    Put someone new in the driver seat and get it in gear.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Useless management that have pet subordinates

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

    I have been working at R.J. O'Brien full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Some of the people are great to work with, very helpful and friendly.

    Cons

    Some of the people are notoriously lazy, suck up to management to get ahead and management approves of this behavior. All employees at same level are not treated equally, management plays favorites. HR complaints about management do not result in any action except resulting in getting fired.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the complaints of employees and take action against management who abuse their authority, it might help in not getting sued so much by ex employees.


  10. Helpful (2)

    A country club

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at R.J. O'Brien

    Pros

    If they like you, you're set for life.

    Cons

    You have to sell your soul to have them like you.


  11. A solid company with good values

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Developer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at R.J. O'Brien full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    RJO is a well-run company overall, and values its employees. The company is stable, especially given the current state of a lot of companies in the trading space. Bureaucracy does not usually interfere with business due to the relatively small size of the company, and the fact that timing is key in trading.

    Cons

    There are no real advancement opportunities within the company unless you are already in mid-to-upper management. For this reason some employees feel obligated to leave the company in order to advance their careers.



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