R.J. O'Brien Reviews

Updated August 9, 2015
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  1. Introducing Broker employee

    Current Employee - Introducing Broker in North Palm Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Introducing Broker in North Palm Beach, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are in the futures industry, you can do no better than R. J. O'Brien. In this day and age of financial firms coming and going, making huge profits only to crash and burn amid all kinds of scandal, R J O'Brien is what all firms should be. "Old school" values, financial integrity, and always doing what it takes to give Introducing Brokers the tools to give clients top notch customer service. When I ask IB support any question, I get an email or phone call usually within the hour with my information.

    Cons

    I honestly can't say there are any true "cons."

    Advice to Management

    Just keep doing what you're doing. Resist the urge to go the way of Refco, MF Global and other industry giants.


  2. Treasury Analyst 2

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Treasury Analyst in Frankfort, IL
    Former Employee - Treasury Analyst in Frankfort, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at R.J. O'Brien (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Their are no pros to working at RJO except casual dress every day.

    Cons

    Too many managers with no experience.

    Advice to Management

    Quite using forms from 12 years ago because you don't want to update your way of thinking!


  3. Finacial Industry Flop

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Accounts Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Customer Accounts Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    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


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  5. Customer service

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    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


  6. Clerk

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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


  7. Place does not care about its employees

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.


  8. Helpful (2)

    A technology "body shop"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Employee
    Former Employee - IT Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    By far the most frustrating career experience

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Useless management that have pet subordinates

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.


  11. Helpful (2)

    A country club

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

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

    Cons

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



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