R.J. O'Brien

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R.J. O'Brien Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
15 Reviews
3.2
15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Very educational rotational internship experience

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

    I have been working at R.J. O'Brien as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Management is accessible and helpful. Given significant responsibilities as an intern.

    Cons

    Company reach is relatively narrow. No real opportunities to earn full time employment through internship program. Little to no formal feedback.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Place does not care about its employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at R.J. O'Brien full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There really are no pros.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give incentives or people will continue to leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    A technology "body shop"

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Employee
    Former Employee - IT Employee

    I worked at R.J. O'Brien full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    By far the most frustrating career experience

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

    I worked at R.J. O'Brien full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Useless management that have pet subordinates

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 for 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    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.

  8.  

    Temp

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

    I have been working at R.J. O'Brien for less than a year

    Pros

    good atmosphere, good leadership, great learning opportunity

    Cons

    I have no complaints here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A solid company with good values

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

    I have been working at R.J. O'Brien full-time for more than 3 years

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Tightly knit company with an open minded workforce.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Credit Analyst  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Credit Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at R.J. O'Brien full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Having coworkers help each other across departments, hard working employees, great place for people to take the reigns if they wish to move up and forward and educated management.

    Cons

    Compensation is on the lower end of the industry, coworkers from other companies often complain about this. Benefits are decent, but could always be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue working hard and providing more opportunities for employees to shine. We want to make this company better just as much as you do!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Disappointed.

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

    I worked at R.J. O'Brien full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good employees, nice people to work with that are always willing to pitch in and get the job done. A lot of space and a pleasant environment.

    Cons

    Low pay. Benefits are decent but cost is ridiculously high. Don't expect much upward mobility unless you are a friend or family member.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out a way to end the cycle of laying people off when it is slow and hiring when it is busy. Find a balance somewhere in between.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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