Robert W. Baird & Co.

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Robert W. Baird & Co. Reviews

Updated November 11, 2014
Updated November 11, 2014
68 Reviews
4.0
68 Reviews
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Robert W. Baird & Co. Chairman, President, and CEO Paul E. Purcell
Paul E. Purcell
56 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance, positive company atmosphere, relatively easy tasks (in 10 reviews)

  • everyone is extremely willing to help (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Good ole boys club, bad behaviour at the highest levels, cover ups and poor ethics I saw lots people get cheated and hurt (in 5 reviews)

  • long hours, some lengthy travel (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Well-rounded company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PWM Intern in Davenport, IA
    Current Employee - PWM Intern in Davenport, IA

    I have been working at Robert W. Baird & Co. as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very well established company. Strong culture based on integrity with a hard work ethic. I greatly enjoyed this company and was engaged by my work. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for great work in the financial industry.

    Cons

    It is a very old company - everyone was at least twice my age in the office, which made things somewhat awkward with such a young intern.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make available more opportunities to Interns.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't know why Baird gets 4 stars here. The reviews are mostly negative.

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    Former Employee - Financial Advisor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Financial Advisor in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Robert W. Baird & Co. full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Small company where you can know a lot of people. Relatively easy to get things done.

    Cons

    Old boys club. 99% of corp and branch management is white men who chose each other. Number of women fin advisers is 8% against industry average of 23%. Almost no people of color. Shocking and dysfunctional.
    Lots of long time employees guarding turf. Many secret handshakes.
    IB and PE are favorites while PWM makes most money. PWM under served.
    Command and control.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Search your souls to make this firm live. It's dying as a cultural throwback.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great coworkers, confused leaders

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Robert W. Baird & Co. full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Almost everyone here is kind - minimal gossip & focus is on effort. Not to say there isn't politics, but despite politics the working staff is productive & generally easy to get along with.

    Cons

    Managers, VP's, & Directors seemed to struggle finding common ground & common direction. As a result, a lot of company effort is put into conflicting or non-congruent strategies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Utilize your great, dedicated staff & it's productivity to take the company in the same direction. Get all managers at all levels "sailing in the same current".

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Place to Learn

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Intern in Denver, CO

    I worked at Robert W. Baird & Co. as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    There was a lot of focus on getting employees across the nation involved with trainings and corporate events. Most of the people were all very laid back and enjoyable, but even more so, they were always willing to help and teach.

    Cons

    If you aren't in Milwaukee (HQ) or Chicago the opportunities can be somewhat limited and the name doesn't have as much weight behind it as it should for how large and successful the company is.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Typical financial services firm except with worse pay and benefits.

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant to Managing Director PWM in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant to Managing Director PWM in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Robert W. Baird & Co. full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent work life balance. I met some really great people.

    Cons

    Low pay, lots of secret deals with management and the people they like, complete and total disrespect of support staff, good ol' boys club, many of the managers are unemployable at other firms. Lots of backstabbing, gossip, drama and outright lying from management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house. Start with management. Quit kidding yourselves that you still maintain the culture that you claim to. Don't fire your assistant 5 days after she returns from maternity leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Intern in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Robert W. Baird & Co. full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Awesome people to work with in general

    Cons

    Not many cons. Baird is great

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work everyone!

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great firm, truly invested in me

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    Current Employee - PWM in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - PWM in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Robert W. Baird & Co. as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    - how genuine everyone was for my happiness
    - work hours were great
    - when expressing interest in other niches, they were very helpful to reach out

    Cons

    - low pay
    - a bit boring at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I applied for a second internship and was told "I wasn't a good fit", but all my reviews told me that I worked hard and presented results. Which should count for more then my fit of a particular area.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Robert W. Baird & Co. as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I enjoyed working at this company. The experience and people both exceeded expectations. I would recommend this employer to any future candidates down the road.

    Cons

    I enjoyed working at this company. The experience and people both exceeded expectations. I would recommend this employer to any future candidates down the road.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I enjoyed working at this company. The experience and people both exceeded expectations. I would recommend this employer to any future candidates down the road.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A good company for long-term stability

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Robert W. Baird & Co. full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Culturally people are nice and care about each other

    Cons

    Milwaukee-centric similar to high-school cliques

    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    good company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Equity Research Analyst
    Current Employee - Equity Research Analyst

    I have been working at Robert W. Baird & Co. full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    nice people, fair management, decent benefits, good reputation in research for quality work

    Cons

    management can be Milwaukee-centric (I was in a satellite office)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continue to work to integrate and empower non-Milwaukee offices

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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