Robert W. Baird & Co.

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Robert W. Baird & Co. Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
75 Reviews
4.0
75 Reviews
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Robert W. Baird & Co. Chairman, President, and CEO Paul E. Purcell
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60 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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  1.  

    Enjoyed it.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Robert W. Baird & Co.

    Pros

    Good people, nice benefits, compensation fair

    Cons

    Long hours and hard to balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Culture and Leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Nice professionals and management, flexible with schedules

    Cons

    Compensation could be a little better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more work to interns

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Slow to move but great place to work

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    A place where many of your co-workers are actually your friends. Exciting concepts being introduced and cutting edge on benefits. Good pay when you take into account the generous bonus program. Ethical senior leadership with a conservative risk management strategy. I learned so much in my discipline but also about high levels of customer service and always putting the client first.

    Cons

    The decision making process is consensus driven, so it can take forever to get something done. It is very relationship based, so you need to invest a significant amount of time in getting to know your people and others you will work with across all departments. Having a great idea won't stand alone unless you have everyone's support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the new, smart, and innovative people you hire. They have great ideas that need to be executed and you need to move faster to accommodate them. Your culture is strong but needs to be more inclusive to a diversity of thought.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Baird is a great company.

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    Former Employee - Equity Research Analyst in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Equity Research Analyst in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    Great company culture, people.

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive, job location can be rigid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more flexible with location.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Nice colleges, terrible pay, cronyism managers, no room for growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Robert W. Baird & Co.

    Pros

    The people are generally nice, $2000/year 401k matching, profit sharing, small niceties like letting you go at 3:30 the day before a holiday.

    Cons

    Not as understanding of work life balance as they say, really really low salary, no room to grow unless you work in the Milwaukee HQ.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best IB culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IB Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - IB Intern in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Very friendly and smart employees
    Great culture
    A lot of responsibility from an early stage

    Cons

    IB hours of course but less pressure than at other banks

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Status Quo Here We Go

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Robert W. Baird & Co.

    Pros

    Generous PTO and aligned with bank holidays! Flexible work schedule and competitive comp package.

    Cons

    Corporate resource groups seem to be stuck on a hamster wheel. Joining the org felt like I went back in time 20 years. They are slow to move and break free from status quo. Operations is paper heavy and heavy on staff. No electronic trading and broker assisted trades will cost you around $75 a pop. IT leadership is politically motivated, slow to move, lack leadership skills and don't work well as a team. Have over 30 managers for a staff of 120 to support a 2400 users....a lot if overhead! Spend a lot of time effort and money to make the Forbes best places to work list....makes you wonder how much gets paid out to be on the list.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Outsource operations at IT. To the cloud! And consider buying Etrade for an electronic trading capability and internet presence that doesn't have customers thinking they are partying like it's still 1999!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 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
  10. 2 people 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
  11. 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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