Stark Investments
3.4 of 5 7 reviews
www.starkinvestments.com Milwaukee, WI 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Apr 10, 2014

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Summer Investmetns Intern (Current Employee)
Milwaukee, WI

I have been working at Stark Investments as an intern for less than a year

ProsIncredible office; stunning views of the lake, free access to the gym, great subsidized lunches. Great atmosphere, great pay, and kind people.

ConsThe hedge fund is based in Milwaukee, which isn't as exciting as New York City!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good Place to work but no advancement or growth opportunities

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Saint Francis, WI

I worked at Stark Investments

ProsGreat benefits and pay...time off good.

Consjob itself was stagnant. New ideas not appreciated in IT...just get the job done.

Advice to Senior ManagementWork more on professional development. Really appreciate good environment otherwise

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Was an excellent place, but things have changed

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Milwaukee, WI

I have been working at Stark Investments

ProsLots of tech toys, time to build skills.
Excellent benefits, great work / life balance.
Many talented people to work with.

ConsDoom and gloom about future, no new life.
people feel very insecure about future
Many good people let go, others retained

Advice to Senior ManagementGo back to your roots and innovate, there is still time to rebuild. This company had such a momentum, but has slipped back

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Milwaukee, WI

I worked at Stark Investments

ProsMany super intelligent, ambitious colleagues; History of having a good culture. CEO very loyal to firm and works through thick and thin

ConsHighly political, lots of infighting among senior executives;

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't grow too quickly; keep control of the culture; refocus the firm on its core business after the credit crisis and rebuild on a more solid base; get rid of the few bad cultural apples now rather than later

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Grew too fast, not great at managing in downturn

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Saint Francis, MN

I worked at Stark Investments

Pros- Nice, smart people
- Beautiful work environment (right on the lake)
- Subsidized cafeteria with professional chef
- Gym on the premises
- Calmer lifestyle than East/West coast HFs

Cons- Sometimes chaotic responses to short term market movements
- HUGE layoffs in downturn
- Senior management not held accountable for poor decisions
- Brutal mid-western winters

Advice to Senior Management- Hold senior management responsible for their results
- Expand gradually
- Sacrifice partner income to retain staff
- Treat junior people better

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Analyst/Associate (Former Employee)
Boston, MA

I worked at Stark Investments

Pros- The firm is well known in the world of hedge funds.

Cons- If you're not based in Milwaukee, employees are treated as a different class of employees.
- Employees are not given an opportunity to invest directly in the subportfolio they manage.
- The 401k plan through Marshall & Illsey is atrocious. There isn't an opportunity for employees to grow long-term wealth beyond their salaries.
- Since senior management is so involved in the aggregate portfolio, they sometimes lack the proper management of a firm that is now considerably larger (i.e. not recognize skills/talents of associates that may be underutilized, etc.)

Advice to Senior Management- Step back and decide which partners will focus solely on portfolio issues and which parters will focus on business issues to be more effective.
- Give analysts the opportunity to demonstrate investment talent. There are may traders not listening to their analysts and performance would have been MUCH better if some of the analyst recommendations were followed. A true meritocracy would allow analysts to demonstrate talent via model portfolios that could eventually open opprtunities for them as traders.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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I worked at Stark Investments

ProsThe company is a good platform to learn and improve your skill sets in a variety of asset classes .

ConsCompany is too top heavy and not enough management fees to keep good employees; no investment direction, adverse selection in employees who are quitting vs staying.

Advice to Senior ManagementCut the number of strategies and employees, bring the business in line with capital under management, refocus investment strategies to core competencies.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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