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Stifel Financial Reviews

Updated February 24, 2015
Updated February 24, 2015
92 Reviews
4.2
92 Reviews
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Ronald J. Kruszewski
24 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • ok work/life balance, more chilled out than most other ibanks on the street (in 4 reviews)

  • great people, good environment to work in if you are going to live in st (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Low pay in comparison to other banks, but perks outweigh the con (in 6 reviews)

  • very political, opportunities for advancement are tough, very bureaucratic and people pull rank on you all of the time, benefits are poor (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great experience, learned a lot.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stifel Financial

    Pros

    Management,Ability to learn, Responsibility given, Culture,Benefits,Mentoring

    Cons

    Salary
    Time
    Work life balance
    culture
    looked down upon

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work

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

    I worked at Stifel Financial

    Pros

    The hours were flexible, the atmosphere was friendly, and the manager was very supportive when my personal life was hit with an unexpected issue.

    Cons

    Client confidentiality was not always a top priority. One person gossiped and talked bad about brokers and other staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    So so

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Stifel Financial

    Pros

    Good people except is St. Louis if filled with incompetent morons.

    Cons

    St. Louis and the entire HR Department, compliance minus a select few, no stability and an ignorant power hungry ceo.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the housewives undereducated staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great environment, low wages

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stifel Financial

    Pros

    It's a great place to learn about the finance industry, the people are welcoming and friendly. The work load is reasonable compared to the pay. The company encourages you to ask questions, and broaden your understanding of financial markets.

    Cons

    If I had to point out a distinctive flaw in the structure of the company, it's poor compensation of operational staff. The company seems to consistently cut corners in compensating employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It takes more than brokers to run a successful branch, compensate your employees fairly so they want to stick around. A structured training program would do wonders for efficiency.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Recently acquired by Stifel. Well managed company!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Director
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Director

    I have been working at Stifel Financial

    Pros

    Outstanding Research product. Excellent investment banking execution capabilities.

    Cons

    Not getting the respect they deserve, yet...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Major growing pains

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stifel Financial

    Pros

    Good work life balance and we'll respected name

    Cons

    Company is growing too fast and doesn't have a clear direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some time to take a step back and work everything together the right arm doesn't know what the left is doing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Really, really cheap firm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Equity Research Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Equity Research Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Stifel Financial full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The pro is that they underpay people so much, anyone can get a job. For a number of reasons I left the industry and came back to find Wall Street hiring was slow. Sifel is not a Wall Street firm though they do some mini-Wall Street work. Anyway, I got a job right away because I took a significant pay cut. Lots of people there had all sorts of issues. Good place to start over if you need.

    Cons

    Really a cheap firm in so many ways. They pay less than non-profit. Quality of work was low and no one cared. Turnover high. New staff regularly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Notice new faces all the time?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Little training and low pay.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant - Non Registered in Granville, OH
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant - Non Registered in Granville, OH

    I worked at Stifel Financial

    Pros

    Home office was extremely helpful and knowledgable. Best analysts and access to research reports. Most clients very appreciative and I enjoyed developing professional relationships with them. I enjoyed the responsibility and privilege of helping people manage their finances and legacies.

    Cons

    No formal training. I was given a manual and told to figure it out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sales assistants should have formal training and not rely on branch office to train assistants. Assistants should be compensated by Home Office and not Branch Manager's budget.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Lacks Strong Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly

    I have been working at Stifel Financial as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance, hours were never too longs
    Down to earth people
    Flexibility

    Cons

    Not high enough compensation compared to competitors
    Management fails to recognize easily fixable problems
    Outdated Equipment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company to work for

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Stifel Financial as an intern

    Pros

    Good collaboration and team work

    Cons

    Poor communication between managers and employees

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