Stifel Financial Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Assistant Vice President

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Manager, Assistant Vice President in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Operations Manager, Assistant Vice President in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Stifel Financial (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Sales side is working great and m a king money for the company.

    Cons

    Operations side is wasting the same money on housewives - made operations directors - who have no training and no knowledge of leadership nor management not EEOC rules. That's where the risk is.

    Advice to Management

    Teach the operations directors to lead and manage. Maintain a zero tolerance for hostility and teach them what the EEOC is.


  2. Great Family Office Environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Service Associate in Elkhart, IN
    Current Employee - Client Service Associate in Elkhart, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Stifel Financial part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Branch is able to retain relative autonomy and the company is still small enough to stay flexible and move quickly. HR, Compliance, and the Tech Help Desk are genuinely friendly and helpful...top notch equity research

    Cons

    Needs more structure for training - especially new FAs if to bring in more assets...but that will come with time and can have its own downsides...

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  3. Stifel Comp, PTO, and 401(k)

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Missouri in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Missouri in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Stifel Financial full-time

    Pros

    Good PTO amounts. Will pay for FINRA license exams amd job-specific education.

    Cons

    Lower 401(k)contributions for being as successful as they are, and extremely low raises, though bonuses are fairly regular.

    Advice to Management

    You hire talented people but you do not compensate them enough to hold on to them. Turnaround and training time means lost revenue and lower productivity so why not pay the talent and work ethic of those employees to stay?


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  5. job review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Registered Client Service Associate in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Registered Client Service Associate in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Stifel Financial (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It's a great place to work

    Cons

    I have no complaints to report


  6. Anonymous

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Uniondale, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Uniondale, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Stifel Financial (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The management of the firm is looking to expand the reach of Stifel. This is an excellent place to begin and grow a career in finance.

    Cons

    The firm lacks the resources of a larger firm, however, it is small enough that issues are resolved quickly.


  7. Associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Stifel Financial full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance is okay

    Cons

    Pay is not in line with the street


  8. Our team is really glad we made the switch to Stifel

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President Investments in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President Investments in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Stifel Financial full-time

    Pros

    Mid western work culture: positive, friendly, smart, and get it done.

    Cons

    Public can't pronounce name of firm.

    Advice to Management

    Keep going. You're doing it right.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Dysfunctional St. Louis IT

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Home Office IT in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Home Office IT in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Location, that's about it. There's also a lot of places to eat lunch close to the home office if that does it for you.

    Cons

    Where to begin? False promises, pigeon holed jobs, no collaboration between "teams". The people who have been there are so protective of their jobs they refuse to help and actually get angry when you teach yourself. It is by far the most unhealthy environment I've ever been in, professionally or personally.

    Advice to Management

    None, this place functions as it was designed to. Nothing will change, but there's a twenty word minimum and I've got to write something.


  10. Great Company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Public Finance Investment Banking Analyst
    Former Employee - Public Finance Investment Banking Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good ambience and culture. Bad work-life balance.

    Cons

    Little pay relative to the work placed on the employees


  11. Not your typical Wall Street firm

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President Equity Research in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Vice President Equity Research in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Stifel Financial full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Culture is changing as the firm continues to grow via acquisitions, but still not your typical Wall St. firm. With multiple institutional offices throughout the US, firm offers good flexibility with repect to location for those who prefer to live outside the NY Metro area. Fir the most part management is respectful and loyal to employees. Offers a decent work / life balance if that's what you're looking for.

    Cons

    Firm is well known for under paying at the VP / Associate level relative to peers, especially outside NYC. Top producers however are pretty much on par with larger banks, but this is a select few. Still carrying a little too much mid-management overhead from legacy acquisitions.

    Advice to Management

    Institutional sales force is still compensated via commissions, one of the last remaining firms to do it this way. This is fine for a monoline equities shop, but firm's growth into other asset classes requires a broader scope of incentives to drive sales in new products (i.e. equity options). Until payouts for all products are set at parity the sales force will continued to focus on cash equities, which is a slower growth and lower margin business relative to listed options. Switching to a salary / bonus comp structure could also solve for this, where sales reps are incentivised to pitch a more comprehensive / hybrid set of services to inst'l buyside accounts, which have increased in sophistication.



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