SunTrust Robinson Humphrey

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SunTrust Robinson Humphrey Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
55 Reviews
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SunTrust Robinson Humphrey Managing Director Henry W. Grady
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • very good people and great work-life balance at the jr (in 3 reviews)

  • Full-service investment banking capabilities (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Not many other Investment banking firms in the area (in 4 reviews)

  • too sales oriented and way too many people in middle management (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Learning Experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great training, good exposure for the age range, Atlanta pay lower than NYC but much cheaper cost of living - balances out well

    Cons

    Typical IB complaints about hours, face time, copy-type work as an analyst

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Although upfront training is good, should adopt a mentor type program or promote stronger development throughout

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Highly Positive Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - CIB Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - CIB Associate in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Down to earth highly intelligent people. investment bank is growing and getting good looks at bigger deals, with more meaningful positions within the bank group. Great training.

    Cons

    Sometimes try too hard to be a bulge bracket firm. Less relationship focused, creating backlash for bankers that have been there for 20+ years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember your core competencies - the bank's size will limit it from ever being able to truly compete with the Goldmans of the world but it doesnt need to.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ancient

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Name recognition in southeast
    -Average to above average compensation

    Cons

    -Have to agree with comment below - too many chiefs. It would be okay if they were talented but most are just politically savvy enough to keep their jobs
    -The open door policy is a joke. There are actually locked glass doors between the management section and employees in some offices.
    -The company is really old fashioned and governed that way. It's mostly to do with the fact that people who have been around have so for a while and there's little new blood.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The south has grown up. This is not 1950s America anymore. Please embrace the change. I hear things have be improving recently from former coworkers so there is hope after all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Investment Banking Bureaucracy

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Salary (for Atlanta) goes a long way
    - Full-service investment banking capabilities

    Cons

    - Investment bank brings very few proprietary ideas to clients
    - Seems to have run out of balance sheet; stagnant in league tables/market share
    - Resources are extremely limited, resulting in surprisingly repetitive work for junior resources
    - Senior management is slow moving and lags behind in HR and culture initiatives

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Realize that STRH is an old boys club and large swaths of legacy bankers are underperforming

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Investment Banking Opportunity in Southeast

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The investment banking division has grown quickly over the past several years, so there has been good opportunities for advancement. This growth has been driven by low interest rates in the debt markets, which has led to increased deal flow since 2009 and has provided opportunities for STRH to take market share from competitors. Also, SunTrust executives have invested heavily in the STRH platform through the hiring of new bankers and increased capital commitments to STRH deals. Overall, a good investment banking experience in the Southeast.

    Cons

    Pay is 15-20% low relative to what you could earn at other investment banks. Rapid growth has pushed many bankers into leadership positions who don't have strong leadership qualities. New Associates are typically hired from 2nd tier MBA programs and/or don't have prior banking experience, so they often create workflow bottlenecks and inefficiencies as they get up the learning curve (they are also often terrible to work with/for from an analyst's perspective because they don't understand what it's like to work as an IB analyst).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to build the advisory business to mitigate the inevitable deal flow decline when interest rates start to rise and existing clients don't want to refi their debt structures every 18 months. Don't try to compete with NYC firms for analyst talent, instead push the benefits of living in the Southeast and hire people who would rather not move to New York. Look to fill Associate positions with Analyst promotes before hiring MBA graduates without banking experience (there is a serious talent void at this position and many of your senior analysts are much more qualified).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    IB Analyst Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Training, Networking, Experience, and the ability to learn from industry professionals with insight and experience.

    Cons

    Hours are long, but worthwhile in the meaning of the most exceptional learning experience that one can desire

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall not too bad

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey

    Pros

    The job is relatively laid back. The hours are good and there are lot of paid holidays because it is a bank. Generally can work from home one day per week

    Cons

    The technologies are dated. Raises are bad, not much room for advancement within STRH, you generally need to switch to SunTrust Bank to move around a bit more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put some money into the infrastructure, overall it keeps the LOB making money

    Recommends
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lost Hope

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

    I have been working at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I have a job and non AHCA medical benefits.

    Cons

    Too many chiefs, too many layers and money being wasted on the wrong employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Growing Firm

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

    I have been working at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of direct exposure to clients at the junior level. Growing firm with plans to hire. Culture is much better than at a Bulge Bracket.

    Cons

    Hours at the office can definitely be long. Productivity is lower when you are given copious amounts of edits that have no real value add (formatting different ways across groups). Not as many resources as a bulge bracket (no 24 hr print shop, design team, IT is bad, etc.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make your analysts' lives better because without them producing work the bank would be crippled.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast paced

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey

    Pros

    Salary, location, amenities, and opportunities to cross train.

    Cons

    Always being threatened with termination for the smallest mistakes.

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