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Zacks Investment Research Reviews

Updated August 8, 2014
Updated August 8, 2014
26 Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good for a short assignment, but not a career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Great location, reasonable work life balance, monthly bonus based on company performance, few meetings and no bureaucracy

    Cons

    Terrible benefits: no 401k match, expensive insurance, little time off or flexibility; constant technology issues; abrasive and demeaning culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more vacation time or allow people to negotiate for more; encourage teamwork

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Lot of learning how not to run a buiness

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I can't think of one

    Cons

    Everything is nickel-and-dimed at this place. There really isn't a career path for anyone beyond t

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people with respect instead of as interchangeable resources

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    little growth opportunity for new employees

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    Former Employee - Sales  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Learn a lot of things on financial markets, established financial products. Good for the entry level job seeker to start a career.

    Cons

    Few growth opportunity for new employees. Bad management system. Benefit package sucks. You need to pay a lot for your own insurance every month.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Must have better promotion rules.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    I sold institutional level software research to the small and mid-sized advisor market.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Opportunity to present & create a awareness of a new offering.

    Cons

    More commitment to improve product, marketing efforts, and perception.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lacking leadership

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    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Not Many. There was nothing I can say I enjoyed other than my co-workers.

    Cons

    Terrible company culture, pay subpar. Bad management and even worse owners.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great for learning, poor for working

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    Former Employee - Research Sales  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Research Sales in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    If you want to learn about investment research, Zacks will inundate you with data & information. They have access to a mountain of fundamental data, wall street research, models, and tools and software to keep you extremely busy...but it's also all over the place and hard to put it all together.

    They highly encourage innovation and every level of management encourages fresh thoughts. If you have a good ideas, they WILL LISTEN and probably act on it.

    Cons

    Woefully underpaid and terrible benefits. no 401k matching of any kind, if you have a family, the medical plan is out of control expensive. People are easily and frequently fired and leave for a better paying job. Top management really doesn't care about it's people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop outsourcing every job to India; you have lost and will lose extremely talented and devoted employees because we all feel the hammer coming sooner or later.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stepping Stone for Better Opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Web Developer  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    There are some good people brought in to keep a ship with a lot of holes in it afloat. Very hard working vibes, but the "feeling" can only carry you so long where most people don't last longer than 2 years and move on to bigger and better things.

    Cons

    Many under qualified people leading teams, especially the IT department, where they have no game plan and work is more about fixing fires than growing the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not continue to keep the "play with the hand your dealt with" attitude and hire some quality leadership and staff. Replace the heads of the IT department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Zacks review

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    Former Employee - Research Intern  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Good training ground for an entry analyst, while still in undergrad
    Many opportunities to apply academic skills and test in real life experiences
    Also, would not take this as a full time job unless you are really into researching
    I am looking to be a trader, and it's great to pick up on some research skills, they offer many products for institutional investors

    Cons

    Not as open communication as desirable, between different sectors and framing a big picture of the market, even if on a weekly basis

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Connect all different sectors and synthesize info from each sector
    Management can also be more helpful in terms of framework of researching
    First couple of weeks could have been a lot easier in transitioning if a basic framework was recommended

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    IT Management is Terrible

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    Current Employee - IT Administrative  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - IT Administrative in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    There are some good guys that work for the company and are very easy to get along with.

    Cons

    IT Management has compound issues. IT is split between 2 departments with no over-recing goal of actually improving the company. Management drives out competent talent or fires them for wanting to do job correctly. Those that are qualified and stay get stifled and just do bare minimum to make it bearable. IT constantly battles with business instead of tryin to support nd make things better. I.E. - making poor choices and not growing but stagnating so goals cant be met.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IT Management just needs to change, the two individuals that are currently running are not equipped to do so.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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