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  1. Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ziegler

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great environment and culture
    - Flexible Hours
    - Hands-on experience
    - Everyone including CEO is available for contact

    Cons

    - Low pay
    - No set intern program. It varies from office to office.

    Advice to Management

    - Look into talking with interns about what they want to pursue after college. Maybe offer them full time. I haven't heard of anyone getting a full-time offer after interning here.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Good learning experience, poor culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Living Finance Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Living Finance Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Ziegler

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    High expectations of management help cultivate skills which are transferable to other jobs.

    Cons

    Non-management employees are treated as a commodity and a means to an end. The result is very high turnover at multiple levels of the company. Pay is very low relative to the number of hours worked (+80/wk). Bankers have the expectation that you will work pretty much all the time including weekends and during your vacation time.

    Advice to Management

    If you share some of the wealth with your employees and build a culture of respect, the longevity and stability of the business will be much better.


  3. Helpful (1)

    OK place to start, not great to stay

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent work-life balance
    Good exposure to many different levels of management
    Ziegler is actively involved in supporting their local communities

    Cons

    Lack of career skills built; the work you do only makes you better at the work involved in Ziegler's niche market
    Compensation, and yearly raises are well-below market average
    Management is unprofessional and plays favorites
    There is zero training, everything is learned on the job


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  5. Investment Banking

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Experience, exposure, benefits, contacts and leadership

    Cons

    Work life balance, development of career skills


  6. Helpful (4)

    Fast paced work environment, but not a good company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ziegler full-time

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to work on a variety of projects at an early stage.

    Cons

    Management is unprofessional. Bonuses vary significantly with the majority paid out to senior management. Culture differs depending on what group you are in.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Disorganized, a grind, unappreciative.

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

    I worked at Ziegler full-time

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good, hands on experience. Opportunity to dig in and be proactive with projects and research.

    Cons

    Management cares about making money, not employees and not about how the work is getting done. All-nighters frequent and still not good enough. Serious grind with minimal upside.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Smart peope, difficult to work with; hard to move up

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ziegler

    Pros

    Smart people on the whole

    Cons

    Difficult to work with, hard to move up


  9. Helpful (1)

    Lots of hands on experience.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Ziegler

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The company does good work in the community. They create most of the country's not-for-profit municipal bonds. Without Ziegler there wouldn't be not-for-profit senior living centers, hospitals, schools and churches.

    Cons

    The company is smaller in size so there is not many opportunities for formal training. The company culture seems to be swifting and some do not like it.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership is doing a good job of creating a strategic plan for the future. Hopefully the changes pay dividends soon.


  10. Helpful (1)

    At the moment, eh.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Ziegler

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They do meaningful work- for the most part.

    Cons

    They don't care about support staff. Typical wasp-driven financial firm.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency.


  11. Great Place to Start

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Advisor in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Financial Advisor in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Ziegler

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The Ziegler staff have a great ability to train and nurture financial services employees who are young and inexperienced. Through a week-long new employee training seminar, Advisors develop and put to use skills needed to serve clients and build business for the company. Branch office locations are small (generally 10 employees or less) and provide a comfortable environment to work in.

    Cons

    In the "Wealth Management" division, Ziegler promotes short-term profit over long term growth. Investment products and sales strategies are designed for customers, not clients and pressure is added on employees to "produce" as much as possible on a month to month basis. These principles destroy long term relationships and eventually lead to a high employee trunover.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the long term.
    Break down Manangement/employee and HQ/Branch barriers.
    Focus on the current clients, not just obtaining new ones.



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