I have been working at Gerber Kawasaki full-time (More than a year)
Summary of Pros: access to management/CEO, ethical, growing company, no minimums, great training
If you are looking to get into the Financial and Advising business this is the best place to go. After doing much research from family and friends in the industry, I began to realize that working at a big bank type was not the right decision. If you honestly care about helping people this is the place for you. I have now hit a year here and everything I have ever been taught has been to do what is best for my client. That is hands down the most important training in my opinion. Ross Gerber, the CEO sits 20 feet away from me and I interact with him every day. Danilo Kawasaki trained me in the beginning, and I now work directly with one of the managing partners. On the more complicated cases, management will help you or go with you on meetings. The support is unbelievable. I do not think I go a day without asking a question. On top of that, the company actually picks individual stocks for clients. They also have no minimums. Personally, being a young advisor I wanted to be able to help my friends and family. I'm consistently thankful, and grateful to be a part of this amazing company that is full of young blood versus the typical firm.
Challenging job and long hours. This is the reality to working a job like this. It is not a 9-5 job, and you aren't going to make a bunch of money in the first year. This is a long time career, if you are in it for the long term it is ideal.
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Gerber Kawasaki.
Applied online and was called two days later for a Group Interview. Got there and there were about 20 individuals. We all sat for a 1 hour long presentation from Kawasaki and Gerber and afterwards we each were called by the interviewers (one being Danillo Kawasaki himself). Interview was extremely short, they decide whether they like you or not in the first minute. I was grateful to be called back for a second interview, which was the next morning at 9:30. ABout 8 individuals were called back. For an hour and a half we discussed the salary and commission schedule and required certifications and trainings. Then they called us back for individual interviews (longer than the day before). Overall great great company and interview process, it ultimately ended up being not right for me.
Reasons for Declining
I determined this was not the company to start my professional career, although I would not sway anyone away from applying. Its a GREAT company with amazing individuals. It just wasn't right for me.
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