I have been working at Laidlaw & Company UK full-time (Less than a year)
Feels good to be part of a firm that seems to be improving and striving for growth everyday. They do have some alternative investments that allow them to stand out amongst other firms. Contrary to some of the reviews on here, there are senior brokers who are very good at picking stocks and do make their clients significant returns
Out of date methods of retail correspondence. Can be tough to advance in beginning because there is a point where your progress relies solely on another person.
Advice to Management
Advance the retail brokerage side of the firm. Allow brokers to set up face to face meetings to initiate relationships with potential clients. Continue to look for new ways to grow the business. You can turn this into a big firm with a solid reputation if you get good employees on board & really work hard to mentor them so that they can feel like they are a part of something & have the ability to develop into reliable advisors for their clients. Get rid of the select few older brokers who are still using scumbag tactics on their clients, it doesn't create a good vibe for younger/new employees.
I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Laidlaw & Company UK (New York, NY) in June 2015.
10 minute interview with very, very basic questions. Met with a guy who couldn't have been over 30. He was incredibly informal, to the point of unprofessionalism. He also talked poorly about his coworkers which was a huge turn off as far as how I left feeling about the company culture. He proceeded to text me a week later, as a opposed to responding to the thank you email I had sent him, to let me know I didn't get the job - but offered to get coffee or drinks....
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