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Canaccord Adams Reviews

Updated March 19, 2017
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  1. "Good overall"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Equity Research Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Equity Research Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Canaccord Adams full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good working environment, flexibility, working hours are not too bad, vacation allotment is above average, opportunity exists to move up.

    Cons

    Compensation is lower than the street average, has been some turnover (but this is getting better), overall business has had choppy results (this has gotten better but is still a concern).


  2. "Equity Research Associate"

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    Current Employee - Equity Research Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Equity Research Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Canaccord Adams (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Hours aren't as long as comparable companies.

    Cons

    Compensation is below industry. This leads to high turnover.


  3. "Wall St. for hosiers"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Equity Research Associate in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Equity Research Associate in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Small, get to interact with top leadership, people are very helpful and easy to work with, good place to learn and grow if you can cut it

    Cons

    constant re-organization, associates can get caught up in squabbles between MD's (though true of every WS firm)

    Advice to Management

    need a little more structure & training for on-boarding employees


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  5. "Wall Street Job without the Stress"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Equity Research in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Equity Research in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Canaccord Adams full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Public company perks. ESOP, 401K match. Work life balance is good for a Wall Street shop too. The environment is also pretty cordial. People are there to help you.

    Cons

    The pay is under the market. Bonuses are pretty low as well. The company has a little bit of a Frat boy (in crowd) mentality but it's Wall Street so what do you expect. There were no formal review.

    Advice to Management

    Compensate the driven individuals. While votes are sticky, some of the older fat doesn't need to be massaged as much, even if they still get some votes. Have a formal review processes, you'd be surprised how much people don't know about their performance.


  6. "Canaccord London"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Canaccord Adams (More than a year)

    Pros

    People, and ability to trade seamlessly between US, Canada and UK. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Pay. Think there are still a lot of overpaid staff who are not producing.


  7. "Good middle market firm fir chance to take on responsibilities."

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    Current Employee - Associate, Equity Research in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate, Equity Research in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Canaccord Adams full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work/life balance; flexible management; global firm; opportunity to take on more; small enough to be able to talk to clients and meet management

    Cons

    Compensation (base tats stagnant for year or 2, bonus never changes); lack of direction at times; morale; turnover; autonomy for research practices;

    Advice to Management

    More competitive compensation to retain good associates and limit turnover


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    "Name of the game is restructuring"

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    Former Employee - Equity Research Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Equity Research Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent hours, most people are nice and friendly. There are a few really good associates and analysts.

    Cons

    Majority of the workforce is not bright. Management turnover led to inept folks being placed in management roles. There were 4 restructurings during my year + there. Each time a ton of people were let go only to have more hired a few weeks later. And then the cycle begins again with new hires fired. Can't really trust "leadership." Also rampant nepotism. It would be OK if these people were smart but nope, sons and step sons are hired who can't even do the simplest tasks ie data entry.

    Advice to Management

    Find a new CEO, someone from outside the firm. Hire better leaders in IBD and Research. Also fix your HR group.


  9. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Canaccord Adams full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I worked with a great senior analyst. Very smart. Upper management allowed us to build our brand the way we wanted to. People were great too.

    Cons

    Hours were very long.


  10. "Generally positive - but shades of grey"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Canaccord Adams (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people are great to work with, and management really seems to care about its employees. The firm seems to be in a great position to take off.

    Cons

    The difficult Market environment has created some negativity throughout the organization, and management has a tendency to ignore the problem.

    Advice to Management

    My only real critical advice is to put more attention toward keeping the troops motivated and cut the dead weight


  11. "Great boutique experience"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Hands on involvement, less stressful than larger firms. Boutique focus - small cap transactions.

    Cons

    Few lead deals - struggle being second tier type firm

    Advice to Management

    Play to your strengths as a boutique - capitalize on your niche


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