FBR Reviews | Glassdoor

FBR Reviews

Updated April 16, 2017
64 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-time Part-time

2.4
Star Star Star Star Star
Rating Trends Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
FBR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard J. Hendrix
Richard J. Hendrix
34 Ratings

64 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date

Pros
Cons
  • Senior Management waffles on direction of firm (in 5 reviews)

  • Long hours and very early mornings (in 3 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. Featured Review

    "Great Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great benefits and challenging work environment. Really support co workers and fun atmosphere. The compensation is above market. I enjoyed my time there.

    Cons

    Long hours and very early mornings. Many times you would have to work weekends to keep up with the work load.


  2. "Good atmosphere"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managing Director in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Managing Director in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place for self starters. Good locations in the D.C. area and nationwide. Good culture.

    Cons

    Great place for self starters. Hard to break into the inner circle. Limited direction from the Management team. important to elephant hunt instead of focusing on multiple small transactions.


  3. "Great people, awful management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Equity Research Associate in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Equity Research Associate in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really great people around you that provide great resources day to day

    Cons

    Management is greedy and only have themselves on their minds

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are people too


  4. "Not ideal"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good place to learn the industry
    Small size gives opportunity for greater exposure
    "Next man up" mentality can mean faster advancement
    Work-life balance can be good, depending on role

    Cons

    Low compensation, especially at the lower levels
    Little commitment to attracting or retaining talent
    Low morale and high turnover
    Struggling in a declining industry

    Advice to Management

    Start working to retain talent and recognize success
    Better communicate the strategy to employees how the company is going to move forward and improve


  5. "Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big transactions vs. small and high volume

    Cons

    Awful culture, way below market comp

    Advice to Management

    Leave


  6. "FBR & Co."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President Sales in New York, NY

    Pros

    Location location location, as long as you're coming from Westchester County. They are located right at the north access to Grand Central Station.

    Cons

    Senior Management waffles on direction of firm. They are too reliant on one single business and have no plan for diversifying their business model.


  7. "Mercenary investment bank"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mid Level Revenue Generator in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Mid Level Revenue Generator in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at FBR full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent people. Good opportunity for career advancement.. if you can survive. Compensation is subdued vs other areas in the industry... perhaps because there is no direct competition in D.C. area for banking talent.

    Cons

    Poor leadership. High employee turnover. Competitively disadvantaged in most areas vs. other wall street banks. Beat down culture from constant layoffs - had not "won" in a long time.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on core franchises where you can win. Clear out ridiculous money losing balance sheet investments. Thats all the advice I have for now.


  8. "Investment Banking Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment to conduct business

    Cons

    harsh hours that are not optional


  9. "Mail room Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Mailroom Clerk/Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Mailroom Clerk/Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FBR (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great office space, friendly Co workers, a great work experience

    Cons

    None there are no cons

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing


  10. "bsc"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Altoona, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Altoona, PA

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

    Pros

    there are very good support staff

    Cons

    the job description is overwhelming, limited compensation

    Advice to Management

    xxx


Showing 64 of 70 reviews
Reset Filters