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First Southwest Company Reviews

Updated February 27, 2017
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  1. "Pleased and confused"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Proposal Writer in Garland, TX
    Current Employee - Proposal Writer in Garland, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at First Southwest Company (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Workload is fair so far (with some episodes of intensity). My direct manager is kind and understanding.

    Cons

    I still have no idea what is going on in upper management. All of my questions are either vaguely answered or not answered at all. My direct manager wishes she had more information for me, but she doesn't know anything either.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate and answer questions!


  2. "Investment Banking Analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at First Southwest Company full-time

    Pros

    First Southwest which is now known as Hilltop Securities is an awesome company when wanting to build up your resume. It provides you the ability to learn about the Municipal Finance, Bonds, Capital Markets, etc. with an opportunity to receive you Series 52, 63, and 7. You will become highly marketable after being with the company for about 2 years. Enough to know and understand how the market, in general. operates.

    Cons

    - No training! (They will give you work that you will have no idea how to do)
    - Very little Communication
    - Promotions freely handed out (some earned it most didn't)
    - Bonuses are a joke
    - You are looked over by the majority of the VPs, AVPs, etc.
    Don't plan on having a relationship with the CEO.


  3. "Compliance Analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at First Southwest Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people. The firm had a great reputation and history.

    Cons

    Poor management and low compensation relative to industry. Poor interdepartmental communication.

    Advice to Management

    Evolve


  4. "Overall"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good environment to work in

    Cons

    Take long to move up

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  5. "Above average hours, below average pay"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at First Southwest Company full-time

    Pros

    Most of the lower level workers are nice and helpful

    Cons

    Management doesn't care about lower level employees. Pay is well below average for the industry and the hours you are expected to work. They keep people there with the promise of future compensation that never comes. Inconsistent direction from management. NO work life balance. If you have other options, do NOT work here.


  6. "great company to work for"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Intern in Houston, TX

    Pros

    very friendly team members. great work environment.

    Cons

    new office location is somewhat inconvenient.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "If you are a workaholic with NO personal life, then this is the place for you."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    They are loyal to employees that are loyal to the company.

    Cons

    Lack of respect from upper management. Little recognition for a job well-done, but a lot of recognition if something goes wrong.

    General atmosphere of senior leadership not caring about so-called "support staff."

    They expect you to be a workaholic and do not expect you to have a personal life.

    Benefits not up to date with many other companies current standards.

    Advice to Management

    The improve the work/life balance and recognize when an employee is doing an exceptional job. If an employee is doing a good job then reward them monetarily.

    Improve benefits for employees.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Hope you like Texas-style management"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Exposure to the public finance industry.

    Cons

    salary, hours, old boys texas mentality management

    Advice to Management

    Reward people for their contribution, try to be more diverse, let your employees know you value them, reward those for hard work and not for playing office politics


  9. "Analysis"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at First Southwest Company full-time

    Pros

    Hard work but great management

    Cons

    No cons this is the best firm I ever worked for

    Advice to Management

    Great mentor program in the firm


  10. "Good job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good place to get a career start

    Cons

    Can be tough to move up the ladder


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