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  1. "Fun but disorganized"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Manager in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at GL Advisor full-time

    Pros

    They have creative financial products and continue to bring new innovations to the investment and student loan industries. The company has young leadership which creates a fun and dynamic culture.

    Cons

    The creative ideas are never implemented. The process for poor execution infiltrates the company's culture and creates a "great idea but it will never get done" mindset.

    Advice to Management

    They need to improve their processes and operations. Execution on projects and ideas should be a top priority.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "There are times when all things considered it is better to be unemployed."

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    Former Employee - Executive in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Executive in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    GL has some great people that give 110 per cent all the time. They are no longer in Waltham but are in another space in Boston which is better than

    Cons

    The head of GL is Daniel Thibeault. Google him and make your own decisions. The company lacks any real management.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Toxic culture/bankrupt management"

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    Former Employee - Advisor in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Advisor in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Creative approach to investing. Low cost offerings for investors and doctors. Hard working Filipino team willing to put up with insanity and do anything they can to help customers.

    Cons

    Horrible culture. Clients and employees are afterthoughts (at best). CEO is a parody of all that is bad about CEOs - focused on money, must always be right, bombastic when challenged or even questioned, false promises and wide spread pay cuts, bends the truth to suit his needs, treats people as disposable, expects everyone else to have zero home life and literally sleep in the office, absolutely no idea how to successfully implement any of his "brilliant" ideas. And the rest of the leadership team is either unwilling or unable to check him so he runs amok and dominates the entire landscape. The sales leadership are the worst kind of yes men. There is no CFO, so who knows what is happening with the finances. If it weren't so sad it would be comical.

    Advice to Management

    Where to begin . . . the company desperately needs competent, professional management (no phone throwing or 2-year old temper tantrums!). Cut dead weight. It is obvious who can sell and add value and who can't on the leadership team. Until the company cares about its clients/customers and employees it will continue to hemorrhage money and talent. Perhaps just fire everybody and start a hedge fund where you don't have to actually interact with people?


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  5. "Overworked, Underpaid, Underappreciated"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

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

    Pros

    The awesome people that I had the pleasure of meeting & continue to stay in touch with. They made it worth it everyday.

    Cons

    Completely broken processes & procedures. Too much work, not enough people & expectations of those working way too high.


  6. "Worked for GL a little less then a year."

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    Former Employee - Lender Relations in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Lender Relations in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at GL Advisor full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team funny helpful people, start-up feel so it was fun, actually had money to pay bills, got experience with other software and skills I can now put on my resume.

    Cons

    1. CEO is TERRIBLE! Constantly and openly LIED to employees about not being laid off and in the next 2 months hired some "consultant" who fired almost the entire floor. And he is STILL telling others the same lie and fired another batch after I left. On top of that he didn't even have the audacity or integrity to give us the termination papers himself!
    2. He moved the operations part of our company to Manila in the Phillipines and they know NOTHING about American Student loan industry. He admitted this himself during the "all hands" meetings
    3. Every good idea that was sent to mgmt was "thoughtfully listened to" but completely ignored
    4. The COO's solution to the CEO complaining was to increase our workload and give us no resources or man power.

    Advice to Management

    Why bother? They won't take it anyways and they're on their way to a failing business. Let's just sit back and watch the ship burn.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible company"

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    Former Employee - Client Advisor in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Client Advisor in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at GL Advisor full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I am unable to think of a single positive thing to write about thus company. It was the finest, most dedicated team I have ever worked with and it was dismantled by the CEO's greed.

    Cons

    CEO & CFO are unscrupulous
    Entire operation moved to Philippines
    Lied to staff and clients about the future of the company
    Cheated people out of pay and or dues


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Sad."

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    Former Employee - Client Advisor in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Client Advisor in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers. Opportunity to work with employees in the Philippines.

    Cons

    Managers/Execs are lost. They are currently outsourcing the positions to the Philippines where inadequate training has been provided. While I'm sad to be removed from their equation, it's also a huge relief to be away from the toxic environment (constantly lied to and fear of being laid off).

    Advice to Management

    Good luck.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Used to be great company with great people however upper management, specifically the CEO shows no respect to employees."

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    Current Employee - Advisor in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Advisor in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at GL Advisor full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Small private company used to have a family orientated feel to it.

    Cons

    CEO and COO will lie openly to employees in company all hands meetings.
    CEO is not well spoken and uses message that "everyone is replaceable" as a motivator.
    Do not expect a 3% salary increase annually even if you exceed expectations.
    Little room for growth and development.
    CEO is not operationally inclined and solution to problems is to increase work flow for employees without providing tools.
    Job satisfaction across U.S. based Waltham office is extremely low.

    Advice to Management

    Please show more respect towards your employees.


  10. "Great Idea, Poor Execution"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Intelligent, motivated team of professionals and the company service was a wonderful idea.

    Cons

    leadership, one leader in particular, was bombastic, often unavailable, and flat out lied to employees. he's headed to jail now.


  11. "Well it's finally gone."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people that did their best before the CEO ran them off.

    Cons

    Another review said it best; google the CEO Daniel Thibeault.


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