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  1. "Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work, nice people, competitive salary

    Cons

    work long hours, not a long of balance


  2. "Pros/cons"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Global Hunter Securities (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, good salaries/bonuses. Great place to learn about the finance industry straight out of college. Growth potential.

    Cons

    Long and unsociable working hours if you work on the west coast. High turnover of employees which made it difficult to build relationships.


  3. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Global Hunter Securities full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good culture and sense of team work. Everyone at the firm wanted everyone to succeed.

    Cons

    HR and accounts payable - it took a minimum of five weeks to be reimbursed for a business expense.

    Advice to Management

    Hire bankers who have M&A relationships with companies that are not only publicly traded.


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  5. "Great growing firm with massive potential"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Make a lot of money - good culture and strong client base

    Cons

    Hard work and a lot commitment but upside is unlimited


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Big Career Mistake"

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    Former Employee - Associate in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Associate in New Orleans, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Global Hunter Securities full-time

    Pros

    > Jocular / fraternal jr. experience
    > Fun people to work with, at the jr. level
    > Drinking / bar crawl breaks mid-afternoon / mid-week when slow
    > Work hard / play hard is defined here

    Cons

    Bank-wide Criticism
    > Nepotism on an almost outlandish level
    > Unstable platform
    > Questionable leadership
    > Under-qualified in industry niche
    > Deal / fees first, client second
    > History of questionable broker practices (see China Media Express)
    > Difficulty closing larger mandates, routinely attempt place securities w/o adequate sales coverage
    > Past clients have issued securities ultimately disruptive and costly to their capital structure
    > "A lot of the time, we're the last stop before chapter 11,"
    > "GHS, where deals go to die,"

    Jr. Level / Experience Criticism
    > Jr. bankers terminated / let go when sr. bankers unable to close deals to support P&L
    > Long hours on fruitless deals
    > Exit options almost non existent
    > Little to no credibility / "prestige"
    > Unprofessional work environment
    > If you're not from the South, uphill battle at times culturally
    > No training program for first years
    > "Working closely with MD's," is sales pitch during recruiting, very difficult dynamic in practice
    > Little to no exposure to aspects of traditional banking corporate finance sans hybrid debt deals

    Advice to jr. level person joining, keep looking or go to grad school

    Advice to Management

    Improve standing and reputation with prospective clients, acquire sr. talent that have report and actionable industry contacts to diversify product capability aware from costly, high risk debt / and hybrid equity mandates.


  7. "Do everything twice"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Analyst in New Orleans, LA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    flat corporate structure - lots of access to MDs

    Cons

    Lack of professionalism and knowledge of the process, everything has to be done at least twice

    Advice to Management

    Develop regular protocol


  8. "Good place, good folks"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Global Hunter Securities full-time

    Pros

    Good place, good folks. Lots of opportunity for those who work hard on the sales and banking side. More challenging on the support side.

    Cons

    Not much to say besides "it's the Street." If you know what you are getting into in the finance world, there's nothing unusual here. Eccentric, brilliant folks. Long hours, bottom-line focus.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Not rewarding"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Global Hunter Securities full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You will learn a lot, because you have no choice. Your job description will change many times before your one year anniversary. Is that a pro or con?

    Cons

    -Do everything twice.
    -Upper Management needs an overhaul.
    -Too much dollars are spent on wrong hires. Extremely high turnover.
    -Talent may be recognized, just not rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Mgmt needs to mentor and lead.


  10. "A Great Firm with Sharp Employees"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great management, smart people, reputable firm.

    Cons

    Long hours can be draining, however, you'd be hard pressed to find an investment banking firm where this is not the case.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Don't expect to be promoted here...either come as somebody or don't come at all"

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    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Global Hunter Securities full-time

    Pros

    - Some fun people to work
    - Access to managing directors
    - High levels of responsibility

    Cons

    - Little promotion opportunities
    - Will take any deal to try to make a dollar
    - Questionable and incompetent management
    - Nepotism
    - Hires quickly then finds out hired too quick so layoffs are common
    - Deal Fees > Clients > Employees (unless you came from and made a name for yourself at a bulge bracket - then you are closer to the deal fee importance)

    Advice to Management

    Become more of a meritocracy and remove those in charge that are either an experiment or made it there based solely on connections


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