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  1. "Investment Banking Vice President"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice-President - Investment Banking in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Vice-President - Investment Banking in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at JMP Securities full-time

    Pros

    The firm has a solid position as a mid-market investment bank and plays in that role very well.
    In general, the people that work at JMP are very good people with strong morals and family values.

    Cons

    As the firm increases the percentage of revenue coming from its M&A / capital raising, it needs to hire junior resources to adequately staff those deals.

    Advice to Management

    Management should recruit earlier in the cycle to avoid getting the "leftovers". They should also be quicker to promote good talent and churn under performing talent at the junior levels.


  2. "Senior Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managing Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Managing Director in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of flexibility and good work/life balance. Good people at the mid-levels of management. Generally open to allowing younger and less experienced people do very senior tasks.

    Cons

    Small boutique firm. Tends to overhire, then let people go. Very leveraged to investment banking revenue. Not a lot of resources available for industry events. Consistently pays below market rates

  3. "Summer Internship"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at JMP Securities part-time

    Pros

    Great staff, very friendly place to work. Awesome location in the heart of the financial district of San Francisco. Work very closely with upper management and associates alike.

    Cons

    Minimal direction and feedback on project quality. Work was often busy work and at times seemed tedious. Tough to see the big picture purpose of most assignments for lower level interns.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more direction and feedback to interns upon completion of assignments or tasks. The work of a summer intern seems much more worth while if they know why they are doing it.


  4. "A Decent Stop on the Road"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at JMP Securities full-time

    Pros

    Easy-going people in the rank and file and some in management.
    Freedom.
    Interesting work.
    Comp is okay in good years.

    Cons

    No career development or recognizable trajectory.
    Management is indifferent to the input of employees.
    No interest in diversity.
    Head in the sand mentality.

    Advice to Management

    Modernize your thinking. Today's successful companies are diverse and collaborative. Open your minds. Get humble. Learn from others. Motivate your people. Help them feel invested in the organization by making home feel like they count.


  5. "Equity Research Asssociate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Equity Research Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Equity Research Associate in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -friendly people
    -if you're a dude you'll be better compensated

    Cons

    -the firm did very well last year, but they selected to pad the wallets of only the select few, particularly those at the top
    -no salary raise after working like a dog
    -bonus was a joke
    -base pay was low to begin with
    -there is no training

    Advice to Management

    -learn to recognize that actually do the work and compensate them appropriately


  6. "Good work environment and competitive"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Equity Research Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Equity Research Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Competitive environment and high pressure at time but goes with the work and industry

    Advice to Management

    None


  7. "Great company with good culture"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great, smart people
    -fun environment
    -long hours at times, but mngmt understands work-life balance
    -seemingly great opportunities to advance
    -a lot of freedom, allows everyone to do their own work
    -seems to be making a lot of changes for the better and looks like the company is headed in the right direction

    Cons

    It would be good to have a better understanding on pay relative to peers and what pay can be expected if performance is good.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.

  8. "Leading Life Sciences Investment Banking Practice"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at JMP Securities full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Moving up league tables and on more deals than any other firm in 2013.

    Cons

    Have made some great hires but still building out capital markets execution platform needed for the Bookrunner roles the firm is now getting

    Advice to Management

    Keep growing and hiring great talent and raise base salaries


  9. "JMP satisfied to be in the top 50 brokers"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Equity Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Equity Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    some very nice people work there

    Cons

    some very bad people work there

    Advice to Management

    stop living in the nineties and get up to speed on what happening in the market today.


  10. "Great group of people but a business caught in the middle of an industry downturn"

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

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

    Pros

    People were really genuinely nice

    Cons

    transparency was a major issue and there was no room for upside

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees the way you want to be treated financially


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