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Mesirow Financial Reviews

Updated November 23, 2017
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Mesirow Financial Chairman and CEO Richard S. Price
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  • Some unprofessional things went on and upper management did not react (in 12 reviews)

  • Communication is not the best, and sometimes non-communicators play the blame game to cover up their lack of communication (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Investment Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Investment Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They pay well, and the people are very nice. At least in my group, the work was very flexible, so if you had a dentist appointment, or needed to arrive early/leave early for any reason, you were given that freedom and trusted to get the work done. Deep Chicago roots and seems to be quite well-respected within the community.

    Cons

    The different departments are very silo'd, so it can be tough to form a network outside of your immediate group. They do have networking events and such, but they aren't very well attended.

    Advice to Management

    In some ways the company seems to "set in its ways" or even overly conservative in some respests. While I understand it is employee owned and everyone wants to do right by the shareholders, perhaps being a bit more dynamic could be helpful.


  2. "Great Place to Work"

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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 Mesirow Financial full-time

    Pros

    Great culture and people. Very diverse business units

    Cons

    Midlevel employees can tend to get a bit lost.

  3. "Great People"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mesirow Financial full-time

    Pros

    Some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet are in middle management and below.

    Cons

    Some unprofessional things went on and upper management did not react.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Depends on Department"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mesirow Financial full-time

    Pros

    Some groups have a great dynamic, good incentives and pay structure
    Community-focused company, service oriented
    Generous PTO
    Entrepreneurial feel in some departments
    Top management is very open, very approachable, great opportunity to make higher-up connections

    Cons

    Departments are very segregated
    Very different structures and feel within different departments
    "Restructuring" can occur at any time


  5. "Confusing"

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    Former Employee - Trading in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Trading in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mesirow Financial full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The pay was decent and the location was easy to get to.

    Cons

    It seemed as if everyone was related to each other. Sincerely the oddest experience in my career. IT needs to be upgraded and it would be nice if you were able to connect more with other departments. it's very territorial.


  6. "Research Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mesirow Financial full-time

    Pros

    Good culture, compensation is decent

    Cons

    A lot of politics and limited opportunity for growth


  7. "Data Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mesirow Financial full-time

    Pros

    Friendly people and great work environment

    Cons

    Management has made poor business decisions

    Advice to Management

    Be more growth focused

  8. "Mesirow Advance Stategies"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mesirow Financial full-time

    Pros

    There is no micromanaging.
    There are some really competent managers.

    Cons

    Co-workers talked a lot more than they did work.
    Often get blamed for things that you were not informed about of.
    There is no formal training.
    People are friendly when you talk with them face- to- face, but they talk about people behind people's backs.


  9. "Company states they care about their employees, but it's really the stock price"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mesirow Financial full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fellow employees, attractive location and building

    Cons

    Major corporate downsizing the last few years has left the employees with no job security. It's ALL about the bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    You have become the mega giant cookie cutter firm that former chairman Jim Tyree railed against. You have lost his vision and now it's a nothing special firm to work for.


  10. "intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mesirow Financial full-time

    Pros

    Boutique company. You really feel like you are making an impact

    Cons

    Technology is very outdated. Needs a re-vamp


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