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Pacific Crest Securities Reviews

Updated December 2, 2016
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  1. "Investment Banking"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Pacific Crest Securities full-time

    Pros

    Very forward looking approach to the technology sector. Smart people and a very collaborative work environment. Good leadership team.

    Cons

    Hours can be tough given west coast headquarters.


  2. "Best Managed I-Bank on Wall Street"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Pacific Crest Securities full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Up through 2015: Meritocracy; collaborative; low politics; fair compensation; great work culture; full service platform; focused on the long term and building a platform; no/low micro management; good people trying to do the right thing; management is humble and admits when they make a mistake

    Cons

    Now part of a larger bank with more regulation and compliance


  3. "Admin"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Pacific Crest Securities (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some of the people were nice

    Cons

    Lots of cliques, managers biggest concern was getting big bonuses for themselves, people not treated equally.

    Advice to Management

    Morale would be much better if everyone felt their job was important.


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  5. "Investment bank"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Pacific Crest Securities (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Compensation is on par with the industry, which is relatively high.

    Cons

    It was acquired and has lost its culture. It is a declining industry.


  6. "Administrative Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Pacific Crest Securities full-time

    Pros

    Nice people and strong culture.

    Cons

    No room for advancement.


  7. "Excellent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Operations in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Operations in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very smart and specialized expertise. You feel that everyone at the Company makes a difference by what they do. Strong sense of team orientation. Focus on giving clients valuable information to support their financial objectives.

    Cons

    Can be challenging to get people to relocate to Portland, OR from other US metro areas (i.e. NY, SF, etc.). If you want a balanced pace of life and very reasonable cost of living, Portland is it!

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the specialized tech focus


  8. "Nickel and dime culture. Management is ignorant. Compensation one of the worst on street."

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

    I have been working at Pacific Crest Securities full-time

    Pros

    Some of the coworkers are friendly. Good place to learn if you have 0 yrs exp in finance. Portland is a nice, quaint town and the city environment is fantastic. Always something to do in Portland.

    Cons

    The compensation for juniors and mid-level is outrageously low, partially because mgmt understands that they are the only firm in town. Management has even jokingly at a function that the firm has leverage on the employees because Portland is so far away from everywhere else and it would be a pain to move their families. Even the 401K matching is lower than the street average.

    This type of thinking causes the firm to inculcate one of the worst cultures on the street. Management turns a blind side to abusive relationships and instills a my-way or highway type of attitude towards the employees, resulting in low company morale. Inexperienced HR department to resolve issues. Career advancement is limited, due to fear of employees jumping ship. Much of employee payouts hampered private equity backing.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that employee morale is tied to compensation. Instill a more friendly environment. There is a fine line between taking advantage of employees and maximizing company operating margins. If you can't pay employees then dont expect them to work 70 hours weeks and waking up at 4 am.


  9. "One of the best places to work in Portland"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Pacific Crest Securities full-time

    Pros

    Considering similar jobs would most likely be based in the Bay Area or New York, it's impossible to compare the quality of life. Portland is a real gem. Strong camaraderie within departments in the firm. Smart people with tons of industry expertise. Very low turnover.

    Cons

    Smaller size limits advancement opportunities. Surprisingly slow to change, given focus on technology.

    Advice to Management

    Take chances, be more aggressive.


  10. "Great place to work, people to work with"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Pacific Crest Securities full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    People, simple company structure, management values people

    Cons

    Small company, limited resources, limited advancement opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  11. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends

    Pros

    You get to work with great people in a very interesting job. Relative to the other opportunities in Portland the pay is very good.

    Cons

    For a firm its size you would expect better communication of objectives. How you are evaluated seems like a black box.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication and more clearly defined objectives is something everyone would value.



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