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Prime, Buchholz Reviews

Updated September 6, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great people, great culture, great benefits."

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

    I have been working at Prime, Buchholz full-time

    Pros

    This company really cares about its employees and have a great culture. Working in Portsmouth is also great and easy to get to and from. 401k, health insurance, and culture is wonderful.

    Cons

    Salary is a little low and depending on your role in the company the work can be boring and uninspired. Disconnect between business segments can lead to problems.

    Advice to Management

    Great environment, just make sure everyone is on board with the company goals.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Investment Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Prime, Buchholz full-time

    Pros

    If you are looking for a simple job with repetitive manual tasks it is the place for you. Notice how only positive reviews are current employees trying to bump up Glassdoor rating

    Cons

    Low salary, disconnect between employees and partners, zero upward mobility, poor performance of the business as a whole. Returns for clients have been poor.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in employees, be open to change

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good Up Until You Reach Your Max Level for Advacement in Company"

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    Current Employee - Performance Analyst in Portsmouth, NH
    Current Employee - Performance Analyst in Portsmouth, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Prime, Buchholz full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Good location
    - Bonuses 2x per year are awesome
    - Annual raise
    - Good benefits
    - Option to work from home if need be
    - Standard 8 hr day

    Cons

    - Company culture is lacking enthusiasm, people that have worked here forever always talk about how great it was before they grew in size and before they got an in house lawyer.
    - Unless you are planning to dedicate 3 years of your life studying for the CFA I wouldn't recommend taking a position here. You can only move up once you have labeled yourself as a candidate for the CFA.
    - Large communication gap between upper management and what is actually happening in client services
    - Some of the people that work here are pretty lame
    - Monotonous work daily and it never changes you are just a monkey inputting numbers
    - High turn over rate
    - Salary is pretty low compared to industry standards

    Advice to Management

    Have an open forum at least twice a year between upper management and the people that actually do the leg work. There are a lot of people that work here that have strong opinions and they should be heard.


  4. "HR"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, NH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, NH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Prime, Buchholz full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome company with a friendly, collaborative environment.
    Excellent benefits -- the richest benefits I have seen in this area.
    Competitive salaries.
    Great Location.
    Fun Committee -- lots of great ideas and fun!

    Cons

    I do not have any cons to report.


  5. "Pretty good"

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    Current Employee - Performance Analyst in Portsmouth, NH
    Current Employee - Performance Analyst in Portsmouth, NH

    Pros

    There are plenty of friendly co-workers who will help you out along the way. Many knowledgeable professionals that you can learn a lot from if interested.

    Cons

    The salaries here are unsatisfying to the point where you do not feel valued by the company. While you work alongside co-workers daily, collaboration is lacking with minimal structure.


  6. "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Staff was very welcoming and informative
    -Training was precise and efficient
    - Many incentive and bonus plans were available

    Cons

    -Busy season could get a bit hectic
    -Growth is slow, but definitely possible
    -In order to move up, CFA certifications were greatly encouraged

    Advice to Management

    Keep managing the firm the way it is. Between the tone at the top and the office environment, the firm is already a pleasant place to work.


  7. "Prime for some"

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

    I worked at Prime, Buchholz full-time

    Pros

    Some genuine nice people. Easy opposite traffic commute.

    Cons

    Consultants are great salesman, but investors they are not. You must agree with their investment philosophy to be happy here.

    Advice to Management

    Be professional. Respect your employees as empowered equals, not worker bees

  8. "Only for the kind of person who doesn't want to think for themselves."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, NH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Prime, Buchholz full-time

    Pros

    The only pros were the fun frilly perks they throw in to try to keep their employees as the job is very demanding. Thursdays they have catering. And they try to nurture an environment that makes people want to stay there.

    Cons

    Grueling work. Mind-numbing. That comes with the field. But what shouldn't come is gender-bias, merciless amounts of work and crazy deadlines, and not really truly having an opportunity to advance even though that is one of their favorite things to brag about. Oh yah. And they are a snooty bunch of people.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice. Management doesn't listen so why bother.


  9. Helpful (10)

    "Started out great, went negative near the end, but still decent overall; some aspects are very good, some are bad."

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    Former Employee - Investment Analyst in Portsmouth, NH
    Former Employee - Investment Analyst in Portsmouth, NH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Prime, Buchholz full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you can come in at the Investment Analyst level and skip the Performance Analyst level, you will be offered a number of opportunities to learn, and to prove yourself to senior management & firm owners. As an Investment Analyst (a title they are currently renaming to something like "Client Service Analyst" or something), you are the "Lightning Rod" for the office. This is a double-edged sword. Pro's include:
    - You get to work with senior consultants who know a lot. As such, you can learn a lot (READ: DEPENDS on consultant). They all have VERY different, strong, personalities with specific and sometimes random requests & demands.
    - You get a lot of exposure to institutional clients, their boards, and C-Level executives that have worked with the company for a long time, and are given a certain level of clout upon introduction.
    - You pick up concepts, trends, and ideas that big players are doing & using.
    - As "Lightning Rod" you coordinate between the in-house report-building team (Performance Analysts & Data Analysts) and get to review people's data-entry work (read: management responsibilities without management pay, do with this as you like).
    - Opportunities to analyze complex portfolios, recommend movements to consultants, coordinate with the Research Analysts (the real Investment Analysts) that are assigned by asset-class. This can be (time-permitting) very fun and intellectually stimulating.

    Cons

    PBA is at an inflection point and has chosen to strangle growth in an effort to remain private, shed smaller clients and attract larger ones, boost the net worth of the principals, control the younger staff and client-base. As such, the 6 main owners are reluctant to promote from within. You can and will be dangled a carrot of "someday becoming a consultant" by middle management (read: Team Leader, Director of Client Services) but this is something that will happen for rare individuals that meet the following criteria: politically-positioned (liked by principals), academically refined (credentialed), and willingness to become a slave for 3-5 years (60 hour work weeks and ridiculous client-loads).

    Advice to Management

    Dream of something larger than an ability and environment in which you can micro-manage. Chill out with QR's. Challenge the principals instead of promising them deliverables and squeezing those who actually perform the work and have had enough. To the principals; consider growing the pyramid wider at the mid-level. Perhaps 6 or 7 teams. Reduce the number of clients assigned, and promote an academic/creative environment where folks share ideas. Give more opportunities to existing Investment Analysts who are clearly ready to become Consultants; it might allow you to retain smaller clients (<$100M) and grow as a whole. Recognize the micro-managing that is going on at mid-level, remember why you originally joined PBA (love of independence and escaping the micro-management of banks) and try to not let your company slip further into that negative culture.


  10. "Disconnect from Top to Bottom"

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    Former Employee - Performance Analyst in Portsmouth, NH
    Former Employee - Performance Analyst in Portsmouth, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Prime, Buchholz full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Analyst level culture and relationships built was great. Office is very nice. Some nice perks like occasional catered lunches.

    Cons

    Senior management very disconnected from client service/lower levels of firm. Opportunities for growth and help/push/encouragement to grow internally/organically severely lacking. Pay is sub-par at best. Almost feel like you don't matter to management team and that you're easily replaceable, rarely get positive feedback from higher ups.

    Advice to Management

    Connect to client service analysts better. Bring compensation levels up to an industry norm or close to. Encourage organic growth with current employees.


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