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Robert W. Baird & Co. Reviews

Updated February 11, 2019
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Pros
  • "Midwestern location makes for much better work/ life balance versus East Coast financial services firms, although pay is somewhat lower" (in 24 reviews)

  • "Our special culture and the fact that we're an employee-owned firm" (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours, compensation is a little bit (just a little) below peers" (in 19 reviews)

  • "Very little work/life balance though they like to say they prioritize this" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "If you want to be an investment banker in Chicago, Baird is the place to be"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Associate
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Robert W. Baird & Co. full-time

    Pros

    100% cash compensation, Baird Scholar program (one of the few remaining companies that will pay for you to get your MBA - full time), culture really does hold up (you don’t have to be an a-hole to work in finance), have made concerted effort to improve the junior banker experience (No Saturday work policy, encourage analysts to participate early and often in pitches, client / buyer meetings, etc.). Good benefits for the most part (401k / HSA match, profit sharing).

    Cons

    Nascent mentor program and development / resource database, although management is making conscious effort to improvement both. High copays and trading fees.

    Advice to Management

    Processes are long, need to find ways to celebrate the little wins more often (team lunches/drinks when mandates are awarded or deals sign). Small team building activities do much more for morale than one might think.


  2. "Overall a great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Robert W. Baird & Co. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture. Friendly people, laid back environment, no micromanagement which is great. Lots of events that foster relationship building between employees. There is also a great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Because the environment was so laid back, it opened up the door for sexual harassment under the guise of playing jokes. There was an incident where someone kept leaving large sausages in a young lady's chair. Another time her supervisor had her "open wide" for a treat.

    HR needs improvement. I reached out for help when I had an issue with my supervisor and they were no help at all.

    Advice to Management

    More training for managers in the areas that they manage. My manager had really no idea of what my day to day job was or tools that we used and would often cancel meetings.

  3. "Great compny"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Robert W. Baird & Co. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    strong culture good folks, good work life balane

    Cons

    none that I could find, solid place

    Advice to Management

    keep it up!


  4. "Compliance Officer VP"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Compliance Officer in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Compliance Officer in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Robert W. Baird & Co. full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Friendly, flexible, fun place to work, countless opportunities to develop

    Cons

    Business growing faster than non revenue side can support

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of overtime for hourly employees it creates inefficiencies


  5. "Analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really strong culture, advancement opportunities

    Cons

    Long hours that are often unpredictable


  6. "A place you miss when it's gone"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Robert W. Baird & Co. full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Culture, drive for high performance

    Cons

    I knew the pay was on the low end, and I've definitely confirmed that since leaving

    Advice to Management

    Keep fostering the culture


  7. "Support"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Robert W. Baird & Co. full-time

    Pros

    looks good on your resume

    Cons

    constructive criticism not applicable to mgmt.

    Advice to Management

    lose the ego

  8. "Fast turn over, no respect for work-life balance of remote team"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Robert W. Baird & Co. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    In Chicago, close-knit IT team and typically everyone at the branch is very friendly. Free food when there are meetings around. Get to travel with 100% reimbursement for IT related trips. Overall company culture made me "feel" valued as an associate. In Chicago branch you work with the board members and executive leadership and they are all friendly people.

    Cons

    Management has high turn over and they high within the group, no one is truly experienced in a managerial position. Terrible communication from other IT teams when help is needed. Financial companies have the worst mannered clients because they're dealing with their clients' money so any slowdown on IT's end is hurting everyone's bottom line; no one seemed to really care in our IT higher ups. No possibility of moving up or title change, this is based on seniority and proximity to the main branch (in Milwaukee). No one in the IT department adheres to the company culture, repeatedly heard that it was a joke and waste of time.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your support staff that helps the people who make the business profitable. Why enforce rules and red tape for some associates but then bend over backwards for other departments?


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Robert W. Baird & Co. full-time

    Pros

    Great Experience. The culture was great.
    Fast Paced
    Fun Culture

    Cons

    None. I loved working for this company


  10. "Risk Analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Robert W. Baird & Co. full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work arrangements and Co-workers

    Cons

    Culture change from teamwork to pointing fingers when errors happened.