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Robert W. Baird & Co. Reviews

Updated April 20, 2017
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Robert W. Baird & Co. Chairman, President, and CEO Paul E. Purcell
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Pros
  • Work life balance, Compensation , Great midwestern values and welcoming people (in 18 reviews)

  • Everybody wants you to succeed and are willing to help you get there (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • long hours, tough working environment (in 15 reviews)

  • I would like to know how this place keeps ending up on the annual best places to work list (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "PWM Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Robert W. Baird & Co. (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work! Awesome environment and co-workers

    Cons

    I have nothing negative to say about working here.

    Advice to Management

    Have more feedback.


  2. "Good old boys club & political"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many good people work here and decent benefits/salaries.

    Cons

    From the top it's a good old boys club. The top execs all worked together at a prior firm and they protect their own (i.e. Jim Herrick story). It's also very political, no matter the department. Everyone is trying to prove how they are better than everyone else through backstabbing and blaming of others. Maybe that's common at all companies but being a manager here is exhausting because the lower level employees are always right. Instead of actually managing, it's your job to keep everyone happy.


  3. "Working at Baird"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Independent work, coworkers, salary, yearly bonuses and training.

    Cons

    Management, men vs women, frequent long hours, lack of sympathy if you are a parent.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time out to listen to your employees every once in awhile instead of belittling them because they don't have an "office". The employees that sit in their cubical all day and work are the ones who really have contact with everything going on and I know Baird is a " mans" company but their ate ALOT of smart women that work at Baird that I have seen passed over many, many, many times for positions and it wasn't because they didn't have the experience or the years. In fact most of them had more of both then the "man" that was hired. I was fortunate to come across a better job that a friend of my recommended me for with her company or I would still be there.


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  5. "Good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are a Baird professional in Milwaukee there are lots of opportunities for advancement and growth in your job.

    Cons

    If you are a Baird professional in other cities, there are not as many opportunities for advancement and growth since you are not in the headquarters.


  6. "Great company culture"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable management
    Employee owned
    Down-to-earth people
    Family-oriented culture

    Cons

    Healthcare benefits are below average
    Flexible work hours depend on department


  7. "Very solid middle market investment banking franchise"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Robert W. Baird & Co. (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay is in line with the rest of Wall Street, albeit a little below the bulge brackets. Platform continues to grow and has really good deal flow, particularly in mid market M&A.

    Cons

    A little behind the curve on staffing trends. Naturally, hours aren't friendly but this depends on coverage group and office location.

    Advice to Management

    Counsel staffers to proactively communicate with analysts and associates regarding career growth and individual achievement goals. Have not seen this done and it's straightforwardly pretty important.


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    "Awesome Place to work -"

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

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, Compensation , Great midwestern values and welcoming people

    Cons

    Changing Culture in IT , Process has so much emphasis now is taking over the decissions and our start up culture

    Advice to Management

    Please promote folks internally and show us a movement in leadership roles ,
    too many people too long of a time in leadership roles


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Admin"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company provides flexibility & a good work life balance but needs to work on structure & organization in the administrative areas.

    Cons

    The DC office lacks structure, fairness & diversity. Having had an issue w / one of the admins I was disappointed the supervisor didn't investigate the complaint more. Poor company to work for if equality is important to you.

    Advice to Management

    Manage!


  10. "Great place to grow"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Robert W. Baird & Co. (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I was pleasantly surprised by Baird's associate-focused culture. Coming into finance from a background in the public sector, I thought the work environment would be much more cutthroat. In reality, Baird turned out to be an excellent place to learn and grow not only because opportunities for advancement are available but because management is more than willing to help you figure out a path for advancement and achieve your goals.

    Cons

    Free parking would be nice.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Diversity and Inclusion"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A very stable employer in the Milwaukee Area. They have been in the business for a long time, and perform well in the financial industry.

    Cons

    Company is very progressive, but lacking greatly in their Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives. Their performance in the Financial industry is very good, but having a diverse and inclusive working environment is something that lacks greatly.

    Advice to Management

    Accountability, Transparency among senior leadership especially in departments with high turnover rates is needful. Your diversity and inclusion initiatives meet industry required quotas, maybe, but your different areas of the company need a major improvement in this area - especially with equitable opportunities being offered for leadership roles and development for people of color.



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