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Spectrum Financial Alliance Reviews

Updated October 5, 2018
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  1. "Great Place to Work"

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

    I have been working at Spectrum Financial Alliance full-time

    Pros

    Spectrum is a great place to work - we put our clients interest first and the golden rule is the guiding principal for our firm. We work as a team to accomplish goals and help our clients in an exciting fast paced environment.

    Cons

    We work as a team and hold each other accountable - if you are not comfortable with that this may not be the best place for you.


  2. "Operations Manager"

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Nicholasville, KY
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Nicholasville, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tremendous positive environment and working with great people. World class leadership!

    Cons

    You need to focus on doing your work very well to be successful in the high expectations firm.

    Advice to Management

    Continue mentoring and teaching. You are great at it!

  3. "Tyrannical, verbally abusive, blame-shifting, hotheaded boss"

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

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits including fully employer-paid health insurance (minus some women's health needs), nice coworkers, dog-friendly office environment, and boss can be very helpful at first, especially if he likes you. He even purchased a company vehicle for cute young female employees' use...

    Cons

    Tyrannical, verbally abusive, blame-shifting, paternalistic, hot-headed boss who had literal tantrums. He had more problems with female employees than male and refused to cover some women's health and family planning issues. Unwilling to pay for experienced and skilled employees, also not open to many suggestions from them about how to improve his business. Wanted everything done his way even when it wasn't working. Very politically and religiously charged environment, very unaccepting of diversity, rigid and difficult to work with. Expected emails, calls and texts to be promptly answered even after hours, holidays and weekends. My previous negative review and others have vanished somehow.

    Advice to Management

    With such biases, emotional immaturity and other faults it would be wise to acknowledge and rely on your employees' knowledge and experience and allow them to run a better business for you.


  4. "Run the other way!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Spectrum Financial Alliance full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and that’s it.

    Cons

    Everything about employment with this company is negative. It is a very hostile working environment and the most unprofessional place I have ever worked.

    Advice to Management

    No point in giving him advice, as he stated himself “There is nothing I can learn from any of you that I don’t already know myself.”


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Get finance on your resume and get out"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Spectrum Financial Alliance full-time

    Pros

    Good place to get a finance firm on your resume. Options in Lexington can be slim and hard to break out to other cities.

    Cons

    Everything else.
    -if you want to learn how to poorly manage money this is the place to go.
    -if you want to learn how not to manage a company, this is the place to go.
    -if you want to learn how to hide poor returns by picking inappropriate benchmarks, short time horizons, or irrelevant comparisons. This is the place to go.
    I mean seriously, look at this 5 year performance. Can probably train a monkey how to allocate better and not pay a 1% fee.

    All of this comes from the top. Resulting in high turnover on full time staff. In my time there, the only people who took jobs were in a bad situation and jest needed a job.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to manage money and people. Look at yourself and ask how long the full time staff has been there. Is it that everyone you hired since starting is a bad employee and leaves? Or is it something you are doing that makes everyone leave.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Don’t waste your time here, PLEASE!!"

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    Current Employee - Front Desk Associate in Nicholasville, KY
    Current Employee - Front Desk Associate in Nicholasville, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Spectrum Financial Alliance part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You work with some good people for a short period of time.

    Cons

    Those good people you work with for a short period of time get smart and leave, a lot. If you like training personnel over and over more than doing your actual job, this place is for you!

    Advice to Management

    Sell the firm and run.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good"

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    Former Employee - Lead in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Lead in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Spectrum Financial Alliance full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Many opportunities for learning. There is value to be added with hard work and perfect execution. Good solid pay and flexible scheduling. U.K. Fan for a boss!

    Cons

    Managing principal a bit controlling. There is a bit of blame shifting and fear based discipline. Not the best atmosphere for the faint of heart.

    Advice to Management

    Keep truckin

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nothing to note. See con below

    Cons

    It's upsetting as a former employee to know that the owner has current staff write good reviews to deter from the negative comments. I've seen it happen myself. Current employees were asked to write positive reviews and how could they say no. This is incredibly misleading to anyone who wants to apply. See previous comments of others who have mentioned the same issue.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest


  9. Helpful (1)

    "It is usually a bad work environment"

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

    I worked at Spectrum Financial Alliance part-time

    Pros

    Pay is okay and hours are nice.

    Cons

    Very controlling and demanding. Micromanagement is an understatement. Employees are given simple and mundane tasks while being closely monitored to see if they mess up unimportant tasks instead of empowering employees with real responsibilities to learn and management being there for guidance and help.

    Advice to Management

    Owners mood effects all employees negatively. Learn to control your temper and treat employees with consistent, positive behavior.


  10. "A management team that truly wants the best for their employees. SFA has genuinely helped me improve my business skills."

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    Current Employee - Director of Marketing in Nicholasville, KY
    Current Employee - Director of Marketing in Nicholasville, KY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    My experience at Spectrum Financial Alliance has been one that I will use as a benchmark on rating future employers. At SFA I feel that I am treated with upmost respect and that everything I say or suggest is taken into consideration. I have been given many responsibilities at SFA and though them I feel confident that I am an asset to the company and to other potential companies. The owner has been so kind and generous to the other employees and myself, he always there for advice on business related issues as well as issues pertaining to career advancement and even everyday life concerns.
    Briefly, I would say SFA's pro's are:
    -Flexible scheduling.
    -Friendly, yet professional environment.
    -Supportive group or people, especially in terms of career advancement.
    -Safe and Professional, I have never felt uncomfortable or uneasy about any decisions,comments, or activities within the office.
    -Simple; everything in the office follows a simple set of procedural guidelines, thus it is easy to be on point and to stay on task.

    Cons

    In my opinion, there are very few, if any cons when working at SFA. I might say that as a marketing major there is not much creativity to share within a financial planning firm. However, SFA has allowed me to plan events and take charge of client correspondence. I see that they obviously value me not only as an employee, but as a person for tweaking my position so that I have a place at SFA.

    Advice to Management

    I would advice the management team to keep leading as they are. I advise them to remain understanding and patient with those new to the financial world.


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