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Stifel Financial Reviews

Updated September 18, 2017
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Ronald J. Kruszewski
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Pros
  • Stifel offers annual bonuses and great work/life balance (in 17 reviews)

  • Great people to work with in the office, very friendly and felt like a part of the company within weeks (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Benefits are weak, 401k match is a joke (in 6 reviews)

  • The work is not super challenging in the home-office (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Employee"

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

    I have been working at Stifel Financial full-time

    Pros

    Love this company! Great atmosphere

    Cons

    None! I love my job!

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. "Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Technician in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Technician in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stifel pays a fair wage

    Cons

    Upper Management could use improvement

  3. "Equity Research Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Stifel Financial full-time

    Pros

    They leave you alone if you do good work.

    Cons

    There is probably too many layers of management.


  4. "Senior Research Analyst, Good Experience At Stifel"

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Stifel Financial full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    1. Good people culture, not nearly the back stabbing me me me culture in alot of wall street capital markets groups.
    2. In research, guidance from the top but alot of opportunity to build your own franchise your way. Great opportunity for aggressive analysts.
    3. Unlike some capital market firms, research seems to really be seen as an asset to drive other businesses and not just a cost center. This favors more experienced analysts vs replacing experienced (and more expensive) with young new analysts.
    4. Historically management has made solid decisions and have been very good people.

    Cons

    1. Not a knock on Stifel, but the industry is going downhill. Technology has driven substantial cuts in fund and industry fees and made information much more easily obtainable. Webcasts of most company presentations, reg FD requirements further dilute the analyst value. Funds (payers for research) have much less to pay firms like Stifel than even 5 years ago, forcing cost reductions and pay cuts at firms like Stifel. There will always be a role for smart, value adding analysts in the industry, but the best days are over for sure.
    2. Benefits are weak, 401k match is a joke.

    Advice to Management

    For research, don't follow the street trend of firing experienced analysts to bring in cheap eager inexperienced ones to pump out paper. There are fewer payers (funds) out there, and the ones left standing are smart enough to see junk reports and simple analysis. They will only pay for very experienced analysts that can give them the insight not available on info sites. To beat the market, they need insights about what may happen should things happen a certain way, to position portfolios before others. Only analysts that have seen several business cycles and proven to be accurate can add value to clients in the future. Pay those folks more, cut the rest.


  5. "Great company"

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

    I have been working at Stifel Financial full-time

    Pros

    Great pay and management. They take into account the best interests of their clients rather than looking to make themselves richer

    Cons

    There are none. It is making me have a 20 word minimum for this answer but there are no cons.

    Advice to Management

    Again for some reason there is a 20 word minimum but I do not have any advice to managemnt, My advice to Glassdoor is not to have a 20 word minimum.


  6. "Operations Specialist"

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

    I have been working at Stifel Financial full-time

    Pros

    This job provides a tremendous amount of learning and experience. They have jean days pretty often. There is a gym you can use for free. They provide benefits and a fair amount of PTO.

    Cons

    Seems to be lacking with technology, the pay is not the best, hard to advance, and each floor runs things differently.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "9/10"

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    Current Employee - Financial Consultant in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Financial Consultant in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Stifel Financial full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great executive leadership who is always looking out for the best interest of the clients and Financial Advisors. Open architecture platform that allows FA's to run their businesses as they see fit. Little to no bureaucracy within management.

    Cons

    401k match is a joke ($1000k dumped in at year end), health coverage is expensive. I was promised incentives that have yet to be delivered.

    Advice to Management

    Review benefits package to promote retention of talent.

  8. "A good stepping stone"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Stifel Financial full-time

    Pros

    Stifel is a small, but growing community. You have a lot of people that are willing to help you learn if you are willing to put in the effort.

    Cons

    The work is not super challenging in the home-office. If you are looking for interesting work - this may not be the place for you.


  9. "Unique entrepreneurial environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stifel Financial full-time

    Pros

    Feels like the entrepreneurial days of the 90s and 2000s where there is lots of opportunity to grow your existing business or build a new one.

    Cons

    Communication across the firm can be challenging at times.


  10. "Great experience, good pay, welcoming group"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Stifel Financial full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Team is exceptionally knowledgeable, welcoming and supportive. Pay is above avg for the cost of living in stl.

    Cons

    Longer work hours, which is expected.

    Advice to Management

    No suggestions


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