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Stifel Financial Reviews

Updated June 25, 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
  • Pay is not competitive for home office employees (in 5 reviews)

  • name recognition can be a problem at times (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "It's OK"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, easy to get along with on a personal level with just about everyone in the department.

    Cons

    You have to be a "favorite" to move up in the structure. If you do get promoted, you have to get the approval of both the new supervisor and your current one, which I've felt leads to some of the better people being held back. Often promotions do not come with a title change or raise, which leads to people leaving as soon as they have a year or two in the position to get the experience and then leave for much better paying positions at other firms.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people - they are your bread and butter and without them you'll soon be left with the short end of the stick. Pay people what they're worth so that you keep talent in the house.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Performance Reporting Analyst"

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

    Pros

    Exposure to Advisory Products and reporting system

    Cons

    Long term growth may be capped in this department.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Not a great place"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Client Service Associate in Topeka, KS
    Current Employee - Client Service Associate in Topeka, KS
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Because of managements childish behavior and snarky comments I have learned what to look for in future job opportunities.. Silver lining?

    Cons

    Management within the branch is awful. They berate you, flip flop their stories, tell everyone but you if you "did something wrong" and have terrible attitudes. Also, the home office has no regard for the client.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Vice President"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Vice President in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Stifel Financial (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to learn the industry and become a Senior Analyst very quickly.

    Cons

    Low paying compared to other investment banks. The corporate culture has been eroded away due to acquisitions. Management is losing their way.


  5. "Good company"

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

    Pros

    Fast growing company with bright future

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive for home office employees.

    Advice to Management

    Still has a "good Ole girls" club of old employees


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Processor II"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, IL

    I worked at Stifel Financial (More than a year)

    Pros

    Small company that is growing and has great service.

    Cons

    No applicable cons for Stifel


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Investment Banking Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good exposure to all aspects of transactions. Experience is truly what you make of it; if you try to get your hands dirty, you can, and you have the ability to sculpt a reputation for yourself even at a very junior level. Those who stand out are treated right come bonus time.

    Cons

    Exit opportunities can be limited - the firm tends to keep its best talent in-house and has not done much to extend opportunities outward. The analyst/associate promotion cycle (June vs. January) means that you can be in a tough position to make a decision when the time comes.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "New FA"

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

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

    Pros

    Very accessible and open architecture. FAs have full access to any and all resources of the firm and the home office does an excellent job supporting their branches and individual FAs.

    Cons

    There is practically zero training for newer advisors company-wide. Any training is done at the branch level and is almost entirely dependent on senior staff members' willingness to train/mentor new advisors.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Back office"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The Christmas parties were good. And we were never bored.

    Cons

    If you're not a "chosen" one, you're always on the chopping block.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Average Experience"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pretty good work/life balance for an investment bank.

    Cons

    Little senior management exposure, a lot of pitching, co-manager.


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