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Stout Reviews

Updated November 16, 2018
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Stout CEO Craige L. Stout
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Pros
  • "Exceptional work/life balance without sacrificing career development" (in 7 reviews)

  • "great people, great culture, and a great place to grow" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Demands create work life balance issues - basically expected to be ready to drop everything and answer emails or calls at all times" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Brand recognition isn't particularly strong outside the midwest (Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland)" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Overall great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Valuation Analyst in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Valuation Analyst in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment. Exceptional work/life balance without sacrificing career development.

    Cons

    Pay seems somewhat low for the hours worked and the skills/experience required.


  2. "Stout Investment Banking"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Stout full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Easy access to directors and managing directors. Ability to take on associate type responsibilities early in career.

    Cons

    Base salary is fine but bonus is laughable. Management comes from big 4 and not banking which is where the issue comes from. Senior bankers say that the hours make up for the lower bonus but with the addition of new MD's and directors that are bringing in new deals this is not the case anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Make bonus comparable to competitors. Stop taking on smaller and/or undesirable mandates that generate insignificant fees.

  3. "Real Estate Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Valuation Analyst - Staff in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Valuation Analyst - Staff in Chicago, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Stout full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with intelligent young professionals.

    Cons

    Unrealistic billing/efficiency goals, too much focus on BHAG by senior management and not enough on lower level staff retention.

    Advice to Management

    Place more consideration on employee retention than on reaching the BHAG - late year pushes to reach BHAG result in rushed projects of subpar quality.


  4. "M&A"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Stout full-time

    Pros

    Excellent company culture, understanding hours considering it is M&A, some great talent and good CEO

    Cons

    Comp is below street (although if weighted on an hourly basis you come out ahead), M&A team is still growing and trying to make a name for itself, comp structure heavily geared toward MDs

    Advice to Management

    Comp should be adjusted to retain talent - everything else should keep on going!


  5. "Valuation Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stout full-time

    Pros

    great people, great culture, and a great place to grow.

    Cons

    Hard to reach out to upper management for advice.


  6. "Good Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Management is smart, and communicates the strategy and performance of the company all the way down
    -Room for growth
    -Flexibility on vacation/hours as long as you get your work done (at least in my office)
    -Exposure to different engagements can lead to different exit opportunities down the road

    Cons

    -Paying out more money is never a bad thing
    -Hours can be long, but that comes with the work and is no worse than other firms in the industry
    -Still a relatively small firm, so some of the downsides that come with that (no real international opportunities, less brand recognition, etc.)

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up. Coming from public accounting, its night and day with how much less red tape there is here. Stout actually has a 'culture' that they actively manage and it shows. Seems like it's already a point of focus, but retain the people that fit well in the company and things will continue to go well.


  7. "Good gig...busy!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Stout full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Always consistent. Always busy. Great location. The owners are wonderful.

    Cons

    Management parties often with staff, which, in my opinion, is a conflict of interest in regards to running a professional business.

    Advice to Management

    Owners are wonderful, as well as the management. I would just recommend to keep personal feelings separate from professional standards.

  8. "Good Leadership/Good Colleagues"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Associate in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The top leadership has a vision for what they want the company to become and a plan for how to get there. The people you work with are great and willing to help you out if you have a question or concern.

    Cons

    In some of the business units the number of hours you work can be long.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. Management has a vision and a plan for how to make the company successful.


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    "Associate"

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    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 Stout full-time

    Pros

    *Laidback culture for a finance role
    *Some managers are extremely intelligent and are thought leaders in the valuation world
    *C-Suite is filled with leaders who genuinely care about the employees

    Cons

    *Salary is below market
    *Work is monotonous
    *Managerial skills vary wildly from director to director
    *Certain employees literally can't do their job (e.g. are incapable of functionally using excel) and only have their title because they rode their superior's coat tails

    Advice to Management

    *Make sure you don't lose the culture in an attempt to hit the next BHAG
    *Stop letting people get by on their superior's merits. It undermines moral in the entire office and causes tons of turnover for those serving under such employees


  10. "Great Company Culture"

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

    I have been working at Stout full-time

    Pros

    Positive work environment - management does what it can to make sure workloads are balanced and employees are happy

    Cons

    Total comp is on the lower end relative to industry averages

    Advice to Management

    Up the comp, keep the culture!


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