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Stout Reviews

Updated January 26, 2019
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Pros
  • "Exceptional work/life balance without sacrificing career development" (in 8 reviews)

  • "Stout is a great company with great people" (in 6 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. "Incoming Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    I interviewed at a decent amount of consulting firms in the DC area, and I felt the most welcomed at Stout. It felt like people were going out of their way to introduce themselves and make me feel welcome. I was very impressed with their recent growth and past clients. I am a Finance major at school and the analyst position at Stout will allow me to apply the skills I have acquired in my classes in a collaborative environment. I am extremely excited to start at Stout in July!

    Cons

    I was not impressed with their Tyson's Corner office space. However, the enjoyable people and work outweighed the negative.


  2. "Great Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people
    Great Leadership
    Awesome for young people just starting out
    Great benefits and office perks

    Cons

    New analysts don't get bonuses
    Heavy emphasis on cost-cutting

    Advice to Management

    It's a phenomenal place to work and I love it here, but as a new analyst you feel drowned with constant cost cutting being pushed during every meeting, combined with no bonuses for new analysts it makes you come off as stingy

    Stout Response

    Jan 14, 2019 – HR Manager

    Thank you for your feedback. We are honored to have you build your career with us and are glad you enjoy being at Stout. We are happy to provide great benefits and office perks. We try very hard... More

  3. "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.


  4. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Stout full-time

    Pros

    Great company, great work life balance, culture was amazing, monthly happy hours

    Cons

    Analysts are often thrown under the bus by Directors when anything goes south

    Stout Response

    Nov 26, 2018 – HR Coordinator

    Thank you for reviewing us on Glassdoor. Your comment in the “Cons” section is concerning. As you stated in the “Pros” section that our culture is amazing, you know that this behavior is not the... More


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    "Stout Investment Banking"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "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.


  7. "M&A"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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!

  8. "Valuation Analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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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.


  9. "Good Company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  10. "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.