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Zacks Investment Research Reviews

Updated April 11, 2017
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Leonard Zacks
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Pros
  • Their work- life balance and flexibility is great (in 5 reviews)

  • Laid back low stress work environment (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Extremely bad salary, poor bonus, no hikes at all (in 3 reviews)

  • limited growth opportunities, salary structure overall is not up to the mark as per current market scenario, minimal market exposure (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Sales Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zacks Investment Research as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Depending on who you worked under, you were given opportunities to actually leverage your skill set.

    Cons

    Cold calling and stuffing envelopes (LOTS).

    Advice to Management

    Make your interns feel like they're a part of the team, and they'll be willing to push themselves to be assets.


  2. "Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Zacks Investment Research full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A good place to start a career

    Cons

    Not many advancement opportunities.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Zacks.com"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Zacks Investment Research (More than a year)

    Pros

    Laid back office, No-micro management, GREAT work-life balance, Great location in Chicago's "Loop", Gym discounts, friendly co-workers.

    Cons

    Lots of complacency in the company, Lots of "Old guard" throughout the company, Older work environment, Not much room for advancement, stagnant growth, no stock options/401 Match

    Advice to Management

    Re-invest into the company or take on an outside investment - losing good talent with the lack of growth. CRM systems are outdated, competitors all offer 401 match, pay more!


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Investment Research"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Director of Research at the time was hand-off, allowing employees to work from home with minimal supervision. He also provided positive feedback and support to analysts.

    Cons

    Company was run on a tight budget. Relocation reimbursement and work laptop were provided in the form of a loan to be earned off over several years. Salary and benefits were a joke. Office manager and CEO were less than cordial.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good stepping stone"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Support Technician II in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Support Technician II in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Zacks Investment Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Laid back low stress work environment.
    Free PC every two years

    Cons

    Wages are EXTREMELY below market value


  7. "Associtae"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Tacoma, ME
    Former Employee - Associate in Tacoma, ME

    I worked at Zacks Investment Research full-time

    Pros

    I have been with Zacks Investment Management just under a year starting as a hourly temporary employee as a WMA (Wealth Management Associate). I was brought on Full Time after 7 months on Jan 1st 2015, and promoted to the Operations Wholesale & Retail department after 5 months in June 2015. So in just under a year I have been able to go from a temporary employee, to full time,

    Cons

    1K of up to 3% and tenured after 3 to 7 years is pretty much standard for most established companies in general, and would sh


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great People to work with"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zacks Investment Research full-time

    Pros

    These are some of my favorite people in the world. It is a true pleasure walking into the office.

    Cons

    No leadership is the main problem. We are 18 divisions under one umbrella and sometime we get rain without enough cover.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of Opportunity to Move Up, but your salary may make you a target if you get too high."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mid-Level Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Mid-Level Manager in Chicago, IL
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Zacks Investment Research full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting Work, Interesting Industry. I would recommend this company to a friend if they had an offer for a job that they find interesting and if it would be an advancement for them vs. their previous position.

    Cons

    Virtually everyone I knew there who had a significant idea for a product or service expansion had the idea or product taken away from them, ostensibly so that the upper management could keep whatever profits came of it, but none of those things ever came to anything, and multiple people have left and formed or joined thriving companies in related investment space. Do not go there if you are giving up significant salary, benefits or anything else that is important to your relationship.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how you could have kept the best and the brightest of those who have left, and become successful in their own, or other firms. The Koch Brothers call it Market Based Management, and look at how successful they have become.


  10. "Incredible insight"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Zacks Investment Research in Chicago, IL
    Current Contractor - Zacks Investment Research in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Zacks Investment Research as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Caterd to your success and total outlook in investments

    Cons

    Would like option to change all banking info for persoal accounts

    Advice to Management

    Keep up all the great skills and thanks for the much success in my current position to keep me informed on whats going on.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Good for a short assignment, but not a career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great location, reasonable work life balance, monthly bonus based on company performance, few meetings and no bureaucracy

    Cons

    Terrible benefits: no 401k match, expensive insurance, little time off or flexibility; constant technology issues; abrasive and demeaning culture

    Advice to Management

    Offer more vacation time or allow people to negotiate for more; encourage teamwork


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