Best place to start.. hours, training, pay?

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Oct 23, 2009 2:42 pm

hey, what are some of the best places to start a career at? what are the typical hours everyone's working and the pay everyone's getting? how about big wire houses vs. small indie firms -- what are some of the pros and cons in your opinions?

thanks

Oct 23, 2009 2:59 pm

In the six thousand threads you couldn't narrow it down a bit?



My vote is for Primerica. Great training, terrific parent company, and awesome name recognition.

Oct 23, 2009 3:10 pm

I have a couple friends who started at Citigroup, transitioned up to Smith Barney and finally were able to latch on with Primerica back in the early 2000's.  Its not easy, but put in the tough hours up front.  Now that there is no middleman in that trifecta, it may be a little easier to get to Primerica quicker.  Make it a 6-7 year plan if you make it past the interviews.  Good luck.

Oct 23, 2009 3:10 pm
voltmoie:

In the six thousand threads you couldn't narrow it down a bit?

My vote is for Primerica. Great training, terrific parent company, and awesome name recognition.

 
Agreed... And they encourage you to sign up every person that can breathe... Whereas the most other firms would rather you focus on the lousy HNW crowd. Primerica is the way to go....
Oct 23, 2009 3:48 pm

twoeye - I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but unless you have a huge downline STARTING, Primerica won't take you. Everybody else here is trying give you some hope.



I'm just trying to keep it real.

Oct 23, 2009 3:53 pm
Moraen:

twoeye - I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but unless you have a huge downline STARTING, Primerica won't take you. Everybody else here is trying give you some hope.

I'm just trying to keep it real.

 
Hey, I told him there's going to be a lot of leg work up front.  If he wants to settle for mediocrity then he can go somewhere else, but if he wants to have lots of freedom, lots of money, and lots of term life insurance, then Primerica is a great place to strive for.
Oct 23, 2009 4:06 pm

Don't listen to 3rd twoeye. He and I started at Primerica at the same time. He couldn't make it. He was too busy putting fishbowls in restaurants, if you can believe it.



I got let go to though (a month after 3rd!). I was told "your downline is downright anemic, you couldn't even make it at Amway.".



I was pretty upset for a while, but it's kind of like being upset you didn't graduate from Harvard. Not everybody does.

Oct 23, 2009 4:19 pm
Moraen:

He was too busy putting fishbowls in restaurants, if you can believe it.

 
At least he wasn't knocking on doors. 
Oct 23, 2009 4:24 pm
Spaceman Spiff:
Moraen:

He was too busy putting fishbowls in restaurants, if you can believe it.



At least he wasn't knocking on doors.





True. 3rd's pretty smart, and I don't think he'd try something as dumb as that. Or cold-calling. Or networking. Fishbowls aren't bad, but they're nothing like saying to someone, "Hey, you look familiar. Did you go to Primerica high school?" or "James? Oh, Gary that's right. Do you remember me?". Those are perfect lines that he could have used to last out another month like me.

Oct 23, 2009 4:25 pm

I would say Bear Stearns or Lehman. Either place lets you set your own hours , no office expenses to worry about, and the pay is out of sight!

Oct 23, 2009 7:13 pm
twoeyeguy:

hey, what are some of the best places to start a career at? what are the typical hours everyone's working and the pay everyone's getting? how about big wire houses vs. small indie firms -- what are some of the pros and cons in your opinions?
thanks

 
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