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Feb 24, 2008 12:29 pm

Does anyone have any experience with the trainee program at RJ?  Good/Bad training?  Mentorship?  Would this be a desirable way to go compared with EJ or a wirehouse?  Just looking for some experiences and opinions here. 

Also, if there are no posted "openings" for the trainee position in a certain location is it a type of situation where the branch manager could be convinced to take on a trainee or is it more of a corporate RJ decision down in Tampa?

Honestly, the Raymond James route looks appealing based on the flexibility 5 or 10 years down the road.

BTW, I appreciate this forum.  It's informative and sometimes very entertaining.

Feb 25, 2008 5:12 am

no takers?

Feb 25, 2008 9:45 am

Most of those on this board with RJ are on the independent side. (like myself)  We don't know firsthand much about the employee side.  Good company.  Sound like a good option to be able to transition to independent down the road.

Feb 25, 2008 11:46 am

You might browse posts of "maybeeeeeeeeeee" as I believe she is a RayJay W-2 employee.  Here posts were mostly positive, although some of the more recent ones indicated some dissatisfaction, which is common on almost any platform  Heck, I'm on occasion dissatisfied with LPL, my independent B/D.

 
I haven't seen her post recently, which can be taken both ways...she's either in the fight for her life to save her job, or her book has reached critical mass and she's very busy.  Either way, she apparently no longer has time to waste here.  I hope it is the latter as she seemed well-intentioned, if a bit of a cheerleader for RayJay at times.
 
For the record, I think RayJay is overall, a very fine firm.
Feb 25, 2008 1:39 pm

I appreciate the lead and will definitely do a search.

I'm trying to make a transition from fed law enforcement to the private sector financial advisor field so I fee like I shouldn't be too choosy and maybe take the first offer.  But at the same time I want to explore all options.

Feb 25, 2008 3:01 pm

Good thinking.  RayJames is a good company, if you get an offer don't pass hoping to find anything significantly better.  At the end of the day it comes down to you.