Multiple Baird Analysts Fired

Source: Roommate works at Baird

Apparently during last review cycle (July?) multiple first year analysts were fired. Didn't see anything on this so thought I would post. Heard about this a while ago but wanted to wait to maintain anonymity. It no longer seems like analysts are invincible for two years, at least at Baird lol. Anyone have more info on this???

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  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A

I do notice a bunch of new posts on linkedin for experienced Baird analysts, now I see why

  • Intern in CB
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BadgerBanker99, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Baird is a total mess at the moment. Revenue is down by a lot (90% in some groups), some analysts are staffed on 0 things, some projects have multiple analysts to keep everyone working. Morale is shit. The people who are working are working until 4 am, the people who aren't working don't even show up in office.

Baird overfired and then overhired. Now that the market is correcting, Baird is overfiring again. I feel like it won't be long until MDs start jumping ship. 

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  • Analyst 3+ in IB-M&A

I work at Baird and can confirm that the analysts were fired for underperformance. To me, this leaves a sour taste in my mouth as these kids were only first years and allegedly did not get negative feedback in prior reviews.

My experience has been somewhat of a mixed bag. There are certainly people getting worked like you said, and others doing nothing. Some groups are crushing it rn and others are not.

My biggest gripe is a lack of oversight in how lifestyle policies are actually enforced. Some groups legit do not ever work from the office and have full autonomy over their wfh schedule, yet other groups are mandatory 5 days a week in the office. The firm has a protected Saturday and Monday/Friday WFH policy, both of which are a joke and are not enforced at all lol. I legitimately think morale would improve substantially if seniors actually endorsed these rules.

Also, Baird recently got rid of its $20 lunch stipend for all banking employees. Cheap ass mfers. That one really pissed me and the other analysts off.

Pay is solid. I'll give them that.

  • Intern in IB - Gen

Getting rid of the lunch stipend was such a morale ruined. No incentive at all to come into the office now

  • Associate 2 in IB-M&A

The complete disregard for the "lifestyle policies" they have championed is the single biggest reason for morale being low. I would say my overall deal experience has been better than many peers, but to be sold on all these initiatives that turn out to be completely ignored is extremely disheartening

Pay is superb, deal flow is strong (generally) and the people are legitimately good, nice people. BUT, there comes a point when I'd almost rather somebody was a little bit of an asshole if it meant I didn't work my 12th straight 95+ hour week

  • Associate 1 in IB - Cov

What did Baird say when they canceled the $20 stipend for free lunch? What kind of corporate bs did they say in their announcement email?

  • Intern in IB - Gen

Probably ones that became second years

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  • Associate 2 in IB-M&A

A2A at Baird. I don't know any analysts that were let go during July reviews, so it must have been very few unique cases or maybe certain groups / offices? Not widespread, and given some of the performances I've seen the leash seems reasonably long compared to my analyst stint 

Revenue isn't down 90%...that's just wrong, industrial group on track to have its second best year ever, obviously it's down from last year but that isn't unique 

Fully agree with the point about some people working til 4am right now and others doing nothing. It's quite a mix of things and for many the workload hasn't slowed so it's frustrating to have peers just chilling while you're getting grinded. Not sure why doubling up staffing is considered a bad thing? I would welcome it. Why wouldn't you want an idle person to get experience / get an extra set of hands on a project?

The lunch thing was such a silly move, it's obviously minor but having something taken away is so much more annoying and agree there was a visible drop off in going into the office. Cutting lunch equates to a ~$4k pay cut and it was done pretty casually, it was a weird look given the circumstances of trying to get people back in seats

They have typically respected holidays and time off but that has been completely neglected recently and several deal teams in my group worked straight through Labor Day weekend despite it being one of the "sacred" protected long weekends. Don't make up initiatives if you don't follow them. Do they not understand how much more frustrating it is to be told you have protected time that isn't respected than to have never been told at all?

Hard to believe people are jumping ship based on deal flow or pay…my friends at other banks are doing far far less than we are right now. Can see people jumping ship for better hours and fewer pretend policies though

TLDR: did not hear about any fired analysts, activity still high relative to other banks, morale is low because policies supposedly implemented on the heels of 2021 are routinely ignored, and we often work 10-15 more hours per week than direct peers which is very hard to reconcile

MnAmistmaker212, what's your opinion? Comment below:

RE: lunch stipend. Not sure the factors behind decisions, but have to remember that Baird is large, diversified institution with large employee base. How can management justify to all the non-IB employees that only IB gets free meal EVEN if they work same hours as everyone else. (Vs Free dinner, which requires certain min hours in office which is billed to the client)? And if you're giving every free lunch, it may be a material expense

  • Intern in IB - Gen

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  • Associate 2 in IB-M&A

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