Meridian Capital Group: culture, pay, interview questions?

Does anyone have any information regarding this company? What the culture is like, pay, interview questions? Any info would help as I couldn't find much information on the search/web. Thanks a lot.

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Feb 4, 2013 - 9:26am

These guys were trying to get ahold of my boss recently, and he referred to them as the "scum of the earth." He did not elaborate, though, and I would not take this to mean anything whatsoever. In fact, just ignore this post.

 
Nov 8, 2019 - 8:37am

Tough shop. Very eat what you kill/individual silo mindset. Lots of rumors and innuendo about malfeasance and being willing to stretch the truth.

Very prolific producers and obviously extremely well connected deal-makers. They arrange something like $35B+ a year in financing. If you want to see a ton of deals and learn the business, this is a great place to learn how CRE works.

Elephant in the room is that unless you're the right kind of Jewish (as in not just a Jew, but of the right sect/denomination) you're walking an uphill climb if you're new to the business. Not that you won't get a chance, but plum assignments etc will be harder to get your hands on.

 
Nov 8, 2019 - 12:36pm

Thanks a lot emcee,

appreciate the insight - It seems like the cutthroat culture is their reputation. I know they close monster deals and lead the league in transaction volume each year which makes sense; has to be a shop where it's madness.

However, I wonder how they treat their analysts. I know they have a healthcare division so I was wondering how different analysts are treated versus an originator.

 
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Nov 13, 2019 - 9:43am

If you're hired on as an "analyst" there's no doubt you'll still be making cold calls. Meridian is a classic medium sized relationship debt broker. I did my years cold calling and pounding the pavement and I wouldn't trade it for anything but know that you are stepping into a cold calling sales position, not a run excel and put together pitch books positio. And when you go to interview with your next company they'll look at your resume and say "Oh, you work for those guys who call me all the fucking time, relentlessly" which can be a good or bad thing.

I get cold calls from young women on behalf of their boss all the time, even though they've been in my office, we've explained our system and where they may fit in, they forget or dont care and its back to weekly cold calls.

Also as another has hinted unless you're part of the "hat" community you're not going to fit in there. A colleague at another company has aptly named them the Jewish Mafia. They almost exclusively draw their business from "the community."

Personally unless you need a job and have no other alternatives I would avoid.

 
Nov 8, 2019 - 1:47pm

Meridian Capital Group != Meridian Capital LLC (The one you're thinking of)

"Markets can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent."

 
Nov 8, 2019 - 9:25am

Maybe culture wise but from a business and deal perspective they do pretty large transactions.

They have good relationships with the large institutional banks such as GS and Cap One..

 
Nov 12, 2019 - 10:21pm

Working at Meridian is where careers go to die. These guys procure debt for the slumlords of NY - it might be profitable, but it's very un-sexy. Their typical debt package is a 2-pager consisting of a rent roll and a lofty "in-place" CF, mostly for 5-20 unit multifamily properties. Zero analysis beyond that. They occasionally will rep a decent office deal or two b/c of their client relationships. Unless you know an institutional RE family you can bring in the door, you'll never get paid and will hate it there.

 
Nov 13, 2019 - 2:15pm

For what it's worth, a friend of mine works there. He is very much a grinder/hustler, but he's not Jewish and he went to business school at a great program. I know nothing about their culture (other than he's not allowed to work on Jewish holy days) but he's done very well for himself without being part of the tribe.

Commercial Real Estate Developer

 
Nov 13, 2019 - 2:59pm

He may be the only one - I have no idea - but I can confirm

Commercial Real Estate Developer

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