GL Advisor albeit a fun place to work comes with several challenges and certainly not the type of company for someone who is unwilling to think outside the box or visualize and see projects and ideas clearly before they've even begun. It certainly takes gumption, determination, and the willingness to work long hours and do whatever it takes to help the firm be successful. It is for this reason I felt that I fit right in at GL.
I enjoyed working for GL Advisor. As a start up company I was afforded many opportunities to take on challenges and roles that I feel I would never have had the chance to do anywhere else. I have gained a plethora of new skills and credentials in the past couple years and I attribute my rapid growth as a professional to the time I spent not just working at GL Advisor, but being dedicated with every fiber of my being to aiding in the firms ability to reach it's goals. My greatest achievements were obtained working for this firm.
The co-workers were great to work with, the laid back environment and culture of a start-up seemed to take down some of the boundaries in communication that working for a larger corporate culture seems to create. Communication was free flowing from the CEO to top and middle management right down to employees. Everyone felt comfortable communicating their ideas which would be recognized before peers by the CEO when consideration was being given to it.
The hardest part of my job was being laid off and forced to leave, but the company is changing it's business model with a focus on investment advisory services in addition to moving operations and client services to the offshore facility, my skills, business, operations and analytic acumen were no longer deemed necessary in the firm's domestic office.
I know that I contributed a great deal to the company's growth and efforts to meet customer quality and demands, this was however at a time when the company's business model was more oriented around quantity of customers and gaining unique niche in the market by offering a wide range of products.
As with any start-up, the need to change the business model will crop up as the demands of the customers, resources, capital etc. all are ever-changing. The firm has moved toward a simpler smaller customer base and has shifted its target market, along with a transformation of it's products and services, therefore no longer requiring the resources and staff it once did.
I hope that GL Advisor (now Capital Partners) finds its niche and I know that I will always be grateful for the time I spent learning, growing and working there as I believe it has left me with a solid foundation to build my career even higher than before.