This has been the worst company I have ever worked for with so much red tape and corporate bull and there is no system in place as advocate for the BOA who is in training for at least the first year. The BOAs are at the mercy of how the FA views and evaluates them. The FA can give a very low evaluation and associate relations always sides with the FA...they never question him. If you and your FA have issues with varying personalities/workstyles, the FA can write you up for whatever he chooses and a couple of times and you are out.
I understand others have had good experiences but that depends entirely on the FA they work for. In my case, I had the misfortune of working for a young, inexperienced guy who lacked managerial skills and was also anal, hyper critical, a micromanager who could find fault with the way you placed your stapler on your desk. He was unorganized and totally clueless about how to handle the "older client" that Edward Jones serves.
The pay is only menial but they claim to give you bonuses which are taxed to death. Again, you are at the mercy of your FA and whether he chooses to share a bonus with you. You wear many hats and the learning curve is out of this world. There is no proper training,...you train from computer modules while on the job from the first day trying to appear to know what you are doing, when in fact, you are totally green and handling clients accounts and million dollar portfolios. It's a joke to allow such a situation. To put a BOA behind the desk and on the job w/no training and expect them to act as if they know what they are doing when they are trying to learn on the job is ludicrous. Trying to work thru computer modules for your many hours of learning while you are also trying to do your job is ludicrous. If the client only knew you are sitting there with two weeks on the job they would be shocked. The client assumes you are trained fully. Home office has made if quite clear they always side with the FA.