After a long career at Jones (17 years), I am beginning to look outside the Green Zone because of what I see as some disturbing things happening at Jones. Many people have heard about the recent changes to expectations at Jones, and that the new absolute minimum for experienced advisors (over 6.5 years) will be 22K gross per month. They have also begin adding additional "segments" to their production system (seg 1, seg 2, seg 3 etc.). Although this will not affect me, it concerns me as far as the direction of the firm.Well, I have a good friend that is a Regional Leader (and GP) on the other side of the country. He has told me in no uncertain terms that Jones plans to begin paying people starting in year 3 on a wirehouse-like grid, and that the lowest grid will be in the 30% range for lower producers. They anticipate rolling this out 2 years from now.Another interesting fact he shared is that they are planning to disband their research teams in favor of outsourcing this function. This is one of the primary reasons for booting Alan Skrainka - he was vehemently opposed to it (for obvious reasons). Their position is that based on their investment model (disciplined, traditional approach), they can utilize 3rd party research services for a fraction of what their current in-house research team costs. It will also help lower conflicst of interest in what the perceive to be a trend towards fiduciary duty. For those of you that work at Jones, you know that they have tools to essentially create model portfolios for you (Advisory Solutions, Model Portfolio System, etc.). Last year they rolled out a system that will create and buy non-advisory models for you (A-shares, stocks, etc). The word is that at some point, this will become mandatory for new money, and that the only non-model assets that will be allowed in cleint accounts going forward will be legacy assets and exception assets (such as transfer assets with embedded gains). No word on WHEN this is going to happen, but he felt within a year or so.There are some other annoyances that I have, but essentially, I feel like we are becoming the H&R Block of investments. I never really considered going independent or to another firm, but it seems like the right time to start looking. I welcome the views of others that have made the leap from Jones.