Cowen Group – Why Work For Us?


Cowen Group, Inc. is a diversified financial services firm and, together with its consolidated subsidiaries, provides alternative investment management, investment banking, research, and sales and trading services through its two business segments: Ramius LLC and its affiliates makes up the Company’s alternative investment management segment, while Cowen and Company, LLC is its broker-dealer segment.

Through Cowen and Company and its affiliates, we help our clients achieve their most important goals. Ninety five years of growth through bull and bear markets is a testament to our commitment to excellence in research, trading and investment banking.

Serving a select group of quality companies, we offer comprehensive investment banking services, including equity, equity-linked and debt financings and mergers and acquisitions advisory services. In addition, we offer our clients access to world-class research, as well as institutional sales and trading services.


At Cowen Group, we have a proud tradition of attracting and retaining the most talented, hardworking individuals across our two primary businesses, Ramius and Cowen and Company, and in our business operations groups. In our business, people are our most important asset.

Ramius focuses on alternative investment management products. Cowen and Company focuses on growth oriented companies. Both businesses are supported by an administrative group which includes Finance, Human Resources, IT, and Legal and Compliance.

We are large enough to provide substantial resources to each of our employees, yet small enough so that each member’s contribution is recognized. This combination drives our culture, and is one of Cowen’s most attractive and distinguishing features.

People who succeed at our firm come from diverse backgrounds and share several common traits – vision, tenacity and empathy. Vision focuses on where we are collectively headed, tenacity is the effort consistently applied to get there even when presented with obstacles, and empathy is a deep understanding and concern for colleagues and clients along the way.

Cowen employs individuals with unique personalities, goals, backgrounds and views. We believe that diversity and inclusion strategies are the catalyst for success and innovation in the workplace.

Wellness, both physical and financial, is the cornerstone of our employee benefit programs. Our comprehensive benefit choices are designed to help employees meet their own specific needs. Programs such as emergency back-up child care, subsidized health club membership and flexible work arrangements help employees balance work, life and family matters effectively.

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    Very strong Analysts and much improved platform

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    Top notch analysts and much improved platform. Smart sales people and great working culture. DOR has strong vision. CEO is enthusiastic and on the front lines.


    Pay was not on par with similar sized shops in Sales and Trading because of a need to return profit to shareholders. Management at risk of trying to make a mid tier, high quality firm into a jack of all trades mini bulge.

    Advice to Management

    Keep building the culture of being exceptional. build on strengths, pay people better to build a stronger culture.

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    Equity Research Interview

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    Sent the company my resume and got a phone call a few days later to come in for an in-person interview at their NYC office. The interview was first with an MD and then with the MD's assistant. All behavioral questions - very conversational actually. Both guys were easy to talk to, which made for a good interview experience.

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Additional Info

Headquarters New York, NY
Size 500 to 999 Employees
Founded 1918
Type Company - Public (COWN)
Industry Finance
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year

The Cowen Group herds its clients' investments in the right direction. The firm, along with its subsidiaries, offers alternative investment management, research, investment banking, and sales and trading services. Its Ramius arm handles alternative investment management and has some $9 billion of assets under management. Another subsidiary, Cowen and Company, represents the firm's investment banking and brokerage practice, which mainly entails strategic advisory and corporate finance services for small to midsized companies. Cowen Group acquired LaBranche & ... More

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