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  • Highly intellectual environment, but not for the faint of heart

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in New York, NY
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    I have been working at Sanford C. Bernstein full-time (More than a year)


    Really intelligent people across both research and sales groups lead to endlessly engaging, intellectual work for associates. Analysts are approachable and thoughtful, and are more apt to sleep under their desk to finish up a tough report rather than save it for the next day. This is best-in-class training for those that want to learn how to think about stocks and go into hedge funds. Pay is above average, benefits are good.


    Associates rarely become analysts, so their is little upward mobility. Analysts are typically specialists in their industry (operators, PhDs, consultants) before coming on board. Hours are very long, and tough. Associates take the brunt of the work load, and their is a constant flow of it.

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    More possibility for upward mobility.

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    Trading Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
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    Average Interview


    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Sanford C. Bernstein (New York, NY).


    I submitted my resume online and within a few weeks had a phone conversation with what would be my boss. The conversation was just a general description of the job and discussion of my background and interest in trading. It was fairly easy. Next, I was invited for a day long interview. I talked to my future boss, his subordinate, two other directors in the trading group and the manager of the entire trading floor. Most of the interviewers just wanted to know about my background in general and computer science in specific. One manager gave me a few easy problems to solve. It was a marathon process of 6 hours (with a brief lunch break and a break to receive a phone call). Two days later I was asked to submit some sample code and answer a few questions about it. Two weeks later I received an offer. We negotiated for about a week after that.

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    • Given this graph of a stock's price over time, can you find any patterns that we may exploit to execute a large sell order? What might be causing this pattern?   Answer Question

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Headquarters New York, NY
Size 150 to 499 Employees
Founded 1932
Type Subsidiary or Business Segment
Industry Finance
Revenue Unknown / Non-Applicable per year

Heed this firm's advice and you may wind up with your toes in the sand and money to burn. Sanford C. Bernstein, a unit of AllianceBernstein (formerly Alliance Capital Management), was founded by the late Sanford Bernstein in 1967 to manage the discretionary accounts of the wealthy; it has approximately $80 billion of assets under management for affluent families, as well as pension funds and corporate investors. Sanford Bernstein's hallmark, however, is the fundamental company and industry research and securities valuation services it performs for institutional ... More

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