BMO Capital Markets Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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Pros
  • if you try hard - you can manage work/life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • One of the leading investment banks in Canada (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • They have been adding more and more high priced senior management figures (in 6 reviews)

  • No respect for work/life balance (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Great place for a banker

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BMO Capital Markets

    Pros

    Very great work environment, and great people

    Cons

    Sometimes used as a building block to move to other banks

  2. Good entry-level experience covering accounts, however the priority as the junior person is helping senior sales people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at BMO Capital Markets full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Prestigious company, well respected across the industry. It's not Goldman, but it is very well respected and has a good reputation.

    Cons

    Working on the west coast during market hours means waking up very early.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Foster a more collegial work environment. Office politics play an unfortunate role.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  3. A great opportunity

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    Current Employee - AML Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - AML Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at BMO Capital Markets full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great freedom (I am allowed, for the most part, to come and go as I please as long as my work is done). Excellent work life balance. Excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Strictly in the AML department: -Not much upward growth guidance -Manager still does Senior Analyst duties.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set expectations and goals for analysts. The only way to grow is by showing what is expected and how to get there.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. Making some progress

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    Current Employee - Equity Research Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Equity Research Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at BMO Capital Markets full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They pay below bulge brackets, but the gap has narrowed in the past few years. Would say work-life balance is better than at a bulge bracket. Small place, but growing.

    Cons

    Has been a lot of turnover in equity sales department. Seems that new hires in sales, trading and research are eating up a lot of the bonus pool.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more to move junior people up, even if it means moving to another team or department.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. In general BMO CM provides good responsibility and work life balance

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    Current Employee - Public Finance Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Public Finance Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at BMO Capital Markets full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Encouraging leadership
    High Opportunities for learning

    Cons

    Lack of client facing time
    Not as much deal experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time with non-management employees

    Recommends
  7. Company in transition. The U.S. Cash Equity leaders worked hard to integrate the acquisition of a US Broker Dealer.

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    Former Employee - Equity Sales Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Equity Sales Vice President in New York, NY

    I worked at BMO Capital Markets full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic Canadian research and investment banking product! New management dedicated to maximizing US research product. A lot of upside potential.

    Cons

    Potential conflicts between Canadian sales and trading and the U.S. sales and trading effort covering the same accounts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resolve conflicts of interest and compensate Based on total revenue with US accounts as opposed to compensating by product line.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Good Company in a Dying Industry

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    Current Employee - Sales and Trading Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales and Trading Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at BMO Capital Markets full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    BMO is a friendly Canadian company that is doing a good job taking market share in a tough, shrinking industry. They care about their people and invest a lot in those people.

    Cons

    The capital markets industry is a shrinking one with all of the new technology emerging. There just isn't as much of a need for people facilitating trades anymore.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. Conservative and established institution that unfortunately doesn't consider their employees first.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BMO Capital Markets (more than a year)

    Pros

    Centralized location in the loop. Solid/reputable name in banking.

    Cons

    Favoritism evident throughout the departments and sites.
    No respect for work/life balance.
    No intentions of transitioning contract employees over to full-time bank staff.
    No support from senior management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Tremendous, involved learning experience from knowledgeable and extremely friendly group of colleagues.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at BMO Capital Markets full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the best culture of any investment bank I've worked at or heard about. Every bank says they have good culture, but until you're in the office at BMO does it really become clear.

    Also, the nature and size of my particular team and office allowed for me to have a much more involved learning experience right off the bat compared to bigger banks and offices.

    Cons

    BMO doesn't quite have the same prestige of other banks. Pays in line with bulge brackets though. You're basically trading prestige for a better work-life balance and engaged work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The prestige will come with time. Only suggestion would be to make sure you're hiring only the best talent from the best school in ALL offices.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Overall a great place to work.

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at BMO Capital Markets as an intern

    Pros

    The people who work here are very personable, in every aspect, from the trading floor, to the investment banking groups.

    Cons

    The one con I noticed in communication can be poor sometimes from the front office to middle office to the back office. Maybe the programs are not streamlined enough.

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