BMO Capital Markets

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BMO Capital Markets Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
53 Reviews
3.2
53 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Tremendous, involved learning experience from knowledgeable and extremely friendly group of colleagues.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 an 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
  2.  

    Conservative and established institution that unfortunately doesn't consider their employees first.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BMO Capital Markets (more than an 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
  3.  

    Overall a great place to work.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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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  5.  

    Great vision poor execution

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BMO Capital Markets full-time

    Pros

    The company has a great growth story and vision with a clear focus toward building out its US franchise. Career advancement opportunities do exist, and the company tends to promote from within although it has done so on a smaller scale recently

    Cons

    Although pay is pretty consistent with the street the exit opportunities do not measure up. The company's culture is also shifting drastically due to the hiring of more and more senior bankers from bulge bracket bankers into the fold, thus making the company less culturally aware and more bottom line driven.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Analyst Program

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    I worked as an analyst here. Good benefits, decent bosses. Good comped.

    Cons

    It's an investment bank. Be prepared to work long hours.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Guess

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Could not find any nice to say.

    Cons

    Lack of Leader ship and training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to manage and treat your co-workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Solid company, but a bit behind the times

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BMO Capital Markets as an intern

    Pros

    Positive work environment, managers are accommodating, better work-life balance than many other investment banks

    Cons

    Management can be disorganized and have unpredictable demands, IT lacks competence and is stuck in the 90s

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve IT services and establish demands more clearly

  9.  

    Outside of Canada, disorganized, poor working environment, poor senior leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BMO Capital Markets

    Pros

    Locations and benefits are terrific

    Cons

    Senior management and working enviornment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on customers and employees to drive growth not political posturing, there is enough of that in D.C. Remove employees that are HR nightmares, retain employees of value and those reflecting the image of the the bank.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Boring. Lots of Deadwood

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BMO Capital Markets

    Pros

    Easy, pays well. nice generally unmotivated people.

    Cons

    Boring. Lots of dead wood. few opportunities to transfer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do something to earn your pay.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    in the meantime, in between time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    -great pay (esp. at the junior level) that is comparable to the street, if not more.
    -bonus is completely based on politics, which is great if you can navigate through the convoluted maze

    Cons

    -limited trajectory
    -you won't really learn that much since you're constantly pitching (still suffers from being slotted into fourth/fifth co-manager roles)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Figure out the strategy for the New York office since it's evident that this office is hemorrhaging and not executing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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