Bear Stearns Reviews

Updated March 29, 2015
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  1. Best Company I ever worked for.

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    Former Employee - Network Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Network Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Bear Stearns full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fast moving, valued employee ideas and initiative.

    Cons

    Very hard to break out of back office operations.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the culture intact

  2. Bear Stearns

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    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Bear Stearns full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    High Pay, very interesting analytical work

    Cons

    Work very late hours, some travel

    Advice to Management

    none

  3. Great Firm

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bear Stearns

    Pros

    Great opportunity for advancement. many good departments and they pay well and offer very constructive feedback on projects etc.

    Cons

    The hours can be very long, it can be very political - pay is highly subjective and many people quit because of this.

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  5. Good reputation on the street and great place if you bring experience from a large firm

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at Bear Stearns as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good for who joined as a senior role and part of management

    Cons

    Feeble or no chance of growth

    Advice to Management

    Need to have a direction for the technology and a framework in place - like an architecture office.

  6. Scrappy IB brought low by lack of liquidty

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bear Stearns

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Scrappy, easy access to management, flat structure for fairly largish firm, strong management culture

    Cons

    Lack of resources, dog eat dog atmosphere,

  7. They meant well.

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    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Bear Stearns

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The compensation was decent and they had a great structure that provided opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    Management made consistently poor decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Consider better time-off policies.

  8. Architect/Developer Lead

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    Former Employee - Architect/Developer Lead in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Architect/Developer Lead in New York, NY

    I worked at Bear Stearns full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent culture. Rewarding work. Great people in all departments. Relaxed environment was conducive to high productivity. Excellent senior management.

    Cons

    Less competitive with compensation and bonus

  9. Bear Stearns Asset Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bear Stearns (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work at BSAM

    Cons

    I experienced no negatives in working at BSAM

  10. Great place to work

    Former Employee - Associate (Financial Analyst) in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate (Financial Analyst) in New York, NY

    I worked at Bear Stearns full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    salary comp are mostly in line with street

    Cons

    hours are very long compared to other jobs

  11. Executive Assistant

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Bear Stearns full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great team and office culture

    Cons

    Work-life balance was just "OK"

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