Bear Stearns Reviews

Updated May 6, 2015
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Bear Stearns Chairman, Bear Stearns Companies and Bear, Stearns & Co. Jimmy Cayne
Jimmy Cayne
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  1. Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bear Stearns

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    awesome place, senior experience, great learning environment. Best place to start a career. To bad it's not around. I miss the place very greatly

    Cons

    Tough culture. Long hours but worth it. More respect for junior employees time on weekends. Wish the firm was still around. Senior management needs to spend more time with junior employees.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time with junior employees. Teach them about firm history and past mistakes to be learned from. Memos from the chairman should be mandatory reading for every new employee.


  2. Best Company I ever worked for.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    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


  3. Bear Stearns

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    • Senior Management
    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


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  5. Great Firm

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Culture américaine avec une pression forte. Entreprise à dimension internationales

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Manager in Paris (France)

    I worked at Bear Stearns full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Récompense ceux qui travaillent dur à la fois financière et orale

    Cons

    Trop de travail, ne tient pas forcément compte de la culture française et de ses spécifités

    Advice to Management

    attention aux burn outs, attention à la culture du pays et attention à vos salariés


  7. Scrappy IB brought low by lack of liquidty

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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,


  8. They meant well.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. Architect/Developer Lead

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  10. Bear Stearns Asset Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  11. 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



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