Bear Stearns Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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  1. Corruption

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Bear Stearns full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good cafeteria food. Nice interiors.

    Cons

    A culture of egotism, elitism, and entitlement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What goes around already came around!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Great place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bear Stearns

    Pros

    Smart and dedicated people. Great experience.

    Cons

    Lower salary compared to its peers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should have done a better job

  3. Fantastic experience with smart dedicated people, lots of discretion over strategy formulation and implementation.

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

    I worked at Bear Stearns

    Pros

    Some of the people were terrific and incredibly smart and talented. As long as you achieved success, you had discretion over your work.

    Cons

    Some of the people were incredibly fearful and kept diligent watch over their departments, e.g., the fiefdoms that McKinsey accused Bear of having were 100% true.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should not have protected fiefdoms and politics... it was a great firm brought down to its knees. Management should have been proactive instead of believing that if a firm could hire during the Depression, they "could not fail". The market is fickle and can be as devastating as it can be rewarding.

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  5. Finance

    Former Employee - Finance Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Finance Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    entrepreneurial and strong team culture. Upward mobility and pro-active growth model

    Cons

    does not exist anymore. Financial collape

  6. It doesn't exist anymore

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bear Stearns

    Pros

    Great place to work. Really nice people.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, it doesn't exist anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it real.

  7. Great place to work, sad to see it go........

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    Former Employee - Managing Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Managing Director in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Terrific, dedicated professionals. It was a joy working with some of the brightest minds in the industry. I miss the professionalism at all levels of the firm.

    Cons

    Tough, brutal business. Long hours and zero work-life balance. Not a place for single parents or anyone wanting an outside life.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. great It was a very exciting position

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    great. It was very interesting and wonderful.

    Cons

    nothing. There really isn't anything bad about this position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. decent place to work

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    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY

    I have been working at Bear Stearns full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good working env
    Very professional staff
    Good technology investments

    Cons

    bureaucracy at its best
    poor planning

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Great place

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    Current Employee - Associate in Whippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate in Whippany, NJ

    I have been working at Bear Stearns full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Place to work, smart people, No BS.. get the job done and move on to the next issue.

    Cons

    None at all. Good place to work period.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All Management were very competent

  11. Analyst at Bear

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

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

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial, Fast paced, hard working, competitive

    Cons

    Hours, Fast paced, hard working, competitive

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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