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A very good place to work

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

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

Pros

They were very friendly
Good support networks

Cons

Very agressive style
Eat or be eaten

Advice to ManagementAdvice

They could be more friendly and involved

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Wild wild west...

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    Former Employee - Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    - Very entrepreneurial.
    - Family feel

    Cons

    - Top management incompetent.
    - Very New-York based. Thus, treats other offices (e.g. Chicago) with neglect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too bad you couldn't change your actions before the company went down in flames.

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    8 year employee let go just before they went under

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    Former Employee - Associate Director  in  Whippany, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Whippany, NJ

    I worked at Bear Stearns full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Bear was a great place to work when it came to using new technologies, broadening your skills, and having a lot of career opportunities. I started off as a relatively junior software programmer; in the course of just under 8 years I had been promoted to Associate Director and was doing some really incredible work. The company also had a lot of great people working there who I really enjoyed spending my days with.

    Cons

    In its final year or two, the company had turned into a meat grinder much like Goldman Sachs. 70-hour weeks were typical for me, along with loads of stress and ridiculously tight delivery deadlines. After putting in all that effort and making myself known as a stellar employee, the company laid me off along with several hundred others in the biggest such layoff the company had ever done. Four months later they were gone and absorbed by JP Morgan Chase.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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