Cowen Group
3.5 of 5 19 reviews
www.cowen.com New York, NY 500 to 999 Employees

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Cowen - A great place to start your career, but maybe not right now.

Investment Banking Analyst (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

ProsCowen pays above street for analysts. Lifestyle is reasonable for investment banking. Office is nice and there is access to senior management. Exit opportunities are pretty good, but mostly for middle market shops. Your experience really depends on the group you are in. Clearly some groups have a better work environment than others. Cowen has pretty good resources for a boutique and has a full range of IB, S&T, and research. Good place to start your career. Training is informative and fun. Not as arrogant as other shops. Same benefits as most banks, dinner allowances, taxis, etc. Analyst class is around 16 people.

ConsVery little name recognition outside of the IB community. The company is over leveraged on equity financing, so they have been struggling as of late. Bonuses are expected to be way down this year. Some groups have bad lifestyles. Differences between NY and SF in terms of how they run the offices. Not much job security lately. There have been some layoffs. While not many people were layed off, relative to the total number of employees, it is significant. Morale is definitely down. Not sure what will happen to the boutique model in the future. Same goes for TWP, etc.

Advice to Senior ManagementSenior management needs to boost morale around the office.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Compensation is solid

    Associate (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Cowen Group


    Pros: Competitive investment banking compensation vs. other banks Cons: Typical I-Banking personalities at the firm Advice to Senior Management: Focus more on revenue opportunities out there No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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    great place to be if you want to be an investment banker

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Cowen Group


    Pros: small teams, lots of exposure to deal flow, very few… Cons: typical downsides of any investment banks - long hours, unpredictable… Advice to Senior Management: keep knocking on doors and finding deals Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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