Lincoln International

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Strong culture with great deal flow

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Lincoln International

Pros

Ability to work on live transactions and see numerous deals through completion.
The firm has grown tremendously but has maintained an entrepreneurial culture.
Integrated international offices that streamline a lot of buyer diligence and outreach.
Ability to work on interesting assignments - mainly sell side.

Cons

Occasional growing pains - better than the opposite problem...

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Continue to take market share and grow in key geographies.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Great Opportunity to Build Your Career at a Growing Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Lincoln International full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lincoln has done a good job of growing at a rapid clip (both employee headcount and geographic / office coverage) while maintaining its collegial culture. While the firm certainly does investment banking / M&A work, which entails all the long hours, hard work, etc., typically associated with the profession, Lincoln's senior bankers do not look for junior staff to put in "face time", and generally try to keep the work process as efficient as possible -- i.e., the work-life balance at Lincoln is much more attractive than I understand it to be at other investment banks.

    Additionally, Lincoln makes an effort to retain talent by fostering professional development among its junior bankers via a formal mentoring program wherein senior bankers take an active interest in their charges' progression and career trajectory. At times, Lincoln will promote from within. Senior bankers are also highly active on their deals, which provides significant exposure and prime learning opportunities for junior bankers.

    Lincoln also has fantastic deal flow, so bankers are consistently focusing on the execution of live deals (and the strategy and planning that go into that), and not just working on pitch books all day.

    Cons

    Lincoln has grown rapidly over the past decade, and as a result is still working to make sure it remains fully integrated through this expansion. For instance, the firm's offices regularly communicate globally on international buyer contacts, which is a great advantage for the firm; however, differing styles of how to "run a process" can create inefficiencies for international engagements where, for instance, a European office and and American office are working together on a joint assignment.

    Similarly, different industry groups (even in the same office) may have differing work styles, which is a double-edged sword: cross-staffing across groups enables bankers to integrate and pick up on new ideas and best practices, but can also temporarily create inefficiencies when staff are executing a deal that is out of their "comfort zone".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course, and continue the integration efforts to further differentiate against the middle market competition.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Outstanding culture and growing presence in investment banking

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Lincoln International full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Outstanding culture, particularly when compared to competing middle-market and bulge bracket investment banks
    - Great Analyst exposure to senior bankers
    - Comparatively good work / life balance within the investment banking industry
    - Significant growth in recent years - the firm now competes for top middle market deals across a variety of industry sectors

    Cons

    - Compensation should be based more on performance at junior banking levels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Strive to maintain the culture as the firm continues growing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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