Greenhill & Co. Reviews

Updated June 22, 2015
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Greenhill & Co. Co-CEO and Director Scott L. Bok
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  1. Solid Experience, Questionable Culture

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

    I worked at Greenhill & Co. full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong M&A work experience, intelligent people, fast paced environment

    Cons

    Deal flow is cyclical, a lot of office politics, cliquey, not a place where analysts stay past 2-3 years


  2. Investment Banking Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Greenhill & Co. full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture, as far as investment banks are concerned. Hard work from analysts seemed to be greatly appreciated and there were lots of opportunities for meaningful interaction with senior bankers. Pay and buy side placement was top notch!

    Cons

    Due to the small nature of the firm, the experience one gets as an analyst is heavily dependent on the current M&A environment. It's not uncommon to go several weeks without working on anything that was relatively live.

    Advice to Management

    One potential option to improve the experience of first year analysts when deal flow is light would be to pair them up with second year analysts working on live transactions in a supporting role.


  3. Investment banker in London

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Greenhill & Co.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent work experience: blue-chip client base, high-profile deals, punches above its weight (proper competition for GS, MS, BAML etc.) Great people: collegiate atmosphere, small deal teams, lots of client exposure at early stage

    Cons

    Eroding culture: some high profile departures in last couple of years (particularly in the engine room at VP / Principal level) Career ladder: Scope for progression to MD internally limited vs. external hires Comp: flat performance over the last few years means that stock component of comp is very high

    Advice to Management

    Foster your mid-level staff & work on reinvigorating the culture - Greenhill used to be the best place to work in London investment banking, period. It no longer is.


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  5. Private Capital Advisory

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

    I worked at Greenhill & Co. (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very relaxed culture within this group which sits outside of traditional M&A team. Gym in the building and not much face time.

    Cons

    A lot of back channeling amongst senior management Not a lot of transparency to junior ranks of the business No third year retention

    Advice to Management

    Overall good culture created but focus on stock is apparent to junior analyst without much insight into thoughts about the future of the business


  6. Well run firm. Great culture and team.

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

    I worked at Greenhill & Co.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Small deal teams, flat organization, minimal bureaucracy, strong sense of pride, collaborative environment. You will get great deal experience and plenty of opportunity to step up to play a meaningful role.

    Cons

    Limited infrastructure given focus on efficiency and profitability. Has struggled somewhat the last few years as a public company in low M&A activity environment. Unproven path to partner, very few junior bankers who join make it to managing director.


  7. Hard work, but excellent culture

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Greenhill & Co. full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smartest people in the business

    Cons

    Hard to advance. Greenhill's model is to hire senior people from outside and have juniors work for them.

    Advice to Management

    Start promoting from withing.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Greenhill & Co.

    Pros

    Friendly people. culture, decent hours for banking

    Cons

    Nothing really stands out as bad


  9. Unparalleled.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Greenhill & Co. full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Sustainable culture, top notch experience, best-in-class exit opps

    Cons

    Finance culture (self-interested, sacrificial), hit-or-miss experience deal-wise

    Advice to Management

    Couldn't be better for a bank.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Greenhill & Co. full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    fair compensation practices, good corporate culture, less stress than biggest investment banks, strong management team focused on bottom line, good pay

    Cons

    too formal of an environment, poor communication to employees about long term goals of the business, junior team members not appreciated enough


  11. Helpful (1)

    If you want to do IB, this is a great place to start

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Greenhill & Co. full-time

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive pay, very intelligent people, great brand within the finance community, slightly better hours (but STILL IB)

    Cons

    Upward mobility path, lots of stock comp



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