Harris Williams Reviews

Updated July 18, 2014
Updated July 18, 2014
7 Reviews

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  1.  

    Create culture, good career building, long hours

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    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Harris Williams full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great place for recent grads to start their careers out of either undergrad or college. You get a lot of responsibility and exposure relative to other investment banks. Culture is very positive and the firm treats young employees well so long as they are good performers.

    Cons

    The expectations are tough and the hours are long, so it can be easy to get burned out if you are not cut out for the role. most people that go into banking know what they are signing up for so this should not be a surprise.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good for analysts aspiring to PE

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harris Williams full-time

    Pros

    Decent deal flow, less idea pitching (changing with increased industry specialization), good pay, runs a very tight sell-side process (good blueprint)

    Cons

    Most origination by a handful of the most senior bankers: H, Chris, Tiff, Glenn, Turner (somewhat). Most of the other "senior bankers" got there by kissing the right A. HW is primarily a seller to PEGs, don't know industries or strategic buyers well: was once told that P&G needed to be on every consumer buyers list, Monday morning meeting deal review focuses on EBITDA size for potential assignments, often can't even say what the co. does, there's always a rush to try to connect with corp dev folks at bis companies to come up with a sound bite for the pitch. Rarely turn down a deal or give objective advice that a company isn't sellable (had more than a few implode during the process...and even then we wouldn't tell the PEG seller that they should pull the process). "Senior level attention" not real - junior bankers are expected to provide almost daily email updates which enable the MD to sound informed when the PEG calls for a status update.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of a LOT of the non-producing MDs who are playing "Senior Banker" and let someone else step up.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great firm, great people

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Harris Williams full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people, great deal flow

    Cons

    Very busy, long hours, hard to get away

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Great company, no growth opportunities for support roles.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at Harris Williams full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Exposure to the some of the smartest and hardest working individuals I have ever met. Great team, wonderful environment, and the resources to effectively execute your job.

    Cons

    If you are in a support role (i.e. not a banker) there are not opportunities for advancement. You will receive annual bonuses and raises, however they are not based on seniority or responsibilities but how much your team was allotted in their bonus pool. The compensation distribution for support staff needs to be ironed out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Former Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Harris Williams

    Pros

    Good brands and access to PE.

    Cons

    Long hours and some weaker MDs.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at Harris Williams

    Pros

    Hard, great visibility to clients

    Cons

    Long hours, hard work at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less hours!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Decent place to work (for an investment bank) - but will still be putting in looong hours

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harris Williams

    Pros

    Friendly southern culture and can be very financially rewarding

    Cons

    Old fashioned in the way a lot of things are done - i.e. things take longer and work can be very tedious

    No opinion of CEO

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