Lehman Brothers Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
187 Reviews
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187 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance and financial packet (in 14 reviews)

  • Ahead of other investment banks in promotion of women (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Bankruptcy, Long hours, management too aggressive with risk, greed, and cut-throat policies (in 18 reviews)

  • Towards the end there was morebegoninvolved by he senior management and that led to the rims downfall (in 14 reviews)

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  1.  

    A great place to work

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

    I worked at Lehman Brothers

    Pros

    Its a fantastic place to start your career. Managment is strong and supportive, the work is always dynamic and different. The one thing that was fantastic about Lehman was the culture. The culture difference there is something that makes Lehman a truely wonderful place to work. The people you work with on a day to day basis are some of the brightest and nicest people on the street. There is a real team mentality there. Everyone wants everyone else to succeed. If you do good work, you will be rewarded. Lehman Brothers fosters development and allows for career growth.

    Cons

    Some long hours, but they did compensate me handsomly for staying late to work on different projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the culture alive.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Lehman is simply the best place to build a career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Mumbai (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Mumbai (India)

    I worked at Lehman Brothers

    Pros

    It is a strong brand. One of the best investment banks to work for. It cares for its employees and is very receptive to ideas. Seniors demonstrate a lot of respect for ideas and it is a meritocracy in the true sense.
    There is a sense of achievement in working at the place and there is constant recognition. Work is invariably suitably rewarded.

    There is a great amount of knowledge sharing across teams and across division and regions.

    Besides the professional front, there is a lot of extracurricular activities and philantrophy related activities that the firm encourages you to be a part of and is extremely supportive.

    Cons

    It is one of the smallest of the investment banks. It is never a concern for me, but could be for some others. There are very few downsides that i can think of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing a great job. Take the company through this tough time and back on the way to the top of the pyramid.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Lehman Brothers - A Truly Great Place to Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corporate Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Corporate Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Lehman Brothers

    Pros

    Tremendous opportunity to develop yourself. You don't realize until you work at an investment bank, how many opportunities there are for work, aside from number crunching and research. You can do practically anything at an investment bank - IT, Marketing, Leadership Development, Diversity, etc. There really is tremendous opportunity to immerse yourself when you come to a place like Lehman Brothers. Lehman Brothers is a very inclusive place to work - they do not discriminate and the Firm has a very unique culture that sets its apart from other places on the "street". The attitude is that everybody is a stakeholder in the company and that it really is our responsibility, each and every employee, to take ownership and want to see the company succeed.

    Cons

    The one downside would definitely be the hours. New York is known as a city that never sleeps and although this reputation may be a little exaggerated, I think that people who work in Financial Services in general, are all pretty hard working folks, who tend to put in the long hours. Hardly any weekends as you start to move up the "food chain", however when something is expected of you, you take however much time you need to do your best work possible and if that means that you need to stay in the office till 9 or 10 a few nights, you do it. Lehman overall though really forces its employees to strike as much of a work/life balance as possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    That compensation, although in line with other "shops" - needs to be bumped up. Especially at the very junior level. Living in NYC is very expensive and with the compensation that 1st and 2nd year analysts (excluding Investment Banking - who make a tremendous bonus), make, it is nearly impossible to live in NYC without going into more debt after college. I think a raise by $10-$15K would make all the difference in the world. . .Kind of funny how that number is so nominal, when you compare it to the compensation of senior folks who earn anywhere from $10MM upwards to $25MM & beyond.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lehman Brothers

    Pros

    Great pay. Great benefits, almost too good to be true.

    Cons

    Company seems to take on a lot of market risk.

  6.  

    Good experience at the time

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Lehman Brothers full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good culture/ reputation at the time

    Cons

    Firm took too much risk

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good - but no long term longetivity due to it being a company in administration

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Vice President in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Lehman Brothers full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work life balance and financial packet

    Cons

    I cannot present any cons to this company given that the company is winding down

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None to share

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Lehman Brothers full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, challenging environment with career growth opportunities and strong mentors!

    Cons

    Lack of work life balance

  9.  

    I work for Lehman Bros.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Aviation in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Aviation in New York, NY

    I have been working at Lehman Brothers as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Money, Location, Culture, People, great team

    Cons

    Bankruptcy, Long hours, management too aggressive with risk, greed, and cut-throat policies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    too late for that

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    analyst / structuring

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Lehman Brothers full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    great people, gave lots of responsibility early on

    Cons

    hard to move laterally between desks

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Built derivatives trades reconciliation/valuation models

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lehman Brothers

    Pros

    great company with lots of smart people

    Cons

    too big that you are not noticable to senior management

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