Merrill Lynch Reviews

Updated April 11, 2015
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Merrill Lynch President & CEO of Bank of America Brian T. Moynihan
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Pros
  • Good work life balance & no access to email or systems outside the office (in 50 reviews)

  • Learned a lot more about what being a FA really entails (in 43 reviews)

Cons
  • The work-life balance is definitely a con (in 23 reviews)

  • Long hours or very early hours can be exhausting specially when you are interning during school semester/quarter (in 37 reviews)

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  1. Pleasant Working Environment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - .NET Developer in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - .NET Developer in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at Merrill Lynch full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good facilities, nice people, friendly and diverse, close to the PATH train and Light Rail

    Cons

    Disorderly distribution of technical personnel, no focus on career development, lack of sense of "moving the business forward". Neighborhood is boring.

    Advice to Management

    Make people work harder.


  2. Laid Back Culture

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Consultant in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Contractor - Consultant in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at Merrill Lynch as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice and Easy going people in Jersey city office. Some quality work being done there. So depends on the team you are in.

    Cons

    Too laid back. People working from home a lot of times. Not a lot of front office development happens in this office.

    Advice to Management

    They need to inject more pride and quality in work being produced. Even if not front office development, higher standards and expectations can help people grow. Need to invest in quality trainings.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Specialist in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Specialist in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at Merrill Lynch full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, office culture is good, decent compensation but good work/life balance. ability to interface several domestic internal and overseas teams. Also work with outside brokers. Great ability to network

    Cons

    very uncertain due to all the layoffs. The overfocus on risk prevents the company from educating and encouraging their seasoned employees to do very well. Always seeking ways to cut costs through the use of workforce reductions then rehiring inexperienced workers at a lower salary.


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  5. Software Development Manager

    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Jersey City, NJ

    I have been working at Merrill Lynch full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is a good place to work if you want to learn more about the financial service industry. Merrill promotes teamwork and my peers and managers were very supportive so you don't feel like you're going at an enterprise project alone.

    Cons

    There are days that you will work long demanding hours. Sometimes you have to work on the weekends. The benefits are pretty much the same as industry standards.


  6. Helpful (1)

    ML review

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President, SOLUTIONS ENGINEER in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Vice President, SOLUTIONS ENGINEER in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at Merrill Lynch full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    great teams of talented people

    Cons

    risk management practices did not save ML from the 2008 SDO related issues


  7. avp

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at Merrill Lynch full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    good company to work for

    Cons

    none, i was happy working there


  8. Helpful (1)

    A diverse environment, with a helpful and insightful top brass.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Intern - Intern in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at Merrill Lynch as an intern (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The environment was great, a very helpful management. There was independent work allocated all the time in Corporate Actions, each break was solving a puzzle by understanding how things work. Overall great experience.

    Cons

    Salary for the internship wasn't as high, though in the 2008-2009 period the market was not doing exactly well.


  9. very good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corp Action Specialist in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Corp Action Specialist in Jersey City, NJ

    I have been working at Merrill Lynch

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good benefits, good evnirnment for nice place

    Cons

    a lot of pressure, not always a team environment

    Advice to Management

    more team roll


  10. Great Environment to Learn & Grow, Poor Balance of Work / Life Ratio

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at Merrill Lynch

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Incredible place to learn about new technologies
    Great environment for building your career
    Wonderful opportunities to learn about the Stock Market industry and new processes

    Cons

    Stagnet career growth hindered by constant cost cutting, high turnover and the merger between BoFA and Merrill Legacy employees.
    Constant downsizing due to unstable market place
    Very poor balance of work to life ratio

    Advice to Management

    Stop worrying about the stock price of the firm's performance & shareholders and focus more on customer's attention and also provide more employees with direction. Break the walls down between departments to create more synergy between organizations instead of the BoFA & Merrill way!! Constantly cutting back on staff every two to three years to save on costs only hurts the firm creditabily and constantly causing them to lose top talent.


  11. great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Jersey City, NJ

    I have been working at Merrill Lynch

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great mangement and healthy enviornment

    Cons

    Salary and other benefits are less for the consultants

    Advice to Management

    Salary should be competitive



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