Sanford C. Bernstein Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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  1. Highly intellectual environment, but not for the faint of heart

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sanford C. Bernstein full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Really intelligent people across both research and sales groups lead to endlessly engaging, intellectual work for associates. Analysts are approachable and thoughtful, and are more apt to sleep under their desk to finish up a tough report rather than save it for the next day. This is best-in-class training for those that want to learn how to think about stocks and go into hedge funds. Pay is above average, benefits are good.

    Cons

    Associates rarely become analysts, so their is little upward mobility. Analysts are typically specialists in their industry (operators, PhDs, consultants) before coming on board. Hours are very long, and tough. Associates take the brunt of the work load, and their is a constant flow of it.

    Advice to Management

    More possibility for upward mobility.


  2. GREAT place to start a career

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Constant challenge. Quick moving. Lots to learn. Allowed to handle big projects fairly early on in your tenure at the firm.

    Cons

    LONGGG hours. Terribly slow computer system that makes even simple tasks take hours. Somewhat of an air of competition bred between co-workers.

    Advice to Management

    Make training for series tests more of an initial focus. Check in regularly with new hires to discuss how they fit and how they feel about their new careers.


  3. Good firm but not supportive

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very smart colleagues but elitist

    Cons

    Elitist, too insular, not collaborative


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  5. Bernstein

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very intellectually engaging, great people

    Cons

    Little upward mobility, not as good work/life balance


  6. Nice place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Fairly relaxed and upbeat atmosphere

    Cons

    No specific ones, compensation could be higher


  7. FAA

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Breakfast and lunch provided daily

    Cons

    expect no personal life while you work there


  8. Helpful (1)

    Drinking the green koolaid

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sanford C. Bernstein full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    client service centric, great for molding young professionals

    Cons

    feels like a cult, salary not competitive


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great company to kick off your career

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sanford C. Bernstein full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Highly reputable and knowledgeable bosses; industry reputation; real research; very good exit choice

    Cons

    hours depends on boss; limited upside for someone already has 5+ years experience.


  10. Helpful (4)

    I love working inside the Bernstein culture, one that is full of energy.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Gainesville, FL
    Current Employee - Associate in Gainesville, FL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great colleagues, good options for career path, great management team. Good architecture for associate growth and advancement opportunities. Managers are focused on making sure their associates are happy.

    Cons

    Could be paid more for the work I do, but still satisfied. Sometimes clients call and are upset but they aren't terrible to deal with.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership is great and very accessible. While there is a hierarchical structure, even MDs are easy to speak witha nd readibly available.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Private Client Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Private Client Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People are amazingly helpful and very willing to train you. There is a great sense of community there and you can make genuine friends within the workplace.

    Cons

    Limited paths of growth, and if you are not interested in following those specific paths this may not be the place for you. Not much interaction between teams professionally.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!



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