William Blair Reviews

Updated April 2, 2015
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  1. Intern for the Private Wealth Management group.

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    Former Intern - Private Wealth Management Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Private Wealth Management Intern in Chicago, IL

    I worked at William Blair as an intern (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    You're able to work with some of the smartest individuals, whether that is Wealth Managers or the Equity Research Team.

    Cons

    The firm hires mostly veterans with books of business already, there isn't much of a ladder of promotion here.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work on the Associate role with more training, also have a more clear path to employment.

  2. Prestigious but lacking in development and leadership opportunities.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at William Blair full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Respectful and positive working environment. Its GREAT if you are a partner, but the partnership is run like a old boys club.

    Cons

    Everyone is in it for themselves with senior employees making increadible amounts of money while a majority of mid-lower level employees are massively underpaid.

    Advice to Management

    Work on development programs and redistribution of compensation. Improve culture to incentivize helping to advance and support others on your team.

  3. Blair is a high quality firm with high quality people

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    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I worked at William Blair full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Blair was an excellent place to launch a career. The culture was very team-oriented and there was always a strong focus on the client. Compensation and benefits were very competitive and the hours were very manageable. Some of the smartest and most creative people in the industry.

    Cons

    At times it felt as though Blair was slow to make changes. It is becoming more difficult to move up in the firm.

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  5. William Blair

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    Current Intern - Pca in Chicago, IL
    Current Intern - Pca in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at William Blair as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Very easy to get along with co-workers

    Cons

    Not a lot of younger workers within the company.

  6. Great company

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    Current Employee - Prefer Not to Say in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Prefer Not to Say in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at William Blair full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    people, work environment is great

    Cons

    none to my knowledge it is great

    Advice to Management

    keep on keeping on

  7. Helpful (1)

    So far, an amazing company to work for!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at William Blair

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

    Pros

    Honestly, there are too many PROs to name. William Blair really makes you feel like you're part of the family/team. No matter what position you hold here, others treat you with respect and appreciate what you do for the company. I have yet to be put in an uncomfortable situation of any kind. It is a very open and fair environment that welcomes the ideas and opinions of others. The employee appreciation throughout the firm is the best I've seen. Food, apparel, and firm parties for events/holidays all spare no expense. This is because William Blair has seen so much success, even through rough economic times. I highly recommend this company.

    Cons

    Haven't encountered a CON yet. I've been here a short time so far, but I don't see any issues in my future as of right now.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up what you are doing. The recognition of your employees really makes a positive impact.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Fair but Stagnant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at William Blair full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and perks, work is challenging and varied. Multiple personality types that lend to many view points. Well known in the industry for it's commitment to its clients.

    Cons

    lack of upward movement and personal development. Conservative, not as open to new ideas as they claim, and technologically behind.

    Advice to Management

    In the ever evolving state that is corporate culture, more forward thinking will need to be implemented or a stagnant environment will surely follow. Personal Growth and education should be the focus of not only the revenue departments but all departments and not just single employees chosen by managers.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Great Firm

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    Former Employee - Private Wealth Management in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Private Wealth Management in Chicago, IL

    I worked at William Blair full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Nice people, nice benefits, People are very focused on their work but are very sociable.

    Cons

    Not much upward mobility unless you get partner.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing. Good job

  10. A perfect way to start my professional career

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    Former Intern - Pca in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Pca in Chicago, IL

    I worked at William Blair as an intern (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Very welcoming staff
    Incredible resources at your disposal
    Easy to see how much the firm cared about its employees - regardless of rank

    Cons

    Very old school mentality - both when it comes to technology and how they deal with clients
    Not as much direction as I would have hoped for as an intern

  11. Helpful (1)

    Strong focus on the client.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Chicago, IL

    I worked at William Blair full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Business decisions are driven by what's best for the clients. 100% employee owned. Good benefits, bonuses, profit sharing. Some of yhe best, brightest, most creative and kind people in the industry.

    Cons

    Management can be slow to make changes, for better or worse. Challenging to switch roles, as WB likes to hire people with direct experience; can discourage employees in "dead-end" roles.

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