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BCMS Corporate Reviews

Updated September 25, 2017
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  1. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    BCMS was a great place to gain experience in sell-side M&A. During the 3 years I was with the firm, I was staffed on over 20+ live deals. I got the hands on M&A experience that I was looking for. The team was professional, collaborative, and knowledgeable. I truly enjoyed working with everyone on the team.

    Cons

    Being in a satellite office had some challenges (resources, communication, etc).


  2. "Not as glamorous as advertised"

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    Former Employee - Client Account Representative
    Former Employee - Client Account Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at BCMS Corporate full-time

    Pros

    You will get to work on many different kinds of deals in different industries. Good work/life balance

    Cons

    Just another cold calling job. Quotas aren't too demanding but compensation and "commissions" are extremely low.

    Advice to Management

    Be more selective with your clients, put more work into quality research

  3. "Great team!"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at BCMS Corporate full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Exciting tasks, high degree of responsibility, collaborative environment, steep learning curve due to strong and diverse deal flow

    Cons

    Long hours and remuneration is under market


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Client Account Rep. - Great Position"

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    Current Employee - Client Account Representative in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Client Account Representative in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at BCMS Corporate full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    + Great work / life balance
    + Friendly work environment, casual and professional
    + Work at your own pace
    + No micro management from executives
    + Great hours, long lunch!
    + Low-stress work, no going home with headaches!
    + Material easy to learn and navigate company computer system
    + Oppts. to learn more about M&A positions within the firm
    + Open door policy, great accessibility for feedback to management
    + Incredible company reputation and international presence

    Cons

    + Work can pile up if you aren't good at time management
    + Must be able to be self-motivated
    That's about it!

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Analysts / Associates Beware"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at BCMS Corporate full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Typical sell-side M&A experience, generalist focus. 60+ hours per week.

    Great culture, everyone was very easy to get along with.

    Cons

    Compensation package was poorly structured and significantly below market. There is NO annual bonus. "Commissions" are only paid out when your assigned deals close, so don't expect any bonus for your first 18 months.

    Therefore, your "bonus" isn't tied to your performance, but to the performance of the pitching team, the deal leaders and the hourly-paid cold-calling team.

    Advice to Management

    Management - You've built a good culture, but I witnessed a lot of turnover at the lower levels. Offer your IB team a regular bonus structure and outline a path for development / promotions.

    Analysts & Associates - build your experience and lateral to a MM who will reward you for your time


  6. "Excellent opportunity at a growing firm"

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    Current Employee - Investment Banking in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Investment Banking in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at BCMS Corporate (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Very friendly team and nice working environment
    -Exposure to a wide variety of industries
    -International presence
    -Opportunities for professional growth
    -Solid benefits
    -Open door policy

    Cons

    None that I can think of so far.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great job, enjoyed learning about the M&A industry"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great boss who really cares about your
    success and your work/life balance. Easy-going coworkers who make the office environment relaxed and fun. You won't be expected to work a bunch of extra hours or spend time in the office on a weekend.

    Cons

    Pay is a little low, but you can move up in the company.

    Advice to Management

    Really enjoyed working for Brian H, he is one of the best bosses I've ever had.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great experience with a high quality team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at BCMS Corporate full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment where management is equally focused on running a productive investment bank while providing a balanced lifestyle for junior bankers. High marks for rewarding strong performance with rapid career progression and mentorship from senior bankers and management. Not only was I surrounded by experienced professionals interested in helping me get better at my job, but members of management continue to take an interest in my career after I have moved on from the company.

    Cons

    Some logistical challenges related to working with colleagues overseas. Compensation is slightly below market, though this is mitigated by promotion opportunities and balanced lifestyle.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Exceptional company to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at BCMS Corporate full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities are abundant within BCMS. The ability to learn and grow with the company is available and accessible for all employees who show the initiative and excitement to grow. BCMS has created an atmosphere within the Investment Banking Industry that is without the politics/ game playing. The process is what it is, there are no slight of hand for our clients

    Cons

    Some challenges are that you may not be in the same area as your peers/colleagues due to the international reach of BCMS. You will have to adjust to numerous time zones.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be accessible to your employees as the company grows.


  10. "Great market opportunity, ridiculously poor execution by upper management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good people in first line management. Good trusting clients, who unfortunately will be taken advantage of.

    Cons

    There is a huge market opportunity that many of BCMS's competitors are capitalizing on, but this firm hasn't a clue how to craft and execute on a marketing strategy. And when they are fortunate enough to engage a client, there is not enough staff (due to constant turnover and internal political battles on who to hire) to do the work of selling the client's business. Clients wait for months (despite paying the high upfront fees), before BCMS can even get organized to assign a deal team. When they do get assigned, the deal teams are so overstretched, no actual work (besides an intro conference call) gets done for many more months. There is a huge backlog of unsold businesses because the two guys at the top in the US still think they are working at Goldman Sachs instead of at a business brokerage. Wonder when the UK owners will wise up to whats being done, and what isn't. Five years after the launch of the US subsidiary and still no one knows who BCMS is...

    Advice to Management

    UK owners need to come to terms with where the real problems with this business reside.


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