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BMO Capital Markets Reviews

Updated March 21, 2019
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Pros
  • "decent work-life balance, great exposure working for one of the top banks in Canada" (in 20 reviews)

  • "Great culture and leadership throughout the organization" (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • "Poor work life balance, as with all investment banking jobs" (in 11 reviews)

  • "Expectation to work long hours beyond 40 hrs" (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place"

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BMO Capital Markets full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Best place with a very professional environment

    Cons

    Resutructuring and outsourcing some roles


  2. "Great firm. Great culture"

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    Current Employee - Investment Banking
    Current Employee - Investment Banking
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BMO Capital Markets full-time

    Pros

    Learn a lot from senior bankers. High quality team

    Cons

    Tough hours. Lot of demand placed on junior staff

    Advice to Management

    Investment in more training programs

  3. "Great firm/role"

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    Current Employee - Institutional Salesperson in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Institutional Salesperson in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at BMO Capital Markets full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation in a headline driven business, outside sales role with as much client interaction as you can handle

    Cons

    Tough work/life balance with early & long hours, highly competitive, industry wide decreasing revenues, increased regulation


  4. "Management"

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    Former Employee - Institutional Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Institutional Sales in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at BMO Capital Markets full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay is competitive but they will use every excuse to not pay you

    Cons

    Management is in constant flux with new managers fighting for power and that trickles down to how they treat their staff.


  5. "So So"

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    Former Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BMO Capital Markets full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Competitive Salary
    -Good benefits package
    -Good time balance
    -HR is outsourced, they handle HR issues in a very buroratic way.
    -Still a burocratic company however it has improved on the last few years

    Cons

    -Not challenging enough
    -Bonus is a joke, the bonus is completly dependent on company performance, 2018 was a bad year so bonus was the same despite my individual performance was good. Don't believe if they tell you you will get a 50% bonus it wont happen if they have a bad year, it will rely on company performance
    -Stupid United Way donation, at the end of each year they will ask you to donate to the non profit United Way, they monitor closely the % of people that are donating by team. I'm sure they monitor how much each person is donating. Which should be confidential. Not sure why the donation to United Way is so important for this company, maybe public relations, press?
    -My manager and his manager have no idea how to manage our team, which is 60% technical (software development) and 40% business, they come from a non technical background so they really struggle on few IT areas.

    Advice to Management

    Have less managers and let them do the "hands on" job,


  6. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst

    I have been working at BMO Capital Markets full-time

    Pros

    Really amazing junior team culture, good worklife balance compared to other banks.

    Cons

    Really no cons outside of cons that apply to the entire banking industry as a whole. Relatively speaking, BMO is a great place to work


  7. "Good Company with Excellent Benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BMO Capital Markets full-time

    Pros

    - Excellent Benefits
    - Great Culture
    - Compensation quickly aligning with Street

    Cons

    - "Big Company" that was slow to evolve
    - Not a meritocracy (top performers not rewarded, bottom performers allowed to stick around)

  8. "Solid"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BMO Capital Markets full-time

    Pros

    Solid group of people, good outings for interns

    Cons

    Mixed messages from staffers to interns

    Advice to Management

    Be more dorect


  9. "Steady, improving ship"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BMO Capital Markets full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company has ambitiously been growing its US investment banking and capital markets business, steadily gaining market share, and has a highly-regarded Canadian business. Work-life balance is good and management is very methodical in decision making.

    Cons

    Major decisions are made through Toronto; they need to hire more top-notch talent in NY; reputation in US is not there.

    Advice to Management

    Make a bigger push in the US to gain market share from some weakening rivals.


  10. "Great company"

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

    I have been working at BMO Capital Markets full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, good benefits, cares about furthering your career, perfect location

    Cons

    Hours can be long depending on workload.