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BMO Capital Markets Reviews

Updated February 22, 2018
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BMO Capital Markets CEO Patrick Cronin
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Pros
  • BMO has a great work life balance and balanced corporate culture (in 17 reviews)

  • Fast paced work environment with great salary and benefits (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can be a bit of a challenge (in 10 reviews)

  • Senior management reports to Bank of Montreal management and after years of investing in the US investment bank, they are pulling back (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Managing Director"

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    Current Employee - Managing Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Managing Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Management values hard work and productivity and treats people well. Emphasis placed on teamwork and cooperation. Good leadership. Very good place to work.

    Cons

    Workplace technology needs significant investment. Brand is still building in the US. Limited presence outside North America. Compensation slightly lags street average.

    Advice to Management

    Bite the bullet and invest in workplace technology.


  2. "Senior Analyst"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Clear direction from management, friendly work environment

    Cons

    Lack of internal mobility

    Advice to Management

    Formalize cross training initiatives

  3. "Overall positive experience so far"

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    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BMO Capital Markets (More than a year)

    Pros

    Strong shared culture, not as cutthroat as with certain other large IBs

    Finally reached Street comp, reasonable hours (except for M&A team from what I've seen)

    Cons

    Often not willing to take on certain larger risks, which can lead to losing revenue opportunities with clients simply due to internal red tape

    Advice to Management

    Management is relatively new into their current position - remains to be seen in terms of effectiveness.


  4. "Great Analyst Program"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BMO Capital Markets full-time

    Pros

    I worked with very hardworking and intelligent team members. It was a great place to start a career in the capital markets world.

    Cons

    You have to know what you are getting into in that field. The hours can be very long but, it's a rewarding experience.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on the happiness of junior team members. That helps to migtigate the amount of burnout felt through the high velocity work environment.


  5. "Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BMO Capital Markets full-time

    Pros

    Collegial & more friendly than most other investment banks.

    Cons

    Consensus-oriented. Lacking diversity at the top.


  6. "Vice President"

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    BMO has a great work life balance and balanced corporate culture. More career potential then at the bulge bracket firms

    Cons

    Risk adverse mentality towards taking risk.


  7. "Lack Support of Middle Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BMO Capital Markets full-time

    Pros

    Mobility Program allows work/life balance.

    Cons

    Higher level leadership will throw you under the bus to save a dollar.

    Advice to Management

    Be accountable and do not use middle management as a scapegoat to save yourself.

  8. "Great culture, Great firm"

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    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BMO Capital Markets (More than a year)

    Pros

    great culture, likable, motivated people

    Cons

    Slow paced
    low bonus
    In Times square


  9. "equity research associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BMO Capital Markets full-time

    Pros

    you can learn a lot

    Cons

    stressful and not organized. Poor people management


  10. "Direcror"

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    Current Employee - Managing Director
    Current Employee - Managing Director

    I have been working at BMO Capital Markets full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work life balance is good. Nnnn

    Cons

    Out of touch with ppl. Compensation mmm


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