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Bank of America Securities Reviews

Updated February 15, 2017
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  1. "Merrill Lynch seems to be running the merger and may be the ruin of BofA if you don't watch out."

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    Current Employee - Research Department Professional in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Department Professional in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smaller operation within a huge corporation. BofA gave the Global Corporate & Investment Bank shelter.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy of a huge corporation when it came to benefits, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so enamored with growth. You overdid on the Countrywide and especially the Merrill Lynch acquisitions.


  2. "VP Investment Banking"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - relatively stable investment bank with true universal bank platform
    - no "cut throat" competition among bankers
    - great place to learn and get exposure
    - some senior bankers are great to work for and very supportive and it is easy to identify them

    Cons

    - poor management and lack of information sharing
    - limited deal flow, difficult for large clients to look past the traditional commercial banking platform...although the ML acquisition may change that perspective
    - disproportionate time spent on elephant hunting (marketing/pitching to big clients for big deals)

    Advice to Management

    - share information, involve bankers with decision making
    - leverage junior and mid level bankers to do more than create pitch books
    - pay at least street comp


  3. "Your Mileage May Vary"

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    Former Employee - Tech Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Tech Analyst in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some great and talented people work here
    Salary is good

    Cons

    Offices other than the BOAT [Bank of America Tower] are pretty mediocre

    Everything depends on your immediate and one level up manager, if they aren't appreciate of their workers, don't expect any recognition.....at all

    Advice to Management

    Stop bringing in outsiders to run the company, grow talent from within, seriously, you have some really gifted people in mediocre mid management roles, seek them out!


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  5. "Worked at BofA during the financial turmoil of 2008, as an analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - comparable to other financial institutions in analyst pay and benefits

    Cons

    - hired way too many analysts than were jobs available
    - did not communicate warnings, or information about analyst career oppportunities and where the company was headed (and did not quell negative rumors either)
    - managers were confused and could not lead teams effectively under duress from above issue

    Advice to Management

    - communicate better with MDs


  6. "Slow deal flow, lots of hours, but excellent learning curve."

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    BofA had an excellent investment banking analyst training course. The learning curve of an investment banking analyst cannot be beat, although this is true of almost any investment bank. Benefits and bonus seemed fair, given I was toward the top. Although deal flow was slow, the deals I did work on were also extremely educational.

    Cons

    Hours, hours, hours wasted on pitches that were never technically scheduled! Also many hours spent in the office simply because that was what was expected, but did not seem necessary.

    Advice to Management

    I do not mind working hard, but I like to see some results from the effort. I also felt there were definitely times when managers required the analyst to be at the office simply for the sake of being in the office.


  7. "Secretive, closed-door management style"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bank of America Securities full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    *Salary and benefit package was generous,better than most other local employers.
    *Plenty of growth opportunity should be available in this large company, though relocation would be required.
    *Convenient location, easy access to major highways.

    Cons

    *Secretive, closed-door management style, apparently from the top down
    *Management team was aloof, usually behind closed doors and rarely acknowledged your presence when they walked through the office.

    Advice to Management

    Share more with your employees


  8. "Investment Banking Associate"

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

    I worked at Bank of America Securities full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Strong dealflow, learning in a fast paced environment, time sensitive deliverables and large number of responsibilities

    Cons

    Company culture not structured, unprofessional time management by seniors and large time lags between supervision and checking of material.

    Advice to Management

    Foster an organic culture at the bank opposed to developing pockets of differing cultures all over the bank


  9. "Good company, lots of pressure"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    They offer good pay, and opportunities to advance - the new building in Manhattan has a great location near Bryant Park

    Cons

    The company can be a bit schitzo, with constant turn-over and restructuring. The merger with Merrill just made things more complex

    Advice to Management

    Pick a path forward and stick to it. The employees are just getting confused and can't do their job as effectively


  10. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bank of America Securities (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Bulge bracket bank with access to mainstream blue chip corporate clients

    Cons

    Bureaucratic organization with a lot of politics and strategic positioning


  11. "Banc of America Securities"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The Leveraged Finance group provided me with a rigorous and challenging experience. I learned a lot, and made some very good friends (at the analyst and at the associate level). Coming out of the analyst program, I had a solid fundamental understanding of finance and the debt side of the capital markets.

    Cons

    Compared to friends at Morgan Stanley, Wachovia, etc., I had to be VERY secretive when I was exploring new jobs in private equity. My friends at the aforementioned firms did not - in fact, their firms offered WORKSHOPS for PE interviews (including question answering, model workshops, case study workshops, etc.). We had no such thing, and on top of that I felt like I had to be ridiculous shady about interviewing for fear of getting fired (we were mid layoffs). In the end, I however, I could confide in colleagues with whom I was close and it all worked out, but it was pretty disconcerting to have to be so secretive.

    Advice to Management

    Be clearer with employees about plans for the future and changes happening to the group. Also, the review process was flawed - my comments wouldn't necessarily match my "score," and it was absurd when my friends and I would compare our reviews; it was like they literally just changed the name on the review.



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