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Bear Stearns Reviews

Updated March 2, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people a lot of room for mobility (in 5 reviews)

  • Teamwork was excellent and there were lots of really smart people until they starting turning (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Wish Bear were still around...miss it every day..."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bear Stearns full-time

    Pros

    Was an excellent firm of talented individuals! Collaborative, team-oriented and results-driven culture.

    Cons

    No longer in existence...such a shame...


  2. "Bear"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Awesome people and company! Wish it were still around.

    Cons

    There were not any cons. It was like working with a wonderful family.


  3. "Awful"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None that I can think of

    Cons

    Hated every minute of it


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  5. "VP Info Tech"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tech Guru and Vice President in Lewisville, TX
    Former Employee - Tech Guru and Vice President in Lewisville, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bear Stearns (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great bonuses, FAST high risk methodology

    Cons

    serpentine seating, superio out of any staff

    Advice to Management

    Should have held out from Jpm buyout


  6. "Sorry it's gone"

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    Former Employee - Investment Bank in East Meadow, NY
    Former Employee - Investment Bank in East Meadow, NY

    I worked at Bear Stearns full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Bear Stearns was a superb company to work for. Management treated staff as an asset not an expense to be controlled. Longevity was celebrated and rewarded.

    Cons

    Unfortunately Bear Stearns is gone now. The only con I had while an employee was limited internal mobility. Once you were good at something you were expected to stay in that job. Of course that meant you were a true subject matter expert.

    Advice to Management

    Management like the company is gone. It is too bad. They made it a good place to work. One in which you could start your career right out of school and retire in the same place.


  7. "Best Ever"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bear Stearns full-time

    Pros

    Greatest place you could ever have wanted to work. Smart people. Great atmosphere.

    Cons

    Collapsed financially due to Ben Bernanke.


  8. "Great 7 years !!!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bear Stearns full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Amazing team. Amazing place to work. Fun. Energetic. Best professional years of my life. Great Pay. Sorry to see it go.

    Cons

    longest days of my life. 24/7/365. High expectations. Very high. But still, I enjoyed it. Taught me lessons I'll never forget.

    Advice to Management

    don't over leverage the business. don't get cocky. Unlucky, but still - very disappointing.


  9. "Sales Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bear Stearns full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It was a great learning experience

    Cons

    Didn't see opportunities to move up

    Advice to Management

    None


  10. "Average Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people a lot of room for mobility. Salary and benefits definitely there

    Cons

    However I felt like i was trapped in a vortex at work. I wasn't enjoying what i was doing.


  11. "Good Old Fashioned Wall St"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Director and Lead Equity Analyst in Dacula, GA
    Former Employee - Associate Director and Lead Equity Analyst in Dacula, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bear Stearns (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Meritocracy
    Classic Wall St. culture
    Great new building

    Cons

    Bad risk management
    Peter principle in full effect on senior management

    Advice to Management

    Stay away from homes mortgages



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