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Bear Stearns Reviews

Updated March 2, 2017
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  • 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. Helpful (1)

    "Bear Stearns Asset Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bear Stearns (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work at BSAM

    Cons

    I experienced no negatives in working at BSAM


  2. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Associate (Financial Analyst) in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate (Financial Analyst) in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    salary comp are mostly in line with street

    Cons

    hours are very long compared to other jobs


  3. "Executive Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team and office culture

    Cons

    Work-life balance was just "OK"


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  5. "Corruption"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bear Stearns full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good cafeteria food. Nice interiors.

    Cons

    A culture of egotism, elitism, and entitlement.

    Advice to Management

    What goes around already came around!


  6. "Great place to work"

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

    Pros

    Smart and dedicated people. Great experience.

    Cons

    Lower salary compared to its peers.

    Advice to Management

    Should have done a better job


  7. "Fantastic experience with smart dedicated people, lots of discretion over strategy formulation and implementation."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    Some of the people were terrific and incredibly smart and talented. As long as you achieved success, you had discretion over your work.

    Cons

    Some of the people were incredibly fearful and kept diligent watch over their departments, e.g., the fiefdoms that McKinsey accused Bear of having were 100% true.

    Advice to Management

    They should not have protected fiefdoms and politics... it was a great firm brought down to its knees. Management should have been proactive instead of believing that if a firm could hire during the Depression, they "could not fail". The market is fickle and can be as devastating as it can be rewarding.


  8. "Finance"

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    Former Employee - Finance Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Finance Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Bear Stearns full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    entrepreneurial and strong team culture. Upward mobility and pro-active growth model

    Cons

    does not exist anymore. Financial collape


  9. "It doesn't exist anymore"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place to work. Really nice people.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, it doesn't exist anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it real.


  10. "Great place to work, sad to see it go........"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managing Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Managing Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Terrific, dedicated professionals. It was a joy working with some of the brightest minds in the industry. I miss the professionalism at all levels of the firm.

    Cons

    Tough, brutal business. Long hours and zero work-life balance. Not a place for single parents or anyone wanting an outside life.


  11. "great It was a very exciting position"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great. It was very interesting and wonderful.

    Cons

    nothing. There really isn't anything bad about this position.

    Advice to Management

    none



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