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  1. "Fast paced, deal making environment"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great client facing exposure, onsite career education opportunities, renewable energy knowledge acquisition, dynamic team and workplace environment

    Cons

    Longer work hours, tight deadlines

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing - the team is growing and the projects are getting more and more interesting.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to advance quickly and get in-depth, hands-on deal exposure with lots of client-facing interaction"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    This is a small (but growing practice) offering a number of professional benefits:
    -ability to advance through the ranks quickly and immediate staffing on live deals
    -lots of autonomy for Senior Associates and VPs and direct interaction with clients
    -very little non-deal related work, limited pitching, though ability to originate and prospect if desired/needed
    -relatively young and spirited office, so there's genuine camaraderie on the floor and among mid and senior-level management; pro-active and pro-team attitude is a must
    -previous banking experience is a not a pre-requisite for junior staff as management is willing to train and promote internally
    -significant deal volume so each member is staffed on multiple deals that often take only a couple of months to close allowing for quickly accumulating transaction experience;
    -compensation has significant upside, unhindered by typical bulge bracket structures and internal politics; all bonuses are paid in cash
    -senior management is really good at mentoring mid-level professionals; very competent and well regarded in the industry

    This is a great time to be in the renewable and conventional energy industries:
    - because of the firm's early success in renewable energy banking, our name is known and well regarded by all of the significant investors in the space
    -the industry doubles every year and our revenue growth has exceeded that of the industry historically
    -the core skill set developed in this shop is transferable to other banking and PE-type roles
    -because we are often targeting niche or mid-market deals, we generally have a competitive advantage for winning mandates
    -can build your own career path internally and develop a core skill set

    On a personal level, this is a great place to work:
    -relatively flexible hours, no face time
    -lots of opportunities to socialize with co-workers including casual Fridays, team lunches and happy hours
    -ability to network in the industry and entertain clients; in fact, an Analyst was able to put together a happy hour for clients and industry contacts recently and 100+ junior-level bankers and investors attended
    -attend conferences and industry events; the firm sponsors events at all of the leading industry conferences
    -take personal responsibility on deals and drive P&L
    -promote innovation in the industry and know you are personally making a difference

    Cons

    This is not a 9-5 job but this is a feature of banking in general; on the flip side, management makes a genuine effort to allow employees to take time off and disconnect when vacationing/travelling internationally by re-distributing work responsibilities. In addition, both management and junior team members discuss workload and spare capacity on a weekly basis allowing for Analysts and Associates to ask for additional coverage on deals when necessary.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more management training for mid-level professionals; coach how to set targets for subordinates and provide feedback.

  3. "High quality boutique investment bank with a strong focus on renewable energy."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Close-knit and well-regarded team of bankers. Great experience for junior members.

    Cons

    Long hours are expected by all members for CRCMS. Expect a minimum of 60+hrs/week

    Advice to Management

    Better coffee.


  4. "A great place to grow and develop as an Investment Banker."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Working at CRCMS you feel like part of a family. The work environment is enjoyable to be in and makes long days easier to get through. The management provides you with hands-on feedback and advice. You have a constant ability to grow in your position and branch out to other sectors should you desire to do so. Everyone is part of the team and you don't ever feel as though you are holding others up. A good place to work if you enjoy learning and working as part of a team, are looking to get bulge bracket experience in a smaller environment or have a strong passion for the energy, real estate oil & gas,or m & a sectors specifically. There is strong room for internal growth and improvement. Casual Fridays are also a strong plus.

    Cons

    No 401K employer contribution. Sometimes there can be unclear direction.

    Advice to Management

    Continue with in-house training programs to allow the analyst/associates to stay up to date with current market trends. Overall the management is very strong and there's a good balance between professionalism and genuine interest in your employees. The ability to speak with management as issues comes up has made it easier to avoid long term issues.


  5. "avoid at all costs"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    really none to speak of

    Cons

    culture is a big problem here (see name of firm), as in who gets promoted, paid more and gets to go to conferences, etc., long hours, poor work/life balance for no pay, absentee management is cheap and abusive, no training for junior employees

    Advice to Management

    seek new management