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Cowen Group Reviews

Updated June 12, 2017
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  1. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst

    I have been working at Cowen Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Given a lot of responsibility, good culture

    Cons

    Poor work life balance and poor communication


  2. "Sales & Trading"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cowen Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some truly great coworkers. Research is outstanding. Growing while others retrenching.

    Cons

    It's becoming Jefco 2.0 hiring all ex Jefco people and watching the knife fights begin. Middle management plays favorites. Cultural spiral has begun.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of employees and stop talking about culture and empathy and instead invest in both. Oh and stoping paying siblings more than others.

  3. "Investment Banking"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cowen Group full-time

    Pros

    Decent work-life balance and good people, not your typical banking culture

    Cons

    Not a top tier bank


  4. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great atmosphere in which everybody on the floor got along

    Cons

    Opportunity for employment after internship


  5. "Strong Firm"

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    Current Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cowen Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great, entrepreneurial culture. Strong management. Excellent Research

    Cons

    Operating in a challenging industry

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing and remain patient


  6. "Client Onboarding"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cowen Group full-time

    Pros

    It's a small firm which gives you the opportunity to interact with colleagues at all levels.

    Cons

    There's not much room to grow. If you want to climb the corporate ladder depending on the group you're in, it can be pretty difficult


  7. "Equity Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company has amazing culture.

    Cons

    There were no downsides to working at Cowen.

  8. "sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manhasset, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manhasset, NY

    I worked at Cowen Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    overall I had a good experience

    Cons

    I dont really have any

    Advice to Management

    share info


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Summer Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Cowen Group part-time

    Pros

    Rotational program, saw all industries, M&A and restructuring work. Very approachable coworkers and congenial atmosphere

    Cons

    Certain groups are better than others and hours can be long depending on the lead MD


  10. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cowen Group full-time

    Pros

    It is a great culture. It is a fun and growth oriented company. Hard work is rewarded. I would recommend to anyone

    Cons

    There can be long hours or early hours but depends on what group you are with. No other cons to make note of

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work. Don't have much more to say except that focus on growth and scale and culture is well received


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