Dresner Partners Investment Banking Reviews

Updated Feb 9, 2021

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Dresner Partners Investment Banking President Steven M. Dresner
Steven M. Dresner
13 Ratings
  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Great opportunity here

    Feb 9, 2021 - Investment Banker 
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    Pros

    Highly entrepreneurial culture, smart group of people, firm is growing, recent hires are high quality people

    Cons

    investment banking can be a challenging career

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  2. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    Transaction Focussed Boutique Firm

    Jun 9, 2020 - Associate in Chicago, IL
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    Pros

    Dresner Partners has great benefits, does lots of deals, and has a strong technology platform. The firm offers a great deal of flexibility and there is a nice work life balance compared to other large firms.

    Cons

    Long work hours, the office was older but are about to move in July 2020, older data base system

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  3. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Fast-Paced, Entrepreneurial and Growing!

    Mar 27, 2020 - Vice President in Chicago, IL
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    Pros

    Active deal flow, nationwide presence with international capabilities, constant desire to grow and improve, flexible work locations, strong IT support wherever you are

    Cons

    IT improvements to be made take time, some systems are older/less user friendly

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  4. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Toxic culture. Deceitful management / ownership. Impressively dysfunctional. Constant turnover.

    Jun 17, 2020 - Investment Banker in Chicago, IL
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    Pros

    There are some good people that work here that try hard to make it better.,

    Cons

    Very toxic culture from the TOP and throughout the MD ranks. Grossly incompetent upper management . Nepotism.

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  5. 1.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    'Horrible Bosses' meets 'Office Space' meets "Get Out"

    Apr 1, 2020 - Anonymous in Chicago, IL
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    Pros

    Will make you deeply appreciate every former and future work environment.

    Cons

    Institutionalized dysfunction. Willfully deceitful. Grossly incompetent. Smoldering dumpster fire of toxicity.

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  6. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    One of the few remaining independent investment banks in Chicago

    Sep 22, 2017 - Managing Director 
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    Pros

    1, Relentless focus on the middle market. 2. Increasingly entrepreneurial environment. 3. Continuity of leadership since founding in 1991.

    Cons

    1. Unnecessarily burdensome administrative processes (e.g. engagement letters, confidentiality agreements). 2. Compensation/bonus structure evolving but still room for improvement. 3. Senior leadership should trust MDs to do their job.

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  7. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Self-driven business model with intelligent and collective leadership

    Jul 24, 2013 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Opportunities and network for business growth are deep and wide

    Cons

    There aren't enough hours in the day

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  8. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    Professional environment with strong entrepreneurial spirit

    Aug 1, 2013 - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
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    Pros

    The company is lead by strong senior leaders with a track record of success and delivering excellent client service. Many clients continue to work with the company after many years.

    Cons

    Not really a con, but be prepared to work hard, maintain a high standard and be accountable for your results.

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  9. 5.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Analyst

    Jun 16, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    I have had a very fulfilling and stimulating experience during my tenure at Dresner Partners. My skills and knowledge of investment banking were very limited prior to Dresner. During my time here, however, I have gained a tremendous amount of experience and a vast array of proficiencies. I’ve had the opportunity to work on several different types of engagements across various industries and have really been able to refine my skill sets. I have enjoyed working with and have attained valuable knowledge from everyone within the organization – from the analysts to the president of the company.

    Cons

    No material cons to share.

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  10. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Pros

    Dresner is tops at gathering, analyzing and interpreting complicated numerical information assessing and predicting financial returns, providing advice, tactics and recommendations all to achieve the best outcomes for its middle market clients. MDs/VPs are experts within their sector and overall investment banking knowledge. Dresner also offers first in class Investor Relations Counsel/PR to private, small and mid-cap companies. No other IB has this type of product diversification, all lead by Steve Dresner.

    Cons

    International expertise is very sound and should be promoted more.

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