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Greenhill & Co. Co-CEO and Director Scott L. Bok
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Learned alot, enjoyed my experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Greenhill & Co. full-time

    Pros

    If you want to, you can learn a lot. Especially if you work alongside someone who is willing to communicate how things work. If you care about what you do, there is plenty of it to do and the relationships you foster because of your work ethic will have team members gravitate towards you. Everyone is friendly. Summers were nice and sleepy. I felt like

    Cons

    -There is no getting away from the difficult, screamy or email-every-minute-client for the next two years when they come with the next deal that was signed up.
    -Lots of internal departures, that's just how this business is. So there is no real fostering of one-on-one EA to an Executive feeling, if that's what you are looking for.
    -Expense reporting is tedious! The expense system has multi-levels of deal codes per category and that is just for one receipt! Get ready to spend an hour on one report in data entry alone (sometimes bankers would split one receipt a few different ways).
    -Administration kept EA's that were bad apples (despite files that were thick with complaints) for too long which made the good apples go sour as well.

    Advice to Management

    Be mindful of the message you send to valued team members when you do not include them on group lunches or team retreats. A yearly raise in their salary isn't the only thing that makes an employee feel appreciated.


  2. "Stairwell to Hell"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Greenhill & Co. full-time

    Pros

    Direct contact with the highest levels in the bank. Chairman is a class act. Benefit & Stock Package is pretty good. Location and offices are beautiful.

    Cons

    The culture has changed for the worse in the last few years. Greed, lack of respect for the non-pro staff, no movement for growth, blame game and the new guard doesn't care at all for its staff just $$$

    Advice to Management

    Learn to forgive & forget when staff makes mistakes. Higher raises will show the staff they are appreciated, stop letting the admn staff rule the roost. Hire a real HR department.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Investment Banking Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Greenhill & Co. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture, as far as investment banks are concerned. Hard work from analysts seemed to be greatly appreciated and there were lots of opportunities for meaningful interaction with senior bankers. Pay and buy side placement was top notch!

    Cons

    Due to the small nature of the firm, the experience one gets as an analyst is heavily dependent on the current M&A environment. It's not uncommon to go several weeks without working on anything that was relatively live.

    Advice to Management

    One potential option to improve the experience of first year analysts when deal flow is light would be to pair them up with second year analysts working on live transactions in a supporting role.


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  5. "Private Capital Advisory"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Greenhill & Co. (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very relaxed culture within this group which sits outside of traditional M&A team. Gym in the building and not much face time.

    Cons

    A lot of back channeling amongst senior management
    Not a lot of transparency to junior ranks of the business
    No third year retention

    Advice to Management

    Overall good culture created but focus on stock is apparent to junior analyst without much insight into thoughts about the future of the business


  6. "Hard work, but excellent culture"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Greenhill & Co. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Smartest people in the business

    Cons

    Hard to advance. Greenhill's model is to hire senior people from outside and have juniors work for them.

    Advice to Management

    Start promoting from withing.


  7. "Unparalleled."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Greenhill & Co. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Sustainable culture, top notch experience, best-in-class exit opps

    Cons

    Finance culture (self-interested, sacrificial), hit-or-miss experience deal-wise

    Advice to Management

    Couldn't be better for a bank.


  8. "Unfavorable"

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

    I worked at Greenhill & Co. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I met some lifelong friends there. Free gym in the office. Great location. Learned a lot.

    Cons

    There is a lack of appreciation, recognition, timely feedback, team building, training, and mentoring in some groups. Favoritism is obvious.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Hard work with a smart and respectable team"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Greenhill & Co. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great experience as an analyst at Greenhill. Worked with tons of smart people at all levels. Enjoyed focusing on M&A and restructuring. Had a few options for investment banks to work for but primarily selected Greenhill for it's company culture.

    Cons

    Brand name not as strong as GS/MS outside of Wall Street. Independent advisory model has some competitive disadvantages to investment banks with balance sheet.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Greenhill"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    solid boutique investment bank with bulge bracket name recogniation on Wall Street
    good deal flow and high quality, smart co-workers

    Cons

    tough work / life balance (as expected in investment banking)
    small firm leads to uneven deal flow for the professionals

    Advice to Management

    slow down the hiring pace of Managing Directors and the expansion of offices. Focus on adding a few quality MDs vs. adding a large number.


  11. "Investment Banking Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome culture and people; stand-out investment bank in terms of quality of people, cross-office collaboration, and analyst compensation

    Cons

    I don't have any real cons for this opportunity - perhaps more ability for analysts to stay past their two year commitment.


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