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Harris Williams & Co. CEO Ned Valentine
Ned Valentine
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  1. Great firm, smart people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harris Williams & Co. full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Focused on driving best outcomes for clients, great culture

    Cons

    Very face paced culture, which impacts all staff not just bankers. Have to be ok with that

  2. Helpful (1)

    Unless you're a banker, keep looking

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harris Williams & Co. full-time

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    No real way to move up and the structure of the administrative staff isn't set up for success

  3. Helpful (5)

    Unless you're a banker, avoid

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Harris Williams & Co. full-time

      Pros

      Complimentary refreshments. Modern offices. Good technology in the way of phones, headsets, laptops, and conference equipment. Occasional free swag. Competitive compensation.

      Cons

      Harris Williams is maybe a good place for analysts, junior bankers, and the like. But, for those who are not on the banking track, you could not do much worse than Harris Williams. Questionable, borderline unethical, behavior and bullying tactics are standard fare, and any attempt to address with the correct channels, will result in retaliation. Another review from 2017 referenced the disrespect felt if you are...

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    • Great people, great company

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Harris Williams & Co. full-time

      Pros

      I loved working at Harris Williams. Banking is often a horror show in terms of work/life balance, but at the Associate level and above, there hours are decent. The Company has a solid culture and people are treated much more respectfully than I have seen at other banks. Harris Williams is the kind of place you can build a long-term career and live a decent life. I really recommend working here.

      Cons

      All the cons I remember are related to issues you would face at any bank (demanding clients, busy schedule, occasionally insane hours). That said, I think they could do a better job of mentoring junior talent with the intention of promoting high-performers internally. The attitude towards junior talent is just to assume that they will all leave after two years, which doesn't have to be the case.

      Advice to Management

      Focus on identifying high-performing junior talent early.

    • Analyst

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Harris Williams & Co. full-time

      Pros

      HW&Co. is a good place for analysts for compensation, deal experience and private equity placement. The place to good for middle market M&A.

      Cons

      You will get absolutely crushed. You work long hours given the deal volume that runs through the shop.

      Advice to Management

      Don't waste analyst's time on marketing and administrative tasks. They have enough on their plates executing M&A deals.

    • Helpful (4)

      Former Employee

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

      I worked at Harris Williams & Co. full-time for more than 6 years

      Pros

      Great deal flow, primarily from PE firms

      Cons

      Harris Williams culture has changed and not for the better. Complete disregard for junior staff personal life or career development. Unless you are "one of the boys" you will be disrespected and thrown aside. Attrition over the last year should be a warning to anyone considering the firm. Pompous and self-congratulatory, senior management does not seem any closer to addressing real issues. Management has continued to...

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      Advice to Management

      Stop playing favorites. Make an effort for diverse thought and employees. Treat your junior staff with respect and stop the complete disregard for personal and family time. Be honest about promotions and invest in career development.

    • Helpful (1)

      Great Shop

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Harris Williams & Co. full-time

      Pros

      - Lean deal teams; lots of exposure to deals and all stages of them. - Good people; collegiate mentality; no one takes themselves to seriously.

      Cons

      - Same cons as all investment banks--little regard to junior bankers' time.

    • Associate in a satellite office (Tech team)

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      Former Employee - Associate 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Positive Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Harris Williams & Co. full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Great deal flow. Work with quality companies. SOME great people to learn from (MDs are very strong). Small deal teams so you get a lot of responsibility (vs. bulge brackets). Very strong reputation within private equity universe. Strong collegial atmostphere between associates and analysts (at least when I was there. For analysts, great placement options post-Harris Williams. Pay was very competitive. From...

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      Cons

      Satellite office cultures were very different vs. the home Richmond office. Some satellites have good cultures. Some not. Home office seemed to be more about sweet-talkin, southern, good old boys feel. If you're one of them (e.g. UVA frat bruh), you'll love home office. No real reputation outside the private equity universe. If you plan to work in middle market banking or private equity, HW is a great brand...

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      Advice to Management

      Similar to most other reviews: need to treat the junior guys with more respect. Pls use their time more wisely. Everyone expects long hours, but doing absolutely menial tasks that add little value to the deal doesn't help anyone. Make your mid-managers (directors/VPs) do MORE, take more responsibility, mentor junior bankers, etc - currently they are just gloried typo checkers.

    • Analyst

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook

      I worked at Harris Williams & Co. full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      GOOD! Big fan of the culture

      Cons

      None that are noticeable. Hard work

      Advice to Management

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    • Helpful (1)

      Okay

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I worked at Harris Williams & Co.

        Pros

        Great pay, good office perks.

        Cons

        Hours, office location (richmond is HQ)

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