Harris Williams & Co. Reviews

Updated Apr 30, 2020

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Harris Williams & Co. Executive Managing Director Ned Valentine
Ned Valentine
26 Ratings
Pros
  • "is a good place for analysts for compensation, deal experience and private equity placement(in 8 reviews)

  • "Focused on driving best outcomes for clients, great culture(in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "You work long hours given the deal volume that runs through the shop(in 12 reviews)

  • "If you plan to work in middle market banking or private equity, HW is a great brand name to have on your resume(in 8 reviews)

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  1. "awesome"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

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

    Pros

    great culture, great team, great

    Cons

    long hours, long hours, long

    Harris Williams & Co.2020-03-05
  2. "OK but expect no work-life balance"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Harris Williams & Co. full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Deal experience, senior exposure, comp

    Cons

    Complete lack of diversity at senior level

    Harris Williams & Co.2020-04-30
  3. "Don't join this company as a staff member.... If you do join, be a Banker....."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managerial Staff Position 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harris Williams & Co. full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Since I have to provide a 'pro' I would guess it would be name recognition. They are known through out the M&A community and appear to be doing well....

    Cons

    Their ability to do well is at a very high cost to the Junior Bankers. Hence the turnover. (Read the reviews) As a staff member you are treated as if you are unimportant by almost all teams unless they need something from you. Then you matter as long as you can get it to them fast. The biggest obstacle sets in when you design a solution and management doesn't fully understand the problem, the intricacies of the design / solution and the downstream effect of not getting it right in the first place. Complicate that with the favoritism (and there is a lot of that here) and things get really dicey. A quick fix 'band aid' proposed by a favorite is more likely to be implemented than a full blown solution proposed. I am not sure if it is truly the time it would take to implement or the source of the solution proposed. But that was my experience... Band aid after band aid.... The robust solutions were placed on hold or outright ignored. The Review process is, for a lack of a better term, "a setup" if you are staff. For example, the selection of your Reviewers is designated by your manager and if you and your manager don't see eye to eye...Your Reviewers will be those who you couldn't get a job done for (regardless of the cause)... You are destined for failure unless you are one of the favorites and don't stir the pot..... HR is almost inaccessible unless they need something and then they take priority over EVERYTHING!!! I tried for the last two years of my time there to sit down with someone in HR to discuss a problem I was having with my Management Team and they ignored me over and over again..... There are a few really great people there. Most of them want to make a difference and care about their coworkers.... but they are in the same boat and just as frustrated because they run into the same issues / lack of understanding when trying to move things forward. I actually belief that if 4 - 5 key people in this company were allowed to do what is needed, the entire organization would benefit tremendously. Again, the problem is, these 4 or 5 people are not in the Executive roles and their Executives don't understand what it would take to move the ball forward.... Instead they want the quick fix...

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    Harris Williams & Co.2019-08-05
  4. "Great work life balance for staff (non bankers)"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Execution Assistant in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harris Williams & Co. full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    nice people, good reputation, great learning opportunities, nice work life balance, great benefits

    Cons

    fast paced, competitive, small so not as many growth opportunities

    Harris Williams & Co.2019-05-28
  5. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harris Williams & Co. full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Harris Williams really does have great people and wants everyone to succeed

    Cons

    I don't have any cons

    Harris Williams & Co.2019-05-22
  6. "Long Hours, Generally OK people"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate 

    I worked at Harris Williams & Co. full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very good pay, generally above street

    Cons

    Horrible Hours, difficult culture at times

    Harris Williams & Co.2019-04-02
  7. "Great Shop"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harris Williams & Co. full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Exit opportunities and senior leadership

    Cons

    Long hours always in the office

    Harris Williams & Co.2019-02-28
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Unless you're a banker, keep looking"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Harris Williams & Co.2018-12-20
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great firm, smart people"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harris Williams & Co. full-time for more than a year

    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

    Harris Williams & Co.2018-06-04
  10. Helpful (7)

    "Unless you're a banker, avoid"

    2.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Disapproves 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 not "one of the boys," and that is a great, accurate, and succinct characterization of working for this firm. The leadership style ranged from dignified and professional, to outright bullying. If you are willing to trade that gamble to have an Investment Bank on your resume, than this might be a good place to roll the dice. But in most of the cities in which Harris Williams operates, there are far superior places to go to work each day.

    Harris Williams & Co.2018-05-29
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