I have been working at KBW full-time
Pay was great, good mix of people
Lost in the shuffle
I worked at KBW full-time (More than a year)
This is a great place to start career in finance.
Learn an incredible amount in a short amount of time
Become extremely proficient in excel/data analysis/financial modeling
Gain far more live-deal experience than with almost any other investment banking firm
The vast majority of management views you as a disposable resource, and treats you accordingly.
Absolutely no work-life balance
Work 16-20 hours a day, 6 or 7 days a week
I have been working at KBW full-time (More than 3 years)
Well-known and respected company in FIG, small deal teams, and vast deal experience
Different culture than parent company, lack of respect for junior bankers (which is consistent within the industry)
I worked at KBW full-time (More than 3 years)
I had great relationships w/ my managing directors and had the opportunity to lead M&A transactions, follow-on offerings, etc. Pay was competitive with other boutique IB in the area.
Management did not have the pulse of the bullpen. Sometimes one bad apple can spoil the lot and that's what happened in our case. The environment became toxic until that person was ultimately let go (after I had already left)
I worked at KBW full-time (More than 5 years)
Great company. Was like family. Great leaders. Gain lots of experience.
Dont think of any crazy down side. Was a great company.
I have been working at KBW full-time (More than a year)
The money is very good and the management is very understanding when personal issues arise. Great coworkers and a very happy and friendly environment,
I can't think of too many cons... sometimes there are long hours but that is just the staffing industry as a whole.
Advice to Management
My advice to management would be to invest more into the recruiters who have been here for a while instead of just going and hiring new employees.
I worked at KBW full-time
Small culture, easier to get noticed
sketchy culture, lack of leadership
small team, lots of opportunities to communicate with MD, good benefit
1. pay too low
2. limited number of deals
3. not operating well
I worked at KBW (Less than a year)
The people working at the firm are some of the best around. They are extremely professional and make working there dynamic and personally rewarding. A full service investment bank that really outperforms their size.
The decline of the financial landscape and financial markets have made the industry, as a whole, a very challenging place. KBW has been affected by these challenges in a greater way because of its smaller size and the fact that it is wholly owned by a parent company.
Advice to Management
Be honest with yourselves about how revenues are coming in the door and act accordingly. Treat the firm as a meritocracy and follow through on that sentiment.
Enjoyable junior banks and firm is reputable within financial services sector.
Sometimes unreasonable senior bankers but probably status quo for investment banking.
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