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Updated February 3, 2017
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KBW President, CEO & Vice Chairman Thomas B. Michaud
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  1. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KBW full-time

    Pros

    Pay was great, good mix of people

    Cons

    Lost in the shuffle


  2. "You learn a lot, but the company culture is absolutely awful."

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    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at KBW full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    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

    Cons

    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

  3. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at KBW full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Well-known and respected company in FIG, small deal teams, and vast deal experience

    Cons

    Different culture than parent company, lack of respect for junior bankers (which is consistent within the industry)


  4. "Good professional experience, learned a lot. Ultimately stayed too long"

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    Former Employee - Investment Banking Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Associate in Chicago, IL
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at KBW full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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)


  5. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at KBW full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company. Was like family. Great leaders. Gain lots of experience.

    Cons

    Dont think of any crazy down side. Was a great company.


  6. "Recruiting Manager"

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    Current Employee - Recruiting Manager in Portsmouth, NH
    Current Employee - Recruiting Manager in Portsmouth, NH

    I have been working at KBW full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The money is very good and the management is very understanding when personal issues arise. Great coworkers and a very happy and friendly environment,

    Cons

    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.


  7. "Fixed Income"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at KBW full-time

    Pros

    Small culture, easier to get noticed

    Cons

    sketchy culture, lack of leadership

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    "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    small team, lots of opportunities to communicate with MD, good benefit

    Cons

    1. pay too low
    2. limited number of deals
    3. not operating well


  9. "People make the Firm"

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    Former Employee - Managing Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Managing Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at KBW (Less than a year)

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.


  10. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst

    Pros

    Enjoyable junior banks and firm is reputable within financial services sector.

    Cons

    Sometimes unreasonable senior bankers but probably status quo for investment banking.


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