Lincoln International Reviews

Updated Feb 9, 2020

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Lincoln International CEO and Managing Director Robert B Barr
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Pros
  • "Most senior bankers value junior banker input(in 24 reviews)

  • "Opportunity to "learn the language" of M&A; investment banking in general opens up solid exit opportunities(in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • "No noteworthy cons other than those generally associated with a career in investment banking(in 36 reviews)

  • "As with any investment banking job, there are long hours, but the work life balance is on par or better than at peers(in 23 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great Investment Bank to Grow and Develop"

    5.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lincoln International full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Great firm to learn and develop with upward progression opportunities for high performers - Strong culture where senior bankers value junior input, treat employees well, and get them involved in transactions - Lots of client interaction and ability to attend client meetings - Very active bank in mid-market which results in lots of deal experience

    Cons

    - As with any investment banking job, there are long hours, but the work life balance is on par or better than at peers

    Lincoln International2020-02-09
  2. "Investment Bank with an Incredible Culture"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lincoln International full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -Collaborative and supportive environment -High quality clients and engagements -Senior bankers are committed to junior employee's professional development -Unrivaled client exposure at the junior level -Dedicated colleagues

    Cons

    -Be prepared to work investment banking hours (though teams are cognizant of junior banker workload and work to protect employee's time when possible)

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    Lincoln International2019-11-10
  3. "Meets Expectations"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lincoln International full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Best culture you're going to get at an investment bank. Good pay, good benefits and good people.

    Cons

    Long hours, but this has to be expected with any career in banking.

    Lincoln International2019-11-05
  4. "Great Place to Work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lincoln International full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Everyone is nice and helpful. Strong team-oriented culture and great place to have a long term career if that is what you want to do.

    Cons

    Compensation at some levels is below market

    Lincoln International2019-08-21
  5. "Lincoln as an Analyst"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lincoln International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lincoln invests significant resources into training new analysts / helping them integrate into the firm. Additionally, there are exciting opportunities for high performers (early promotion, more responsibility, working in other offices domestically and abroad). You have real control over your career trajectory. Analysts gain significant exposure to clients, and I have been able to develop meaningful connections with many of the senior bankers I work with.

    Cons

    No matter where you work, it will be difficult to control your schedule as an investment banking analyst. Also, as the Company grows, politics become increasingly important, and culture becomes more difficult to maintain. Lincoln's management is doing a great job at combating this, but to a certain extent it is inevitable that the firm will continue to change.

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    Lincoln International2019-05-13
  6. "Enjoyed my experience."

    5.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Investment Banking Analyst 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lincoln International for more than a year

    Pros

    I enjoyed my time working for Lincoln International. The firm has a great training program and the hands-on experience is exceptional when it comes to deals. Because the deal teams are lean, analysts get a lot of exposure to all parts of deal-making and become very close to senior bankers. The firm is also very supportive of exit opportunities. They also have great social events!

    Cons

    While not necessarily a con, do expect to work typical MM investment banking hours.

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    Lincoln International2019-01-28
  7. "Growth Oriented, Employee-Centric Investment Bank"

    5.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lincoln International full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Management is committed to growth of the company and development of people - Leading global middle market investment bank - Extremely high level of deal activity - Great "midwestern" culture

    Cons

    - Becoming a very large IB organization now - approx 500 employees globally

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    Lincoln International2018-12-24
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    "Best Place to Start a Career"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lincoln International full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - The level of responsibility given to new analysts is unparalleled and an incredible way to gain invaluable experience quickly - Everyone has an open door policy and a true eagerness to help me learn and excel, which encouraged me to embrace the responsibility and contribute meaningful work to each deal team - The people, plain and simple. Everyone here is someone you can call a colleague and a friend

    Cons

    - Nothing specific to Lincoln - But even the best culture does not take away from the demanding nature of investment banking

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    Lincoln International2018-12-04
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Investment Banking Associate (M&A)"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lincoln International full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Lincoln cultivates a culture of collaboration and transparency. Senior bankers are cognizant and appreciative of the efforts of junior bankers. Peers are very sharp, hard working and supportive of each other - always willing to help / lend advice. The culture and peers make Lincoln an enjoyable place to work. Lincoln's investment in developing its bankers is evident and plays an integral role in Lincoln's strong relationships with alumni and clients. Despite Lincoln's impressive growth, the firm still has an entrepreneurial feel; senior management and managing directors are actively involved in processes and are highly-approachable. Exciting to be part of the growth.

    Cons

    Hours are long, but are manageable. As is the case with any bank, you should expect to be highly responsive outside of standard working hours. The job is definitely challenging and demanding; that being said, bankers are able to manage their hours and take time off / unwind on the weekends by effectively communicating with their deal teams and leveraging the expertise of peers to enhance efficiencies. Lincoln cares for the well-being of its people and takes the steps to proactively address the hours and stress that inevitably occur in investment banking.

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    Lincoln International2018-10-31
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Analyst"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lincoln International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The opportunity to work with highly driven, very intelligent individuals in a collaborative environment. There is a good camaraderie amongst the anaylsts and other members of the firm. Strong leadership.

    Cons

    Lincoln has not reasonably addressed the high volume of hours that is required to excel at the firm. The individuals that try to maintain work/life balance are usually the ones that aren't overly successful or progress at the firm. Analysts tend to burn out pretty quickly at the firm.

    Lincoln International2018-11-01
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