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Lincoln International Reviews

Updated December 23, 2018
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Lincoln International CEO and Managing Director Robert B Barr
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Pros
  • "Bankers are encouraged to manage their time in order to achieve a sustainable work/life balance" (in 10 reviews)

  • "Senior bankers are cognizant and appreciative of the efforts of junior bankers" (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • "But even the best culture does not take away from the demanding nature of investment banking" (in 31 reviews)

  • "As with all investment banks, you should be prepared to work long hours" (in 20 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Investment Banking Associate (M&A)"

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

    I have been working at Lincoln International full-time (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.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in employee compensation / development and protect Lincoln's established culture - it truly differentiates Lincoln from the pack.


  2. "Growth Oriented, Employee-Centric Investment Bank"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Managing Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lincoln International full-time (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

    Advice to Management

    Stay true to culture in hiring for growth

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Best Place to Start a Career"

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

    I have been working at Lincoln International full-time (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

    Advice to Management

    - Keep listening to the suggestions of employees (which you have been doing well)
    - Maintain openness to change


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lincoln International full-time (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.


  5. "VP"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lincoln International full-time

    Pros

    Culture continues to be strong

    Cons

    Work / life balance is often off

    Advice to Management

    None at this present time


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Associate"

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

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

    Pros

    Unparalleled learning experience coupled with an exceptional culture create an ideal work environment.

    Cons

    Similar to most other client serving roles, hours are long and unpredictable at times.

    Advice to Management

    Continue investing culture and growth.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Investment Banking Analyst"

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

    I have been working at Lincoln International full-time

    Pros

    - Hands down the most genuine and amiable people I’ve worked with in the industry
    - Culture lives up to the integrity it speaks to
    - Experiencing tremendous growth and deal flow, especially in the M&A division
    - Frequently beating larger competitors on engagements

    Cons

    - Hours are gruesome
    - Protected weekends do not exist

    Advice to Management

    Be more particular when evaluating new deal opportunities and deciding whether or not they’re worth the resources.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Investment Banking Analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Lincoln does a great job of investing in its employees and providing opportunities for direct promotions from within the firm
    - Senior management cares about the employees, no matter their title or tenure
    - Company is rapidly growing
    - Consistent involvement in cross-border deals
    - Great exposure to clients, even at the analyst level

    Cons

    - Similar to most investment banks, the hours are long and can be unpredictable at times


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Vice President Review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very collaborative, team-oriented organization. Access for junior bankers to work directly with senior bankers, MDs and the executive team. Fast-paced, growth company with good learning opportunities for bankers. Significant focus on culture and maintaining the strong culture developed over recent years.

    Cons

    Management is willing to take on some tougher more difficult engagements.


  10. "Dissatisfied Former Employee"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Severe inconsistency across senior-level personnel; tough hours / lack of regard for nights and weekends; overly willing to accommodate unreasonable client requests at the expense of junior personnel; Analysts receive much less technical training / experience than at nearly every other investment bank, leaving them unprepared for other technical financial roles

    Advice to Management

    Quit investing in employee review protocol / systems if you aren't going to act on it when a senior-level individual's reviews are nearly entirely negative / constructive -- toxic people remaining at the firm over time has and will continue to deteriorate the culture

    Lincoln International Response

    Aug 28, 2018 – Senior Vice President

    Thank you for providing your feedback on Lincoln International. We are continuously working to improve our feedback, training and development programs, both for our management-level employees as well... More