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Merrill Lynch New York Reviews

Updated August 21, 2017
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Merrill Lynch President & CEO of Bank of America Brian T. Moynihan
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Pros
  • They promote and encourage work life balance (in 97 reviews)

  • Friendly colleagues; Dynamic environment; Was offered rotational program so I learned a lot of stuffs (in 73 reviews)

Cons
  • Aggressive work life balance, highly dependent on team structure (in 52 reviews)

  • Long hours; work itself is not very interesting (in 84 reviews)

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  1. "Analyst Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Financial Analyst Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Financial Analyst Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Merrill Lynch as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very knowledgeable management, particularly the financial advisors

    Cons

    The program was not always as structured as I would have liked


  2. Helpful (1)

    "So-so"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and a culture of demanding excellence. It's a good place to learn but the level of expectations is very high.

    Cons

    Brutal hours and male dominated culture. Much harder to advance in your career there as a woman. Total boys club.

    Advice to Management

    Tough to reach

  3. "It's all about the team you work in"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Software Architect in New York, NY
    Current Contractor - Software Architect in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Merrill Lynch as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart, positive people who want to do the best they can

    Cons

    - Management is sometimes too reactive
    - silo mentaity reduces effectiveness

    Advice to Management

    Be more realistic about what you can achieve
    Get rid of silos


  4. "Summer Analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Summer Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Summer Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Merrill Lynch as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work experience for summer internship
    Understanding and respectful co-workers who seemed passionate and willing to help with provided knowledge

    Cons

    Unclear expectations and standards at times


  5. "Fine for a giant place"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director, Wealth Management in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director, Wealth Management in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good 401k matching program, if you're average you'll be able to tread water forever, good name and network. Over pay mediocre talent

    Cons

    Average people stay here forever, very much a corporate ladder, with need to master shifting blame and take credit to advance

    Advice to Management

    Better use 360 reviews, get ideas from everywhere on a more consistent basis


  6. "Good compensation, negative atmosphere"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President - Technology in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President - Technology in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Industry level compensation
    - Some management are flexible for work hours/remote access

    Cons

    - Outdated workforce most times stuck in the past
    - No internal collaboration, can be a cynical competitive atmosphere
    - Business or higher level management often have egotistical views

    Advice to Management

    - Remove pieces of the hierarchy structure to remove ego (and therefore roadblocks to progression) from the organization


  7. "Vice President"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Merrill Lynch full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you have right connection you will be rewarded. You also meet great people from various background who are engaging and smart.

    Cons

    It is a very close circle where few are invited to the inner circle. Rewards and promotions are kept within that same circle.

  8. "Great place for international exposure"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Merrill Lynch full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to do different things and work in different parts of business, lots of teamwork and collegial work environment, high quality colleagues

    Cons

    Beurocracy , too many cooks. Sometimes too USA focused, some inefficient parts of business can at times hold back rest of org

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


  9. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Merrill Lynch full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Make some cash if you do it right

    Cons

    Tough place to meet quotas

    Advice to Management

    Do better


  10. Helpful (4)

    "A lot of freedom"

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    Current Employee - PMD in New York, NY
    Current Employee - PMD in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Merrill Lynch full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There's definitely growth within this career choice. It really teaches you the values necessary to succeed in this business. Overall good job

    Cons

    Not much support for training. High hurdles and technology advancing has effected the business as a whole. Connections to wealthy individuals would be a definite plus .


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