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Updated November 14, 2017
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Rothschild CEOs of Rothschild Group Nigel Higgins and Olivier Pécoux
Nigel Higgins and Olivier Pécoux
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Pros
  • A sense of work-life balance (relative to a typical M&A role) (in 5 reviews)

  • plenty of learning opportunities given strong deal flow (in 7 reviews)

Cons
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  1. "Investment Banking Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Rothschild full-time

    Pros

    Good deal flow, decent exit opps

    Cons

    Cutthroat culture makes it difficult to do good work sometimes


  2. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rothschild full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, flexible vacation days

    Cons

    Lack of upward mobility, need innovations

  3. "Investment Banking Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rothschild full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people, decent deal flow

    Cons

    Hard work, bad work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Be more chill


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Toxic management in the Restructuring Group in New York"

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    Current Employee - Restructuring Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Restructuring Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The only reason to work in the Restructuring Group is for an imagined sense of prestige, which is based on false perceptions of the street of what it is like to actually work there. Compensation is low compared to other firms because it is a European firm, it is a sweatshop culture in the worst sense imaginable. Outside of the Restructuring Group, other groups and the North American management as a whole seem to have a slightly better culture but I did not work with them enough to vouch for it.

    Cons

    This is just for the Restructuring Group – Toxic work culture, cronyism where good competent people are thrown under the bus by less competent VP's, Directors and MD's in order to keep the status quo low. Sweatshop mentality with Firedrill assignments regularly arriving at 1am on a Friday or Saturday or Sunday night. Not one analyst has stayed on to be promoted to Associate in 10+ years. Watch out for that 140 hour work week...

    Advice to Management

    Promote good people, fire incompetent, toxic senior bankers. Invest in the organization and people.


  5. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rothschild full-time

    Pros

    Small teams, interesting projects, decent amount of traveling - meeting management teams, site visits, etc. - and decent benefits.

    Cons

    Worked to the bone, top management does not care for well-being, very cut-throat culture - if you don't like it, get out

    Advice to Management

    Keep an eye out for the younger guys, emphasis on culture would be supportive at the lower levels.


  6. "Facilities Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Facilities Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Facilities Coordinator in New York, NY
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to liaise with multiple departments and to form working relationships with both senior and junior level stakeholders.

    Cons

    Most people in the Facilities Coordinator position were interested in future job growth and advancement. In this role, that opportunity did not exist.

    Advice to Management

    The role allows for the individual to make a real impact to the firm, i.e., by interviewing and speaking with various vendors about pricing and services, the right person in this role can identify multiple opportunities to save at least 10-15% on vendor spending. Furthermore, this role can be expanded to include vendor decisions for other departments, including Asset Management and Advisory which are always considering new tools, software and technologies to advance competitive profiling, opportunity identification, risk mitigation, trade and other cutting edge technological products around Big Data, AI and the like which are aimed at creating new revenue streams and cutting costs. The firm should give these additional responsibilities, and provide a higher pay that reflects these responsibilities, to the right person who can represent the firm to outside stakeholders.


  7. "Great place to be"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong deal flow. Great MDs. Decent brand.

    Cons

    Teams are too lean. No focus on recruitment.

    Advice to Management

    Stabilize the structure. Invest more into your junior bankers.

  8. "Managing Director of Investment Banking Sales"

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    Current Employee - Investment Banking Managing Director in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Managing Director in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rothschild full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are great - 6% of salary automatically placed in 401k, plus a match of up to 6% more. In other words, if you put in 6%, you get 18%. Co-workers are pretty great. Generous telework policy.

    Cons

    There is a lot of change, new VPs new officers, new systems, which can bring some uncertainty, however, all changes have been positive and moving towards the right direction

    Advice to Management

    Maintain a fair work environment. Favorites are often promoted to positions regardless if they are qualified or not.


  9. "Good firm that could be great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rothschild full-time

    Pros

    Talented professionals that generally come with many years of prior experience before they work for this good firm. A surprisingly entrepreneurial culture for a firm with such a long tradition of success. Empowering the Senior officers to execute the business plan with minimal distracting directives from abroad is a refreshing approach for a European bank.

    Cons

    Maybe to large for it's on good. Turnover is higher than it should be and career development or training initiatives for long term professional development is not a priority for this culture. Hard on the young professionals trying to learn a trade while without intention leads to a culture that requires one master their trade elsewhere before working at this good firm.

    Advice to Management

    Allow regional management teams to drive local business plans independently where the hub and spoke empowers the spoke and leverages local expertise with minimum centralized interference. Improve transparency of long term strategy and investment initiatives and goals.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good learning experience, tough culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rothschild full-time

    Pros

    Lots of responsibility for junior members

    Cons

    Mid level employees have out-sized influence over junior members of team


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