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Rothschild Reviews

Updated February 9, 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 4 reviews)

  • Great culture (for investment banking) (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Long working hours, very formal and traditional way of doing business, highly hierarchical organisation (in 7 reviews)

  • Work/Life balance was a worry but to be expected in this sector (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Managing Director of Investment Banking Sales"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "Facilities Coordinator"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. "Great place to be"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "Good firm that could be great"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good learning experience, tough culture"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  8. "Cons outweigh the pros"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    more friendly colleagues than not, work day ends at 5 pm generally and little emails over the weekend.

    Cons

    Disorganized, technology equipment is always breaking down, i.e.: phones, video conferencing not working and the company is not generous when it comes to giving bonuses. Poor internal communication.

    Advice to Management

    Consider setting up your subordinates for more success, i.e.: rather than hire consultants use the resources you already have - internal folks to make the company better. Find out why the phones are always on the fritz. Use a suggestions box. It's good when employees are heard.


  9. "Citrix Specialist, Engineer, Citrix Migration RDP"

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

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

    Pros

    Citrix vmware, RDP, VPN, Customer Support

    Cons

    Transition, Bad Team players, time


  10. "Mixed feelings"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rothschild full-time

    Pros

    -Analysts are a great bunch
    -Botique feel of the bank in New York allows for tight knit culture
    -pay is okay

    Cons

    -One of few banks with clawback provisions in analyst contracts (pay back first year bonus if you leave your second year; pay back half your second year bonus if you leave during your third year); this is an attempt to retain juniors and foster long term growth but using chains to retain analysts will do very little
    -high turnover

    Advice to Management

    Don't take analysts for granted. You will start seeing a fall in talent as other banks are investing more behind their analyst pools


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Good pay, lacks balance"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good compensation for junior staff

    Cons

    Senior bankers lack work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Better training & mentoring



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