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William Blair Reviews

Updated January 21, 2019
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Pros
  • "The firm has taken initiatives to foster better work-life balance" (in 10 reviews)

  • "Great management, hands-on experience, lots of responsibility, great benefits" (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "long hours, somewhat stressful, intense at times" (in 5 reviews)

  • "The turnover rate is about three years, the pay is just okay and there is no room to move up if you're an assistant" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Great firm"

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Collaborative Work Environment. Everyone is super smart and driven, making everyone want to perform at a high level

    Cons

    Some growing pains but I started relatively recently so its all good to me.

    William Blair Response

    Nov 1, 2018 – Culture & Talent

    Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased to hear you are enjoying your time at William Blair.


  2. "Successful & Growing M&A Leader"

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    Former Employee - Investment Banking in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Investment Banking in Chicago, IL

    I worked at William Blair full-time

    Pros

    Talented people focused on delivering results for clients, not on working for the sake of working

    Cons

    Few cons, differentiated platform versus peers

  3. "Overall great experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at William Blair full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, learning base and solid pay

    Cons

    Difficult to move up and gain more responsibility


  4. "Manager"

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

    I worked at William Blair full-time

    Pros

    High quality and hard working people

    Cons

    Leadership narrowly focused and resistant to change

    Advice to Management

    Be more aware of how quickly the competitive landscape is changing.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Best firm in Chicago!!"

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    Current Employee - Private Wealth Investment Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Private Wealth Investment Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The sky is the limit.

    Cons

    Not compensated for performance. Must be extremely self motivated as there isn’t much coaching unless you seek it. Zero handouts.

    Advice to Management

    Give a small bonus for client performance instead of only focusing on new assets

    William Blair Response

    Nov 12, 2018 – Culture & Talent

    At William Blair, employee development is important to us. Our Learning & Development team is working closely with each business unit to determine appropriate training needs. We will continue to... More


  6. "great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at William Blair full-time

    Pros

    supportive and collaborative culture across businesses

    Cons

    none that I can think of

    William Blair Response

    Nov 12, 2018 – Culture & Talent

    We appreciate your feedback and are happy that you are enjoying your time at William Blair!


  7. "Great Experience"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at William Blair full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great management, hands-on experience, lots of responsibility, great benefits

    Cons

    Hours are not great (but good by investment banking standards) - varies by group

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up

    William Blair Response

    Nov 1, 2018 – Culture & Talent

    Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased to hear you are enjoying your time at William Blair.

  8. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at William Blair full-time

    Pros

    Great, growing firm with established platform to continue growing

    Cons

    None - excellent firm top to bottom

    William Blair Response

    Nov 1, 2018 – Culture & Talent

    Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We appreciate your input and are happy to hear you’re enjoying your experience here.


  9. "Growing company"

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    Current Employee - OMIT in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - OMIT in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at William Blair full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart, successful, growing company. Flexibility with growth, access to senior leadership.

    Cons

    Hard for women and minorities to advance, but they are working on it

    Advice to Management

    Change faster.

    William Blair Response

    Nov 1, 2018 – Culture & Talent

    Thank you for your feedback. As a firm, we are committed to building an actively, inclusive environment. As you indicate, there is a lot of work being done across the firm in the areas of... More


  10. "Great culture with career mobility"

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

    Pros

    Really enjoy the people. Strong focus on developing junior team members and allowing for career progression

    Cons

    Hours can be long but not brutal

    William Blair Response

    Sep 4, 2018 – Culture & Talent

    Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback. Employee development is important to us and we are glad that you were able to experience this. While I can see that you are no longer at... More