William Blair Reviews

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William Blair President and CEO John R. Ettelson
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Pros
  • "Great culture and great leadership(in 21 reviews)

  • "good work with new technologies and good work-life balance(in 13 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Working with Investment Banking was challenging(in 9 reviews)

  • "Similar to other investment banking hours, long hours(in 8 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year
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      Investment Banking at WB

      Oct 21, 2020 - Investment Banking in Chicago, IL
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      Pros

      Strong, dedicated team members that go the extra mile for their clients. Great fit for individuals who seek challenging opportunities that result in meaningful professional growth.

      Cons

      As seen across the Investment Banking industry, the expectation at WB is high. Long, hardworking hours is the nature of the job and the firm.

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      William Blair Response

      Culture & Talent

      Thank you for your valuable perspective and for taking the time to provide us with feedback. Your input is appreciated.

    2. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Great firm

      Apr 1, 2021 - Analyst 
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      Pros

      Great culture, people, and business momentum

      Cons

      Lack of transparency into financial results

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      William Blair Response

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      Thank you for submitting a review. We are glad that you had a positive experience. We see that you are a former employee and wish you the best of luck!

    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Great culture in unique private partnership investment bank

      Jan 15, 2021 - Managing Director in Chicago, IL
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      Pros

      Private partnership structure gives William Blair a lot of flexibility in how it manages the business. we can think long term. William Blair is highly ethical, works hard to give back to the community. If you work really hard, and are a good person, the opportunities are tremendous. Very team focused. Firm is big enough to compete globally, small enough to be entrepreneurial and innovative.

      Cons

      While there is great teamwork, it is very competitive. Filled with competitive, hard working talented people, there are bound to be turf battles at times. the opportunities are massive, but the work is very challenging and really never ending given the incredible volatility in global investment markets.

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      William Blair Response

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      Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback. You've pointed out improving communication. Enhancing employee experience is a priority for the firm. We have initiatives underway that are led by various areas of the firm, including our Business Resource Groups and our Learning and Development team. Some of these initiatives strive to connect employees to each other. Your input is valuable and will be discussed internally. We appreciate you taking the time to share your comments.

    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Great place to work.

      Feb 16, 2021 - Vice President in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Lots of exposure to client management. Great compensation (base + bonus + profit sharing + 401(k) match). People are really nice and genuine. Building a lot of momentum in public company work.

      Cons

      IB is a grind so less of a con about the company but more the business itself. Limited debt capital markets capabilities (no balance sheet).

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    5. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Very good work/life for an associate job in Equity Research.

      Feb 2, 2021 - Equity Research in Chicago, IL
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      Pros

      Not as demanding a culture as other equity research departments at investment banks Interesting work and opportunity for autonomy A good relationship with your Analyst/Partner will go a long way in determining your future/happiness on the job

      Cons

      Equity research in general is not as valued a part of the organization Lack of diversity Earnings can become very routine and remains an important part of the job despite it being pretty low value-add for clients Not enough focus on serving clients versus navigating internal politics

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great firm

      Feb 20, 2021 - Investment Banking Analyst in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      Strong deal flow and software presence

      Cons

      High variety in deal sizes

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      William Blair Response

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      Thank you for your feedback!

    7. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      William Blair

      Mar 26, 2021 - Customer Service Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Awesome environment Opportunity to grow Friendly work environment

      Cons

      Commuting Hard to get on a good team

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      William Blair Response

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      Thank you for submitting a review. We appreciate your feedback.

    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Incredible Firm

      Feb 9, 2021 - Investment Analyst 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Work life balance, pay, and community

      Cons

      Structure and ladder for growth

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      William Blair Response

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

    9. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great place to work

      Feb 5, 2021 - Investment Banking Associate in Chicago, IL
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      Pros

      Huge investment in professional development

      Cons

      Questionable ability to properly identify and elevate talent

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      William Blair Response

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      Thank you for taking the time to submit feedback. We see that you are no longer with William Blair and wish you all the best!

    10. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Good Comp, Long Hours

      Mar 15, 2021 - Associate in Chicago, IL
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      Pros

      Cash pay, competitive compensation, strong deal flow.

      Cons

      Long hours. Feedback loop could be improved.

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      William Blair Response

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      We appreciate the time you spent submitting a review. Since your review indicates feedback as an area that can be improved, we encourage you to set up regular check-ins with your manager. Guidance for doing so can be provided by our Learning and Development team. Thank you again for taking the time to submit feedback.

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