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William Blair CEO John R. Ettelson
John R. Ettelson
78 Ratings
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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at William Blair full-time for more than 2 years

    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

    November 1, 2018Culture & Talent

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

  2. "Great Place"

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    Former Employee - Intern 

    I worked at William Blair full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This place is really great

    Cons

    There are no cons to report

  3. "Outstanding organization"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
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    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at William Blair full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    * Management really shows respect for staff * Work with really intelligent people * Culture of respect throughout the firm * Beautiful new office environment * Great approach to diversity and inclusion

    Cons

    * The asset management industry will like face headwinds in future

  4. "Great People Place!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at William Blair full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    Wonderful people and steady, pleasant company culture. Being a larger firm, there are many office amenities available (at the very least in their Chicago HQ). Decent benefits.

    Cons

    Speaking from the IB world, career trajectory is minimal (often times non-existent) if you are not an investment banker.

    Advice to Management

    Please work to create more career advancement opportunities and you will hold onto to your talent.

  5. "Successful & Growing M&A Leader"

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    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

  6. "Overall great experience"

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    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

  7. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    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.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Best firm in Chicago!!"

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

    I have been working at William Blair

    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

    November 12, 2018Culture & 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 work on providing employees opportunities for growth. We appreciate your feedback ...

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  9. "great company"

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      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

      November 12, 2018Culture & Talent

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

    • "Great Experience"

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

      I worked at William Blair full-time for more than 2 years

      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

      November 1, 2018Culture & Talent

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

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