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William Blair Employee Reviews about "investment banking"

Updated Oct 27, 2019

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4.6
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William Blair President and CEO John R. Ettelson
John R. Ettelson
101 Ratings
Pros
  • "great culture and opportunity to learn(in 16 reviews)

  • "Flexibility, work life balance, senior mgmt, responsibility from the start(in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "Really long hours and unclear bonus criteria(in 7 reviews)

  • "Hours are not great (but good by investment banking standards) - varies by group(in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent culture, brilliant colleagues, and lots of opportunity for personal and professional growth."

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

    I have been working at William Blair full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Highly competitive compensation, clear firm mission, great market reputation, exciting and challenging engagements

    Cons

    Work-life balance (but this is a challenge at all investment banks)

    Advice to Management

    Be even more aggressive in promoting top performers early

    William Blair2019-10-27
  2. "Great Culture"

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

    I have been working at William Blair full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great culture with abundant opportunities to network with senior bankers, smaller teams

    Cons

    Similar to other investment banking hours, long hours.

    William Blair2019-10-24
  3. "Great Experience"

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

    I worked at William Blair full-time for 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 Blair2018-10-24
  4. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at William Blair full-time

    Pros

    Culture is great. Everyone is genuinely nice and willing to help. The partner model is something more preferable than working for a public company.

    Cons

    Lack of balance sheet puts the bank in a disadvantage relative to larger investment banks. Other than that, it is a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. The firm is in a great spot and outlook has never been better.

    William Blair2017-08-04
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Investment Banking Analyst Program"

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    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at William Blair full-time

    Pros

    Great environment, focused on building a strong culture. The firm has taken initiatives to foster better work-life balance. Chicago is a great city to be a banker (cost of living, social life, food, etc.)

    Cons

    It's investment banking but doing it at Blair is as good as it can get for a Mid-market firm in the Midwest.

    William Blair2016-04-26
  6. Helpful (4)

    "Great place to work but hours are long."

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at William Blair full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits and the bonuses are decent.

    Cons

    Admins are overworked in some departments and underworked in other areas of the firm. Admin salaries are low in comparison to other investment banks. Bonus pools are generous however you chase that bonus money all year. Make a mistake after Labor Day and you can kiss your bonus money good bye. Very difficult to switch departments.

    William Blair2013-09-18
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Old Boys Club"

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    Investment Banking Analyst in Chicago, IL
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at William Blair

    Pros

    Work across Industry Groups and various product advisory

    Cons

    As an investment banking analyst expect more secretary tasks oppose to finance. In addition, there needs to be a major change in the IT (everyone runs a bit slower here).

    Advice to Management

    INNOVATION!

    William Blair2011-03-03
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