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William Blair Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated 27 Oct 2019

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William Blair 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 Firm"

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    Current Employee - Associate Equity Research Analyst 

    I have been working at William Blair full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility, work life balance, senior mgmt, responsibility from the start

    Cons

    lack of training in some areas

    William Blair2019-07-20
  3. Helpful (6)

    "It's an investment firm."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at William Blair full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Chicago-headquartered firm whereas all the others of this standing or greater are headquartered in NYC.

    Cons

    Frat boy demeanor among many men (with expense accounts!), including management-level and middle-aged ones. And absolutely *everything* that connotes. HR is there to protect the firm's reputation. Not to protect you. Certainly not if you're a woman. It's an investment firm. Good for you, I guess, if your ethics and politics allow you to work at such a place with zero qualms. "Back-office" workers are most... definitely treated as low caste, even though they're the ones who keep things operating. The admins, for instance, are the "moms" of the workplace and are not recognized for their immense (if "unsexy") contributions to the firm. No work-life balance in my department. The "higher-caste" workers relished this; us "lower-caste" ones were doomed to it. This was not a sustainable way of life for me. Managers tend to be men, though there has been a push in recent years (that started as easy talk, though it's possible this has since transformed into action) to be more respectful and recognizing of women leaders within the firm.

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    William Blair2018-01-18
  4. Helpful (5)

    "CFO has destroyed the culture!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance, comp, location and state of the art building

    Cons

    The CFO has disrupted the culture in a very negative way. Too much focus on growth and not enough focus on the quality of the services the firm provides. It no longer feels like people are the greatest asset of the firm. Lots of abrupt changes have taken place with no explanation or clear plan communicated. And lots of turnover within upper management.

    William Blair2017-12-01
  5. Helpful (1)

    "William Blair as an IBD Analyst"

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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at William Blair

    Pros

    Great culture, managers care about your work-life balance and are fully transparent. Very clear path to becoming promoted to Associate. Entrepreneurial culture where you can start projects as you see fit.

    Cons

    Only con is based on the industry, not William Blair. Tough lifestyle and demanding expectations. Sometimes a bit political, but again that seems industry wide.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to value your employees and retention will benefit. Transparency in staffings and rewards is very important too.

    William Blair2016-12-13
  6. "Great place to work - IT"

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    Senior Software Developer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at William Blair

    Pros

    Except during major rollouts, management respected work/life balance. Management did an excellent job of shielding team from office politics. Very convenient location downtown Chicago.

    Cons

    There really weren't any. Loved working at William Blair.

    William Blair2016-07-27
  7. 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
  8. Helpful (7)

    "Good pay, no opportunity for growth"

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    Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at William Blair for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Respectable pay and benefits. Depending on department, decent work/life balance.

    Cons

    Chasm between management and administrative staff.

    Advice to Management

    Offer development opportunities to employees. While it may seem all about the partners, it takes support to make it all work, too.

    William Blair2015-11-24
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Research analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at William Blair full-time

    Pros

    great environment, Better work life balance than other larger companies, great benefits,

    Cons

    long hours, IT needs to be upgraded, promotions are tough

    William Blair2015-11-17
  10. Helpful (6)

    "Lack of professionalism and horrible internal communication"

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    Current Employee - Equity Research Associate in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Based in Chicago and one of the only respected firms in the area

    Cons

    Compensation for equity research - lower than standards with low bonuses work-life balance: dependent on analyst,but non existent lack of diversity - Chicago based white men with no new blood or diversity that stifles progress and innovation People: they are horrible

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management should be investing in young talent and encouraging a positive work atmosphere to keep people. Instead you rule by fear.

    William Blair2014-10-20
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