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3.9 of 5 stars (194 Ratings)

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Great place to start a career, learn and take on responsibility early on, becomes more difficult to carve out a niche as you reach mid level

3.3 of 5 stars

Experienced in Corporate Finance | New York, NY | 2017 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Great culture, people don't take themselves too seriously, great place to learn

Downers

Junior team too lean support the number of senior bankers properly, junior team burns out and morale is low

Advice to Candidates

Compensation is great and the firm is expanding, lean deal teams mean you learn a lot with a lot of responsibility from early on, small teams also means there are not enough resources for the projects that need to get done, some senior team members value quantity of active assignments over quality and ability to reach a successful close

Cowen has over-delivered in terms of experience and though is not a leader in compensation, has a fair compensation policy.

3.3 of 5 stars

Executive in Mergers & Acquisitions | San Francisco, CA | 2017 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Entrepreneurial culture, hard work pays off

Downers

Work / life balance

Advice to Candidates

Cowen is focused on working with growth companies and has a clear plan to grow itself.

Cowen - big enough to matter, small enough to care

3.8 of 5 stars

Mid-level in Mergers & Acquisitions | San Francisco, CA | 2017 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

collegial environment, flatter structure, transformative management team, team atmosphere without typical IB egos, recent focus on M&A

Downers

people outside of finance might not know of the firm, hours, average compensation, management focus on equities (our strongest platform historically)

Advice to Candidates

Cowen is a historically strong equity platform that is slowly and successfully pivoting more towards M&A. Strong belief in Sr. Mgmt and the decisions they are making (acquisitions, investments, focus) and in the direction they are steering the Cowen ship.

Entry-level

3.0 of 5 stars

New York, NY | 2017 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

working closely with senior bankers and exposure to company executives

Downers

short on junior staffing, inconsistent enforcement of vacation time

happy to be here

3.1 of 5 stars

Executive in Equity Research | 2017 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

culture

Downers

too much travel

I am proud of my 8 years at Cowen and what I have accomplished.

2.9 of 5 stars

Executive in Equity Research | New York, NY | 2017 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Firm has a history of entrepreneurial opportunities

Downers

we constantly hire from the outside and don't develop internally. outsiders get paid more than people that came up through the company

Advice to Candidates

Overall, good leadership, unique position in healthcare research and banking. A strong commitment to equity research and the value of sell-side research

Entry-level in Mergers & Acquisitions

2.8 of 5 stars

New York, NY | 2017 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Compensation, the junior people

Downers

Senior management, work/life balance

Appreciate the opportunity, glad to have the experience, some big glaring issues that could be fixed to help junior level experience.

2.7 of 5 stars

Entry-level in Equity Capital Markets | New York, NY | 2017 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Compensation and incremental leraning

Downers

Work/life balance, office demeanor, a few obstreperous employees, low transparency into performance and key details of work, consideration for junior members of the team

great people, they let you do your own thing.

2.4 of 5 stars

Executive in Corporate Finance | San Francisco, CA | 2017 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

autonomy

Downers

autonomy

Executive in Equity Capital Markets

2.5 of 5 stars

New York, NY | 2017 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Aggressive management

Downers

Insecurity over management's view of performance, as there are no reviews