The Vault Review


  • “Inclusive, collaborative culture with a good work/life balance,”
  • “Consistent client and senior banker interaction at the analyst level”
  • “Compensation”


  • “Long hours; tough first few years”
  • “Path to MD/partner level is somewhat unclear and seems frustratingly (and increasingly) long from the viewpoint of the associate/analyst”
  • “Associate-level talent is poor”

The Buzz

  • “The best middle market-only bank”
  • “Bow tie-wearing culture”
  • “Solid; good research”
  • “Never heard of them”

Survey Says

Vault Verdict: One of the more prestigious investment banks in the middle market, Chicago-based William Blair is looking for well-rounded, driven candidates with good critical thinking, communication, and quantitative skills....

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