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4.1 of 5 stars (220 Ratings)

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Entry-level in Mergers & Acquisitions

4.4 of 5 stars

Chicago, IL | 2017 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Firm culture, exposure to clients/senior management, compensation

Partner/Principal in Corporate Finance

4.4 of 5 stars

Chicago, IL | 2017 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Comments

The hostile work environment and routine harassment that passes for normal at most other investment banks is nowhere to be found at William Blair. Not only does Blair have a pleasant work environment, we are winning, with a growing, global platform that continues to land bigger, high profile deals. If you feel that your investment banking experience would not be complete without subjecting yourself to daily belittlement at organizations that subscribe to a performance philosophy predicated on humiliation and out sized punishment for any mistake, have fun in New York. If you're a mature, intelligent, well-adjusted adult, you are likely to find William Blair a far more satisfying place to spend several years or decades of your life.

Great all-around experience - the culture, people, workload and opportunity are unparalleled

4.6 of 5 stars

Entry-level in Leveraged Finance | Chicago, IL | 2017 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

The culture, the people, and opportunity for responsibility

Downers

Hours

THE best place to build a long-term investment banking career

4.3 of 5 stars

Partner/Principal in Mergers & Acquisitions | Chicago, IL | 2017 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

My colleagues are smart , committed and caring....a rare combination in banking. We have a true, palpable partnership culture.

Downers

It is still an investment bank, so the lifestyle is rigorous and not for the faint-hearted.

winning vs the competition all the time

4.2 of 5 stars

Partner/Principal in Corporate Finance | Chicago, IL | 2017 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

great old school partnership

Downers

constant change

Comments

the chance to be a partner is the brass ring

Mid-level in Leveraged Finance

3.9 of 5 stars

Chicago, IL | 2017 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Culture, vacation policy

Downers

Lack of balance sheet

Comments

Fairly good quality of life (compared to other investment banks), very strong operating performance and great outlook, all cash compensation.

Entry-level in Mergers & Acquisitions

3.9 of 5 stars

Chicago, IL | 2017 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

culture, senior leader interaction, lean deal teams, client exposure, compensatin, vacation policy

Downers

bonus structure

Comments

Fantastic place to get your feet on the ground a learn both the quantitative and qualitative aspects of banking. Responsibilities as an analyst are extremely well-rounded and client and senior leader exposure is valuable. Friendly, laid-back, "Chicago" culture, while still being entrepreneurial, ambitious and hard-working in spirit.

Entry-level in Leveraged Finance

4.1 of 5 stars

New York, NY | 2017 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Great culture, great people. Firm does its best to treat employees well with benefits / perks - but you can only do so much in investment banking.

Downers

Hours - but that just comes with the job

Comments

More of a "family" feel. You will recognize most people at the firm - but it's still big enough to have full IB product offerings.

Blair is an excellent place to begin an Investment Banking career

4.1 of 5 stars

Mid-level in Mergers & Acquisitions | Chicago, IL | 2017 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Strong and positive culture, clear career path, effective partnership model

Downers

Complicated political dynamics and varied methods and culture across groups

Comments

Blair is a great place to work. Chance to get a lot of responsibility early in a career, Work on and close a large number of deals to build foundational skills quickly.

Very strong firm that is taking significant share in the middle market. Great opportunity for advancement and build a practice.

4.1 of 5 stars

Partner/Principal in Corporate Finance | Chicago, IL | 2017 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

highly differentiated firm that is taking share. very good culture.

Downers

work/life balance, lack of a balance sheet