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4.1 of 5 stars (220 Ratings)

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world-class global investment banking boutique with a growth mindset

4.1 of 5 stars

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

Uppers

Excitement around growth culture, ability to impact change and be heard

Downers

Stress and hours

Comments

Truly believe Blair is a one-of-a-kind banking experience, prestigious, Chicago-based, growth culture, capturing market share, collaborative environment, ability to be heard at a junior level

Mid-level in Mergers & Acquisitions

4.1 of 5 stars

San Francisco, CA | 2017 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

The people and the commitment by leadership to the employees and clients.

I would not trade my experience. It's been a great start for my career and skillset development.

4.2 of 5 stars

Entry-level in Corporate Finance | San Francisco, CA | 2017 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Provides great training and skill development and the opportunity to work with highly intellectual individuals in a dynamic role.

Mid-level in Mergers & Acquisitions

3.4 of 5 stars

Chicago, IL | 2017 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Culture

Downers

Long hours

Analyst Morale Takes a Hit as Premier Global Investment Banking Firm Stretches Capacity

2.8 of 5 stars

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

Uppers

Great client exposure, ability to run with tasks, incredible learning experience, generally phenomenal culture

Downers

Long hours, doesn't hire enough analysts/associates

Collaborative, collegial, and deal-heavy investment bank that enables you to live/work off Wall Street but with Wall Street hours

3.0 of 5 stars

Mid-level in Mergers & Acquisitions | Boston, MA | 2017 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Collaborative, collegial working environment; lean deal teams so junior bankers get plenty of responsibility and exposure early on in their careers

Downers

Not as prestigious as other investment banks, especially being off Wall Street, but you are still working as many hours as a banker on Wall Street.

Comments

You will get exposure to many deals and be given a great deal of responsibility on each deal, more I would argue, than if you are at a bulge bracket bank, primarily because the deal teams are very lean. There is a great collaborative and collegial culture at Blair where partners take a vested interest in developing junior bankers. Compensation is right in line with the market and in some cases (2015 was a great year for Blair), better than average on the Street. When recruiting for Blair, many will tell you how the firm's mid-western roots drive a better quality of life for its bankers; referencing how many Associates and above have families and their ability to maintain a high quality of life while being an investment banker is a differentiating aspect of Blair on the Street. I find this somewhat misleading -- yes, Blair has a unique culture of collaboration, collegiality, and a strong junior banker apprenticeship training program. However, families or not, bankers are working 80-90 hour weeks consistently. Extensive weekend work is the norm, not the exception. Other than living in a city like Chicago which has a much lower cost of living than New York (or SF or even Boston), a Blair banker's quality of life is driven by the long hours that is required of an investment bank. Blair oversold this component of its firm and its uniqueness on the Street. If you are like most aspiring bankers and hours won't bother you, then Blair can be a fantastic bank for which to work. However, if you are choosing Blair because you think you can have a normal (non-banker) quality of life with family, friends, personal time to catch a ballgame, go to a play, schedule a date in advance, etc., then think again. I do not think this exists in banking, period.

Developed rapidly through high-caliber transactions alonside smart individuals that became close friends, while getting paid well.

2.9 of 5 stars

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

Uppers

Great culture, compensation, business outlook, exit opportunities, location, and career development.

Downers

Tough hours, not compensated for extra work, challenging work that sometimes is not appropriately addressed in training.

Comments

See above.

Partner/Principal in Mergers & Acquisitions

3.1 of 5 stars

Chicago, IL | 2017 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

partnership culture, winning momentum

Downers

too much overhead spending, lack of accountability for execs

Comments

great mentoring effort (formal and informal), no promotion ceiling, winning in marketplace

Intern in Mergers & Acquisitions

4.8 of 5 stars

Chicago, IL | 2016 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Company Culture and ability to work directly with top management

William Blair is investment banking paradise!

4.9 of 5 stars

Experienced in Mergers & Acquisitions | San Francisco, CA | 2016 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

culture, compensation, upward mobility

Downers

nothing comes to mind