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4.1 of 5 stars (220 Ratings)

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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

Entry-level in Corporate Finance

3.3 of 5 stars

Chicago, IL | 2014 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Culture, client interaction, and compensation.

Downers

Long hours

Midlevel in Corporate Finance

3.3 of 5 stars

Chicago, IL | 2014 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Inclusive collaborative culture with a good work/life balance, exceptionally polished and high-quality work product across all groups, very smart leadership and senior bankers who are willing to teach

Downers

Path to MD/Partner levels is somewhat unclear and seems frustratingly (and increasingly) long from the viewpoint of the associate/analyst

Comments

Consider how much client interaction you want at a junior level - Blair gives you a lot. This interaction helps you develop faster professionally compared to back-office processing that associates and analysts do at a lot of other (usually larger) places.

Entry-level in Mergers & Acquisitions

2.7 of 5 stars

Chicago, IL | 2014 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Strong Analyst culture, ability for work/life balance, consistent client and senior banker interaction at the Analyst level

Downers

Limited investment in technology, difficult path to advancement as the firm has grown

Experienced in Corporate Finance

3.3 of 5 stars

Chicago, IL | 2013 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

no comment

Downers

no comment

Comments

no comment

Entry-level in Corporate Finance

3.1 of 5 stars

Chicago, IL | 2013 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Opportunity for extremely high levels of responsibility rarely offered at the analyst level; many senior people genuinly invested in teaching; competitive compensation

Downers

Hours above average; associates often offer little beneficial guidance

Comments

Strong deal flow / variety of deal experience, constant exposure to clients and senior members of the firm, small deal teams, high potential to leave with a comprehensive understanding of how a businsess works.

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