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Best Banking Firms to Work For

Prestige isn't everything. These are the firms that bankers find the most amenable to a satisfying work experience.

  • Survey Methodology

    Which are the best firms to work for? For some, this is a far more important consideration than prestige. To determine our Best 15 Firms to Work For, we used a formula that weighed the most relevant categories for an overall quality of life ranking. Each firm's overall score was calculated using the following formula:

    * 50 percent satisfaction      * 10 percent hours      * 10 percent pay      * 10 percent manager relations      * 10 percent diversity (women, minorities and gays)      * 10 percent formal training

    Like our Top 40 prestige rankings, our Best 20 is meant to reflect the subjective opinion of insiders. By its nature, the list is based on the perceptions of insiders, some of whom may be biased in favor (or against) their firm.

  • Ranking History

2010 Best Banking Firms to Work For

1
SCORE
9.100

Centerview Partners

In 2006, UBS Vice Chairman Blair Effron had dinner with his friend Robert Pruzan, a veteran investment banker and former CEO of Wasserstein...

TRENDING

2009 Rank
NR
2
SCORE
8.893

Goldman Sachs & Co.

Goldman Sachs provides a wide range of investment banking, securities, and investment management services to a substantial and diversified client base...

TRENDING

2009 Rank
4
3
SCORE
8.750

Houlihan Lokey

Founded in 1972, investment banking firm Houlihan Lokey employs approximately 1,000 people worldwide. Although it's best known as a middle-market...

TRENDING

2009 Rank
1
4
SCORE
8.463

J.P. Morgan

J.P. Morgan provides asset management, investment banking, treasury and securities services, private banking, and commercial banking services to some of...

TRENDING

2009 Rank
NR
5
SCORE
7.925

Robert W. Baird & Co. (Baird)

Robert W. Baird & Co. (better known as Baird) offers wealth management, capital markets, asset management, and private equity capital to clients...

TRENDING

2009 Rank
19
6
SCORE
7.905

Credit Suisse

Credit Suisse Group is one of the largest financial institutions in the world, operating in more than 50 countries and employing more than 46,000...

TRENDING

2009 Rank
NR
7
SCORE
7.878

RBC Capital Markets

RBC Capital Markets provides investment banking products and services to institutions, corporations, governments, and high-net-worth clients around the...

TRENDING

2009 Rank
17
8
SCORE
7.825

Cowen Group, Inc.

Cowen Group, Inc. is a diversified financial services company focused on active management and alpha generation. It has two main business units: Cowen...

TRENDING

2009 Rank
NR
9
SCORE
7.794

Citi Institutional Clients Group

Citi's Institutional Clients Group, the investment banking arm of global financial services company Citigroup Inc., offers a full range of strategic...

TRENDING

2009 Rank
22
10
SCORE
7.722

Jefferies & Company, Inc.

New York-based Jefferies Group, Inc. (widely known as Jefferies) is an independent securities and investment banking firm that was founded more than 50...

TRENDING

2009 Rank
13
11
SCORE
7.544

William Blair

William Blair is an employee-owned investment banking and asset management firm founded in 1935 and headquartered in Chicago. In total, it has 13 offices...

TRENDING

2009 Rank
7
12
SCORE
7.441

Moelis & Company

Moelis & Company provides financial advisory services to corporations, institutions, and governments worldwide. In addition to New York, Moelis has...

TRENDING

2009 Rank
NR
13
SCORE
7.395

SunTrust Robinson Humphrey

Deep in the heart of Georgia SunTrust Robinson Humphrey is the full-service corporate and investment banking arm of SunTrust Banks, Inc. It offers debt...

TRENDING

2009 Rank
NR
14
SCORE
7.289

TD Securities

One of the biggest With its feet planted firmly on Canadian soil and its headquarters in Toronto, TD Securities is the wholesale banking arm of TD Bank...

TRENDING

2009 Rank
20
15
SCORE
7.230

Citi Consumer Banking

Global giant Although its official name is Citigroup Inc., the global banking group based in New York and known throughout the world was rebranded as...

TRENDING

2009 Rank
NR