Top Ranked

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

    In addition to ranking other firms in terms of prestige, survey respondents were asked to rate their own firms in a variety of categories. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest and 1 being the lowest, respondents evaluated their firms in various "quality of life" areas. A firm's score in each category is simply the average of those rankings.

    Firms with fewer than 10 responses for any given question were excluded from that ranking category.

  • Ranking History

2014 Best Banking Firms for Compensation

1
SCORE
9.822

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

2013 Rank
1
2
SCORE
9.370

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

2013 Rank
4
3
SCORE
8.810

Peter J. Solomon Company

Peter J. Solomon opened his eponymous Manhattan firm in 1989. Before striking out on his own, the Harvard-educated Solomon had spent many years at Lehman...

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2013 Rank
NR
4
SCORE
8.796

Blackstone

Blackstone was founded as an M&A boutique in 1985 by Stephen A. Schwarzman and Peter G. Peterson, two former Lehman Brothers bankers. At Lehman,...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
3
5
SCORE
8.616

Evercore

Founded in 1995 by Blackstone and U.S. Treasury veteran Roger Altman, independent investment banking advisory firm Evercore went public in August 2006...

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2013 Rank
6
6
SCORE
8.233

Perella Weinberg Partners

Founded in June 2006 by Joseph Perella, Peter Weinberg and Terry Meguid, Perella Weinberg Partners has two businesses: advisory and asset...

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2013 Rank
5
7
SCORE
7.915

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...

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2013 Rank
13
8
SCORE
7.879

Greenhill & Co., Inc.

Greenhill calls itself "a unique investment banking firm," and to be sure, it follows a model quite unlike the structure of its behemoth...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
7
9
SCORE
7.750

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

2013 Rank
18
10
SCORE
7.404

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...

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2013 Rank
10
11
SCORE
7.394

Goldman Sachs & Co.

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

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2013 Rank
19
12
SCORE
7.135

RBC Capital Markets

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

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2013 Rank
14
13
SCORE
7.078

J.P. Morgan

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

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2013 Rank
9
14
SCORE
6.975

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

2013 Rank
15
15
SCORE
6.688

Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc

Royal in name and lineage The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) serves more than 40 million individuals and institutions through 30 different...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
16