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 Business Outlook

1
SCORE
9.826

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
2
2
SCORE
9.679

Houlihan Lokey

Founded in 1972, investment banking firm Houlihan Lokey employs approximately 1,200 people worldwide. Although it's best known as an advisor to...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
1
3
SCORE
9.397

Evercore

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

TRENDING

2013 Rank
7
4
SCORE
9.327

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
4
5
SCORE
9.125

Baird

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

TRENDING

2013 Rank
5
6
SCORE
9.115

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

2013 Rank
3
7
SCORE
9.048

Peter J. Solomon Company

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

TRENDING

2013 Rank
NR
8
SCORE
8.867

William Blair

William Blair is an independent and employee-owned global investment banking and asset management firm based in Chicago, with offices in 18 cities across...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
12
9
SCORE
8.566

RBC Capital Markets

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

TRENDING

2013 Rank
13
10
SCORE
8.394

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
8

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