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

    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

2012 Best Banking Firms for Office Space

1
SCORE
9.049

Perella Weinberg Partners

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

TRENDING

2011 Rank
NR
2
SCORE
8.852

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

2011 Rank
1
3
SCORE
8.630

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

2011 Rank
NR
4
SCORE
8.621

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

2011 Rank
NR
5
SCORE
8.600

Gleacher & Company, Inc.

New York boutique Gleacher & Company is a New York-based boutique investment bank whose most recent incarnation was formed in June 2009...

TRENDING

2011 Rank
NR
6
SCORE
8.438

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

2011 Rank
13
7
SCORE
8.227

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

2011 Rank
2
8
SCORE
8.186

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

2011 Rank
11
9
SCORE
8.088

Moelis & Company

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

TRENDING

2011 Rank
3
10
SCORE
8.063

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

2011 Rank
12
11
SCORE
8.023

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

2011 Rank
4
12
SCORE
7.955

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

2011 Rank
8
13
SCORE
7.476

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

2011 Rank
NR
14
SCORE
7.419

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

2011 Rank
5
15
SCORE
7.359

Morgan Stanley

New York-headquartered investment banking giant Morgan Stanley is divided into three main businesses: institutional securities, asset management, and...

TRENDING

2011 Rank
NR
16
SCORE
7.200

FBR & Co.

I-banking in D.C. Based in Arlington, Va., FBR offers a full range of investment banking, institutional brokerage, and asset management services. In...

TRENDING

2011 Rank
15
17
SCORE
7.190

Nomura Holdings, Inc.

From Tokyo to the world Based in Tokyo, Nomura Holdings is Japan's largest securities group.  In the Americas, the bank operates through...

TRENDING

2011 Rank
NR
18
SCORE
6.923

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

2011 Rank
14
19
SCORE
6.677

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

2011 Rank
16
20
SCORE
6.579

Piper Jaffray Companies

Beyond Minneapolis Piper Jaffray focuses on investment banking, asset management, institutional brokerage, and equity research. Headquartered...

TRENDING

2011 Rank
19