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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

    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

2013 Best Banking Firms for Ability to Challenge

1
SCORE
9.824

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

2012 Rank
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2
SCORE
9.400

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

2012 Rank
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3
SCORE
9.273

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

2012 Rank
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4
SCORE
9.250

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

2012 Rank
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5
SCORE
9.133

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

2012 Rank
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6
SCORE
8.921

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

2012 Rank
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7
SCORE
8.900

Keefe Bruyette & Woods, Inc.

Preferred banker to financial services firms Founded in 1962, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods is a New York-headquartered investment bank that specializes...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
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8
SCORE
8.833

Baird

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

TRENDING

2012 Rank
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9
SCORE
8.828

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

2012 Rank
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10
SCORE
8.821

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

2012 Rank
N/A

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