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Vault Banking 50

The VAULT BANKING 50 is compiled using a weighted formula that reflects the issues banking professionals care most about, combining quality of life rankings (such as culture, satisfaction, work/life balance, training, and compensation) with overall prestige.

  • Survey Methodology

    Last year, when Vault asked banking professionals what matters most to them in choosing an employer, they told us that although prestige is important, it's not the most important determining factor. In fact, 38.6 percent of all banking professionals we surveyed told us "firm culture" was the most important factor, while only 15.7 percent cited "prestige" as most important. Other top factors, in order of importance, were: location (8.8 percent), lifestyle/work-balance (6.7 percent), compensation (6.6 percent) and training opportunities (also 6.6 percent).

    As a result of these findings, Vault has compiled a weighted formula that reflects the issues job seekers care about most. We believe that this formula showcases those banking firms deemed the "Best to Work For". The Vault Banking 50 is based on the following:

    40 percent prestige
    20 percent firm culture
    10 percent overall satisfaction
    10 percent compensation
    10 percent hours
    10 percent business outlook

  • Ranking History

2012 Vault Banking 50

1
SCORE
8.446

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
3
2
SCORE
8.439

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
1
3
SCORE
7.837

Morgan Stanley

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

TRENDING

2011 Rank
22
4
SCORE
7.562

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
4
5
SCORE
7.562

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
5
6
SCORE
7.412

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
26
7
SCORE
7.381

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
27
8
SCORE
7.207

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
30
9
SCORE
7.197

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
8
10
SCORE
7.069

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
9
11
SCORE
6.785

Moelis & Company

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

TRENDING

2011 Rank
6
12
SCORE
6.727

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
40
13
SCORE
6.714

RBC Capital Markets

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

TRENDING

2011 Rank
11
14
SCORE
6.697

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
35
15
SCORE
6.568

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
15
16
SCORE
6.420

Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P.

Focused on financials A privately-owned investment bank, Sandler O'Neill focuses exclusively on the financial services sector: its client...

TRENDING

2011 Rank
14
17
SCORE
6.406

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
13
18
SCORE
6.388

Piper Jaffray Companies

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

TRENDING

2011 Rank
17
19
SCORE
6.195

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
20
SCORE
5.896

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
10
21
SCORE
5.721

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
18
22
SCORE
5.716

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

2011 Rank
21
23
SCORE
5.384

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
19
24
SCORE
3.292

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

2011 Rank
2
25
SCORE
2.831

Lazard

Founded in 1848, Lazard has advised on some of the most significant mergers and acquisitions in Europe and the Americas since the beginning of the 20th...

TRENDING

2011 Rank
23
26
SCORE
2.684

Deutsche Bank AG

Boasting more than 101,000 employees across over 70 countries, Deutsche Bank truly has a global footprint, with particular strength in Europe and its...

TRENDING

2011 Rank
24
27
SCORE
2.644

Barclays (Investment Banking)

Known as a powerhouse in the fixed income marketplace, Barclays investment banking division (formerly known as Barclays Capital) is an arm of Barclays...

TRENDING

2011 Rank
25
28
SCORE
2.472

UBS

UBS is one of the world's largest financial firms. Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, UBS has offices in over 50 countries and employs approximately...

TRENDING

2011 Rank
7
29
SCORE
2.360

Bank of America Corp.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Bank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions, with customers in more than 150 countries and...

TRENDING

2011 Rank
28
30
SCORE
2.205

Rothschild

Rothschild is one of the world's largest independent merchant and investment banks. Perhaps best known as a high-powered advisor, Rothschild's investment...

TRENDING

2011 Rank
29