The Vault Guide to the Top 25 European Banking Employers rates 47 firms with significant commercial banking or investment banking operations in Europe. We chose the 47 firms included in the guide based on previous Vault surveys that gauged opinions of industry insiders, as well as on various factual data, including annual revenue and number of employees.
The firms we identified were all asked to distribute our online survey to their banking professionals. The survey consisted of questions about life at their firm or former firm, along with a prestige rating. Survey participants were asked to comment on qualifications the firm looks for in new employees, specific tips on getting hired, questions asked during the interview process, firm culture, hours worked, travel requirements, relations with managers, compensation, training and more.
Participants were also asked to rate companies with which they were familiar on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most prestigious. Participants were not allowed to rate their own employer. Vault averaged the prestige scores for each firm and ranked them in order.