The Blackstone Group

4.4 of 5 stars Average Employee Rating (of 95 Employee Reviews)

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4.5 of 5 stars

2013 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE


Uppers

Exit opportunities, lifestyle, intelligent people


Downers

Typical complaints of banking still can apply - hours, etc.


Comments

at the analyst level, I'd look at the actual day-to-day responsibility that we're given. In addition, the exit opportunities are at the top


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4.4 of 5 stars

2013 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE


Uppers

Challenges and intellectual horsepower. Helping clients.


Downers

Hours and lifestyle can be challenging.


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4.4 of 5 stars

2013 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE


Uppers

Great people and interesting work


Downers

Hours driven by client needs


Comments

This is a great place to work. Blackstone has all the resources and benefits of a large firm, but with a "mentorship" culture that encourages the best out of everyone.


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4.3 of 5 stars

2013 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE


Uppers

Unirvaled intellectual capital across various business segments


Downers

Never a minute of downtime


Comments

Gain significant exposure to Blackstone's various business segments, including private equity and restructuring.

Exposure to some of the most accomplished leaders in financial services.

Constant explosure to clients, partners and various groups within Blackstone.


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4.5 of 5 stars

2013 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE


Uppers

Learning opportunities, people, perks, compensation, general experience -- but mostly the people


Downers

the hours


Comments

It's an incredible firm. Take an offer here.


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4.7 of 5 stars

2013 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE


Uppers

Extremely talented people, blue chip client base, frequently work on extremely complex situations vs. standard sell side or buy side engagements, lots of opportunity for upward mobility


Downers

Couldn't be happier with Blackstone


Comments

Blackstone's analyst / associate classes are filled with people focused on learning as much as possible, like being surrounded by the best and the brightest, want a lot of responsibility, and enjoy working hard (instead of trying to avoid it)


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4.3 of 5 stars

2013 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE


Uppers

Responsibility, people. learning experience


Downers

Lack of control over your life


Comments

Compensation should not be a driving decision maker - it's early in your career and the most important thing is how much you can learn. That latter point comes down to people, responsibility and quality of work your company brings in.


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3.9 of 5 stars

2013 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE


Uppers

Compensation, people, client access


Downers

certain people, unpredictable hours


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2.9 of 5 stars

2013 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE


Uppers

Hours are pretty reasonable, work is very interesting, analysts are given tremendous responsibility.


Downers

The culture is on the decline, leadership does not understand how to motivate analysts at all, compensation has become tiered, benefit structure is on the decline


Comments

If I had to choose an investment banking program, I would choose the two Blackstone groups again over any other firm / group without thinking twice. If you get an offer here and you're serious about sticking around in the world of finance, you come here. The doors this place opens and the on-the-job training, level of responsibility, and complexity of work you get here are absolutely unparalleled anywhere else on the Street. The exit opportunities are really the absolute best. Every single analyst that leaves here gets a top-tier job. Analysts at the other good banks / groups (GS TMT, GS FIG, MS M&A, MS Media, Moelis, Evercore) also get great exits, but it's not EVERY SINGLE ANALYST.


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5.0 of 5 stars

2012 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE


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thrown straight into the deep-end, great if you can handle a lot of responsibility; amazing exit opportunities; great culture (seriously, don't believe the blogs)


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