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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

    When Vault asks banking professionals what matters most to them in choosing an employer, they continually tell us that although prestige is important, it's not the only determining factor. As a result, 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 compensation, 10 percent business outlook, 10 percent overall satisfaction, 5 percent work/life balance, and 5 percent training.

  • Ranking History

2016 Vault Banking 50

1
SCORE
8.428

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,...

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2015 Rank
1
2
SCORE
8.282

Goldman Sachs & Co.

Goldman Sachs provides a wide range of investment banking, securities, and investment management services to a substantial and diversified client base...

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2015 Rank
2
3
SCORE
8.145

Morgan Stanley

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

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2015 Rank
3
4
SCORE
8.068

Evercore

Founded in 1995 by Blackstone and U.S. Treasury veteran Roger Altman, independent investment banking advisory firm Evercore went public in August 2006...

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2015 Rank
6
5
SCORE
8.014

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...

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2015 Rank
5
6
SCORE
7.881

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...

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2015 Rank
7
7
SCORE
7.724

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...

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2015 Rank
8
8
SCORE
7.723

J.P. Morgan

J.P. Morgan provides asset management, investment banking, treasury and securities services, private banking, and commercial banking services to some of...

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2015 Rank
4
9
SCORE
7.400

Perella Weinberg Partners

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

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2015 Rank
9
10
SCORE
7.395

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...

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2015 Rank
10
11
SCORE
7.392

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...

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2015 Rank
22
12
SCORE
7.252

Peter J. Solomon Company

Peter J. Solomon opened his eponymous Manhattan firm in 1989. Before striking out on his own, the Harvard-educated Solomon had spent many years at Lehman...

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2015 Rank
11
13
SCORE
7.130

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...

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2015 Rank
13
14
SCORE
6.696

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...

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2015 Rank
41
15
SCORE
6.641

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...

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2015 Rank
19
16
SCORE
6.603

Moelis & Company

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

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2015 Rank
12
17
SCORE
6.436

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...

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2015 Rank
46
18
SCORE
6.422

RBC Capital Markets

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

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2015 Rank
15
19
SCORE
6.299

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...

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2015 Rank
16
20
SCORE
2.819

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...

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2015 Rank
14
21
SCORE
2.472

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...

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2015 Rank
21
22
SCORE
2.467

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...

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2015 Rank
20
23
SCORE
2.276

Guggenheim Securities, LLC

Guggenheim Securities is the investment banking arm of Guggenheim Partners, which employs more than 2,500 worldwide and is headquartered in Chicago...

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2015 Rank
24
24
SCORE
2.220

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...

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2015 Rank
23
25
SCORE
2.178

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...

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2015 Rank
25
26
SCORE
2.160

Wells Fargo & Company

A new era begins San Francisco-based Wells Fargo ushered in a new era of banking in 2008 when it merged with commerical banking giant...

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2015 Rank
26
27
SCORE
2.081

Allen & Company LLC

Allen's singular status How is Allen & Company unlike other banks?  Let us count the ways: It has no website, no barrage of press...

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2015 Rank
27
28
SCORE
2.016

Qatalyst Partners

The firm that Frank built Founded by Frank Quattrone in 2008, Qatalyst Partners is a boutique advisory firm that focuses on M&A deals in the...

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2015 Rank
28
29
SCORE
1.846

Oppenheimer & Co.

Back to Fahnestock Oppenheimer & Co. is a New York City-based investment bank that provides financial services and advice to high-net-worth...

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2015 Rank
29
30
SCORE
1.788

HSBC North America Holdings

North American arm As its name implies, HSBC North America Holdings contains the U.S. and Canadian businesses of London-based HSBC (the name's...

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2015 Rank
31