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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.
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2010 Best Banking Firms to Work For
#1
Centerview Partners
Centerview is one of Wall Street's most highly respected M&A advisory firms. It's known for working on high-profile deals for clients like CBS, CVS Health, and Time Warner. Centerview is also known for compensating its people very well. Salaries and bonuses are top-notch, medical benefits are excellent, and it offers many other perks like free breakfast, catered lunches, and large dinner stipends. Recently, the firm made a huge push to improve its diversity recruiting efforts.
SCORE 9.100
2009 Ranking #Not Ranked
Centerview Partners
#2
Goldman Sachs & Co.
Goldman Sachs is widely known as the most prestigious investment bank on Wall Street. The bank’s interns receive phenomenal training, hands-on experience, and the opportunity to rotate across many groups and desks. Junior staff receive extensive training and mentoring opportunities—senior professionals are always willing to help juniors grow.
SCORE 8.893
2009 Ranking #4
Goldman Sachs & Co.
#3
Houlihan Lokey
Houlihan Lokey has leading M&A and restructuring groups. Its interns get a lot of live deal experience and top-notch training, and its full-time bankers get a ton of responsibility, the ability to pave their own paths, and schedule flexibility. Diversity is a strong suit, and there are many opportunities to volunteer and contribute on a matched basis.
SCORE 8.750
2009 Ranking #1
Houlihan Lokey
#4
J.P. Morgan
J.P. Morgan is one of the top banking firms to work for in the world. Its highly respected internship program provides students with substantial hands-on experience and the ability to interact with clients and senior bankers. Full-time staff receive strong formal and informal training, plenty of mentoring opportunities, and internal mobility options.
SCORE 8.463
2009 Ranking #Not Ranked
J.P. Morgan
#5
Baird
Baird is a highly respected middle-market investment bank looking for high-energy candidates. Baird interns work on live deals with experienced bankers, and interns’ mentoring opportunities and social events are excellent. Full-time junior bankers can take on as much responsibility as they can handle and also receive highly-rated mentoring opportunities.
SCORE 7.925
2009 Ranking #19
Baird
#6
Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse is one of the most prestigious investment banks in the world. Its interns receive extensive hands-on training and work alongside senior bankers. Full-time employees have access to top-notch training programs, mentoring opportunities, and internal mobility options. The culture is collaborative, and a healthy work/life balance can be achieved.
SCORE 7.905
2009 Ranking #Not Ranked
Credit Suisse
#7
RBC Capital Markets
RBC Capital Markets is widely considered to be the top investment bank in Canada, and it's a growing bank in the U.S. Interns get live deal experience while working alongside senior bankers. Full-timers get extensive training and mentoring, and the ability to work internationally. The culture is supportive and friendly, and a good work/life balance can be achieved.
SCORE 7.878
2009 Ranking #17
RBC Capital Markets
#8
Cowen Group
Cowen is a top investment bank that offers interns hands-on live deal experience and exposure to senior bankers and clients. Full-time junior bankers get access to a structured training program, an “apprenticeship” learning model, and many wellness benefits. Underscoring its commitment to diversity, Cowen recently created a new head of D&I position.
SCORE 7.825
2009 Ranking #Not Ranked
Cowen Group
#9
SCORE 7.794
2009 Ranking #22
#10
Jefferies
Jefferies is a highly respected financial institution with industry-leading investment banking and capital markets units. It's been named one of the "World’s Most Admired Companies" by Fortune, and it's very focused on D&I. It has active networking groups for employees of Asian heritage, Black and Latino employees, LGBTQ+ individuals, and veterans.
SCORE 7.722
2009 Ranking #13
Jefferies
#11
William Blair
William Blair is a leading investment bank headquartered in Chicago with offices in 20 cities on four continents. The firm’s interns receive a phenomenal learning experience, working on live deals alongside senior bankers and clients. Full-time junior bankers get many mentorship opportunities and valuable trainings, and there's a clear path to becoming a partner.
SCORE 7.544
2009 Ranking #7
William Blair
#12
Moelis & Company
Moelis is a top investment bank that offers strategic advice to clients across the world. Founded and still led by superstar banker Ken Moeils, the firm is committed to creating an inclusive culture and a workforce that’s representative of its diverse range of clients. The firm has networking groups for Asian, Black, Latino and Hispanic, women, LGBTQ+, and veteran employees. It also has a growing CSR program that supports more than 40 nonprofits.
SCORE 7.441
2009 Ranking #Not Ranked
Moelis & Company
#13
SCORE 7.395
2009 Ranking #Not Ranked
#14
TD Securities
TD Securities is a global investment banking powerhouse based in Toronto, with offices in major financial centers around the world. It regularly receives deal-of-the-year honors for its high-profile M&A and underwriting transactions. TD has an open, collaborative culture that promotes creativity, diverse perspectives, work/life balance, respect, and fun. TD is an investment bank where you’re free to be you.
SCORE 7.289
2009 Ranking #20
TD Securities
#15
SCORE 7.230
2009 Ranking #Not Ranked