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Vault Banking 25
The VAULT BANKING 25 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.
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#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 8.701
2020 Ranking #1
Centerview Partners
#2
Evercore
Evercore is one of the world’s top M&A and restructuring advisors. It regularly works on massive high-profile investment banking deals for clients such as GE, Fubo, and Verizon. The firm offers phenomenal training and senior-banker exposure to interns and junior bankers. And it's very focused on creating an inclusive culture. It has active and effective networking groups for women, LGBTQ+ individuals, traditionally underrepresented minorities, and veterans.
SCORE 8.513
2020 Ranking #2
Evercore
#3
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 8.208
2020 Ranking #10
Moelis & Company
#4
Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley is one of the most highly respected financial institutions in the world. Its name on your resume will open doors throughout your career. Morgan Stanley is a global leader in M&A, IPO underwriting, investment management, and wealth management. It's also passionate about philanthropic efforts, especially when it comes to assisting children and those in dire financial need. Recently, the firm made great strides when it comes to creating a more diverse workforce.
SCORE 8.205
2020 Ranking #4
Morgan Stanley
#5
PJT Partners
A prestigious independent investment banking firm, PJT Partners offers its interns a lot of responsibility and the opportunity to work on high-profile live deals alongside senior bankers. Full-time junior bankers get a lot of responsibility on deals, work closely with seniors bankers, and participate in client calls. Recently, the firm significantly increased its philanthropy and CSR efforts, and started giving diversity scholarships.
SCORE 7.999
2020 Ranking #9
PJT Partners
#6
Bank of America Corp.
BofA is one of the world’s largest and most highly respected financial institutions. It's also one of the world's most socially-conscious financial firms. Its Ally program for LGBTQ+ colleagues allows volunteers to take part in open dialogue, and it has active programs designed for many other underserved groups, including women, minorities, and veterans. Also, BofA's CEO is head of the World Economic Forum Business Council that’s working to set ESG measurement standards.
SCORE 7.988
2020 Ranking #6
Bank of America Corp.
#7
Guggenheim Securities
Guggenheim Securities provides advisory, sales and trading, research, and financing services. Recent clients include IBM, Disney, Pfizer, and Verizon. The firm's interns get a lot of responsibility, live deal experience, and experience across various industries and products. Even the most junior bankers get significant access to senior leadership and clients.
SCORE 7.846
2020 Ranking #5
Guggenheim Securities
#8
Perella Weinberg Partners
Perella Weinberg is a prestigious independent investment banking that works on high-profile deals for clients like PayPal, Kraft Heinz, and T-Mobile. Its interns get an incredible amount of responsibility and hands-on experience, working on live deals with senior bankers and clients. The firm is committed to diversity, and has extensive D&I training programs.
SCORE 7.778
2020 Ranking #7
Perella Weinberg Partners
#9
Lazard
Lazard is one of the world’s most prestigious investment banking firms. Its well-known M&A group has advised on some of the largest, most complex M&A deals of the past 100 years. Lazard’s excellent internship program allows interns to work on live deals alongside senior bankers and clients. Lazard excels at mentorship and individual development, giving its full-time bankers clear guidance on their strengths and areas for development. Lean deal teams offer a lot of responsibility.
SCORE 7.524
2020 Ranking #7
Lazard
#10
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 7.455
2020 Ranking #12
Houlihan Lokey
#11
Greenhill & Co
Greenhill is a leading M&A advisory firm that cares about giving its interns a strong learning experience. Interns work on live deals alongside clients and senior bankers. Full-time junior bankers work on lean deal teams, getting extraordinary responsibility and close interaction with senior bankers. At Greenhill, the people are polite, kind, helpful, and supportive.
SCORE 7.132
2020 Ranking #11
Greenhill & Co
#12
Solomon Partners
Solomon Partners is a leading investment bank that specializes in providing advisory services in sectors such as consumer retail, tech, media, and health care. Its client list includes Under Armour, SoulCycle, SiriusXM, Brooks Brothers, and Netflix. Solomon Partners has a culture that’s accepting of all groups of people, and the firm’s management encourages civic engagement and charitable donations, and promotes an open discussion of social challenges.
SCORE 7.084
2020 Ranking #15
Solomon Partners
#13
Harris Williams
Harris Williams is an investment bank based in Virginia that specializes in M&A advisory. It’s been named “M&A Mid-Market Investment Bank of the Year” and “Investment Banking Firm of the Year” by Mergers & Acquisitions. The firm’s excellent internship program gives interns live-deal experience and exposure to senior management. Its culture is collaborative and open—the firm is very focused on diversity recruiting and mentorship, and has substantial D&I programs.
SCORE 7.064
2020 Ranking #14
Harris Williams
#14
Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co.
TPH is an investment bank that focuses on providing research, sales and trading, and M&A advisory services to the energy industry. Its clients have included Hess, Apache, Anadarko, and Kuwait Energy. TPH is owned by leading M&A investment bank Perella Weinberg Partners and offers excellent internships in its Houston office.
SCORE 6.791
2020 Ranking #40
Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co.
#15
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 6.710
2020 Ranking #16
Cowen Group
#16
BMO Capital Markets
BMO Capital Markets is an investment banking firm looking for hardworking candidates with strong academic records. The firm's internships offer students live deal experience, a rotational program, and the ability to attend client meetings. Full-time professionals have access to strong training programs and many policies promoting work/life balance.
SCORE 6.374
2020 Ranking #18
BMO Capital Markets
#17
DC Advisory
DC Advisory is an international middle-market investment bank committed to making a difference in people’s lives. It specializes in cross-border deals, and combines the knowledge and experience of a global bank with the creativity and flexibility of a boutique. It has an open, caring, collaborative, entrepreneurial culture that's focused on mentorship, training, and offering junior bankers early responsibility.
SCORE 5.778
2020 Ranking #Not Ranked
DC Advisory
#18
Loop Capital Markets
Loop Capital, well known for its commitment to diversity, is a great place to begin an investment banking career. The firm’s formidable internship program offers students hands-on experience and a lot of exposure to senior bankers. Full-time junior bankers work closely with top executives and on many different types of deals. The firm is heavily involved in the communities it serves and strongly focused on diversity. Employees take a lot of pride in working for such an inclusive firm.
SCORE 5.590
2020 Ranking #20
Loop Capital Markets
#19
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 3.594
2020 Ranking #3
Goldman Sachs & Co.
#20
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 3.288
2020 Ranking #21
J.P. Morgan
#21
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 2.558
2020 Ranking #22
Credit Suisse
#22
Barclays Investment Bank (Americas)
Barclays is one of the most influential banks on Wall Street. It’s part of the investment banking bulge bracket, and has major M&A, equity, and debt units, which regularly work on landmark deals. It also has strong retail banking and wealth management units, and serves 48 million clients worldwide. The firm champions inclusion, innovation, sustainability, and “citizenship”—giving back through volunteering.
SCORE 2.526
2020 Ranking #23
Barclays Investment Bank (Americas)
#23
SCORE 2.424
2020 Ranking #24
#24
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 2.366
2020 Ranking #26
Jefferies
#25
Rothschild
Rothschild is one of the world’s most prestigious investment banks—and well-known names in finance. It has a 200-year-old European heritage and a formidable M&A unit. The firm regularly wins bank-of-the-year awards, singled out for its “sheer scale that rivals can’t match.” Rothschild places a unique focus on cultivating the individuality of its people, helping them reach their potential.
SCORE 2.290
2020 Ranking #25
Rothschild