Overview

Introduction

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.

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Employer Type

Private

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Size

501-1,000 Employees

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Featured Rankings

Vault Banking 25


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Major Office Locations

Los Angeles, CA


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Employment Contact

Gina Jowett

Firsthand Findings

Moelis & Company is ideally looking for forward-thinking, hardworking go-getters with strong academic records who thrive in fast-paced environments. The firm’s internship program is excellent, providing students with meaningful responsibility, significant live deal experience, mentorship opportunities, and access to clients and senior bankers. Full-time junior bankers are also given significant responsibility and live deal experience, along with excellent informal mentoring. And there’s no ceiling on advancement—if you’re qualified, you’ll have opportunities to take on more advanced roles.

Although hours can be long and demanding, Moelis goes to great lengths to improve work/life balance. Protected days off and other initiatives have been successfully imp...

About the Company

Moelis & Company provides financial advisory services to corporations, institutions, and governments worldwide. In addition to New York, Moelis has offices in Amsterdam, Beijing, Boston, Chicago, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, Paris, San Francisco, Palm Beach, Sao Paulo, Tel Aviv, and Washington, D.C. Its global footprint also includes strategic alliances with MA Financial Group in Australia and Alfaro, Dávila y Scherer in Mexico. 

The firm went public in April 2014 and now employs approximately 950 people worldwide. It is led by founder and namesake Ken Moelis, who rose to fame in the early 1980s, working at Drexel Burnam Lambert. After a successful career at Donald Lufkin & Jenrette Securities (DLJ), Moelis was lured to UBS in 2000. He recruited several DLJ bankers to ...

Employee Reviews


  • “Banking is a demanding job, and at Moelis a lot is expected regardless of level. This along with lean deal teams may sometimes make it difficult to get away from work. However, the firm is entrepreneurial and, in many ways, expects bankers to be able to manage themselves. This limits micromanaging and a feeling that someone is watching over you/requiring you to have an office presence. The firm has also encouraged folks to get back to office but does not apply pressure and has been rather flexible. Folks across the firm are also likeminded. They work extremely hard but also recognize the benefit of having a life outside of work. Returning to a collaborative workplace has been beneficial.”
  • “There's no doubt this year has been busy, but the work/life balance at Moelis isn't nearly as bad as the industry would have everyone believe. Certainly, it’s not significantly worse than at other firms, especially when you consider everything management does to ensure we get time to step away. Regular protected time off was increased this year in step with increased deal flow, which has helped to moderate the demands on bankers.”
  • “Moelis and banking in general is ebbs and flows. There are times when you are drowning in work, followed by periods where you can enjoy ample time with family and friends. Moelis also recently implemented protected time starting Friday at 7 p.m. to Saturday at noon, and one protected Saturday on the third week of each month. The firm is dedicated to improving the work/life balance and has taken these policies very seriously.”
  • “Overall, there have been a number of successful initiatives implemented over the last year to improve the work/life balance and quality of life. The best one is the once-a-month Protected Saturday policy that is for ALL employees. It gives everyone time down from Friday evening until Sunday morning. We also have a standing Friday evening to Saturday morning time down each weekend. These initiatives were much needed.”

Getting Hired Here


  • “Standard interview and callback process. Very focused, and provides the candidate with the opportunity to get to know the team and culture. Ideal candidate is a self-starter and has worked hard to familiarize themselves with the recruitment process and potential interview questions.”
  • “We are seeking people who thrive in a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment. We like diverse perspectives and people that are fun to work with.”
  • “Looking for smart go-getters who are forward-thinking and hard working.”
  • “We target business schools (e.g. Penn, Michigan, Indiana) and candidates with high GPAs and extracurricular experience.”

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