Overview

Introduction

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.

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Employer Type

Private

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Size

101-500 Employees

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Featured Rankings

Vault Banking 25


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Major Departments

Business Services


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Major Office Locations

New York, NY


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Employment Contact

Raine Rogers Mackey, Director of Recruiting

Firsthand Findings

Solomon Partners is looking for intelligent, hardworking, analytical, independent thinkers who take pride in their work and are willing to learn. The firm runs an excellent internship program for students, offering interns hands-on live deal experience, significant exposure to senior bankers and clients, and a culture of mentorship. The career development offerings for full-time junior bankers are extensive, and include formal and informal training, exposure to transactions across a variety of industries, significant deal experience, mentoring opportunities, and senior bankers’ open-door policy.

While juniors will often put it in a lot of hours, given the lean deal teams, there’s no face time or busy work, and a healthy work/life balance can be achieved. In gener...

About the Company

Founded in 1989 as one of the first independent investment banks, Solomon Partners (formerly PJ SOLOMON) is a financial advisory firm and one of the first independent investment banks. It offers a global reach through its partnership with Natixis, the international corporate, investment, insurance, and financial services arm of Groupe BPCE, the second largest banking group in France and one of the 20 largest banks in the world measured by total assets. 

The partnership enables Solomon Partners to provide its clients with global advisory services and proprietary access to financing capabilities throughout Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and the Americas.

Today, the firm’s upper management includes Peter J. Solomon, the firm’s founding chairman; Marc S. Cooper, CEO; Kenneth D. Baronoff, President; 24 man...

Employee Reviews


  • “Generally good work/life balance. Small/lean deal teams and staffing structure make vacations more challenging. Culture remains one of the best aspects of Solomon Partners.”
  • “The best part about this firm is that ‘you don’t have to work unless you have to work.’ This means the firm encourages us to take our free time when we can and not to punch the midnight oil for no reason. We are asked to be available whenever work comes up but don’t need to sit around if there is no work to do.”
  • “Solomon really sets itself apart from the pack in the quality of life area. The CEO regularly reminds people to take their vacation days. We were encouraged repeatedly over the summer to take time off, and he reiterates that reminder. He often stressed in our firmwide meetings the importance of working to live rather than living to work. Senior staff treat their juniors with respect. It's not that people don't work hard—and sometimes long hours—but quality of life is one of the best aspects of the firm.”
  • “While it is still banking, my quality of life and work/life balance has been generally much better than my peers at other firms. There are some bad weeks when things get busy, but generally everyone at the firm is very considerate of analysts' lives outside of the office.”

Getting Hired Here


  • “I think people enjoy our interview process, and we get good feedback that we are very engaged and willing to answer questions and have coffee chats outside of the formal interview process. We look for people who are not only intelligent but also have a sense of pride in their work. I look for people who can take ownership in their work.”
  • “Round one is typically an HR screen. Round two is typically a one-on-one screen with an associate. Round three is a Super Day with four to five interviews (typically two-on-ones). Solomon tends to put emphasis on cultural/personality compatibility. Most people hired tend to be intelligent, of course, and confident, well-spoken, and friendly, with specific/nuanced interests in a particular field.”
  • “The ideal candidate is smart, hardworking, and fun, with good values. You no longer have to be an Ivy League grad or to have prepped at the right places. Interview process was well organized.”
  • “We are seeking someone who is intelligent but also an independent thinker. They should be career-minded and looking to learn.”

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