William Blair Reviews

Updated 12 Jan 2021

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William Blair President and CEO John R. Ettelson
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    "Investment Banking at WB"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Investment Banking in Chicago, IL
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at William Blair full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Strong, dedicated team members that go the extra mile for their clients. Great fit for individuals who seek challenging opportunities that result in meaningful professional growth.

    Cons

    As seen across the Investment Banking industry, the expectation at WB is high. Long, hardworking hours is the nature of the job and the firm.

    William Blair Response

    November 24, 2020Culture & Talent

    Thank you for your valuable perspective and for taking the time to provide us with feedback. Your input is appreciated.

  2. "Best investment banking culture on the Street"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Director in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at William Blair full-time

    Pros

    Very collaborative, employee first culture; very protective of junior resources, professional growth and development

    Cons

    Lots of decision influencers and internal coordination needed


  3. "Great place to work!"

    5.0
    Former Employee - PWM Intern in Chicago, IL

    I worked at William Blair part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The people are amazing and so great work

    Cons

    Can be tough if you don’t like going the extra mile!

  4. "IB VP"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at William Blair full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great work culture and compensation

    Cons

    Name brand can get overlooked

  5. "Great experience"

    4.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Treasury Analyst 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at William Blair full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    work life balance is good

    Cons

    management could improve employee investment

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  6. "Great"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at William Blair full-time

    Pros

    Experience has been great at Blair

    Cons

    No cons for working here

  7. "Great place to work!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at William Blair full-time

    Pros

    Work with smart, personable colleagues on challenging and rewarding projects.

    Cons

    Occasionally long and unpredictable hours.

  8. "Toxic working environment"

    1.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at William Blair full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Learning opportunities available if you keen to learn

    Cons

    Unhealthy company culture, while the coworkers tend to be hostile

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  9. "Good work"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at William Blair full-time

    Pros

    Good experience especially in tech group

    Cons

    -You work a lot -High attrition

  10. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at William Blair full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    WB definitely wants to see its employees succeed and they give you all the tools and support to do so

    Cons

    Compensation could be a trade off in early years

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    William Blair Response

    December 8, 2020Culture & Talent

    Thank you for your feedback. We are please that you had a good experience and wish you much success in your future endeavors.

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