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William Blair Reviews

Updated 20 Jan 2020

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4.5
95%
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William Blair President and CEO John R. Ettelson
John R. Ettelson
87 Ratings
Pros
  • "great culture and opportunity to learn(in 16 reviews)

  • "Flexibility, work life balance, senior mgmt, responsibility from the start(in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "Really long hours and unclear bonus criteria(in 7 reviews)

  • "Hours are not great (but good by investment banking standards) - varies by group(in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Overall good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in London, England

    I have been working at William Blair full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The compensation is very good

    Cons

    William Blair can be more creative

    William Blair2020-01-20
  2. "Top Investment Bank"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at William Blair full-time

    Pros

    Great people and working environment

    Cons

    Long working hours and being on call 24/7

    William Blair2019-12-26
  3. "Excellent culture, brilliant colleagues, and lots of opportunity for personal and professional growth."

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    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 5 years

    Pros

    Highly competitive compensation, clear firm mission, great market reputation, exciting and challenging engagements

    Cons

    Work-life balance (but this is a challenge at all investment banks)

    Advice to Management

    Be even more aggressive in promoting top performers early

    William Blair2019-10-27
  4. "Great Culture"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture with abundant opportunities to network with senior bankers, smaller teams

    Cons

    Similar to other investment banking hours, long hours.

    William Blair2019-10-24
  5. "Research associate"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Equity Research Associate 

    I have been working at William Blair full-time

    Pros

    Can long a lot in a short time

    Cons

    Work pretty long long hours

    William Blair2019-10-21
  6. "Good for an investment bank"

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    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Most senior people mean well - Excellent in enterprise SaaS

    Cons

    - Because SF has so many other great opportunities, the quality of the associates and VPs was suspect

    William Blair2019-10-20
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good for industry"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Associate 

    I worked at William Blair full-time

    Pros

    Relatively good culture as a result of quality people

    Cons

    Still subject to some of same cultural downsides as rest of industry

    William Blair2019-10-14
  8. "Historically Great Culture, but Challenges are Growing"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Partner in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at William Blair full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Partnership provides greater compensation opportunity for high performers.

    Cons

    Compensation for Executive Committee has been rising relative to rest of the partnership, which creates weaker bond among partner ranks.

    Advice to Management

    Measure the compensation of the Executive Committee versus the partnership overall. To the extent that it has grown to higher-than-historical levels, consider putting more back into the middle partnership ranks to keep people engaged and motivated.

    William Blair2019-10-08
  9. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Analyst 

    I have been working at William Blair full-time

    Pros

    Great learning opportunity and ability to interact with many smart people daily.

    Cons

    Nothing. The office is beautiful.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing.

    William Blair2019-09-08
  10. "Great place, great culture"

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    Current Employee - Institutional Sales in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    awesome culture. great coworkers.

    Cons

    no set aside learning period. totally thrown into the fire. pay is at or below the street

    William Blair2019-09-04
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