Investment banking has been a favorite in the world of Hollywood for many years, and the depictions are often incredibly appealing. Images of huge offices in New York City with dozens of men and women in business suits are cinema classics (though they often serve as a backdrop for less savoury characters and stories).
Of course, there is a difference between what we see on screen and what happens in real life. Films like The Pursuit of Happiness show us a sneak peek into the fast-paced world of investment banking, for example, but this is only a small glimpse into what it is actually like to work for an investment firm or investment bank.
There are many individuals attending business schools around the world and that have dreams of being professional advisers or investors at leading investment banks. Whether an individual wants to jump into the world of underwriting and securities, or they would like to be in the exciting world of Mergers and Acquisitions, working at an investment firm will give them not only a great salary, but a high paced work environment that will excite and challenge them.
The question is, how is someone supposed to know what investment firm to shoot for if they don't know which ones are the best? Just as in any industry, there are investment firms that rise above the rest, standing out as THE place to work. Not only are these investment firms the best in the industry at what they do, but they are the investment firms that treat their employees with the most respect.
This list of the top 10 investment firms to work for – as voted on by employees – has been compiled by Vault.com, and shows us the true satisfaction of employees who are working for these investment firms. It should give those looking to get into the world of investment banking a better gauge of which firms they should shoot for when it comes to furthering their career.
10 The Blackstone Group
One of the things that employees love most about The Blackstone Group is the chance the employees have to really be a part of a growing team. Not only are there great entry level positions at The Blackstone Group, but there are many opportunities for those hoping for in-house advancement. When individuals are a part of the team at The Blackstone Group, their ideas are really nurtured as well.
9 Goldman Sachs
Goldman Sachs is one of the biggest and best-known names in the world of investment banking. It is also one of the top recruiters of graduates from prestigious business programs around the world. Goldman Sachs constantly finds itself at the top of lists of top companies to work for.
The open environment at Goldman Sachs allows for employees to feel more like team members than worker drones. An added bonus: Goldman Sachs gives amazing on-the-job training that is some of the best in the industry. This is truly one of the greatest investment banking companies to work for.
8 J.P. Morgan Investment Bank
The global training program at J.P. Morgan is hailed as the best in the industry when it comes to getting new analysts up to speed with their new job. At J.P. Morgan, executives take pride in the way new employees are trained.
The first few years at J.P. Morgan are a lot like school. After the first two years of working with experienced analysts, an individual can go on for a third year at J.P. Morgan, which will further solidify their career as an analyst at J.P. Morgan.
7 Houlihan Lokey
Houlihan Lokey is the leader in mid range mergers and acquisitions. For deals under $1 billion, Houlihan Lokey is one of the top firms to go with. Houlihan Lokey has 15 offices all over the world, with locations in Europe, Asia, and the US.
At Houlihan Lokey employees love the open atmosphere that allows for individuals to have their own say in the way things are done. The friendly atmosphere gives a very good feel to the work environment. Houlihan Lokey offers some of the best benefits packages to those who work for them as well, regularly one of the employees’ favorite perks.
6 Evercore Partners
For those who want to work with high profile Mergers and Acquisitions, this is the company for them. Evercore Partners has been growing at a very fast rate, which gives individuals who work at this firm the ability to work on high profile cases that are usually over $1 billion in value.
The environment at Evercore Partners is very open for employees as well. Free breakfast is just one of the many benefits of working with the company, which has offices in NYC, DC, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. This gives individuals who want to work at Evercore a wide range of options for where they would like to be located.
5 Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley is one of the best-known investment firms in the world. The name has been growing for a long time, granting it a prestige position that prompts many investors and companies to work with this company.
A great thing about working for Morgan Stanley is that individuals will be able to work with a different range of investors and companies than is typically found with high profile investment firms. What’s more, Morgan Stanley treats its employees very well with a large array of benefits. One of the great things about working for Morgan Stanley: The freedom to work from home at when necessary.
4 Centerview Partners
Centerview Partners has offices located in London, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. This gives employees the ability to live in some of the most exciting cities in the world.
Centerview Partners is quickly growing faster than most investment firms. Since 2006 they have help facilitate over $600 Billion dollars of transactions. For those who love the fast growth of newer companies, this is the firm for them.
3 Greenhill & Co.
The corporate environment at Greenhill & Co. is such that many employees are willing to help each other out, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still a competitive atmosphere in the company’s offices.
A great thing about Greenhill is its quality reputation on Wall Street. This makes it easy for employees to really get the ball rolling when talking to investors and companies. Greenhill is focused on corporate acquisitions, mergers, and leaves securities and underwriting to its competitors. This focus allow for employees who work at Greenhill to become very proficient at handling their financial services.
2 Perella Weinberg Partners
Perella Weinberg Partners focuses on asset management for institutions such as Universities, Governments, and large corporations. For those individuals who are interested in working with asset management, this is the firm for them.
The ability for this company to make decisions quickly is really instilled in the employee mindset, and has truly helped this company grow quickly within the last eight years. The outlook for this company is great, and long-term sustainable growth continues to be one of the main focal points for this company.
1 Credit Suisse
Maybe the mountains of Switzerland are what are calling your name. If this is the case, Credit Suisse is for you! With over 250 branches in Switzerland, this is one of Europe's, and the world's, largest investment institutions. Those looking to stay put can rest easy, thanks to the company’s office locations in over 50 countries making it easy for those around the world to find local employment at this massive firm.
Credit Suisse is well known for its gold and silver bullion. Employee opinions are very well respected at this investment firm, and there is a lot of room for growth. This is a great investment firm for ambitious investors looking for a place to make their mark.