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I am surprised that I haven't seen any posts on here discussing the 2012 bonuses that are about to be communicated and paid out by many banks. I have heard some rumors of what bonuses will be, but I am wondering what others have heard.

To start the discussion, I have heard that top bucket first year associates at RBC got $290k all-in compensation for 2012. I saw another post on WSO saying that HL first year analysts got $55K bonus and first year associates got $80K.

Has anyone heard any other numbers? Or does anyone have any guesses on what bonuses will be? I am definitely curious what % of associate bonuses will be stock vs cash this year at different banks.

Comments (45)

  • AnalystMonkey2769's picture

    "first year associates at RBC got $290k all-in compensation for 2012"

    is this correct? dont 1st year associates usually barely break $200-220k ? or am i completely wrong here...

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  • BB Kool-aid's picture

    Thagoodlife wrote:
    I have heard that top bucket first year associates at RBC got $290k all-in compensation for 2012. I saw another post on WSO saying that HL first year analysts got $55K bonus and first year associates got $80K.

    I’m going to go ahead and say no on both of these. HL was more than that unless it was stub that you are referring to or some kind of a FAS bonus (just to confirm, these numbers are for 2011 year, since they pay in March), where did you see this number. That RBC number has got to be either a second or third year associate or an extreme outlier (maybe they have a top bucket that is only one person or something, that seems way too high)...I just dont know why RBC would pay that much when most bonuses are in the 100k (+/-20k) for an first full year associate (100-125k max salary since not all banks did the raise last year, so ~200-250k max i would guess for any associate).

  • In reply to BB Kool-aid
    rufiolove's picture

    <span class="keyword_link"><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-bulge-bracket-BB">BB</a></span> Kool-aid wrote:
    Thagoodlife wrote:
    I have heard that top bucket first year associates at RBC got $290k all-in compensation for 2012. I saw another post on WSO saying that HL first year analysts got $55K bonus and first year associates got $80K.

    I’m going to go ahead and say no on both of these. HL was more than that unless it was stub that you are referring to or some kind of a FAS bonus (just to confirm, these numbers are for 2011 year, since they pay in March), where did you see this number. That RBC number has got to be either a second or third year associate or an extreme outlier (maybe they have a top bucket that is only one person or something, that seems way too high)...I just dont know why RBC would pay that much when most bonuses are in the 100k (+/-20k) for an first full year associate (100-125k max salary since not all banks did the raise last year, so ~200-250k max i would guess for any associate).

    My guess would be that he is lumping in the signing bonus and stub with these numbers, which muddies the comparison...

  • In reply to wiseguy
    bankersball's picture

    wiseguy wrote:
    $115-$125 1st full year assoc bonus (all cash) @ Baird Chicago

    Hey wiseguy - thanks for the info. Sounds like MM shops are paying pretty well. How does that compare to 1st year assoc at other Baird offices (SF, Milwaukee)? Is it more group specific? Also, I know Baird and other comparable MM shops start their post-MBA assoc off at a $100K base which is street. Does Baird bump up base pay in January after 5 months on the job (from assoc 0 to assoc 1)?

  • In reply to newfirstyear
    Oreos's picture

    newfirstyear wrote:
    b1511815 wrote:
    GS, London, 2nd year S&T analyst, $120k all in and quite disappointed

    Can we please stop discussing the sorry state of RBS & al and focus on bonuses?

    Is that USD? If so, that's terrible. I made more than that as a first year.

    you know that "$" sign? that means dollars.

    .

  • In reply to Oreos
    newfirstyear's picture

    Oreos wrote:
    newfirstyear wrote:
    b1511815 wrote:
    GS, London, 2nd year S&T analyst, $120k all in and quite disappointed

    Can we please stop discussing the sorry state of RBS & al and focus on bonuses?

    Is that USD? If so, that's terrible. I made more than that as a first year.

    you know that "$" sign? that means dollars.

    Yeah but if he's from the UK, maybe he's just confused or something. $120K USD for a second year is insanely low.

  • LiamNeeson's picture

    I often wonder what percentage of the people here posting about bonuses actually -work- in IBD or are just undergrads who are told by their 'baller' 1st year analysts about salary and bonuses.

    Quite frankly, I have seen outrageous claims here, about 1st year analysts receiving $80k bonus or a 1st year associate making $290k all in at a rather low-level bank. A lot of investment banks are cutting heavily on bonuses, so how does a $80k bonus for a first year analyst still make sense? I get the feeling there are quite a lot of frustrated analysts who do not want to admit their bonuses have been cut severely.

    I am not in IBD myself (law - V5), so I cannot confirm this with 100 % certainty, but have quite a lot of friends in IB and my close ones who are open about their bonuses WISH they would make almost 300K all-in as a first year associate lol. On a sidenote - my best friend works at a rather prestigious PE firm and if you expect to make 350 - 400K the first year, you're heading for disappointment as well.

    Let the flames begin ;-)

    And no, I am not frustrated about my own salary, but in case you're wondering, it's not $300K either.

  • SanityCheck's picture

    This site is known to be the blind leading the blind when it comes to rankings/bonuses, I'm sorry you got roped into this Mr. Lawyer.

    Most of the certified users will not even respond to these threads, but I figure I would since your post implies you don't get how things work here. No one has even talked about the real issues plaguing associates, which is getting 50% or more of their bonus paid in stock and not cash which is what my associates bitched about 24/7 back when I was in banking. Just shows you how few banking associates actually post here.

  • Blink's picture

    Every news article on bonuses on every IB bank anouncing their profits states that compensation is down, there is no way 1st year analysts are receiving 80k bonuses or low level associate are making 290k

  • moneymogul's picture

    Blink wrote:
    there is no way 1st year analysts are receiving 80k bonuses or low level associate are making 290k

    Took way too long for somebody to say this. The $80k is possible; the numbers I heard around the office this past summer weren't that far off, but still suspect.

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  • In reply to Blink
    vitaminc's picture

    Blink wrote:
    Every news article on bonuses on every IB bank anouncing their profits states that compensation is down, there is no way 1st year analysts are receiving 80k bonuses or low level associate are making 290k

    Guess some people missed those newsflashes relating to cutting bonus payout by 20% or cutting revenue shares...

  • In reply to Blink
    Black Jack's picture

    Blink wrote:
    Every news article on bonuses on every IB bank anouncing their profits states that compensation is down, there is no way 1st year analysts are receiving 80k bonuses or low level associate are making 290k

    Depends where you work. 290k no, but places that pay above street Centerview and Evercore (has in past I believe) 80k bonus isn't crazy.

  • In reply to Black Jack
    Blink's picture

    Black Jack wrote:
    Blink wrote:
    Every news article on bonuses on every IB bank anouncing their profits states that compensation is down, there is no way 1st year analysts are receiving 80k bonuses or low level associate are making 290k

    Depends where you work. 290k no, but places that pay above street Centerview and Evercore (has in past I believe) 80k bonus isn't crazy.

    True. I bought that Banker's Bonus 2013 App to see what people were entering. Most analyst and associate figures are ranging from 20-100k, hugely depending on where you work. Obviously ignoring the couple of stupid unrealistic ones.

  • BlackHat's picture

    After seeing the CS numbers I'm pretty sure most of these are, let's say... "slightly optimistic"

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