Taking an offer at Cantor Fitzgerald

I'm a junior and my only current SA offers are PwC valuation and Cantor Fitzgerald investment banking. I'm still in talks with some BB's and EB's but if I don't get anything else, I just want to get a sense of how good/bad it would be to take it? There's nothing recent here about Cantor.

I don't care about work life or pay or any of that stuff, my goal would be to lateral to a top BB or EB, ideally after graduation or otherwise after a year at Cantor. How difficult would this be? Anyone who works at Cantor currently can talk about how easy/hard it is for analysts to lateral? Thanks

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Nov 12, 2017 - 7:21pm
Jamie_Diamond, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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Nov 12, 2017 - 7:22pm
topper007style, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Depends what you want long term. Cantor has a bro-heavy culture, and they don't have a good track record of developing talent within the organization--their big name players tend to parachute in from stellar careers elsewhere on the street after they have a fall from grace. The training program has, um, lots of room for improvement relative to a BB. To make the move, deal experience and exposure is really the key thing you want, so make sure you're getting some mileage for all the pitching you'll likely do. I wouldn't discount the culture too--ultimately at BBs that's what will make or break you

That said, if you're scrappy then you might also fit in well. It's a place where a lot of people have a chip on their shoulder and it adds to the work ethic. While Big 4 might be a good place to hone your technicals, those are really only relevant in an M&A team. But on a sheer numbers basis, there's more BB spots on industry coverage teams, where it's a mix of sector focus and execution experience that's going to get you a job. And speaking of that, Cantor does have a pretty solid reputation in healthcare IB.

Feel free to PM me if you want more color

Jan 30, 2018 - 12:17am
BaloneySandwhich, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Thanks everyone. Didn't mention it here but I actually got an offer at another MM as well, so am looking to decide between the two for now.

Nov 13, 2017 - 7:41pm
tds2006, what's your opinion? Comment below:

In my mind Cowen is a stronger name than Cantor. Hard to say by how much, but would be surprised if anyone thinks the opposite.

Nov 12, 2017 - 8:14pm
NESCAC, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Try and get into their Healthcare group if you can. Now run by Sage Kelly (single handedly built the HC practice at Jefferies). They're probably in a super intense pitching stage to build out the business, but you'll be working under one of the best.

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Nov 12, 2017 - 10:40pm
TippyTop11, what's your opinion? Comment below:

now you've got my attention!

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Nov 19, 2017 - 7:24am
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