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I've heard BNP Paribas is in contention from a friend who works in their M&A group. Extremely sweaty, below street pay (base and bonus), lack of direction, incompetent senior bankers across levels, low deal flow and sneaky culture. They have a 3 year analyst program and apparently only promoted one 3rd year analyst to associate in the US. They are also apparently hiring a lot of senior bankers from Credit Suisse and Wells Fargo and doing nothing to increase headcount at the analyst and associate level to compensate. Overall, sounds like a shit show I wouldn't want to be a part of.


Moelis is sweaty but at least they’ll comp you well. List is unclear in terms of how you’re ranking


What an insane list ahaha

BMO slander due to recent M&M news, somehow Goldman is in there too. What is even the basis of this list?

Bankers out of BMO’s Canadian IB groups are very strong - any B5 banker in Canada got a seat in a very competitive space. Goldman is Goldman, you know what you’re getting when you go into it. It’s a deal with the devil and you sell your soul for the fortunes that come after. Jefferies has gone through some shit but you still land on your feet after.

The worst bank is the one with the worst exits, that works you needlessly, and which delegates the shittiest tasks downstream so analysts are database and bitch work monkeys that don’t learn. Now to actually name those that fit the bill is impossible as there are a multitude of banks that do.


If you take the article at face value sure, but even then every bank has dicey individuals and the outcomes from BMO are still solid and it’s a good platform (in Canada at least - admittedly all the B5 are shit in the US except maybe a bit less for RBC and TD, which are still low 2nd but realistically 3rd rate).


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