Blackstone Tops Vault’s 2014 Banking Employers Rankings

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Looks like Blackstone vaulted (lulz) to the top of the list this year, jumping Goldman as JP Morgan sunk down to 3.

Vault:

The VAULT BANKING 50 is compiled using a weighted formula that reflects the issues banking professionals care most about, combining quality of life rankings (such as culture, satisfaction, work/life balance, training, and compensation) with overall prestige.

1. The Blackstone Group - New York, NY
2. Goldman Sachs & Co. - New York, NY
3. J.P. Morgan Investment Bank - New York, NY
4. Houlihan Lokey - Los Angeles, CA
5. Evercore Partners - New York, NY
6. Morgan Stanley - New York, NY
7. Centerview Partners - New York, NY
8. Greenhill & Co., Inc. - New York, NY
9. Perella Weinberg Partners - New York, NY
10. Credit Suisse - New York, NY
11. Peter J. Solomon Company - New York, NY
12. William Blair & Company - Chicago, IL
13. Robert W. Baird & Co. (Baird) - Milwaukee, WI
14. Lazard - New York, NY
15. RBC Capital Markets - Toronto
16. Citi Institutional Clients Group - New York, NY
17. Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc - Edinburgh
18. Cowen Group, Inc. - New York, NY
19. SunTrust Robinson Humphrey - Atlanta, GA
20. Barclays (Investment Banking) - New York, NY
21. Deutsche Bank AG - New York, NY
22. Bank of America Corp. - Charlotte, NC
23. Moelis & Company - New York, NY
24. Jefferies & Company, Inc. - New York, NY
25. Rothschild - New York, NY

What do you think? Do these lists matter? Are they accurate?

See the full ranking, including movement from last year, here: http://www.vault.com/company-rankings/banking/vaul...

Comments (32)

Sep 4, 2013

RBS = 17 = list means nothing

Sep 4, 2013
Oreos:

RBS = 17 = list means nothing

Higher? Lower?

Sep 4, 2013
CRE:
Oreos:

RBS = 17 = list means nothing

Higher? Lower?

you're not being serious are you? You think RBS is a better place to work than Moelis? DB? Roths? BAML?

Sep 4, 2013

#11?

Sep 4, 2013

Honestly most of the middle-market firms on this list seem ranked excessively high. Unless they really put such a large emphasis on quality of work life.

Sep 4, 2013

Typically very indifferent to these types of rankings, but #11, 17-19 are pretty ridiculous IMO. Really don't know enough about IB to make a qualified opinion, but they just seem out of place. Surprised that Rothschild, Moelis, & Lazard are so far down too-

Sep 4, 2013
Anihilist:

Typically very indifferent to these types of rankings, but #11, 17-19 are pretty ridiculous IMO. Really don't know enough about IB to make a qualified opinion, but they just seem out of place. Surprised that Rothschild, Moelis, & Lazard are so far down too-

Don't Moelis & Lazard have sweatshop reputations at least?

Sep 4, 2013
CRE:
Anihilist:

Typically very indifferent to these types of rankings, but #11, 17-19 are pretty ridiculous IMO. Really don't know enough about IB to make a qualified opinion, but they just seem out of place. Surprised that Rothschild, Moelis, & Lazard are so far down too-

Don't Moelis & Lazard have sweatshop reputations at least?

Does a woodchuck chuck wood?

"Look, you're my best friend, so don't take this the wrong way. In twenty years, if you're still livin' here, comin' over to my house to watch the Patriots games, still workin' construction, I'll fuckin' kill you. That's not a threat, that's a fact.

Sep 4, 2013

Haha, I'm probably just about as informed as you. I guess when looking at the company as a whole, it is a different beast than how WSO usually examines them (i.e. exit ops, prestige, deal flow, etc).

I guess WSO may have tainted me slightly, so I'll shut up.

Sep 9, 2014

Huge sweatshops, so maybe that explains why they're ranked so low. But a list like this is bullshit. Just look at how good exit opps/prestige are because that seems to be at least somewhat objective. Besides that, think about how much you like the group you'd be working in and make a decision based on that (the latter being as important as the prestige thing imo).

Sep 4, 2013

Wow, this is actually a great list. I'd also take Peter Solomon over Lazard. The unbiasedness really warms my heart. All of you circle jerking monkeys need to realize that taking a firm like HLHZ over MS, LAZ, Barclays, DB is the way to go.

"Look, you're my best friend, so don't take this the wrong way. In twenty years, if you're still livin' here, comin' over to my house to watch the Patriots games, still workin' construction, I'll fuckin' kill you. That's not a threat, that's a fact.

Sep 4, 2013

these lists are meaningless every year. just look at banks that have good exit opps.

Sep 4, 2013
aar0n510:

these lists are meaningless every year. just look at banks that have good exit opps.

"I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature."

Sep 4, 2013

Just posted this in the other thread, but figured i'd echo it here.

Look at league tables, not Vault lists. You want to go where you're going to work on the most deals, that is the absolute only thing to worry about, plain and simple.

Sep 4, 2013
heloo17:

Just posted this in the other thread, but figured i'd echo it here.

Look at league tables, not Vault lists. You want to go where you're going to work on the most deals, that is the absolute only thing to worry about, plain and simple.

This thread appreciates your support

Sep 4, 2013

:)

isn't the vault ranking sponsored by HLHZ?

Sep 5, 2013

If you read the methodology, these rankings (more like "survey" results) are pretty stupid.

Sep 5, 2013

GS #2? No way.

Sep 5, 2013
Sep 5, 2013

Nobody cares about the Vault 50. People do seem to care about prestige:
http://www.vault.com/company-rankings/banking/most...

Sep 5, 2013

This. This is more accurate and consistent. Far better picture of the players in wall street

Jan 7, 2014
Sep 5, 2013

houlihan at #4? william blair and robert baird above multiple BBs?

the list is obviously a joke and has no credibility.

Jan 7, 2014

What about the likes of UniCredit and Commerzbank, rarely do they get a mention on this site. Are their IB operations just too small to bare thinking about?

"As a hypothetical?"

"No. This is real."

Sep 8, 2014

Hi guys, could anyone please share this guide with me?

Many thanks in advance!

Sep 8, 2014
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