Which firms have the LEAST emphasis on Diversity (London)

Prospect in IB-M&A

Maybe controversial - but as a white, male, heterosexual, Public school ("Private school" for any American readers) graduate - I feel I may struggle while applying to firms who prioritise diversity over merit, and may even feel 'out of place' if I were to join.

So, my question to you all is: which firms, and which divisions therein, emphasise diversity LEAST in London?

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  • Intern in IB - Gen
Aug 2, 2020
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  • Analyst 2 in IB - Gen
Aug 2, 2020

There's always the UK M&A teams

  • Intern in IB - Ind
Aug 2, 2020

I've heard this as well.

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Aug 2, 2020

Well the EBs usually only have diversity programmes for women, so you would not be disadvantaged there. You'd be a good fit, esp at Lazard, Roths, Evercore and a few others

You would be a good fit in BB UK coverage teams, but yes they are obsessed with diversity targets. Will be a particular focus on it this application cycle with BLM etc.

  • Intern in IB - Ind
Aug 2, 2020

Boutiques tend to care less than larger institutions I believe.

  • Intern in IB - Ind
Aug 2, 2020

In all honesty you're better off just saying that you are gay, non-binary or something else along those lines in your application

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Aug 2, 2020

Well you can join RARE/SEO London/UpReach, even if you are rich straight white male. Just tick "eligible for free school meals", "public school - on scholarship", "first generation to go to university" etc. There's no background check.

Could just do SA and get a return offer, and leverage into another firm who does not know you have been through diversity recruiting if ur worried about getting found out.

There is not really a focus on hiring gay people in London for some reason.

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  • Intern in Other
Aug 2, 2020

However, isnt there a background check when u do this for BBs?
as in eligible for free meals, first gen to go to uni etc.

i am aware u can lie about non-binary, etc with no consequence

  • Prospect in ER
Aug 2, 2020

Lying about your identity is so twisted lmfaoooo stop trying to coopt diversity

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  • Prospect in Other
Aug 2, 2020

Does anyone know if Indians/Asians are considered diversity for recruiting purposes?

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  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Aug 2, 2020

lol

  • Intern in Other
Aug 2, 2020

afaik, in UK any non-white is considered diversity. and banks have quota, esp for females

Aug 2, 2020

Well officially yes, but the BAME targets will usually be filled with Indian/Chinese hardos who would have gotten in anyway - so not much advantage tbh. Being Black is the real advantage, because the specific events (e.g. JPM Black Leaders) will fast track you to AC.

There is a hard quota of 50% women to be interviewed, even when 5-10% of women apply, so that is the biggest advantage.

Most Helpful
Aug 2, 2020

Lmao you're already blaming your potential failure on diversity quotas

STONKS ONLY GO UP

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  • Intern in Other
Aug 2, 2020

Haha I'm not even a huge advocate for diversity programs but nonetheless OP is giving me massive Tory vibes

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Aug 2, 2020

nice bait

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Ind
Aug 2, 2020

Honestly, I feel you. I honestly don't understand this increasing focus on diversity. I want my colleagues to be chosen because they were the best, not because some diversity ratio had to be met.

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  • Intern in IB - Ind
Aug 2, 2020

You do realize that a considerable amount of your coworkers come in due to family connections and things of that nature right? Did you make the same comment about that?

And do you actually think, for example, your female coworkers are less competent than yourself? Get a grip.

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  • Intern in IB - Gen
Aug 2, 2020

some are, some aren't. instances where less qualified female candidates get the offers are dime a dozen

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  • Prospect in 
Aug 2, 2020

Honestly, I feel you. It's really hard for white men in the industry. Only 99% of my MDs, heads, and C-Levels are white :(. It gets lower as you go down! I mean, only 97% of my directors/VPs are white! What's that about? This diversity stuff makes it really hard for us white men to be competitive.

Just the other day, I saw the one black guy in the investment banking division sitting at his desk, acting like he belongs here. The nerve! People like him make it hard for us white men to break in. This diversity stuff is getting out of hand.

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  • Prospect in Other
Aug 2, 2020

For everyone downvoting this, must take a lot of privilege to be triggered by being told such statements

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  • Trader in VC
Aug 2, 2020
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  • Intern in IB - Gen
Aug 2, 2020