Lehman Brothers Reviews

Updated 23 September 2014
Updated 23 September 2014
187 Reviews
4.2
187 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance and financial packet (in 14 reviews)

  • Ahead of other investment banks in promotion of women (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Bankruptcy, Long hours, management too aggressive with risk, greed, and cut-throat policies (in 19 reviews)

  • Towards the end there was morebegoninvolved by he senior management and that led to the rims downfall (in 14 reviews)

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  1.  

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lehman Brothers

    Pros

    Great pay. Great benefits, almost too good to be true.

    Cons

    Company seems to take on a lot of market risk.

  2.  

    Good experience at the time

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Lehman Brothers full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good culture/ reputation at the time

    Cons

    Firm took too much risk

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good - but no long term longetivity due to it being a company in administration

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Vice President in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Lehman Brothers full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work life balance and financial packet

    Cons

    I cannot present any cons to this company given that the company is winding down

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None to share

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Lehman Brothers full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, challenging environment with career growth opportunities and strong mentors!

    Cons

    Lack of work life balance

  6.  

    I work for Lehman Bros.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Aviation in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Aviation in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Lehman Brothers as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Money, Location, Culture, People, great team

    Cons

    Bankruptcy, Long hours, management too aggressive with risk, greed, and cut-throat policies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    too late for that

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    analyst / structuring

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Lehman Brothers full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    great people, gave lots of responsibility early on

    Cons

    hard to move laterally between desks

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Built derivatives trades reconciliation/valuation models

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lehman Brothers

    Pros

    great company with lots of smart people

    Cons

    too big that you are not noticable to senior management

  9.  

    Great culture and people; company ruined by management at the very top

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Lehman Brothers full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fast-paced environment
    Great culture and benefits
    Good career mobility
    Research department is very collegial

    Cons

    Bankruptcy
    Times Square location
    Long hours
    Top management too aggressive with risk

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take less risk

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Enjoyed my time there

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President, Investment Banking in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President, Investment Banking in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Lehman Brothers full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very good compensation, fair amount of autonomy from management, enjoyed most of the people I worked with. Ahead of other investment banks in promotion of women.

    Cons

    Too many lateral hires caused culture to be poorly defined; there were disparate values among employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too late now, but I would have suggested trying to grow more from within.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    a good experience and pay as an analyst

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lehman Brothers full-time

    Pros

    international, professional, people-focused, flexible, hard-working

    Cons

    Unfortunately it got bankrupt but many people were able to move to different companies

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