What sets William Blair & Company apart from other financial services employers?
William Blair’s independence, diversified business model, and strong financial position allow us to remain steadfastly focused on our clients’ success through all market conditions. Our firm was founded by William McCormick Blair in 1935 in the midst of the Great Depression. Mr. Blair’s vision was to help clients achieve long-term financial success by identifying Midwestern growth-oriented companies. From that foundation, William Blair & Company has grown into a full-service investment banking and asset management firm with 1,100 employees around the world. While our headquarters remain in Chicago (a rarity in the financial services industry), our vision extends to clients and investment opportunities around the globe. Since 2011, William Blair has opened offices in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Sydney, Australia; and Frankfurt, Germany, giving the firm offices in 12 cities across five continents.
What is the work culture like at William Blair & Company?
Our culture encourages collaboration, demands professionalism, and rewards hard work. The environment is respectful and collegial; additionally, employees are given responsibility, autonomy, and the resources needed to do outstanding work on behalf of our clients. We have a flat organizational structure where about 170 of the firm’s 1,100 employees are partners, and the average tenure of our employees far exceeds industry norms. There is a sense that people here are in it for the long haul.
What are the common attributes of your top performers?
Our firm is a true meritocracy where employees distinguish themselves based on their ability to deliver outstanding results for our clients. The firm also demands that these results be achieved with the highest levels of professionalism and integrity. Our business is built on relationships, so leaders at William Blair often are very skilled at building strong relationships both inside and outside of the firm.
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