Comfortable life - conservative culture hampers free thought and expression
Fixed Income Analyst (Former Employee) – New York, NY – September 24, 2017
AB is a good place to work, you have to like the industry though. Pay is okay and lifestyle is comfortable - you aren't making as much as your HF or BB counterparts and don't have the same upward trajectory, but you also aren't working as much/as hard (although it is still demanding on your time) Some colleagues are exceptional, however the quiet/conservative culture makes it hard to have deep interactions with them. The result is what you can learn from them is limited because all aspects of communication and collaboration seem constrained.
Some people could be genuinely happy staying at AB their whole life and that is grand. I am happy that I worked there but equally happy that I left.
Corporate Actions Associate (Former Employee) – San Antonio, TX – December 25, 2016
AB is a great place to start your career, however, there is little room for growth once you have been there for over two years. The majority of it's employees are either Associates or VP's. There is literally nothing in between.
Senior Managing Associate (Former Employee) – New York, NY – October 18, 2016
"The most valuable assets at the firm go up and down the elevator each day." The firm is certainly filled with the industry's best and brightest individuals, and it is truly the people that are one of the most enjoyable aspects of each and every day. No day is ever the same in the financial services industry as the market can impact all aspects of the job almost instantly. This can quickly wrench the work-life balance and lead to late evenings or weekend hours to assure all projects are successfully completed, but it is certainly nice to be surrounded by great people while doing so.
Private Client Senior Managing Associate (Current Employee) – New York, NY – May 9, 2016
AB is a great place to work, but moving up at the company is very politically driven. AB does not have the smartest employees, but the company culture is very good. AB strives be a Wall Street firm, but misses the mark on a number of fronts.
Analyst (Former Employee) – New York, NY – March 29, 2016
Some very smart people leading the firm. If you can interact with the leaders there is a chance to learn tons about the markets. Large size makes them a player and get involved in exciting parts of the market. good pay and great work/life balance.
Can be too friendly and political of an atmosphere and some under qualified people fill roles better suited for younger talent. Technology is inefficient and support for investment professionals is lacking at times.
Coordinator, Private Client Services (Current Employee) – New York, NY – February 27, 2016
Your time here greatly depends on what team you are placed on. Each FA acts as their own, independent company in many ways. I would recommend requesting that you meet your entire team before accepting the position.
Associate Vice President, Institutional Sales (Former Employee) – New York, NY – January 12, 2016
Poorly organized business which makes work balance and advancement difficult. Company performance has been challenged for a long time now so compensation has been poor regardless of personal performance.
Managers and staff were flexible and understanding. They provided and encouraged additional training for advancement.
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT (Former Employee) – New York, NY – May 14, 2015
I worked for quite a few people in my 23 years at AllianceBernstein. I loved going to work! They all treated me with kindness and the group felt like family. They helped me to get any training that I needed. They were also very supportive.