Good learning experience for highly competitive people
Manager (Former Employee) – Various – July 19, 2018
Bernstein was a good experience but I would recommend it for highly competitive people, particularly single twenty-somethings who are able to devote an unlimited amount of time to their career. Their standards are high, and there is not a lot of consideration for a life outside of the office. It was fairly common to hear people express surprise at any colleagues who had the audacity to 'take a lunch hour" or go out for a coffee break. Considerations such as being unable to come into work during a snow storm, or staying home to care for a sick child, were virtually non-existent. It was not uncommon to be held responsible for things that occurred in your department while you were out on leave, or for certain employees to be held to different standards than other employees. And woe to the person who fell out of favor! If they wanted to get rid of you, they would "find" things you'd done wrong, even if they had to go back several years, and even if you'd never been given constructive feedback about those supposed performance issues before. However, their investment process is sound, they do tend to hire good quality people, and I made some of the best friends of my life while working there.
Competitive, high quality colleagues, good investment process
No work/life balance, uneven performance management, cutthroat