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At a Glance


“Incredible culture and amazing people”

“Tons of responsibility, and continuous learning, growth, and development opportunities”

“Compensation is great”


“Long hours”

“Bureaucracy/internal politics”

“Lack of widespread name recognition”

The Buzz

“I know people at this firm and think highly of them”

“Best bank in Chicago; strong research”

“Impressive list of middle-market deals”

About William Blair

William Blair is a global boutique with expertise in investment banking, investment management, and private wealth management. It is headquartered in Chicago, with offices in more than 20 cities on four continents. The firm helps corporations, financial sponsors, and owner/entrepreneurs around the world achieve their growth, liquidity, and financing objectives. Since the beginning of 2018, the firm has completed more than 1,400 transactions for clients totaling $700 billion in transaction value. Today, its research group covers more than 700 companies.

William Blair is consistently rated a top place to work in the financial services industry. In 2022, among its many honors, it was named a Top Workplace by the Chicago Tribune, four of its deals were recognized at Mergers & Acquisitions’ annual Middle Market Deal of the Year Awards, and it earned a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index, which rates corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality.

William Blair is led by President and Chief Executive Officer Brent Gledhill, and of the firm’s 2,100 employees, approximately 240 are partners.

Why Work Here

Be a part of the company driving meaningful advancement for a more equitable workforce in financial services. At William Blair we believe that investing in the growth and success of our employees is critical to the growth and success of our clients—and to the industry at large. William Blair’s investment banking group enables corporations, financial sponsors, and owner/entrepreneurs around the world to achieve their growth, liquidity, and financing objectives. Drawing on the collective intellectual capital and deep sector expertise of a global team that spans four continents, we bring a rigorous and innovative approach to mergers and acquisitions, corporate board advisory projects, equity and debt financing, and wealth planning for liquidity events.

William Blair

The William Blair Building
150 North Riverside Plaza
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 236-1600

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Private
Chairman: John R. Ettelson
CEO: Brent Gledhill
2023 Employees (All Locations): 2,100

Major Office Locations

Boston, MA
Chicago, IL
Frankfurt, Germany
London, United Kingdom
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
Charlotte, NC