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Responsibility:
3.1/5
 
Work Life Balance:
3.1/5
 
Environmental Awareness:
3.3/5
 
Compensation & Benefits:
3.6/5
 
Company Culture:
3.8/5
 
Career Progression:
3.8/5
 
Colleagues:
4.2/5
 
Training:
4.1/5
 
Enjoyment:
4/5
 
Overall Rating:
3.7/5
 

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Industry: Banking and Finance, Investment Banking Department: Equity Research Job Title: Graduate Trainee

Industry: Banking and Finance, Investment Banking Job Title: Graduate Trainee

Industry: Banking and Finance, Finance Rotational Graduate Scheme Department: Research

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis Department: Equity Research Job Title: Graduate Trainee

Industry: Banking and Finance, Investment Banking Department: Equities Job Title: Graduate Trainee

Industry: Banking and Finance, Investment Banking Job Title: Graduate Trainee

Industry: Banking and Finance, Investment Banking Job Title: International Graduate Programme

Industry: Banking and Finance, Stockbroker

Industry: Banking and Finance, Asset, Fund & Investment Management Job Title: Graduate Analyst

Industry: Banking and Finance, Asset, Fund & Investment Management Department: Equity Research

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis Department: Research Job Title: Equity Research Analyst

Industry: Banking and Finance, Investment Banking

Industry: Banking and Finance, Investment Banking Department: Equities Job Title: Grad Trainee

Industry: Banking and Finance, Sales & Trading Job Title: Analyst

Industry: Banking and Finance, Investment Banking Department: Equity Research Job Title: Graduate Trainee

Industry: Banking and Finance, Investment Banking Department: Equity Research Job Title: Analyst

Industry: Banking and Finance, Investment Banking Department: Equity Research Job Title: Graduate Trainee

Industry: Banking and Finance, Investment Banking Department: Equity Capital Markets Job Title: Graduate Trainee

Industry: Banking and Finance, Investment Banking Department: Equity Research Job Title: Equity Analyst

Industry: Banking and Finance, Investment Banking Job Title: Interntational Graduate

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis Department: Equity research Job Title: Graduate Trainee

Industry: Banking and Finance, Investment Banking

Industry: Banking and Finance, Investment Banking Department: Equity research Job Title: Analyst

Industry: Banking and Finance, Finance Rotational Graduate Scheme

Industry: Banking and Finance, Finance Rotational Graduate Scheme Job Title: Trainee Graduate

Industry: Banking and Finance, Asset, Fund & Investment Management

Industry: Banking and Finance, Finance Rotational Graduate Scheme Job Title: Graduate Trainee

Industry: Banking and Finance, Finance Rotational Graduate Scheme Department: Equity Research Job Title: Graduate Trainee

Industry: Banking and Finance, Finance Rotational Graduate Scheme Department: Research Job Title: Graduate Trainee

Industry: Banking and Finance, Asset, Fund & Investment Management Department: Asset Management Job Title: Graduate Trainee

Industry: Banking and Finance, Investment Banking Department: Research Job Title: Analyst

Industry: Banking and Finance, Stockbroker Department: UK Mid Cap Equity Research Job Title: Analyst

Industry: Banking and Finance, Finance Rotational Graduate Scheme Job Title: Graduate Trainee

Industry: Banking and Finance, Finance Rotational Graduate Scheme Department: Graduates Job Title: Graduate Trainee

Industry: Banking and Finance, Investment Banking

Industry: Banking and Finance, Finance Rotational Graduate Scheme Department: Equity research Job Title: Graduate

Industry: Banking and Finance, Sales & Trading Job Title: European Equity Sales

Industry: Banking and Finance, Finance Rotational Graduate Scheme Department: Equity Research Job Title: Professional


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Application Advice:

This is not a bulge bracket bank, personality and interest in the work is more important than education and achievements.

Graduate Trainee, Equity Research at Berenberg
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Application Advice:

Get to know Berenberg.

Interview Advice:

Know exactly why you want to go into Investment Banking; study brain teasers and math exercises.

Graduate Trainee, at Berenberg
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Application Advice:

Make sure you triple check your CV and be very critical of it before submitting. Get others to read it carefully, ideally people who are in the industry (if you have access to those people), so they can give their impression.

Interview Advice:

You can never prepare too much, and the more you prepare, the more confident you will be. Have a couple of stock pitches in your head and try to really understand the relevant numbers.

Know your CV inside out and be able to explain all your past experience and how it will help you to succeed at Berenberg.

Graduate Trainee, Equity Research at Berenberg
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Interview Advice:

Make the person in front of you comfortable enough so he/she can see him/herself working with you and sitting next to you for 12 hours a day.

Graduate Trainee, at Berenberg
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Application Advice:

Make sure you want to work in banking because you find it interesting, not for any other reason; at the end of the day it is that interest that will push you to move forward.

Interview Advice:

Market sizing questions.

International Graduate Programme, at Berenberg
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Application Advice:

Be yourself, be passionate about what you do and motivated to learn every day.

Berenberg
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Application Advice:

- Be prepared.
- Take the long and powerful history of the company in to consideration when preparing for your application.

Interview Advice:

- Be honest of what you know and what you don't know.
- Be yourself. In a "small" company the person himself is often as important as the skills you can provide. Both have to fit the culture of the company.
- Know what you want and also what you expect.

Graduate Analyst, at Berenberg
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Application Advice:

Be yourself.

Equity Research at Berenberg
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Application Advice:

Research what the role really involves and try to pick a few stocks or a sector that you are already interested in. That way it will help you narrow down which teams you wish to join. Understand the sector and then try to brush up Excel skills and do some financial accounting if possible to understand financial statements. Don't be afraid to take responsibility and volunteer for particular projects.

Interview Advice:

Prepare a few stock pitches (reasons for why you like the stock, valuation and view of the sector) to show interest for the role. Read about current events and have a view on implications to stocks/ sector. Practice brainteasers.

Equity Research Analyst, Research at Berenberg
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Interview Advice:

Prepare a stock pitch, read the news on the day, brain teasers may be used during the last stage.

Berenberg
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Application Advice:

Be yourself.

Grad Trainee, Equities at Berenberg
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Application Advice:

Really get to know the company.

Interview Advice:

Know how different departments are related to each other in an Investment Bank.

Analyst, at Berenberg
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Application Advice:

Understand why this bank can not be compared to any other bulge bracket. As the bank expands and becomes better known, culture remains to be everything.

Interview Advice:

Have an opinion on markets. Enjoy the process.

Graduate Trainee, Equity Research at Berenberg
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Application Advice:

Be confident and don't be afraid to ask questions. Read the FT in the morning, and know in detail about a few recent headlines. It is important to have depth rather than breadth.

Interview Advice:

What would happen if Greece left the Eurozone? Questions about the Referendum, interest rates, QE, banking crisis. Maths questions and brainteasers.

Analyst, Equity Research at Berenberg
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Application Advice:

Know the bank, have an idea of where you would like to be (it's okay if this changes when you join). Understand the markets, be interesting.

Interview Advice:

Have investment ideas and be prepared to back this up when questioned. Make sure that you can demonstrate not only the technical skills for the role but also soft skills, such as teamwork and leadership. Have a good understanding of what is going on in the markets. If it is possible, read some of the research that is produced by Berenberg.

Graduate Trainee, Equity Research at Berenberg
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Application Advice:

Be yourself.
Prepare yourself technically.
Follow the markets.
Research Berenberg, their past deals for example.

Graduate Trainee, Equity Capital Markets at Berenberg
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Application Advice:

- Really ask yourself why Berenberg over other investment banks.
- Get up to speed with current news.
- Know some financial basics.

Interview Advice:

- How many fridges are there in India?
- Have a stock pitch ready (buy or sell, never pitch a hold).
- What makes you different?
- Read some Berenberg research.

Equity Analyst, Equity Research at Berenberg
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Application Advice:

Apply via the Website. You will need to go through an assessment centre. Be prepared.

Interview Advice:

Be humble, demonstrate that you are willing to work and learn, ask questions.

Interntational Graduate, at Berenberg
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Application Advice:

Understand/be updated about current affairs.

Interview Advice:

Interest rates, QE

Graduate Trainee, Equity research at Berenberg
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Interview Advice:

Stock pitch, accounting and valuation, know about the company and industry, big trends and talking points.

Berenberg
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Application Advice:

Be open to all areas of the bank and not just limiting to one division of the graduate scheme.

Interview Advice:

First impressions count.

Analyst, Equity research at Berenberg
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Application Advice:

Be humble
Be smartly dressed
Be early
Show you are interested and have taken the time to learn about a smaller non-bulge bracket bank.

Interview Advice:

How many fridges are there in Brazil?
Should you invest in the London property market now?

Trainee Graduate, at Berenberg
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Application Advice:

Present yourself as a well rounded and curious individual.

Interview Advice:

Present yourself as a well rounded and curious indvidual and don't be arrogant.

Berenberg
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Application Advice:

Think about what actually equity research actually is. Consider a company that you know well and try to really understand how they make money. What will drive their costs and revenues and what would you say are their key perfomance indicators. Break it down to fundamentals.

Don't worry if you didn't do a finance or economics degree - the training is comprehensive and it's not long until everyone is on the same level.

Graduate Trainee, at Berenberg
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Application Advice:

Apply on time.

Interview Advice:

Be informed about macro and micro Trends, especially the European equity market.
Be honest and original.

Graduate Trainee, Equity Research at Berenberg
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Application Advice:

Focus on what makes you approachable as a Person and less on your experience in the industry. They really focus on personaility.

Interview Advice:

How many fridges in india?
Is Batman a superhero?
Describe keynesian economics.

Graduate Trainee, Research at Berenberg
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Application Advice:

Do research on the bank.
Try not to be Gordon Gekko.

Graduate Trainee, Asset Management at Berenberg
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Application Advice:

Berenberg often hires people from non-traditional backgrounds (e.g. people who didn't study finance or economics). If you're able to convey intellectual curiosity with an interest in finance, that helps a lot.

Interview Advice:

Read the FT and be able to give well-thought-out opinions about a few different topics in finances (the oil price, interest rates, etc.).

Analyst, Research at Berenberg
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Application Advice:

Fit is as important as financial background (if not more!)

Interview Advice:

Have a stock to pitch.

Analyst, UK Mid Cap Equity Research at Berenberg
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Application Advice:

Be versatile and open, make sure you have a good understanding of what's going on in the markets.

Interview Advice:

Prepare some stock pitches (buys, sells).
Know where the FTSE is and some other indices as well as exchange rates and inflation measures.

Graduate Trainee, at Berenberg
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Application Advice:

Be humble. Nobody in this Company wants to hire arrogant People. At the same time, sell yourself by demonstrating the way your mind works and how the things you have achieved have shaped you into a top candidate.

Interview Advice:

What is Private Banking to you?
Sell me your tie.
What item in the News particularly interests you?

Graduate Trainee, Graduates at Berenberg
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Application Advice:

Read investment research of the firm.

Berenberg
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Application Advice:

I would consider really understanding the areas the bank operates in and how they are different to peers (privately owned etc). I would also say there is a lot of technical knowledge taught during the training so an understanding of valuation and accounting would be helpful.

Definitely apply early and have conviction in your answers. I was told to do a presentation on whether Greece should leave the Eurozone, and I had been following the headlines for a few weeks prior to this, which really helped. Ultimately, they are looking for confident, articulate people they can put in front of clients.

Interview Advice:

Definitely follow the markets for a few months at least prior to the interviews. Know where the major indices are and if you can, try to follow a few companies so you can be prepared to do a stock pitch in the interview.

I got asked brainteasers so brush up on mental maths, and be collaborative in the group exercises.

Graduate, Equity research at Berenberg
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Interview Advice:

- Research Berenberg very thoroughly and know what differentiates the firm
- Actually read some of the research beforehand and form opinions/views
- Focus on presentation skills and delivery as this is crucial in getting through the assessment centre

European Equity Sales, at Berenberg
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Application Advice:

Be memorable, be sure to know what makes you stand out, be proud of it.
Sell yourself, your knowledge and your experiences.

Interview Advice:

Sell me your tie
What is your favourite film
Sum the numbers between 1 and 50

Professional, Equity Research at Berenberg
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Best:

Early responsibility

Worst:

Large difference between different teams.

Graduate Trainee, Equity Research at Berenberg
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Best:

Berenberg has a really good reputation; the Bank has experienced significant growth over the last years

Graduate Trainee, at Berenberg
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Best:

Flat management structure, exposure to senior members of the company, level of responsibility given to juniors, working atmosphere, development and training

Research at Berenberg
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Best:

Culture is very strong and the company is expanding quickly.

Worst:

Doesn't have the same prestige as some of it's competitors.

Graduate Trainee, Equity Research at Berenberg
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Best:

Opportunity to meet both clients and corporates.

Worst:

Long >12 hour days.

Equity Research Analyst, Research at Berenberg
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Best:

Atmosphere
Colleagues

Worst:

Organisation

Analyst, at Berenberg
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Best:

Unique culture that comes with a privately owned bank with a long-term focus. Incomparable to other bulge brackets. Also surrounded by lots of young driven, ambitious yet very friendly and collaborative people.

Graduate Trainee, Equity Research at Berenberg
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