New Survey of the Financial Industry Reveals Which Firms are Best Positioned to Emerge in Post-Meltdown Wall Street

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As the dust continues to settle on Wall Street and financial firms show increasing signs of growth and stability, which firms are best positioned to take advantage of the new landscape? answers this question by combining traditional market analysis with the insider intelligence of over 30,000 Wall Street professionals.

News Image, a new site with the mission of building transparency in the financial industry through shared insight, releases the first in what will be a series of “Wall Street Rankings”. Armed with an overwhelming amount of information received from the site’s user base of 30,000+ finance professionals, has been able to capture an insider’s perspective of firms across the financial industry. By merging the existing, traditional market data research and analysis with this unique pool of information, has been able to provide a more comprehensive and insightful comparative analysis of the industry.

To arrive at the final result, evaluated 1,500 financial services firms with offices in North America based on a weighted point system where each of the following criteria was given a value which combine to equal a highest possible rating of 100.

The 25 firms to emerge at the top of the ranking were most successful when being evaluated based on the following 6 criteria:

  •     Financial Stability
  • Leadership & Management
  • Profitability & Recent Performance
  • Future Competitive Viability
  • Ethical Business Practices
  • Compensation & Benefits - Competitive Salary vs. Sector

Surprisingly, the 25 firms to top this ranking come from various industry sectors and are of varying size. Furthermore, the firms represent diversity in other areas including assets under management and geographic location.

As a preview, we have included the top 5 firms:

1.) Blackrock - 98.35
2.) Goldman Sachs - 97.60
3.) JPMorgan Chase - 97.05
4.) Barclays Capital - 96.55
5.) Morgan Stanley - 96.05
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The surveys are completed online by employees of financial firms and are validated by the research team. Users who complete a Company Review are granted access to the combined results from across the entire industry. This model, where users are able to view the entire picture when they contribute a piece of the puzzle, has contributed to the rapid growth of the site’s user base and the ability of the research team to provide further insights based on the data.

We're about presenting clear, actionable, accurate and interrelated information from every corner of the financial services industry. To accomplish this, we've created a collaborative community of financial industry leaders and insiders who provide information by way of our first class research team and technology platform. Our research and presentation process embodies a way of thinking that turns complex information into insight that our members can use for business advantages. The information contained in this site is provided by the vast community of Wall Street professionals. This information is analyzed, validated and managed by an experienced financial industry research staff and technology team. With the insight and power of the financial services community, providing information such as salaries, employee reviews, news & events, company information and insider intelligence, our research team is able to leverage its data analysis experience to provide a full picture of the industry. Our job is to distill this large volume of information into clear, precise, actionable insights for our users.

History of
Andiamo Partners, the parent of Unlock Wall Street, began in August 2003 as a Research and Human Capital Management Firm specializing in information technology consulting in the financial industry. By the end of 2008 the firm grew to 35 employees with $6 million in annual revenue. In early 2009 the firm began a "small" research project with the goal of better understanding the rapidly changing financial industry. Our approach, then and as it remains today, was to seek understanding from the inside perspective of the financial community. We felt this was the only way we could gain a truly comprehensive understanding of the motivators of the Wall Street community. Our initial goal was more narrow than it is today, we were simply looking to find out what financial employees really thought of their company; their individual compensation & benefits as well as their company culture, management team, competitive viability, business ethics and financial stability. The belief was that the financial community would be more willing to share their insights if 1, their responses remained completely confidential and 2, they were able to gain full access to the comprehensive findings. We used some simple survey software, made a lot of phone calls and sent messages to our contacts across the industry. As the small project began to show that it had the capacity to answer some much larger questions, we enlisted the help of key professionals in information technology, asset management and research. The response then, and to this day, has been astonishing.


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