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Bear Stearns Chairman, Bear Stearns Companies and Bear, Stearns & Co. Jimmy Cayne
Jimmy Cayne
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    Architect/Developer Lead

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    Former Employee - Architect/Developer Lead in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Architect/Developer Lead in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Bear Stearns full-time (more than 10 years)


    Excellent culture. Rewarding work. Great people in all departments. Relaxed environment was conducive to high productivity. Excellent senior management.


    Less competitive with compensation and bonus

    Negative Outlook
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Bear Stearns Interviews

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Interview Difficulty




    Associate, Private Banking Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Bear Stearns.

    Interview Details

    Interviews for completion of MBA.
    Intense interviews.
    On campus for initial, then in New York City.
    Must have MBA.
    I had 5 interviews.
    Was offered the job on the spot in New York after my last interview.

    Interview Questions
    • I was expecting very technical questions but did not get any questions i thought were hard.
      In retrospect, i think they expect you to be pretty smart after getting your mba from a top school.
      I think they were most interested in finding out if they liked you enough to work with you in a highly intense work environment where you are expected to do everything quickly and perfectly -- no fails allowed.
      Your resume and past experience is very important, you must have some solid accomplishments and prove it.
      Must be a quick thinker in the interview and don't show any weakness because this truly is a highly intense environment.
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    Negotiation Details
    I applied during tech wreck, and it was really tough to just get the job. Many firms did not hire or laid off their brand new bankers a few weeks after hiring them.
    There was not much negotiation, I was very excited to just get a job. They told me what i would get. However, I turned the offer down initially, because i still had more interviews. But I accepted after my interviews, about a week later.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

Bear Stearns Awards and Accolades

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Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2008
Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles (Silver), National Business Group on Health, 2008

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Headquarters New York, NY
Size 5000+ Employees
Acquired By J.P. Morgan
Founded 1923
Type Company - Private
Industry Finance
Revenue $2 to $5 billion (CAD) per year

This bear may hibernate a little early. Historically one of the top investment banking, clearing, and brokerage firms in the US, Bear Stearns has a clientele of corporations, institutional investors, governments, and wealthy individuals. Its subsidiaries provide asset management, clearing and custody, securities lending, trust, and mergers and acquisitions advisory services. It's been a leading market-maker for NYSE-listed securities (through Bear Wagner Specialists), as well as for OTC shares, corporate and government bonds, and derivative products. The Federal Reserve... More

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