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DBRS Overview

Toronto, ON
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
Financial Analytics & Research
Unknown / Non-Applicable
DBRS is an independent, privately held, globally recognized credit ratings agency with offices in Toronto, New York, London, Chicago, Frankfurt and Madrid. We strive to differentiate ourselves from competitors through a more pragmatic rather than mechanistic approach, in-depth ... Read more

Company Updates

  • DBRS team members participated in a global townhall earlier this month, alongside their Morningstar Inc. (Nasdaq: MORN) colleagues, to hear Detlef Scholz and other senior management's strategic plans. Detlef was named president of the combined DBRS and Morningstar Credit Rating team effective August 1. The leadership announcement came as Morningstar, a leading provider of independent investment research, recently completed its acquisition of DBRS, the world's fourth largest credit ratings agency, for a purchase price of US$669 million. Employees wore T-shirts that symbolized the unity of the teams.

  • In December, DBRS staff in Canada got into the holiday spirit.
    A friendly competition between a number of teams across the three floors collected toys for the annual Toronto Fire Fighters Toy Drive. In total, 280 toys were donated.

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DBRS – Why Work For Us?

With offices in Toronto, New York, Chicago, London, Frankfurt and Madrid, we are a fast-growing company with a diverse and talented group of employees. At DBRS, we embrace an open-door policy – our staff and management work closely together to ensure the company’s success. DBRS is a place where you can grow and develop both personally and professionally, with opportunities to make your mark on all aspects of the credit rating business.

Work/life balance and workplace flexibility are a part of our company culture. When you join DBRS, you will get a chance to take on challenging opportunities and work alongside knowledgeable and professional coworkers globally. We offer a friendly environment where we look to our staff for an entrepreneurial spirit and strong work ethic.

 At DBRS, we strive to become a leader known for trusted ratings and opinions – we are looking for the right people to help us achieve that goal.

Radi Annab
Vice President, Project Finance

Describe a typical day in your role
I don't think there's a typical day in my role at DBRS, which for me is a positive aspect. When I'm working on a new credit rating, I'm usually under a tight 3- to 4-week timeline, so that work tends to occupy most of the day during that period. I also monitor my existing ratings on an ongoing basis during the year. I do research and commentary writing, attend conferences or speak at DBRS events, or talk to issuers and investors on other days. I'm also involved in some Working Groups that work on specific projects for DBRS, whether operational, strategic or policy related.

What were you doing before you joined DBRS?
I moved to Canada a couple of years before joining DBRS, tried my own business for a couple of years, but then went back to finance, where I spent all my career, mostly working in corporate and project finance or mergers and acquisitions.

What do you enjoy most about your position?
It's intellectually stimulating and just the right mix between working on your own and working in teams or engaging with others internally or externally. It’s also a place where you can continue to learn and grow.

Why did you join DBRS?
In my investment banking or corporate finance work, I often worked with rating agencies as a client. I always thought that I would enjoy working at a credit rating agency

What advice would you give someone who is considering a role with DBRS?
It is worth considering working for DBRS because you will learn a lot from colleagues and from the work you do. I suggest you talk to someone working at DBRS if you're interested.

What are 3 words you would use to describe DBRS?
Diverse, energetic, friendly.

How has DBRS helped with your career development?
At DBRS, you're always learning because you're exposed to different companies, projects and markets, diverse risk profiles, intelligent and knowledgeable colleagues. DBRS encourages professional development by attending courses or conferences.

DBRS Reviews

  • "Excellent work environment for the right analytical personality"

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    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Toronto, ON
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    I have been working at DBRS full-time (More than 5 years)


    The in-depth analytical work is challenging and enjoyable; work-life balance is excellent


    Recent employee survey brought up some concerns regarding management

    Advice to Management

    Take action as per employee feedback survey

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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at DBRS (Toronto, ON) in May 2018.


    I came in and sat with the HR Recruitment team located in Toronto. The individuals I met with were professional and very easy to speak with. They reinforced my overall positive impression of the company.

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