Where you have worked can be important when you are back on the job hunt.
Recruiters and direct hiring firms still salivate over candidate CVs from firms like Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan. They also go all dizzy over CVs received from employees at BlackRock and PIMCO, and well-regarded medium-sized and 'boutique' firms like Jefferies, Houlihan Lokey, and Moelis & Co. Also perhaps Blackstone in the private equity area.
There are very few firms which have the 'wow' factor these days, however, and the list above is pretty much it. Most firms - like BofA, Barclays, Citi, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Nomura, UBS and the rest have a fairly neutral impact on a candidate's value in the job market - and a candidate's marketability will then depend on a number of other more general factors.
The name of some firms, however, can turn recruiters and direct hiring firms off - BCCI, Barings, Credit Lyonnais, WestLB, MF Global and, to a lesser extent, Commerzbank spring to mind.
Names like Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers and Enron, however, firms which crashed and burned in the public spotlight, aren't usually looked down on by recruiters or hiring firms - as it recognised that, although the leadership at these organisations may have run the ship aground, the general body of employees were of a top quality.
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