William Blair

We’re a global investment banking & wealth management firm that is committed to building enduring relationships with our clients.
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Since its founding in 1935, the global investment banking and wealth management firm William Blair has been committed to building lasting relationships with its clients – and the communities where its staff live and work. The workforce of about 100 people in London is part of a worldwide operation with more than 20 offices and 1,550 employees. The independent, employee-owned company has its own charity foundation, which last year matched funds raised for two Covid-19 and social equity projects to reach total donations of US$600,000 each.

For ten years, William Blair has sponsored Wrap Up London, a charity drive collecting coats to donate to people in need. In previous years, staff members organised collection points at Tube stations but to comply with Covid-19 restrictions this year the firm instead provided hundreds of masks for volunteers and partner organisations, who stacked up more than 20,000 coats.

William Blair also supported the food redistribution charity City Harvest London, which reported a 100% increase in demand during the pandemic, and 30 colleagues recorded readings of children's books in three languages for the charity Ronald McDonald House UK. William Blair's CEO John Ettelson kept in touch with the team through regular touchpoints and held 42 town hall meetings to listen to as many employees as possible.

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92% of staff agreed

I believe I can make a valuable contribution to the success of this organisation

William Blair's Global Inclusion Council, created in 2017, is an advisory group of colleagues responsible for defining the firm's inclusion strategy and priorities to create a workplace where people are encouraged to bring their individual perspectives and experiences to work to drive greater creativity.

My Team

95% of staff agreed

My team is fun to work with

During the pandemic, it was important to keep employees up-to-date and to promote team bonding. William Blair launched a microsite dedicated to Covid-19 updates and a special edition of the firm's global electronic newsletter, Inside William Blair@Home.

Wellbeing

54% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

Each employee received a food voucher that could be used for home deliveries while working from home. The company has a strong employee assistance programme to support every member of the workforce. Laptops were issued to all staff to enable the team to work from home over the past year.

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92% of staff agreed

I believe I can make a valuable contribution to the success of this organisation

William Blair's Global Inclusion Council, created in 2017, is an advisory group of colleagues responsible for defining the firm's inclusion strategy and priorities to create a workplace where people are encouraged to bring their individual perspectives and experiences to work to drive greater creativity.

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95% of staff agreed

My team is fun to work with

During the pandemic, it was important to keep employees up-to-date and to promote team bonding. William Blair launched a microsite dedicated to Covid-19 updates and a special edition of the firm's global electronic newsletter, Inside William Blair@Home.

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54% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

Each employee received a food voucher that could be used for home deliveries while working from home. The company has a strong employee assistance programme to support every member of the workforce. Laptops were issued to all staff to enable the team to work from home over the past year.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1935
Total number of UK employees
Number of UK locations
36
Employee average age
66% : 34%
Male : Female employee ratio
94%
Employees earning £35k+
5%
Employee turnover (voluntary)
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