|By Dean Starkman, Los Angeles Times|
The survey and follow-up interviews by the
"It's time to move to other industries," an unnamed sales executive at a European bank is quoted in the survey. "Banks are not dealing well with change and it will take a change of mindset for business to thrive."
The findings reflect anecdotal impressions of analysts and others of widespread job dissatisfaction on
"Those other things are really important," she said. "If they're not in line, and on top of that, the money's not there, then you're out the door."
In one of the more surprising findings, only half at the top levels of financial firms, either at the executive or partner level, agreed that their pay and bonus both met their expectations and was fair.
The dissatisfaction at the top was amplified further down the hierarchy. Only 39% of those with six to eight years' experience agreed that their compensation was both fair and was what they expected. Only 26% of those who do not receive bonuses as part of their compensation agreed their pay was fair.
Among the most satisfied with their compensation, the survey found, were "front office" employees — executives, traders, analysts, salespeople, investment bankers and the like — at insurance companies, where 78% agreed that their compensation met expectations and was fair. "Non-front office" employees — compliance officers, risk managers, human resources personnel — were less satisfied. Only 5% of back office employees at hedge funds agreed their compensation was fair and in line with expectations.
Despite the job satisfaction findings, more respondents reported that pay had increased than decreased. Among hedge-fund employees, for instance, 21% reported that their compensation had increased 30% or more in the last year, while only 9% reported their compensation had decreased 30% or more.
Data about compensation trends were captured in an electronic survey of finance industry professionals that was conducted
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