NEW YORK (
has taken lots of heat from Washington D.C. and the American public, but Wall Street professionals still consider it the best place to work, according to a survey published Wednesday by
The survey, conducted from April through June (while Goldman was still fighting a civil fraud case brought by the
Securities and Exchange Commission
), asked more than 1300 banking professionals to rate competitors on a scale of one to ten based on prestige, and to rank their own company on various factors meant to assess "quality of life."
Goldman was the big winner, with at least one respondent calling it "the only brand that matters anymore," and others pointing to profits that regularly lead the industry. A Goldman spokesman declined to comment on the survey.
Second to Goldman was
The Blackstone Group
, following by the investment banking division of
. Several smaller firms made the list, such as
at number five.
The survey may be especially gratifying to deal maestro Ken Moelis, who left
in 2007 to start his own firm.
Moelis & Co.
came in sixth, just ahead of Moelis's former employer.
Written by Dan Freed in New York
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