Wall Street Bids Up Junior Banker Salaries in Battle for Talent

A full-scale bidding war has broken out on Wall Street, this time over young bankers, as firms struggle to attract and keep talent after the pandemic added to famously crushing workloads… “There’s a lot of competition for the best people,” said Alan Johnson, managing director of the Wall Street compensation consultancy Johnson Associates. “I think…

First-year Analysts at JPMorgan Will Now Make $100,000

JPMorgan Chase (JPM) is raising the salary of first-year analysts to $100,000, up from $85,000, a person familiar with the matter told CNN Business. The pay hike, which takes effect July 1, means some millennials and Gen Zers will be making six-figure salaries fresh out of college… The hikes will make JPMorgan the most lucrative…

Equities Traders, Underwriters on Track for Biggest Bonus Bumps

Incentive compensation for equities traders may climb as much as 30% while underwriters could see a 40% jump, Johnson said Thursday. Stock underwriters — who worked on a record number of special-purpose acquisition companies in the first three months of the year — are “significantly outperforming” their counterparts in debt capital markets, the consultancy said.…

CEOs are Getting Paid Bonuses Like There Was No Pandemic

Compensation consultants have long argued that owning stock best aligns the interests of the CEO with those of the company’s shareholders, who are the ultimate owners of the company. Yet companies also note that that sticking to pre-set financial goals during economic downturns may not reward corporate leaders for any critical decisions they make that…

Eli Lilly Doesn’t Plan to Claw Back Past Pay From Former CFO

Growing societal awareness around inappropriate behavior in recent years, accelerated by the #MeToo movement, is forcing companies to be more transparent in cases of executive misconduct, said Alan Johnson, managing director at Johnson Associates Inc., a compensation consulting firm. “Historically, companies either did nothing or allowed people to leave quietly,” Mr. Johnson said. “That appears…

Clawbacks Are Hard, So Companies Try Postponing Pay Instead

Critics warn that deferring more pay, with risk of forfeiture, could discourage executives from reporting misconduct and make it too easy for companies to rescind pay. “If we make these penalties even more severe, are more people going to come forward or fewer?” said Alan Johnson, managing director of Johnson Associates, a financial-services industry pay-consulting…

Employees Watching Exec Pay, Consultants Say

“This is not a year for a lot of gobbledygook and lawyer-talk,” says Alan Johnson, managing partner at Johnson Associates, a compensation consulting firm that mainly works with financial services companies. “This would be a year for straightforwardness. They may disagree [about compensation decisions], but they won’t think you were hiding something or weren’t straightforward…

Junior Bankers Feel Left Behind in COVID-era Banking Boom

“The fear that clients have is that they may be more susceptible to leaving now simply because they don’t have the cultural norms, they don’t have the personal loyalty or allegiances to people,” said Alan Johnson, head of compensation consulting firm Johnson Associates Inc. Wall Street banks were already struggling to attract and retain young…