Tech companies' hold over potential Wall Street talent is turning in favor of the big banks
Hi, Aaron Weinman here. Hiring between tech companies and Wall Street has been a see-saw in recent years. Graduates and seasoned executives shunned stable, well-paid gigs in banking and clamored for jobs at disruptive tech startups.
These sought-after folks were drawn to tech's laid-back, remote-work culture, and demurred at the thought of draconian return-to-work mandates put forward by banks.
Today I'll be looking into how that dynamic might be shifting as Wall Street firms seek thousands of tech workers this year.
1. When it comes to talent, tech companies have munched on Wall Street's lunch for a while now. But that table might be turning. Volatile equity markets have sent tech firms' valuations south, venture capitalists' purse strings have tightened, and industry darlings — from at-home exercise bike phenom Peloton to the US' largest crypto exchange Coinbase — have laid off staff.
Tech's pain, however, is seemingly Wall Street's gain. The stage is set for banks to go all-in on tech hiring, and some aren't shy about their ambitions. Citi is betting on an armada of 4,000 new technologists to shore up its operations.
Goldman Sachs is also embracing a public-cloud strategy that has required partnering with and poaching from Amazon Web Services. The Wall Street giant also hired Alphabet's Jared Cohen to help start a new innovation group, CNBC reported on Tuesday. Cohen will report directly to Goldman Chief Executive David Solomon.
To be sure, Wall Street's desire to lure talent away from the deep-pocketed tech space isn't without its challenges. Tech staffers have grown accustomed to lofty salaries, equity options, and for the most part they're not restricted to the confines of an office.
Making the move to a big bank might come with a solid payday, but many would have to adjust to the regimented world of Wall Street, while a number of the country's largest firms have made it clear that they want their workforces back in offices.
Here's a look at how Wall Street's racing to nab more tech talent as Silicon Valley pumps the brakes on its own hiring ambitions.
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