Jamie Dimon is the boss bankers rave about, investor survey finds

Nearly three in five respondents to a Bloomberg survey said they would most like to work for JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon among executives at six major banks.

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Jamie Dimon reigned over JPMorgan Chase for more than 17 years, quadrupling the stock price and captivating legions with candid comments and occasional zingers on the economy, regulators and politicians.

Today, amid less than stellar profits on Wall Street, rising costs, a slowdown in transactionsand thousands of job cuts, financial industry workers say they want Dimon to lead them.

Nearly three in five of nearly 600 respondents to Bloomberg’s latest Markets Live Pulse survey say they would most like to work for Dimon among executives at the Big Six U.S. banks. We’re not sure exactly why anyone made their choice, but it’s no surprise that the band’s oldest and best-known general manager has had the most fans.

That doesn’t mean Wall Street workers are letting Dimon or other big bosses off the hook. Nearly half of respondents, who represent a broad cross section of investors and bankers in the United States and beyond, blame executives for high spending and staff cuts weighing on the industry.

Dimon gave some of his own employees another reason to complain. Along with other executives, he ratcheted up the pressure on his desire to see staff back in the office, even as gangs of workers say they would change jobs, or have done so, if managers encourage them to sign up more often.

Citigroup’s Jane Fraser has a more relaxed approach to working in person. She is the second most popular boss, with 13% of the vote. Fraser, the first woman to head a major U.S. bank, took over just over two years ago and launched a cultural change. Days into her new role, she announced that most employees would be able to work from home two days a week.

People in the financial sector have more to worry about than schedules. About half of them say they are as worried as usual about job losses, and more than one in three say they are more worried than usual.

Meanwhile, half of respondents expect major US banks to stabilize, while 29% expect them to make more money than ever in the second half of the year.

Morgan Stanley’s James Gorman, who hit a note of optimism, recorded 11% of respondents saying they would most like to work for him. But their time to do so is running out: Gorman has announced that his retirement is approaching.

Fewer chose Brian Moynihan of Bank of America or David Solomon of Goldman Sachs Group as their top picks. Moynihan did not seek the kind of celebrity status that surrounds some of his peers, instead quietly leading the bank back from its post-2008 financial meltdown with his mantra of “responsible growth.”

Solomon, whose off-hours persona includes his gigs as an electronic music DJ, boosted support internally amid setbacks that led to a 58% drop profit plunge last quarter. (Solomon hasn’t DJed since last summer, according to a spokesperson, who added that the stock has gained momentum since the company’s July 19 earnings release.)

Wells Fargo’s Charlie Scharf drew the fewest nods. Even if the bank just pressed a key milestone, snatching the largest market share in years, it remains by far the smallest Wall Street player of the bunch. Meanwhile, Scharf and his team are still cleaning up the scandals that have taken root under their predecessors.

The MLIV Pulse survey of Bloomberg News terminal and online readers is conducted weekly by Bloomberg’s Markets Live team.

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