Duff & Phelps

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Duff & Phelps Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
127 Reviews
3.0
127 Reviews
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Duff & Phelps Chairman, President, and CEO Noah Gottdiener
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74 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work life balance and somewhat interesting work (in 8 reviews)

  • With some effort, patience and skill, there are doors that open at Duff and Phelps, and you have flexibility to create your own work environment (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Erratic hours; tough clients who are also working crazy hours; hard to find a work-life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Long hours but aside from that not much (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work and learn

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Migration Specialist  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Migration Specialist in New York, NY

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    you are taken care of well

    Cons

    nothing that I can think of good environmnet

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring me back as a permanent employee.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps

    Pros

    Great MD who cares for people's needs

    Cons

    Long hours but aside from that not much.

  3.  

    Learn good technical skills in dynamic environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Valuation Analyst  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Valuation Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time

    Pros

    Learn solid valuation skills. Work in dynamic environment. See diverse companies.

    Cons

    Hours can be highly volatile, modeling may become mechanical.

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  5.  

    Great Firm to learn and develop valuation knowledge and skills for many applications.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Director in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, and culture are similar to the Big 4 w/o the feeling of being lost in a machine. People in Director and MD levels are generally very intelligent, and tremendously competent at their specializations. Clients recognize the name in many instances.

    Cons

    Practices still maintain silo structure; offices are still pretty split between practices, so networking is challenging. Training investment for staff is minimal; hiring efforts take way too long to obtain staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to work on methods to incent cross-selling and internal teaming; commit to more formalized staff training in consultative and business development skills.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Make your own way

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps

    Pros

    With some effort, patience and skill, there are doors that open at Duff and Phelps, and you have flexibility to create your own work environment

    Cons

    Transitioning from a good analyst to a good manager to being good at business development. The transition is necessary in order to progress, but it is not easy.

  7.  

    D&P

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The people are the best thing about the company which being that the company is a consulting firm, is no real big surprise. The work is also very interesting and helps lay a great foundation of technical skills.

    Cons

    The organization is a little siloed and when chasing new deals, there seems to be a lot of angst about helping peers. This is almost detrimental to the ability to land new jobs. The compensation plan of management encourages this behavior.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on removing the silos and foster a culture that encoruages working intra and inter divisions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you care about your career, don't work here. If simply need any job you can get, well then go for it.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There are some good people working at Duff...that's pretty much it.

    Cons

    Insufficient training
    Uncaring leadership
    Random rounds of layoffs
    Lots of in fighting
    Lots of favoritism
    Under development of junior staff
    Terrible bonuses
    Average base pay
    Zero work-life balance
    Performance management process is a joke.
    No modeling for juniors until 2+ years at the firm.
    Formatting things until your hands begin to cramp.
    People stealing credit for your work.
    Cliques are everywhere.
    You cannot trust anyone because almost everyone gossips.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay should equal effort. Stop lowballing employees.

    Encourage senior staff to be more engaging with junior staff.

    Stop trying to motivate employees thru promises of good bonuses. The bonuses never live up to the hype.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Solid and Growing Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Duff & Phelps is a growing business with several service lines that are, or are shortly posed to be, the market leader. The firm still thinks of itself as a mid-market investment banking firm, but the reality is that it can provide financial advisory in a multitude of areas, most of which are growing rapidly. It's very nice never to worry about job security

    Cons

    Duff is less prestigious than a big investment bank, and they pay is going to be lower at most levels below Managing Director. The banking group still dominates the firm, but the real value to the firm lies outside of M&A.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of compensation groups within service lines, so that people can bring in business into any service line.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Decent work/life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    decent work /life balance here

    Cons

    company is poorly run - too much fighting amongst groups over who gets the revenue versus actually maximizing revenue for the firm

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good work life balance but not great pay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps

    Pros

    Good work life balance and somewhat interesting work

    Cons

    Below average compensation and poor management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay junior people more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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