Duff & Phelps

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Duff & Phelps Reviews

Updated October 1, 2014
Updated October 1, 2014
133 Reviews
3.1
133 Reviews
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Duff & Phelps Chairman, President, and CEO Noah Gottdiener
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78 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is marginal, but good opportunities to learn (in 9 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 10 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Good experience, but culture is deteriorating

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Duff & Phelps full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are still some good people there. Work life balance is marginal, but good opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    Culture was very collaborative years ago, not so much today. Managing directors run the show, and with a number of RIFs in the last few years, a lot of the good ones have left and the ones that are still there are willing to stab each other in the back to get credit for revenues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address the internal rot that is happening or you will continue to lose more good people. The pay is not better than competitors, so you will continue to lose the brightest and the best at all levels if the environment continues to be one where people don't like coming to work. The most capable people will go where they are rewarded with the best pay and an environment that is positive. Today, Duff does not have either of those.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not a good place if you have pride in your work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    I worked at Duff & Phelps full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    job security - if you are horrible, they will never fire you. you can lie on your timecard and no one will care as long as they can pass along your hours to their clients.

    Cons

    bonuses are horrible and so is total comp relative to competitors. They are more interested in getting fees from clients that doing good work. If you are a good worker, you will constantly be asked to pick up the slack from other, bad workers but you will not be compensated for it and they will never be fired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being so greedy. If you want to retain and keep good talent you have to show the good talent that you care, both by career advancement opportunities and better pay than the less motivated or capable staff. Stop rewarding slackers that never show up and lie on their timecards.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    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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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good experience for young people but wouldn't work there again

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Valuation Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Valuation Analyst in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Duff & Phelps full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Solid training and financial modeling and intangibles valuation. Many people go into industry, the big four, or banking after working here.

    Cons

    Managing directors know what they're doing - they've been in the business for decades. It's the managers that often mistreat the staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Incompetent Middle Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Colleagues and senior management are great and easy to work with. The work is interesting and somewhat challenging.

    Cons

    Middle management is incompetent, lazy, and extremely frustrating to work with. It creates an unpleasant work environment. Most colleagues are resentful of middle management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no way for analysts and associates to provide feedback about middle management to upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    No work-life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Duff & Phelps

    Pros

    Get to work on some good deals

    Cons

    Management has no respect for your time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to relax

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    only someone desperate for a job should work here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Duff & Phelps

    Pros

    most people below the MD level are very nice and good to work with. If you need a job badly and don't care about worklife balance or compensation, they will love you.

    Cons

    Many MD's treat you like you are easily replaceable and that you should work at their beckon call. You will work a lot of weekends and be paid like someone who doesn't. The stock price is down for a reason. They can not hire good talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people and you won't have the turnover issues you are dealing with. Don't hire your friends to lead groups. Actually, do a real search.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Solid place to gain experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps

    Pros

    Duff & Phelps can be a good place to work. The business units do not work closely together though, so if the management in your group is weak, you will suffer.

    Cons

    Communication is lacking, many senior managing directors have recently moved on to other firms because Duff & Phelps does not put talent retention at the top of it's list.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more proactive about paying your people what they coudl earn in similar positions with other companies rather than assuming they will stay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    run before it's too late

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

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps

    Pros

    flexible work schedule as long as you can get the job done

    Cons

    below average pay, senior management completely oblivious to employee disatisfaction and live in their own fantasy land

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't just listen, take actions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Not a place I would recommend

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

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps

    Pros

    Some flexibility with hours, great people who work at the firm.

    Cons

    Poor communication all around, low compensation, and little recognition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to align senior management incentives with the firm, increase communications.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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