Duff & Phelps

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Duff & Phelps Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
131 Reviews
3.0
131 Reviews
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Duff & Phelps Chairman, President, and CEO Noah Gottdiener
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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.  

    Strong program for key technical valuation and modelling skills

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Valuation Advisory Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Valuation Advisory Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Duff & Phelps full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great learning environment
    Develop core valuation skill sets core to a transaction-oriented career

    Cons

    Compensation is well below market
    Only worth the education experience, heavy churn

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve compensation, invest in employees for the long term

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Would not recommend working here for friends

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Tax Analyst in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and advancement potential for those that put in the work.

    Cons

    Work life balance is subpar with high turnover. Turnover leaves more work for those that do stay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Easy but don't expect too much compensation

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance. Work isn't that taxing, and can lead to good experience to spring board you somewhere else.

    Cons

    Lower than industry compensation, favoritism, in-house politics. Don't think of this place as a career-path, because no one else besides upper level employees do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Huge turnover of employees with no promise for a future.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Duff & Phelps as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly people and a nice working environment.

    Cons

    No positions available for none cash generating positions. Long hours for all employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give good workers a chance to advance and offer them benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good learning experience for college grads

    Cons

    Compensation was not above market for top performers

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company for the industry, but long-term potential in industry limited

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Project based work -- always get to move onto something new. Also you generally have a lot of flexibility about how you go about your work. Exception might be for work being reviewed by an auditor, in which case you have to play by their rules.

    Amount of variety is outstanding. You end up being exposed to a vast array of industries involving every conceivable product or service. There are some businesses that are so nich and would never be on your spectrum if you are just analyzing public companies.

    You meet a lot of interesting people at the client companies.

    You develop a deeper understanding of business and realize that the textbook view of business is not so cut and dry as a pure maximization of profits that necessarily occurs for a company with a wide ownership base (i.e.- a public company).

    Cons

    A lot of mediocre people. You get a lot of finance guys who couldn't quite get into banking, asset management, etc. Or you get the bean counters who move up into business valuation, especially since all the accounting firms now have valuation practices.

    As an extension, the field is becoming more and more dominated by the accounting firms and thus it's becoming very formulaic in their valuations, and generally not much insight. Worse, they have increasing clout and are influencing the way the profession is evolving. If you've ever dealt with auditors, then you know why this is not a great outlook.

    Pay can be crappy relative to other finance jobs.

    A lot of the same old ideas are rehashed over and over. People do attempt to innovate on the theoretical front, but I haven't seen too much that was truly original. Even then, it wouldn't make its way out of the valuation community.

    Fees are definitely coming down or at least stagnant. Again, too many bean counters getting into the game.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more to keep strong employees and ditch the bean counters.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    My experience has been long and tedious

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    the free lunches during meetings

    Cons

    very separate. EA's are treated as unimportant.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Duff & Phelps

    Pros

    Good salary that is competitive

    Cons

    Extensive last minute travel possibilities

  10.  

    Nice people, needs better management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Smart, hardworking coworkers
    Interesting work
    Entrepreneurial environment

    Cons

    Some senior leaders are rarely in the office and have no idea what's happening with the company
    Sexist remarks tolerated

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

    I have learned a significant amount of financial knowledge in a short time.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Exposure to Complex Deals
    Deal Responsibility
    Exposure to Larger Cases

    Cons

    Small Deals in M&A
    Not Enough Individual Training
    Loss of Talent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have to pay to keep talent

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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