Duff & Phelps

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Duff & Phelps Reviews

Updated July 14, 2014
Updated July 14, 2014
126 Reviews

3.0
126 Reviews
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Duff & Phelps Chairman, President, and CEO Noah Gottdiener
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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 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Learn good technical skills in dynamic environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Valuation Analyst  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Valuation Analyst in Chicago, IL

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Hours can be highly volatile, modeling may become mechanical.

  2.  

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

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

    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
  3.  

    D&P

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

    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
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  5.  

    Solid and Growing Company

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

    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
  6.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good Culture and Professional Employees. Diversified client base, Duff and Phelps has good name recognition,

    Cons

    Competitive industry. Industry is also cyclical and sensitive to economic conditions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior staff needs to spend more time marketing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Job out of College

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

    Pros

    Gain Marketable Skills. Valuation / Modeling

    Cons

    Pay is below street, Challenge employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay employees better, match street to retain employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A Well Run Organization Looking to the future

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    Pros

    -Knowledgeable people across all positions

    -A Strong team environment

    -Willingness to change and adapt

    -Interested in developing talent and fostering employee growth

    Cons

    -Some positions experience a very heavy work load, especially during certain times of the year

    -Hard to describe your job at parties

    -Transitional period requires new skills and a high comfort level with uncertainty in some areas

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Solid Company with Some Superstar Areas

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Well-run
    To be privately held by Carlyle Group

    Cons

    Valuation business is an old dinosaur that needs to be cut down

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create better opportunities to market for new business across service lines

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    I had a positive experience with local management, but it wasn't the right job for me.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Intelligent colleagues who cared about more than just getting ahead. We worked together to get the job done and hopefully enjoy the experience. Support from office management was generally strong.

    Cons

    Management relied almost solely on billable hours to determine bonuses and raises, which overlooks quality and deters innovation. The executive team appeared not to care much for their staff, we were treated like cogs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the annual review process to include more metrics. Billable hours do not solely determine productivity, and provide more Practice Development support for new VPs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Duff & Phelps was enjoyable and challenging

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

    Pros

    Great culture and work atmosphere.

    Cons

    Some of the employees seemed to dislike their job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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