Duff & Phelps

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Duff & Phelps Reviews

Updated November 11, 2014
Updated November 11, 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.  

    Great way to get in the business

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

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

    Pros

    I was a part of the real estate arm of the company and DP provided great exposure to different segments in the real estate industry. You'll get the opportunity to work with institutional investors and value different product types in several different markets. Every project I've worked on were unique and was a great learning experience.

    Cons

    Several projects are rushed or low budgeted which often creates long work nights. You are rewarded on a billable hour basis so if projects take more time than budgeted by senior management, it will work against you in your year end review.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    budget projects realistically so that analysts aren't getting the short end of the stick when it comes to year end review.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 (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
  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.  

    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 (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
  6.  

    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 (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
  7.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    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
  8.  

    Great Job out of College

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 an year)

    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
  9.  

    A Well Run Organization Looking to the future

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

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

    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
  10.  

    Solid Company with Some Superstar Areas

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

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

    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA

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

    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

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