Duff & Phelps Reviews

Updated July 8, 2015
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Duff & Phelps Chairman, President, and CEO Noah Gottdiener
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13 Ratings

Pros
  • Good work life balance and somewhat interesting work (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
  • Work life balance is subpar with high turnover (in 10 reviews)

  • Long hours, low wages, management was unwilling to do their job and did not keep agreements made with temporary workers (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work on live deals, analysts are always willing to help, learn a lot of valuation

    Cons

    Some late nights, but never too late.


  2. Good experience

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

    I worked at Duff & Phelps full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great office environment, learned a ton!

    Cons

    Long hours, but that is expected for this type of job.


  3. Associate

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The biggest Pro with respect to starting a career at Duff is the raw intellectual talent surrounding you. Some of the smartest people I've encountered in the market call Duff home, and you have the ability to develop at an extremely rapid pace if so inclined.

    Cons

    As is the case in most companies in the space, it's not a place to settle down and get comfortable for those who are less driven to excel. Given the talent around you and the level of drive everyone has to succeed, you should be prepared to push your limits to avoid getting left behind. As a project-based business, the high-value assignments are typically staffed with the star employees, and over time, if you don't manage your career appropriately, you can get left behind very quickly if you don't make it a priority to prove yourself on those projects. If you find yourself being left off the high-value projects with regularity, it is a pretty good benchmark to assess how successful you will be, and it might make sense to move on.

    Advice to Management

    Train employees to get comfortable with high level client contact early. Although different roles focus on different aspects of an engagement, the assembly-line focus on a project may boost short-term profitability at the expense of grooming the next crop of leaders. I saw a lack of early client contact create a sort of fear in the younger ranks, which grows over time creating a big obstacle to overcome as those younger employees begin to promote up the ranks.


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  5. Great work/life balance

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

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Everyone was a pleasure to work with. You get to work with all of the top PE/Hedge funds in the world and get great insight on deal flow. So many resources at your disposal and you can really learn a lot.

    Cons

    Your chargeability is solely reliable on your Managing Directors sales. If they sell a lot of work, you will be busy and be rewarded for it come bonus time. Bonuses are somewhat limited. Will not be receiving banking style bonuses. More in the 15-20% range.


  6. Great place to work and learn

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    • Senior Management
    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 (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    you are taken care of well

    Cons

    nothing that I can think of good environmnet

    Advice to Management

    Bring me back as a permanent employee.


  7. 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.


  8. Helpful (2)

    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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Great Place to Learn

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I worked very hard, spent many hours in the office with tight deadlines... but in the end I wouldn't be where I am without my time at Duff. I am incredibly grateful for my experience and would recommend it to anyone looking to tee-up a rewarding career in finance.

    Cons

    Lots of hours, but if you get the hours it means you are good. Just push through it!


  10. Great experience, high expectations and skill building challenges.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consulting Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Consulting Analyst in Houston, TX

    I worked at Duff & Phelps full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You'll work with people at the top of their game.

    Cons

    You will work a lot!

    Advice to Management

    Consider being kinder.


  11. Great Firm - Committed to Growing Each Business Segment

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

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Duff & Phelps combines the resources of a bulge-bracket institution with the entrepreneurial spirit of a boutique firm. D&P encourages staff to invest in building a personal network and to be active outside of the office.

    Cons

    Duff & Phelps has grown considerably over the last few years and is still in the process of digesting and molding all of its divisions to best serve clients - this has caused minor disruptions in day-to-day operations, but nothing major.

    Advice to Management

    Purchase better coffee



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