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 place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Intern in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps

    Pros

    Great pay and atmosphere. Much to leaern and grow within the company. Also the other employees are really good to work with.

    Cons

    It can get boring. Working on different projects get repetitive and what not. Upper management can be very demanding. Travel can get tedious.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing!

    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work. Work with a lot of big name clients

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

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps

    Pros

    Start doing value added work from your first day on the job. Office environment is not overly formal. Management willing to help you learn.

    Cons

    Once you have been working for six months to a year, the projects are routine with little variation. After a few years the work can get repetitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to put in place a continuing education program for analysts and seniors to work on during down time.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Decent Place All-In-All

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

    I worked at Duff & Phelps

    Pros

    Good Work / Life Balance - compensation is weak but hours less intense than larger banks.

    Cons

    Lack of Challenge - constant valuation assignments can get extremely mundane.
    Not a Meritocracy - promotions and awards are often given based on length of service rather than quality of work or revenue generation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Place to Work

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

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps

    Pros

    Duff has a much more relaxed work environment than many other middle market and bulge bracket investment banks. There is no face time requirement at the company. If work is completely on time and in an efficient and high quality manner, there is no expectation that people will stay until the most senior person leaves the office.

    Cons

    The company has limited name recognition which may be a detriment to resumes. Many people associate Duff with accounting related services and do not realize that investment banking is even a service we offer. Additionally, compensation could be more in line with other middle market investment banks in order to recruit the best talent possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Segregate the investment banking group from the rest of the business

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    A fun place to work if you don't want to be challenged.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst
    Former Employee - Business Analyst

    I worked at Duff & Phelps

    Pros

    The environment is fun and entertaining. Staff employees typically go to happy hours during the week and develop relationships outside of work. Aside from the employee relations, the work itself it not too challenging and I believe you get paid well for what you do - it is by no means I-Banking. The company allows for you to determine how to balance your work life and you get rewarded depending on where you put the fulcrum on the scale (i.e. some employees come in around 10 and leave at 6 others put in 10 - 12 days every day and get the promotions).

    Cons

    The company has instilled no loyalty among the staff level. Management constantly tell staff "this is a great place to start" hinting that they (staff employees) will be changing companies or careers in the short run. With comes no real career track. The work itself is not too challenging which allows from some of the employees to coast within the company not putting in too many hours. There are no opportunities to really go into the market and try the challenges of selling work or developing business relationships. Overall, the company does not foster a place you would be loyal to and would challenge you each day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat staff level employees like they are going to be in your shoes one day. Do not act fat and happy because of your title. Encourage newly hired employees to be loyal to the company and they will work harder and longer for you. Try and befriend them out of the office on some occasion - golf, etc.

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  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Satisfactory growing company.

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

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps

    Pros

    My individual group is relatively small and tight-knit. It stood out to me in the interview process from other consulting teams including hundreds of entry-level employees. This is a company where my coworkers know my name.

    Cons

    As a relatively young company, it has no solid volunteer/community service policy. It could also offer a better benefits package, including some kind of loan payback benefit. Lastly, name recognition is pretty hit-or-miss. If someone is highly familiar with financial services and business valuation, they may know it-- otherwise it's hard to talk about the specific firm with family, friends, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A lot more could be done with the company's web presence (and in PR across the board) to boost publicity and better advertise the services the company has available. Exercising leadership in doing "big company" things (i.e. matching employee donations to charity, being aggressive with publicity and name association) could be valuable both to clients and to outstanding prospective employees.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Fast-paced, interesting work. Great people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps

    Pros

    - Highly ambitious peers, constantly impressed by abilities of professionals
    - Highly professional atmosphere
    - Seem to hit a homerun with every acquisition
    - MDs are some of the best in their industries. Highly accomplished and regarded by clients.
    - No "time-clock cops". Easy come-and-go policy. People are trusted to manage their work load accordingly even at the intern level.
    - Sky's the limit for advancement. You decide the pace.

    Cons

    - Too much overhead in the form of non-revenue employees
    - Can lose sight of the big picture as they cut corners on trivial things like computer supplies, yet have admin staff sitting around with nothing to do
    - The sky-high rates and long hours equal HUGE revenues, but don't seem to flow down Jr. Mgmt and staff. Someone's getting paid (MDs?EC? Shareholders?).
    - Staffing can seem like organized chaos as no one is sure what is two weeks down the pipeline and what they will be working on.
    - Hiring cannot keep up with work coming in because they rely on internal referrals or dumb luck of people finding the listing on the website.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Continue to make great acquisitions.
    - Invest in better recruiting staff to get great candidates or use third-party recruiters.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    There are challenges but overall good environment and people with whom to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps

    Pros

    Professional Environment, Limited bureaucracy, Challenging work, Good people for the most part. Firm has strong reputation in financial community. Overall, I like what I do each day and the people I interact with.

    Cons

    At times, I think management does not realize we are a sizable, publicly-traded firm rather than a "mom and pop" shop. Some decisions that are made seem to be more motivated by short-term personal goals than a large, long-term view for the firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice would be to look at the bigger picture of firm goals when making big decisions - don't spend a great deal on a marketing effort to the staff the same week they learn their bonuses are not very high, for example.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps

    Pros

    Duff is a great place to better your skills and have your ideas heard. We have the ability to grow with the company.

    Cons

    The workload can often be too much. The distribution of work should be monitored more often to keep the workload balanced for each person/team.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Growing Company. Great Place to Work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps

    Pros

    The company has lofty growth ambitions and can achieve what they want to do if they do it carefully and with the input of their most valuable asset - their people. The employees of D&P make it such a great place - very intelligent with the caliber of the Big Four or a bulge bracket IB, yet without the insane amount of bureaucracy. The practice leadership is approachable and for the most part, the Managing Directors care.

    Cons

    There can be a disconnect between the folks on the ground and the upper level executives. There needs to be more communication from the C-Suite down to the field so there does not seem like there is such a level of secrecy that is not needed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate to your employees better, look to the Segment and Business Unit Leaders to learn how to do a better job, as they tend to have the respect of their people and can help you deliver messages.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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