Jefferies & Company Reviews

Updated August 5, 2015
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Jefferies & Company Chairman and CEO, Jefferies Group and Jefferies & Company Richard B. Handler
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Pros
  • Jefferies investment banking division is an up and comer in the industry (in 8 reviews)

  • Great learning environment, solid deal flow, great exit opps, great people (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is slightly worse than at other major banks for similar compensation (in 9 reviews)

  • Long hours and heavy responsibilities (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Non-banker

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Jefferies & Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Depending on your group, your manager may let you work from home but it is not a supported policy unless in emergency situations.

    Cons

    If you are not a banker or not in a department that is valued by senior management you will get very little resources allocated to you and will get shafted when it comes time for bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone as a valuable employee.


  2. Where finance is an exclusive mens club

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good entry level opportunities. Nice building and nice office.

    Cons

    Management only hires and promotes their friends who they have worked with at their previous firms

    Advice to Management

    Either start practicing or stop preaching


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    Management

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Little Silver, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Little Silver, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Jefferies & Company (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent Firm Senior management appears to be involved and care; make quick decisions; act like traders

    Cons

    Management has a high opinion of themselves. Get into businesses they don't understand. Senior Management is overpaid; support staff is no appreciated

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach and get back to the core value - don't just write about it


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  5. Great for college and high school students.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Fort Smith, AR
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Fort Smith, AR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Jefferies & Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedules for college and high school students.

    Cons

    Low pay, no benefits,


  6. Not worth it if working within Corporate Services

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Jefferies & Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    20 paid days off per year, can work from home when needed. Offices are located within convenient distance to transit.

    Cons

    There is little to no respect given for corporate services positions in terms of compensation. Corporate services also maintains a poor and inexperienced senior management team throughout.


  7. Inefficiency in IT

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - IT Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Jefferies & Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some really nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Some misaligned mid to senior IT managers who are the impediment and reason why they are running a very high IT budget.

    Advice to Management

    Nurture your true talent, remove the impediments in IT who does not put company's interest over their own personal interest, realign some misaligned managers who has very little knowledge and experience in the area they are managing.


  8. revolving door

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Used to be a good name to get on your resume

    Cons

    It is a revolving door there. No employer or employee loyalty anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Enough with the "You're lucky to have a job" attitude.


  9. Awesome team members but management is inept.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Jefferies & Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many of my colleagues are spot on some of the best in the business, and I've learned some significant life lessons from them. The compensation is spot on given the job but the clawback on bonuses is kind of bullsh!t

    Cons

    There are many more in management that seem to have the skill set of a toddler and many times they sound like a toddler when they don't get their way. There really isn't a path for personal or professional growth, it's as if they use you for two years and toss you to the curb like this weeks recycling.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees and understand that we're humans with needs and emotions, and even some ethics once in awhile. Throwing us a bone once in awhile doesn't make us feel good; quite the opposite though. Of course management is day to day with their heads in the clouds and seemingly growing the ranks of management without growing your base level of employees.


  10. not ideal

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IBD Analyst
    Current Employee - IBD Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Jefferies & Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Compensation is generally on par with the street. Work is similar to that in any other investment bank, though the deal teams are slightly thinner. Junior bankers generally spend significantly more time pitching than those at other banks.

    Cons

    Turnover is higher here than at competing banks. Exits opportunities are not on par with those at bulge brackets. Cutthroat culture. Little communication between senior management and juniors. Rigid compensation structure. Significant financial penalties if you decide to leave.


  11. Worst Bureaucracy ever...with little movement (Operations)

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Junior Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Contractor - Junior Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Jefferies & Company as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free cereal and coffee. Nice building lol

    Cons

    Operations division is the worst

    Advice to Management

    Do some research before hiring your PM's for compliance projects



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