Jefferies & Company Reviews

Updated August 26, 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. Accountant

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    Current Employee - Accountant - Corporate Controller in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Accountant - Corporate Controller in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very professional, colleagues and managers are very helpful.

    Cons

    Low salary. Long commute from where I live.


  2. Identity crisis

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    Former Employee - Investment Banking Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Could be good work life balance in the right group

    Cons

    Off market bonus clawback provisions. You can check out any time you like but you can never leave

    Advice to Management

    Create more career development structure at the mid level banker level


  3. Jefferies

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jefferies & Company full-time

    Pros

    Good place to learn for people starting their career, lots of mobility within the firm

    Cons

    More stressful at small banks


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    Good place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, smart people, a lot of energy

    Cons

    A lot of pressure, not a lot of visibility into schedule, limited work life balance


  6. Good place to work, growth opportunities not what they were.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent place to work with an Executive Committee who truly seem to care about their employees.

    Cons

    Trying too hard to be a full service investment bank. Hard to compete with bigger shops in certain businesses, especially since the firms cost of capital is so high. Better compensation and perks for employees when the firm was more of a boutique investment bank. What's best for the shareholder isn't always best for employee compensation...especially in the Back Office.

    Advice to Management

    Try to think about how to maximize both shareholder wealth and employee compensation. Theoretically, the two should go hand in hand. However, this is not the case for the Back-Office employees even though you subject them to Claw-back provisions along with the Front-Office employees.


  7. fair employer but culture needs to improve

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    entrepreneurial spirit; flexibility; no nonsense senior management; not much HR overbearing isssues. Pay for performance

    Cons

    too much turnover of employees; employee misconduct sometimes taints the whole firm so need better culture


  8. Business Development

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    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great organization to work that allows you to be an entrepreneur and excel within your field.

    Cons

    Very large organization to navigate.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Jefferies & Company full-time

    Pros

    Relaxing environment, nice colleagues, solid training if follow good boss

    Cons

    smaller in size, less clients exposure

    Advice to Management

    more formal recruitment process for juniors


  10. Nice environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice environment, less stressed than other banks.

    Cons

    Nothing yet, but lack of company's culture


  11. SVP

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Jefferies & Company full-time

    Pros

    Wall Street firm with great culture

    Cons

    Unfortunately they were not making money

    Advice to Management

    Cost cutting the back office can only go so far - need to drive front office revenues



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