Jefferies & Company Reviews

Updated August 8, 2014
Updated August 8, 2014
102 Reviews

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102 Reviews
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Jefferies & Company Chairman and CEO, Jefferies Group and Jefferies & Company Richard B. Handler
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Solid deal flow in San Francisco (in 5 reviews)

  • Excellent IT to work with, good HR profile, great people to work with (in 5 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 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Grueling yet rewarding.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Jefferies & Company full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Teamwork and learning, they pay you and train you to the fullest extent which is very hard to find. The exposure to deals is limitless as well.

    Cons

    No cons unless you can't handle the hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    IB Analyst Program

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IB Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - IB Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Jefferies & Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Dynamic and growing company that is much more flexible and agile than larger banking firms.

    Cons

    No negatives except for complaints about IB broadly: not a great work life balance, work is not particularly rewarding or technically challenging.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company to work for

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Jefferies & Company

    Pros

    Great work environment with even better people

    Cons

    Cant think of any at this time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cant think of any at this time

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  5.  

    Interview

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jefferies & Company

    Pros

    It's relaxing interview. I was asked some questions about finance, like swap yield curve, options and futures. And I did some questions about what I did in my academic courses, what my contribution was in the project.

    Cons

    I think they hired the highest qualified people. People as a employee at Jefferies will have lots of knowledge about the financial markets. Your responsibility ranges from the beginning to the end.

  6.  

    Great place to develop an IB/securities career

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Jefferies & Company

    Pros

    Dynamic company growing market share, motivated employees, good work/life balance - generally the firm gets it right as the results have shown.

    Cons

    Typical downsides associated with working for any investment bank - nothing that you wouldn't expect to encounter at other similar institutions.

  7.  

    Fixed Income Analyst

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Fixed Income Analyst  in  Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Fixed Income Analyst in Stamford, CT

    I worked at Jefferies & Company as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Get to work with MDs, Get some hands on experience, smart guys working there, MBS and High Yield is awesome loved it

    Cons

    Unstructured internship, don't get opportunities to actually help workers, don't do that much during internship, great time, was really fun, but wanted to learn more and contribute more

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organize internship program

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company. Amazing culture. Quickly rising to the top

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Jefferies & Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Junior level employees given lots of challenging and meaningful work. Great exit opportunities. Excellent opportunity to work with intelligent and driven people.

    Cons

    Long hours as an analyst, but doable. Limited deal opportunities due to smaller balance sheet, but that is changing quickly fortunately.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Firm

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Equity Research Associate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Equity Research Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Jefferies & Company

    Pros

    smart people, great culture, great compensation

    Cons

    sometimes the smartest people aren't the ones who make it to the top

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    do a better job of retaining talent

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Jefferies - a great place to build a career

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President  in  Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Vice President in Stamford, CT

    I have been working at Jefferies & Company

    Pros

    Exciting, nice and talented people, full of opportunities...

    Cons

    Paid so so at beginning. They sell the potential opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The most talent may leave quickly if compensation does not catch up.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Vice President

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Vice President  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Vice President in New York, NY

    I have been working at Jefferies & Company

    Pros

    strong growth opportunities, solid leadership, good opportunity to advance in career, good balance sheet, small company feel, good place to wrok

    Cons

    the company is growing very fast and there is sometimes not enough support on the back end. lots of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep focused on the goal of gaining market share in this strong market opportunity. keep the company appropriately staffed for growth.

    Recommends
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