Jefferies & Company

www.jefferies.com
Profile Unclaimed

Jefferies & Company Reviews

Updated February 16, 2015
Updated February 16, 2015
17 Reviews
5.0
17 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Jefferies & Company Chairman and CEO, Jefferies Group and Jefferies & Company Richard B. Handler
Richard B. Handler
17 Ratings

Review Highlights

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)

  • the management of the company, long hours (in 7 reviews)

More Highlights

17 Employee Reviews Back to all Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Awesome place to learn and work with extremely smart people.

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

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

    Pros

    The team is extremely sharp. They don't waste time chasing useless deals. They will help you learn as an associate. There is a path to grow and get promoted.

    Cons

    Feedback could be given to employees more quickly. A bit slow to adopt technology, but they were still one of the tech savvy investors on the street.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thanks for helping me grow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Good to place to work if you're hungry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    1) Can be a junior person and, if you prove you can handle it, can run transactions from start to finish.

    2) Jefferies is about hustle, people work very hard, and crave competing and winning (a theme that has been and continues to be noticed across Wall Street).

    3) CEO is a very passionate guy and attends a ton of I-banking pitches with clients.... many firms claim "senior level support" to clients and transactions, but its a known fact that a CEO of a trillion dollar bank with massive businesses across the world can't possibly stand by that kind of a commitment; Jefferies CEO and #2's ability to stand behind clients with their time, energy, and deal-making skill is a real advantage for Jefferies.

    4) With a large capital base supporting the growing I-bank, it is now safe(r) from the market sensitive risks that hurt the company following a somewhat baseless and poorly thought-out research report a few years back.

    5) Not a bank holding company... this is a big marketing point for Jefferies, but it is nonetheless an advantage. Regulatory bodies across the world are restricting the type of business banks can participate in (i.e., high yield debt). Bank holding companies are being forced by their credit committees to turn down good clients that are levered up above regulatory standards. Jefferies is picking up this business.

    Cons

    1) As mentioned in the Pros column, bankers work hard. It is not for everybody. Good junior bankers here tend to be very efficient (or quickly learn to be) and commit a great deal of time and bandwidth to the job. Not necessarily a con depending on the person, but it is certainly a reality for some

    2) As a more efficient firm (not speaking to comp) sometimes the resources larger BHC firms enjoy are not available to junior bankers at Jefferies. We get more than we need to do our job, but occasionally you notice a shortfall (i.e., no access to certain research reports). Again, not really a big con, but costs on non-comp items are managed closely.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Work there for one year now

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great learning environment, solid deal flow, great exit opps, great people

    Cons

    Nothing to gripe about, great experience overall

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5.  

    Great place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Tax Intern in New York, NY
    Current Intern - Tax Intern in New York, NY

    I have been working at Jefferies & Company as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Environment, company culture, being in NYC, the people were friendly

    Cons

    the management of the company, long hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Jefferies & Company full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for, got to experience a wide variety tasks during my employment and worked with a variety of excellent financial professionals

    Cons

    Difficult market conditions could put a strain on revenue generation within the team. But it was a situation shared by all.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work at one time.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Trader in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Trader in New York, NY

    I worked at Jefferies & Company full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    You were treated as a partner/owner of the firm. Was a great place to work at one time. The place was truly a great place to work. The management was hands on and always made you feel important. Compensation was fair and everyone was generous. The CEO called you on your birthday! Every year! believe it.

    Cons

    New management brought a different feeling...just a number. Keep your head down...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the old guard (Jefferies, Baxter, Bellucci, Shaw..) always treated you fairly and as a partner. that feeling and attitude seemed to have left with the new management that was brought in.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Grueling yet rewarding.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
  9.  

    IB Analyst Program

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
  10.  

    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

  11.  

    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.

Work at Jefferies & Company? Share Your Experiences

Jefferies & Company

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.