Piper Jaffray

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Piper Jaffray Reviews

Updated December 8, 2014
Updated December 8, 2014
62 Reviews
3.0
62 Reviews
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Piper Jaffray Chairman and CEO Andrew S. Duff
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Generally good work life balance for finance (in 4 reviews)

  • Flexible work schedule, nice people, meaningful projects (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Lack of client engagement and accountability on part of senior management (in 4 reviews)

  • Substantially lower pay compared to street - even compared to middle market (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Overall good workplace with positive business prospects

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Associate in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Piper Jaffray full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Solid management team and positive business prospects

    Cons

    Working hours can be very long at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help employees better manage work life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Good team....disconnected from Minneapolis main office

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Assistant in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Piper Jaffray full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good team of people that actually liked each other :)

    Cons

    Got laid-off. Disconnected from the core group in Minneapolis.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great internship experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fixed Income Sales, Trading, Underwriting in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Fixed Income Sales, Trading, Underwriting in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Piper Jaffray as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Treat their interns very well in regards to other investment banks. A very flexible culture.

    Cons

    It all depends on you to build your way up, people will help you - but won't come to you.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Solid middle market investment bank experience

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

    I have been working at Piper Jaffray full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not a cut throat culture, but still pushed enough to achieve necessary tasks/goals. Flexibility

    Cons

    Pays a little below the market, though if you are a top performer, you will be well compensated. Working in the NY office makes you feel a little less part of the organization given most of the company's staff is in MN

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More management leaders based in NY instead of MN

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Effective introduction to the world of Investment Banking

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Middle Office Intern in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Global Middle Office Intern in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Piper Jaffray as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    You learn so much so fast, great for students with a general interest in Investment Banking. Flexible work schedule, nice people, meaningful projects. Great corporate setting to develop professional skills. Excellent compensation compared to other student work combined with a surprisingly pleasant and helpful office culture help make this company a good choice.

    Cons

    Somewhat stressful environment and communication is difficult at some points, this comes with the job and the industry however. Internship did not include a presentation to upper-mgmt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set clear start and finish dates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good M&A Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Associate in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Associate in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Piper Jaffray full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Strong execution focus, fun junior professionals, generalist approach allows for junior professionals to work across a number of industries

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility, tough work-life balance, process focus makes competing for new business difficult against some industry banks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good, close group of employees.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Desktop Tech Support in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Desktop Tech Support in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Piper Jaffray full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A lot of good people working here, benefits are good. Company is very good with community involvement and allowing employees to focus on family.

    Cons

    Company needs to provide more training for tech employees. They fail to properly recognize employees who put in extra time and effort at bonus time. Tech management has too many employees for each manager to properly manage (staffing was cut too thin in 2009).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Company with morals

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Assistant
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Assistant

    I have been working at Piper Jaffray full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Supportive environment, great co-workers, competitive salary, generous benefits package.

    Cons

    Upward mobility stagnant for my position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Pretty good culture, lots of hard work, a little conservative

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Piper Jaffray as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of junior-level responsibility, seems like good opportunities to move around within the organization. Healthcare group has a great reputation

    Cons

    Less M&A focused, more equity deals

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great internship experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Piper Jaffray as an intern

    Pros

    Piper Jaffray has a very flexible and open culture, and is a great place to start your career. I generally found senior management to be very receptive of new ideas, and they treat their junior associates and interns well relative to other investment banks.

    Cons

    Many of the problems are common across the industry - long working hours, significant time spent doing work of questionable value. It really depends on the group you're in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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