DBRS
3.1 of 5 16 reviews
www.dbrs.com Toronto, Canada 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Mar 10, 2014

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54% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Product Manager (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at DBRS full-time for less than a year

ProsThe people at DBRS are all friendly and helpful when you don't understand something. I enjoy the relaxed atmosphere for the most part.

ConsWith the company's origins in Toronto, meetings and team interactions are difficult.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Very Low Salaries

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at DBRS

ProsThe People Are great, very laid back NYC office.

ConsThe Salaries are terrible...The lowest in the industry.

Advice to Senior ManagementGive out raises!

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Friendly work environment, but VERY LOW compensation

Financial Analyst (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at DBRS full-time for more than a year

ProsNice people, growing company, good for work and life balance.

ConsCompensation is likely the lowest in the industry.
Bonuses are a joke, the only way to get a raise is through promotion, which is difficult.
Family owned company, politics > merit.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Do not waste your time at this company.

Financial Analyst (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at DBRS for more than a year

ProsThe only reason to work here is if are starting your career and you have no money. Do not worry about your low knowledge. You will fit rite in.

ConsThey don't know what they are doing. Senior analysts showed a serious lack of financial knowledge. Whoever gave them that 5 star review was lying.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great all around experience for software development

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON (Canada)

I worked at DBRS as an intern for less than a year

ProsDBRS tries very hard to foster future success in the student coops they hire. The result is an experience that is very well-rounded technically, and personally. The management in charge of the coop program will make sure that their students are exposed to various aspects of an application stack based on their skill levels and interest, as well as personal development opportunities. Great position to work for during a university education.

ConsYou are constantly in a "ramp-up" state. The company does try to get you to produce as much meaningful work as possible, but due to their enthusiasm to develop your skillset, they keep you on your toes by exposing you to different technologies. However, this means you are consistently in a state of learning, and after a 4 month placement, it's very hard to feel extremely accomplished at any specific task; rather you'll get a jack-of-all-trades feeling.

Advice to Senior ManagementManages its students' development very well, but more competitive compensation could be offered. DBRS consistently offers a slightly-below-average pay.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A Retirement Community

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at DBRS

Pros- Good opportunity if it is your first work experience or especially if it is your last

- Good work/life balance

Cons- Politics, politics, politics and then...politics

- Too many people see this as their last job before retirement, which is reflected in the average age of employees and the atmosphere (stuffy and bureaucratic)

- Considering the points above growth opportunities are very limited

Advice to Senior Management- Eliminating the internal survey will not solve the problems, just hide them

- The company still has some potential

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Nice

Junior Financial Analyst (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON (Canada)

I worked at DBRS as an intern for less than a year

ProsNice people, good environment, fun work

ConsNot really much to say..

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It was a nice learning experience.

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON (Canada)

I worked at DBRS as an intern for less than a year

Prosrelaxed environment, good people, exposure to stack

Consmanagement could be better, projects could be more hands-on and impactful

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great mentorship and opportunity

Junior Financial Analyst (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON (Canada)

I worked at DBRS as an intern for less than a year

ProsGood people, good balance, good hours and lots of variety. Mentorship is there and opportunities are definitely there as well

ConsLimited exit opps, low pay. The pace is slower, which some people may like. Limited cons, it just depends what you are looking for.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Small but increasingly influential credit rating agency

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at DBRS full-time for more than 3 years

ProsUp and coming CRA with lean & profitable business model.
Well paid if you are senior manager ok for VPs and up.
Good and improving structured finance FIG and sovereign franchise in Europe.
The president Dan Curry is a credible and well regarded manager, but cannot say the same of other senior management.
Good mix of professionals from banks and other rating agencies in NY & London,Toronto is relatively weak .

ConsSeveral organisational problems lack of coordination across regional offices.
Toronto office is sleepy and un dynamic, NY and London are growing with better quality staff.
Family run business that may be sold in the medium term.
Increasingly bureaucratic & top heavy staff who rest on their laurels.
Uneven and old fashioned management model.

Advice to Senior ManagementTo become truly global and credible CRA you need to invest in better quality staff improve research products motivate & pay better the analytical staff and invest in improving communication. Credibility of research & analysis needs to remain key priority, regulators are watching.
Bring in more dynamic senior management across regional offices. its currently too top heavy and old school with too many former Moody's employees.
Streamline the Canadian business it's clearly mature and inefficient
Decentralise further decision making to NY and London
Buy or merge with other agencies to build critical mass, be more ambitious!

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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