Duff & Phelps

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Duff & Phelps Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated July 14, 2014
Updated July 14, 2014
133 Reviews
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133 Reviews
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Duff & Phelps Chairman, President, and CEO Noah Gottdiener
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is marginal, but good opportunities to learn (in 9 reviews)

  • With some effort, patience and skill, there are doors that open at Duff and Phelps, and you have flexibility to create your own work environment (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Erratic hours; tough clients who are also working crazy hours; hard to find a work-life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Long hours but aside from that not much (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Learn good technical skills in dynamic environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Valuation Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Valuation Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time

    Pros

    Learn solid valuation skills. Work in dynamic environment. See diverse companies.

    Cons

    Hours can be highly volatile, modeling may become mechanical.

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Place to Learn

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

    I worked at Duff & Phelps full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked very hard, spent many hours in the office with tight deadlines... but in the end I wouldn't be where I am without my time at Duff. I am incredibly grateful for my experience and would recommend it to anyone looking to tee-up a rewarding career in finance.

    Cons

    Lots of hours, but if you get the hours it means you are good. Just push through it!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Disappointing...dispute consulting division

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Dispute Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Dispute Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Duff & Phelps full-time

    Pros

    lean team structure on certain engagements

    Cons

    overworked
    poor pay
    laughable bonus
    poor training
    poor staffing structure
    i suggest looking to other litigation consulting firms unless you have an interest in IP litigation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be less cold-hearted

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Long hours, terrible compensation, poor culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Duff & Phelps full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You will become an expert at putting pitches together because that's all you will do. The company rarely ever wins a pitch. The firm's sweet spot is negative EBITDA companies.

    Cons

    Some managing directors will screw anyone over for a deal, even their colleagues at the firm.

    Bonuses will be hyped so that you work extra hard (especially thought the holidays) but when it comes time to pay bonuses senior management always have an excuse about how it was a tough year. My bonus working a 9-5 corporate role was higher than working 90+ hours a week at Duff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Solid Company with Some Superstar Areas

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Well-run
    To be privately held by Carlyle Group

    Cons

    Valuation business is an old dinosaur that needs to be cut down

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create better opportunities to market for new business across service lines

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great experience for a first timer in Financial Services

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Duff & Phelps full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Small boutique-minded bank that attracts good clients

    Cons

    Public company puts it under unnecessary strain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate better

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Duff and Phelps was a toxic place to work due to lack of MD's care to help those below them.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Duff & Phelps

    Pros

    Access to projects
    If you are a associate you will have tremendous responsibility because the folks hire up won't be there for input.

    Cons

    Company culture changed when it went public from valuation firm to accounting firm.
    MD's who were not smart enough to carry their own weight or bring in decent business.
    MD's looked out only for themselves when company went public
    Company suffered when they change income generation from Associates with MBA's from top schools to Associates barely out of college with no experience.
    No diversity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have your workforce mirror your clients as far as intelligence and diversity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    only someone desperate for a job should work here

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Duff & Phelps

    Pros

    most people below the MD level are very nice and good to work with. If you need a job badly and don't care about worklife balance or compensation, they will love you.

    Cons

    Many MD's treat you like you are easily replaceable and that you should work at their beckon call. You will work a lot of weekends and be paid like someone who doesn't. The stock price is down for a reason. They can not hire good talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people and you won't have the turnover issues you are dealing with. Don't hire your friends to lead groups. Actually, do a real search.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good starting place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Duff & Phelps

    Pros

    - Great place to learn
    - Great people

    Cons

    - Lack of management support
    - Dispute Leadership team lacks vision, credibility ...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better team support and communication within practice groups needed

    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps

    Pros

    Duff has a much more relaxed work environment than many other middle market and bulge bracket investment banks. There is no face time requirement at the company. If work is completely on time and in an efficient and high quality manner, there is no expectation that people will stay until the most senior person leaves the office.

    Cons

    The company has limited name recognition which may be a detriment to resumes. Many people associate Duff with accounting related services and do not realize that investment banking is even a service we offer. Additionally, compensation could be more in line with other middle market investment banks in order to recruit the best talent possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Segregate the investment banking group from the rest of the business

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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