Duff & Phelps

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Duff & Phelps Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated July 28, 2014
Updated July 28, 2014
126 Reviews

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126 Reviews
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Duff & Phelps Chairman, President, and CEO Noah Gottdiener
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74 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work life balance and somewhat interesting work (in 8 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 9 reviews)

  • Long hours but aside from that not much (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    One of the best experience in my career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consulting Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Consulting Analyst in New York, NY

    Pros

    Ability to work independently and in a team setting.

    Cons

    none that I found great place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always be direct and up front with the details

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Easy but don't expect too much compensation

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance. Work isn't that taxing, and can lead to good experience to spring board you somewhere else.

    Cons

    Lower than industry compensation, favoritism, in-house politics. Don't think of this place as a career-path, because no one else besides upper level employees do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Not a good place if you have pride in your work.

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

    Pros

    job security - if you are horrible, they will never fire you. you can lie on your timecard and no one will care as long as they can pass along your hours to their clients.

    Cons

    bonuses are horrible and so is total comp relative to competitors. They are more interested in getting fees from clients that doing good work. If you are a good worker, you will constantly be asked to pick up the slack from other, bad workers but you will not be compensated for it and they will never be fired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being so greedy. If you want to retain and keep good talent you have to show the good talent that you care, both by career advancement opportunities and better pay than the less motivated or capable staff. Stop rewarding slackers that never show up and lie on their timecards.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Solid and Growing Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

    Pros

    Duff & Phelps is a growing business with several service lines that are, or are shortly posed to be, the market leader. The firm still thinks of itself as a mid-market investment banking firm, but the reality is that it can provide financial advisory in a multitude of areas, most of which are growing rapidly. It's very nice never to worry about job security

    Cons

    Duff is less prestigious than a big investment bank, and they pay is going to be lower at most levels below Managing Director. The banking group still dominates the firm, but the real value to the firm lies outside of M&A.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of compensation groups within service lines, so that people can bring in business into any service line.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Decent work/life balance

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

    Pros

    decent work /life balance here

    Cons

    company is poorly run - too much fighting amongst groups over who gets the revenue versus actually maximizing revenue for the firm

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    My experience has been long and tedious

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY

    Pros

    the free lunches during meetings

    Cons

    very separate. EA's are treated as unimportant.

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    I wouldn't recommend

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    Pros

    good opportunities to learn, get thrown in on lots of projects, big name clients

    Cons

    incredibly long hours and weekend work and very little pay relative to hours worked, zero ability to control or predict your schedule, the company expects you to have your computer when you take vacation, the rating system is on a curve aka even if more people are great, they can't get assigned the higher rating and they have to have some assigned as the lowest rating, incredibly low bonuses, no loyalty to employees, people are incredibly intense and can only talk about work, culture is intense, stiff, and people aren't friends

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Job out of College

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

    Pros

    Gain Marketable Skills. Valuation / Modeling

    Cons

    Pay is below street, Challenge employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay employees better, match street to retain employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Nice people, needs better management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    Pros

    Smart, hardworking coworkers
    Interesting work
    Entrepreneurial environment

    Cons

    Some senior leaders are rarely in the office and have no idea what's happening with the company
    Sexist remarks tolerated

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    I have learned a significant amount of financial knowledge in a short time.

    • 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

    Pros

    Exposure to Complex Deals
    Deal Responsibility
    Exposure to Larger Cases

    Cons

    Small Deals in M&A
    Not Enough Individual Training
    Loss of Talent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have to pay to keep talent

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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