Duff & Phelps Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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Duff & Phelps Chairman, President, and CEO Noah Gottdiener
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Pros
  • Good work life balance and somewhat interesting work (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
  • Work life balance is subpar with high turnover (in 10 reviews)

  • Long hours, low wages, management was unwilling to do their job and did not keep agreements made with temporary workers (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Vice President

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    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Knowledgeable people and interesting work

    Cons

    Beauracracy and not much time for personal activities

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice for management


  2. Intern

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    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work on live deals, analysts are always willing to help, learn a lot of valuation

    Cons

    Some late nights, but never too late.


  3. Decent place to work

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    interesting work and nice people

    Cons

    long hours and unclear career path


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    Working at D&P

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Valuation Services Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Valuation Services Senior Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very flexible office culture that creates a comfortable atmosphere. People are also very nice and understanding. If you're busy and elect to come in early, people notice, and if you're not busy and elect to come in a little later, people get it. People are also very willing to work with you and help you prioritize projects so that you are able to accomplish everything in good standing while not drowning. Very enjoyable to work here.

    Cons

    Somewhat complacent staff where some people can get a little "too comfortable" and lose their ambition to strive to take their careers to new levels.

    Advice to Management

    Revisit compensation more often with employees with a greater degree of transparency (i.e. discuss compensation with competitors, discuss internal compensation policy, and offer additional insight into how one can earn higher bonuses / earn promotions, etc.)


  6. Never going back to Corporate

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    Current Employee - Valuation Analyst in Morristown, NJ
    Current Employee - Valuation Analyst in Morristown, NJ

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I switched from a very large company as a Senior Financial Analyst to Duff & Phelps last year. The learning curve is STEEP but I enjoy the collaboration, teaching atmosphere, and flexibility.

    Cons

    Periodically there are late, late, late nights! Weekends are not off limits, especially during peak periods.

    Advice to Management

    The company should improve how it recognizes their employees for their achievements, and develop a comprehensive talent development program. However, my opinion may be colored from my previous position, where my former company excelled in these areas.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Strong program for key technical valuation and modelling skills

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    Former Employee - Valuation Advisory Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Valuation Advisory Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Duff & Phelps full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great learning environment Develop core valuation skill sets core to a transaction-oriented career

    Cons

    Compensation is well below market Only worth the education experience, heavy churn

    Advice to Management

    Improve compensation, invest in employees for the long term


  8. Great place to work and learn

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    Current Employee - Migration Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Migration Specialist in New York, NY

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    you are taken care of well

    Cons

    nothing that I can think of good environmnet

    Advice to Management

    Bring me back as a permanent employee.


  9. Easy but don't expect too much compensation

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    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

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

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

    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.


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

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    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Decent work/life balance

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    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time (More than a year)

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

    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



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