Duff & Phelps

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Duff & Phelps Reviews

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
133 Reviews
3.1
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.  

    Great work/life balance

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

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Everyone was a pleasure to work with. You get to work with all of the top PE/Hedge funds in the world and get great insight on deal flow. So many resources at your disposal and you can really learn a lot.

    Cons

    Your chargeability is solely reliable on your Managing Directors sales. If they sell a lot of work, you will be busy and be rewarded for it come bonus time. Bonuses are somewhat limited. Will not be receiving banking style bonuses. More in the 15-20% range.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work and learn

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

    you are taken care of well

    Cons

    nothing that I can think of good environmnet

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring me back as a permanent employee.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps

    Pros

    Great MD who cares for people's needs

    Cons

    Long hours but aside from that not much.

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Make your own way

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps

    Pros

    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

    Cons

    Transitioning from a good analyst to a good manager to being good at business development. The transition is necessary in order to progress, but it is not easy.

  6. 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
  7.  

    Great experience, high expectations and skill building challenges.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consulting Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Consulting Analyst in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    You'll work with people at the top of their game.

    Cons

    You will work a lot!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider being kinder.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Firm - Committed to Growing Each Business Segment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Duff & Phelps combines the resources of a bulge-bracket institution with the entrepreneurial spirit of a boutique firm. D&P encourages staff to invest in building a personal network and to be active outside of the office.

    Cons

    Duff & Phelps has grown considerably over the last few years and is still in the process of digesting and molding all of its divisions to best serve clients - this has caused minor disruptions in day-to-day operations, but nothing major.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Purchase better coffee

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Culture in the Los Angeles Office. Growing Middle Market Investment Bank

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate, Investment Bank in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Associate, Investment Bank in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    - Great Culture. The culture in the Los Angeles office is amazing. As an experienced investment banker I found that the managers and head of the office actually care about your life and do not treat you a like a disposable resource that they can utilize until you fizzle out.
    - Consistent Deal Flow. The directors and managing directors are seasoned veterans that bring in substantial deal flow and can execute transactions efficiently and consistently.
    - Solid Training and Ample Resources. Duff & Phelps has the resources of a bulge bracket investment bank and dedicates a lot of time and money to training employees.

    Cons

    - Limited Junior Staffing. While the company tends to invest a lot of money in each employee, it also limits the number of analysts that it can hire. The analysts get a lot of experience that they normally would not get until they were in their second or third year at other firms, but the investment banking junior staff is consistently very busy.
    - No free Red Bull or Nespresso (yes, a very Wall Street problem...)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. The corporate strategy has been excellent and I hope the growth continues under Carlyle.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Firm and great projects

    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)

    Pros

    Great Firm and great projects; location is fantastic; well-managed

    Cons

    Erratic hours; tough clients who are also working crazy hours; hard to find a work-life balance

  11.  

    Great work enviroment, proffesional stafff.

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

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

    Pros

    Deep bench of industry experts
    High quality work product
    Broad national and international footprint
    Collegial and respectful atmosphere

    Cons

    Could use more frequent and topical internal communication
    Could have better integration with foriegn operations
    Could have better knowlege management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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