Duff & Phelps
3.0 of 5 112 reviews
www.duffandphelps.com New York, NY 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Apr 15, 2014
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3.0 112 reviews

                             

54% Approve of the CEO

Duff & Phelps Chairman, President, and CEO Noah Gottdiener

Noah Gottdiener

(70 ratings)

53% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Good work life balance and somewhat interesting work"
    in 7 reviews
  • "Duff & Phelps offers a great work environment for anyone who thrives on challenging projects and enjoys working among the best in the industry"
    in 9 reviews
Cons:
  • "Erratic hours; tough clients who are also working crazy hours; hard to find a work-life balance"
    in 8 reviews
  • "Senior management has done a great of job of promoting a slacker culture at Duff & Phelps"
    in 9 reviews
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Decent work/life balance

Director (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time for more than a year

Prosdecent work /life balance here

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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I wouldn't recommend

Analyst (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time for more than a year

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

Consincredibly 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

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

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Disappointing...dispute consulting division

Dispute Consultant (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

I worked at Duff & Phelps full-time

Proslean team structure on certain engagements

Consoverworked
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 Senior Managementbe less cold-hearted

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

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Long hours, terrible compensation, poor culture

Analyst (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

I worked at Duff & Phelps full-time for more than a year

ProsYou 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.

ConsSome 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.

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

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mediocre

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Duff & Phelps

Prossome people are quite good

Conspoor leadership, very poor communications

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Property Tax Integration Analyst (Former Employee)
Dallas, TX

I worked at Duff & Phelps as a contractor for less than a year

ProsGreat location, beautiful offices. The people are very friendly and the have free soda!

ConsHiring practices are unprofessional! I was hired, asked to work temp for 3 months and then told to show up for training. I showed up for training on a Monday with one other woman who had also been hired and 6 temps. On wednesday, the trainer told us that only three people from the class would be kept on friday. Myself and the other woman that was hired were not of the 3 kept to stay at Duff and Phelps. They would not tell us why!

Advice to Senior ManagementFind a better way, your so called training class for new employees is a joke!

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

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Poor management, poor job equity

Senior Associate (Current Employee)
Paris (France)

I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood ambiance among the juniors

ConsVery poor management, lack of staffing, lack of communication

Advice to Senior ManagementImplement a 360° rating system, better communication about the objectives throughout the year, better rating system to reflect the real performance of the employee and reward them accordingly

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsLooking hard to find one....

ConsThey suck the life out of you.

Advice to Senior ManagementLook for a new job asap.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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High turnover - Miserable staff and management does not care about employees

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Duff & Phelps

ProsPay, not affected much by recession

ConsPeople, work environment, human resources is terrible, no company communication

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

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

Senior Associate (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

I worked at Duff & Phelps

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

ConsCompany 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 Senior ManagementHave your workforce mirror your clients as far as intelligence and diversity

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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