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.  

    Advisory work in I Banking

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Duff & Phelps

    Pros

    flexible work rules, leader in valuation

    Cons

    limited funds for new business development, bonus issues every year, restrictive FINRA policies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest to Grow

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great work/life balance

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  3.  

    Great way to get in the business

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Real Estate Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Real Estate Analyst in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    I was a part of the real estate arm of the company and DP provided great exposure to different segments in the real estate industry. You'll get the opportunity to work with institutional investors and value different product types in several different markets. Every project I've worked on were unique and was a great learning experience.

    Cons

    Several projects are rushed or low budgeted which often creates long work nights. You are rewarded on a billable hour basis so if projects take more time than budgeted by senior management, it will work against you in your year end review.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    budget projects realistically so that analysts aren't getting the short end of the stick when it comes to year end review.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Strong program for key technical valuation and modelling skills

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Improve compensation, invest in employees for the long term

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Would not recommend working here for friends

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    Current Employee - Tax Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Tax Analyst in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and advancement potential for those that put in the work.

    Cons

    Work life balance is subpar with high turnover. Turnover leaves more work for those that do stay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good experience, but culture is deteriorating

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There are still some good people there. Work life balance is marginal, but good opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    Culture was very collaborative years ago, not so much today. Managing directors run the show, and with a number of RIFs in the last few years, a lot of the good ones have left and the ones that are still there are willing to stab each other in the back to get credit for revenues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address the internal rot that is happening or you will continue to lose more good people. The pay is not better than competitors, so you will continue to lose the brightest and the best at all levels if the environment continues to be one where people don't like coming to work. The most capable people will go where they are rewarded with the best pay and an environment that is positive. Today, Duff does not have either of those.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Management was unwilling to intervene in hostile work situations

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    Former Employee - Property Tax Specialist in Addison, TX
    Former Employee - Property Tax Specialist in Addison, TX

    I worked at Duff & Phelps as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice office, decent technology to work with, lots of cool people to work with and nice break rooms.

    Cons

    Long hours, low wages, management was unwilling to do their job and did not keep agreements made with temporary workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your lowest tier employees like they matter to you and you will have better retention rates

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work and learn

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    • 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
  10.  

    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.

  11.  

    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)

    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

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