Duff & Phelps Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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  1. Associate

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The biggest Pro with respect to starting a career at Duff is the raw intellectual talent surrounding you. Some of the smartest people I've encountered in the market call Duff home, and you have the ability to develop at an extremely rapid pace if so inclined.

    Cons

    As is the case in most companies in the space, it's not a place to settle down and get comfortable for those who are less driven to excel. Given the talent around you and the level of drive everyone has to succeed, you should be prepared to push your limits to avoid getting left behind. As a project-based business, the high-value assignments are typically staffed with the star employees, and over time, if you don't manage your career appropriately, you can get left behind very quickly if you don't make it a priority to prove yourself on those projects. If you find yourself being left off the high-value projects with regularity, it is a pretty good benchmark to assess how successful you will be, and it might make sense to move on.

    Advice to Management

    Train employees to get comfortable with high level client contact early. Although different roles focus on different aspects of an engagement, the assembly-line focus on a project may boost short-term profitability at the expense of grooming the next crop of leaders. I saw a lack of early client contact create a sort of fear in the younger ranks, which grows over time creating a big obstacle to overcome as those younger employees begin to promote up the ranks.


  2. Vice President

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Nice pay, flat structure, less politics

    Cons

    Poor or no work/life balance at all


  3. Decent place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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  5. Helpful (1)

    Working at D&P

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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. Helpful (1)

    Review

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

    I worked at Duff & Phelps

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

    Pros

    Varied work experience and builds strong analytical skills

    Cons

    Needs higher pay to keep talent

    Advice to Management

    Above


  7. There's no fun in Dysfunction

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

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps

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

    Pros

    The compensation is good benefits are acceptable offices are clean

    Cons

    inadequate support expectations shift with the wind

    Advice to Management

    if someone asks you a question, please give an honest answer. The truth is too easy to discover nowadays.


  8. Never going back to Corporate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. Helpful (4)

    It's not great.

    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Duff & Phelps full-time

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

    Pros

    Good place to build analytical skills. People are nice and the office environment is not too stressful. Get to work on different projects.

    Cons

    The company doesn't care about retaining people. There is a high turnover and there is no career development. The company doesn't have any money to spend on social events.


  10. Fairly Standard for the Industry

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

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

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with. Professional environment.

    Cons

    Long hours during busy times. Working 2 days straight when multiple projects have close deadlines.


  11. Great work/life balance

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

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps

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

    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.



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