Duff & Phelps Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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  1. Advisory work in I Banking

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

    Pros

    flexible work rules, leader in valuation

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Invest to Grow


  2. Great way to get in the business

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

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

    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 Management

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


  3. Helpful (2)

    Strong program for key technical valuation and modelling skills

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


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Would not recommend working here for friends

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

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

    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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Good experience, but culture is deteriorating

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

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

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

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Great place to work and learn

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


  8. 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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Learn good technical skills in dynamic environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Valuation Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Valuation Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time

    Pros

    Learn solid valuation skills. Work in dynamic environment. See diverse companies.

    Cons

    Hours can be highly volatile, modeling may become mechanical.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Great Firm to learn and develop valuation knowledge and skills for many applications.

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

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, and culture are similar to the Big 4 w/o the feeling of being lost in a machine. People in Director and MD levels are generally very intelligent, and tremendously competent at their specializations. Clients recognize the name in many instances.

    Cons

    Practices still maintain silo structure; offices are still pretty split between practices, so networking is challenging. Training investment for staff is minimal; hiring efforts take way too long to obtain staff.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work on methods to incent cross-selling and internal teaming; commit to more formalized staff training in consultative and business development skills.


  11. Easy but don't expect too much compensation

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



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