Duff & Phelps Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
130 Reviews
3.0
130 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    A Well Run Organization Looking to the future

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    -Knowledgeable people across all positions

    -A Strong team environment

    -Willingness to change and adapt

    -Interested in developing talent and fostering employee growth

    Cons

    -Some positions experience a very heavy work load, especially during certain times of the year

    -Hard to describe your job at parties

    -Transitional period requires new skills and a high comfort level with uncertainty in some areas

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Property Tax Integration Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Property Tax Integration Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Property Tax Integration Analyst in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Hiring 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 ManagementAdvice

    Find a better way, your so called training class for new employees is a joke!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Nice people, needs better management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Smart, hardworking coworkers
    Interesting work
    Entrepreneurial environment

    Cons

    Some senior leaders are rarely in the office and have no idea what's happening with the company
    Sexist remarks tolerated

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    I have learned a significant amount of financial knowledge in a short time.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Exposure to Complex Deals
    Deal Responsibility
    Exposure to Larger Cases

    Cons

    Small Deals in M&A
    Not Enough Individual Training
    Loss of Talent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have to pay to keep talent

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Firm - Committed to Growing Each Business Segment

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    • 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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Solid Company with Some Superstar Areas

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

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

    Pros

    Well-run
    To be privately held by Carlyle Group

    Cons

    Valuation business is an old dinosaur that needs to be cut down

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create better opportunities to market for new business across service lines

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good experience for young people but wouldn't work there again

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

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

    Pros

    Solid training and financial modeling and intangibles valuation. Many people go into industry, the big four, or banking after working here.

    Cons

    Managing directors know what they're doing - they've been in the business for decades. It's the managers that often mistreat the staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Incompetent Middle Management

    • 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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Colleagues and senior management are great and easy to work with. The work is interesting and somewhat challenging.

    Cons

    Middle management is incompetent, lazy, and extremely frustrating to work with. It creates an unpleasant work environment. Most colleagues are resentful of middle management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no way for analysts and associates to provide feedback about middle management to upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    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

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