Duff & Phelps

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Duff & Phelps Reviews

Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
135 Reviews
3.1
135 Reviews
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Duff & Phelps Chairman, President, and CEO Noah Gottdiener
Noah Gottdiener
78 Ratings

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    I wouldn't recommend

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    incredibly 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Disappointing...dispute consulting division

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Dispute Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Dispute Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Duff & Phelps full-time

    Pros

    lean team structure on certain engagements

    Cons

    overworked
    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 ManagementAdvice

    be less cold-hearted

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Long hours, terrible compensation, poor culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    You 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.

    Cons

    Some 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Job out of College

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Gain Marketable Skills. Valuation / Modeling

    Cons

    Pay is below street, Challenge employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay employees better, match street to retain employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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 a 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
  7.  

    Property Tax Integration Analyst

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    • 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 a 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice people, needs better management

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    • 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
  9.  

    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 a 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
  10.  

    Great Firm - Committed to Growing Each Business Segment

    • 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 (more than a 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
  11.  

    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 a 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

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