Duff & Phelps Reviews

Updated August 4, 2015
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Duff & Phelps Chairman, President, and CEO Noah Gottdiener
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Pros
  • Good work life balance and somewhat interesting work (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
  • Work life balance is subpar with high turnover (in 10 reviews)

  • Long hours, low wages, management was unwilling to do their job and did not keep agreements made with temporary workers (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Good experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good work / life balance; exposure to a multitude of different engagements; knowledgeable co-workers; pleasant office environment; good career launch point

    Cons

    Depending on group, growth is limited; can become pigeon-holed in a particular area; some late nights and weekends; high staff turnover (poor retention)

    Advice to Management

    find ways to retain staff as it will re-enforce good work habits and keep them motivated


  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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Nice pay, flat structure, less politics

    Cons

    Poor or no work/life balance at all


  3. Helpful (4)

    It's not great.

    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Duff & Phelps full-time

    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.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    I had a positive experience with local management, but it wasn't the right job for me.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Intelligent colleagues who cared about more than just getting ahead. We worked together to get the job done and hopefully enjoy the experience. Support from office management was generally strong.

    Cons

    Management relied almost solely on billable hours to determine bonuses and raises, which overlooks quality and deters innovation. The executive team appeared not to care much for their staff, we were treated like cogs.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the annual review process to include more metrics. Billable hours do not solely determine productivity, and provide more Practice Development support for new VPs.


  6. Great company to work for, especially out of undergrad.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Established company, respected name. Projects are dynamic and clients are usually well-known. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Work/life balance and corporate culture can be improved. Promotions and bonuses are dictated by the success of your department and have lessened over the past few years. Employee turnover at the staff level is high but comparable to other investment banks and consulting firms.


  7. Helpful (2)

    I respectable place to launch a career in finance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Valuation Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Valuation Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supportive coworkers always take time out of their day to help you. The training program is also very helpful to new analysts

    Cons

    Monotonous, boring work. The firm lacks the fast paced environment that other financial service firms have to offer.


  8. Overall the company is a good solid experience. Political issues within the company are difficult to deal with.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits Intelligent experienced management High end office spaces Guaranteed pay and expense reimbursement with fair timing

    Cons

    Lack of adequate communication related to performance Lack of follow up with individual employee issues Lack of cross selling

    Advice to Management

    Management should be more open to employees in order for them to understand requirements related to their position


  9. Solid place to gain experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Duff & Phelps can be a good place to work. The business units do not work closely together though, so if the management in your group is weak, you will suffer.

    Cons

    Communication is lacking, many senior managing directors have recently moved on to other firms because Duff & Phelps does not put talent retention at the top of it's list.

    Advice to Management

    Be more proactive about paying your people what they coudl earn in similar positions with other companies rather than assuming they will stay.


  10. All around average

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The work life balance is good most of the time as long as you are in the right office. The local managers are good and coworkers are smart and capable.

    Cons

    Senior management doesn't care about employee input. Overall, raises and bonuses do not match the industry. There is no management reward for helping staff develop.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that local management is graded on how well they develop staff. Stop spending so much time worrying about the earnings each quarter and instead focus on strategies to make our product more attractive in the long-term


  11. Helpful (1)

    Good place to work. Work with a lot of big name clients

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Valuation Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Valuation Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Start doing value added work from your first day on the job. Office environment is not overly formal. Management willing to help you learn.

    Cons

    Once you have been working for six months to a year, the projects are routine with little variation. After a few years the work can get repetitive.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to put in place a continuing education program for analysts and seniors to work on during down time.



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