Duff & Phelps

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Duff & Phelps Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated June 30, 2014
Updated June 30, 2014
126 Reviews
3.1
126 Reviews
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Duff & Phelps Chairman, President, and CEO Noah Gottdiener
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74 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work life balance and somewhat interesting work (in 8 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 9 reviews)

  • Long hours but aside from that not much (in 10 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Duff & Phelps full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Vice President

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    Former Employee - Vice President  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Some smart people. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Unpredictive hours. Some MDs are good, like Chicago and Boston. Some are not very good, like San Francisco and New York. Be prepared for urgent tasks at 7pm, while MD had all day to give it to you.
    No team work, people do their own thing without any communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to retain people, you must do a better job.

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

    Great company to work for, especially out of undergrad.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Duff & Phelps full-time for 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    I respectable place to launch a career in finance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Valuation Analyst  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Valuation Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time for 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

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

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    Former Employee - Director  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Duff & Phelps

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Solid place to gain experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    All around average

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Valuation Analyst  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Valuation Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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