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Comfortable Environment, Good Work,

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Piper Jaffray

Pros

-Considers itself a family-oriented firm, which means senior execs leave much earlier
-Competitive compensation at the junior levels
-Work is typically well-balanced, and fairly meaningful
-Smaller deal teams mean better exposure to transactions

Cons

-Considers itself a family-oriented firm, which means senior execs leave much earlier (guess who's left to do the work?)
-Compensation tapers off compared to peers at more senior levels, which affects drive to bring high-quality deals to the firm
-Some groups do much more interesting work than others; hours can vary greatly too
-In spite of stated focus on ethical practices, petty politics very much present among upper management
-Performance and contributions of branch offices is often overlooked
-Corporate missions statements often feel insubstantial

Advice to ManagementAdvice

If you're going to make it a point to focus on doing M&A work, you need to recognize that that business cycle is higher risk and should be commensurately rewarded. Also, please open your eyes and learn to see past Minneapolis every now and then.

No opinion of CEO

Other Reviews for Piper Jaffray

  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Mismanaged firm with lack of vision or strategy amongst the leadership team other than following the bulge bracket firms

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Piper Jaffray

    Pros

    Stepping stone to other jobs within field.

    Cons

    Lack of communication is prevalent at all levels of this firm---from VP to MD to CEO---so the culture is still very much one of a boys' club.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with your employees in an authentic manner and have a strategy other than following what larger, bulge brackets do to make money in new products/markets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Piss-poor

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Piper Jaffray

    Pros

    - Great name, regardless of recent banking down turn in market share and dealflow
    - Good pay, although not on an hourly basis
    - Bonus pay in line with market

    Cons

    - Poor management and work-life balance
    - Difficult times for all in current market turmoil however Piper did not prevail with a clear strategy to win new business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hiring senior MD's to build management is a good strategy and will build pipeline for future. Company needs to find closers who can rebuild the tarnished PJC name however

    No opinion of CEO
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