Jefferies & Company
3.2 of 5 85 reviews
www.jefferies.com New York, NY 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Apr 11, 2014

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81% Approve of the CEO

Jefferies & Company Chairman and CEO, Jefferies Group and Jefferies & Company Richard B. Handler

Richard B. Handler

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54% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Solid deal flow in San Francisco"
    in 5 reviews
  • "The people were friendly and great place to learn"
    in 3 reviews
Cons:
  • "Sell themselves as a flat organization and different than other investment banks in terms of respecting your work/life balance"
    in 8 reviews
  • "Long hours and heavy responsibilities"
    in 6 reviews
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Outstanding company, great promise for the future

Investment Banking Associate (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Jefferies & Company full-time for more than a year

ProsJefferies' investment banking franchise is fast-growing and well-positioned for the future. If you want to make a career in investment banking, it's one of the best places to go.

ConsWork/life balance is nonexistent. If you want to be an investment banker, be prepared to regularly work 100+ hour weeks and not take vacations for a year at a time.

Advice to Senior ManagementRich Handler is a best-in-class CEO. Rich and Brian's leadership is inspirational.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Equity Research Associate (Current Employee)
Boston, MA

I have been working at Jefferies & Company full-time for more than a year

ProsGrowing opportunity but possibly too fast

ConsGiven environment and growth expectation, job security is minimal

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good learning experience. Somewhat abusive culture.

Investment Banking Associate (Former Employee)
Boston, MA

I worked at Jefferies & Company

ProsCommercially aggressive
Broad product and deal flow

ConsLack of integrity
Poor culture
Revolving door

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Just like every investment banking job

Analyst (Current Employee)
Foster City, CA

I have been working at Jefferies & Company

ProsSmaller office, lots of senior managment exposure, lean deal teams

ConsLong hours and heavy responsibilities

Advice to Senior ManagementPlan ahead, delegate work better

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great company, quirky, unfair group leadership

Capital Markets Analyst (Former Employee)
Stamford, CT

I worked at Jefferies & Company

ProsCompetitive pay, smaller groups, some great managers, a pure investment bank, great company outings, workhard playhard

ConsMostly great managers, however, my group seemed disinterested in mentoring/fostering/training the junior guys.

Advice to Senior ManagementExecutive management is a good as can be, doing the best they can to fend off the inaccurate and un-warrented attacks on the company.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Place, Great Experience, Strong Deal Flow

Analyst (Current Employee)
Foster City, CA

I have been working at Jefferies & Company

ProsAwesome deal flow. One of the top names in tech investment banking

Conslong hours, sometimes feels like we work well in excess of typical investment bankers (who already work a lot)

Advice to Senior ManagementGood work, keep bringing in deals. Also keep an eye on overworked employees to make sure they dont get too burned out.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Investment Bank, horrible for career advancement

Middle Office (Former Employee)
Jersey City, NJ

I worked at Jefferies & Company

ProsIt's an up and coming bank

ConsThe job I was hired to do was not rewarding, repetitive, and extremely boring

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A good company with honest senior management and strong core values.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Jefferies & Company

ProsAs the big 6 turned to the big 4 and then the big? Jefferies is strong, and will remain.

ConsCompansation not as competitive as it should be. Could be more internal opportunity communicated more broadly.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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bad experience, not only did they lie about the amount of interns that would be converted, but they took extra time

Summer Analyst - Fixed Income Sales & Trading (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Jefferies & Company

Prosnot many ----pay is at least in line with other firms

Consjust for everyone's reference in the future ---probably should try to stay away from jefferies for summer internships---at least for trading
in fixed income they told us they would be hiring 70 to 80% of the analysts for the program----then even on the last day of the internship they told us they would hire 6 or 7 of the 10 interns----

to make matters worse, not only did they take an extra 3 weeks then they were supposed to to give offer decisions----but they only hired 2 people----

furthermore, the program is extremely unstructured---theres no formal training---and the whole mentality among people there has nothing to do with giving an intern a positions---there's no mentorship program---the EM desk literally told us from the start that they only hire people with experience---the advice is to stay away coming from someone that had offers at multiple BB programs and ended up obv. not getting an offer....

ranting because i just saw a video on their new careers site with their head of FI saying how they are now focusing on building internally via hiring junior people----when that is a bunch of crap (at least for fixed income)

extremely unprofessional HR treatment

Advice to Senior Managementget the intern program more organized---don't mislead kids into taking a position with the firm when there's an extremely small chance of getting hired----build a training program--support and have HR honor a date of commitment

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Growing firm with growth opportunities

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Jefferies & Company

ProsThis is a growing firm with many career opportunities. The work/life is challenging, but similar to other banks. In general, the quality of the people is excellent.

ConsSince it's a new Company, many issues, like sharing information between groups has not been fully resolved. Also, the hours can be long for people not used to investment banking.

Advice to Senior ManagementVery strong leadership that's built the business from scatch.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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