Jefferies & Company

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Jefferies & Company Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
117 Reviews
3.3
117 Reviews
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Jefferies & Company Chairman and CEO, Jefferies Group and Jefferies & Company Richard B. Handler
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Jefferies investment banking division is an up and comer in the industry (in 8 reviews)

  • Great learning environment, solid deal flow, great exit opps, great people (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is slightly worse than at other major banks for similar compensation (in 9 reviews)

  • the management of the company, long hours (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Fun although recently disappointing

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

    I have been working at Jefferies & Company full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great culture, energized staff, respectable management team

    Cons

    It's a high-risk environment, leading to some volatility

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As we grow, risk management should be paramount

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jefferies & Company as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, cool working environment

    Cons

    Annoying at times, some people are not worth arguing with

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being jerks and walk a mile in our shoes

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Work there for one year now

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 Jefferies & Company full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great learning environment, solid deal flow, great exit opps, great people

    Cons

    Nothing to gripe about, great experience overall

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Awesome team members but management is inept.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous in New York, NY

    I have been working at Jefferies & Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many of my colleagues are spot on some of the best in the business, and I've learned some significant life lessons from them. The compensation is spot on given the job but the clawback on bonuses is kind of bullsh!t

    Cons

    There are many more in management that seem to have the skill set of a toddler and many times they sound like a toddler when they don't get their way. There really isn't a path for personal or professional growth, it's as if they use you for two years and toss you to the curb like this weeks recycling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your employees and understand that we're humans with needs and emotions, and even some ethics once in awhile. Throwing us a bone once in awhile doesn't make us feel good; quite the opposite though. Of course management is day to day with their heads in the clouds and seemingly growing the ranks of management without growing your base level of employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great place

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

    I have been working at Jefferies & Company as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Environment, company culture, being in NYC, the people were friendly

    Cons

    the management of the company, long hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great organization

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Jersey City, NJ

    I have been working at Jefferies & Company full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great culture, everyone's open to helping you out,

    Cons

    The travel if your placed out in Jersey City

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Begin to the intergrate the operations division a bit more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    not ideal

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IBD Analyst
    Current Employee - IBD Analyst

    I have been working at Jefferies & Company full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Compensation is generally on par with the street. Work is similar to that in any other investment bank, though the deal teams are slightly thinner. Junior bankers generally spend significantly more time pitching than those at other banks.

    Cons

    Turnover is higher here than at competing banks. Exits opportunities are not on par with those at bulge brackets. Cutthroat culture. Little communication between senior management and juniors. Rigid compensation structure. Significant financial penalties if you decide to leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Most of the people really cared about the business.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Jefferies & Company full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people that cared made sure things got done

    Cons

    Lack of formal training, and the senior people are not in touch with staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Minor leagues

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

    I worked at Jefferies & Company full-time

    Pros

    Pros - Leaders appear to be involved (not sure how sincere it really is). Compensation is average and at times cut throat

    Cons

    Layoffs are too frequent - quarterly. Firm is penny wise and pound foolish

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Speak to the employees outside of town halls

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work at one time.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Trader in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Trader in New York, NY

    I worked at Jefferies & Company full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    You were treated as a partner/owner of the firm. Was a great place to work at one time. The place was truly a great place to work. The management was hands on and always made you feel important. Compensation was fair and everyone was generous. The CEO called you on your birthday! Every year! believe it.

    Cons

    New management brought a different feeling...just a number. Keep your head down...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the old guard (Jefferies, Baxter, Bellucci, Shaw..) always treated you fairly and as a partner. that feeling and attitude seemed to have left with the new management that was brought in.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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