Jefferies & Company Reviews

Updated September 1, 2015
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Jefferies & Company Chairman and CEO, Jefferies Group and Jefferies & Company Richard B. Handler
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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)

  • Long hours and heavy responsibilities (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Awesome place

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    Former Employee - Performance Man in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Performance Man in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    keep doing what you're doing this place is great to work and I completely encourage anyone and everyone to apply at this remarkable organization

    Cons

    no cons this place is great no 20 word minimum needed here yes no i dont know fulling the word count ya yes no to hi a and he she


  2. Operations Intern

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Lawrenceville, NJ
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Lawrenceville, NJ

    I worked at Jefferies & Company as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great program and great people

    Cons

    Could have planned more group outings


  3. Great Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Jefferies & Company full-time

    Pros

    New company, lots of opportunity and great culture

    Cons

    none have been found to date


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  5. Great place to work, even better people

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    Former Employee - I-banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - I-banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, great camaraderie, horizontal culture

    Cons

    work hard, play (work) harder mentality


  6. Great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very professional corporate environment, friendly coworkers.

    Cons

    None at all, love working here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


  7. Awesome place to learn and work with extremely smart people.

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The team is extremely sharp. They don't waste time chasing useless deals. They will help you learn as an associate. There is a path to grow and get promoted.

    Cons

    Feedback could be given to employees more quickly. A bit slow to adopt technology, but they were still one of the tech savvy investors on the street.

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for helping me grow.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Good to place to work if you're hungry

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    Current Employee - Investment Banking Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Jefferies & Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    1) Can be a junior person and, if you prove you can handle it, can run transactions from start to finish. 2) Jefferies is about hustle, people work very hard, and crave competing and winning (a theme that has been and continues to be noticed across Wall Street). 3) CEO is a very passionate guy and attends a ton of I-banking pitches with clients.... many firms claim "senior level support" to clients and transactions, but its a known fact that a CEO of a trillion dollar bank with massive businesses across the world can't possibly stand by that kind of a commitment; Jefferies CEO and #2's ability to stand behind clients with their time, energy, and deal-making skill is a real advantage for Jefferies. 4) With a large capital base supporting the growing I-bank, it is now safe(r) from the market sensitive risks that hurt the company following a somewhat baseless and poorly thought-out research report a few years back. 5) Not a bank holding company... this is a big marketing point for Jefferies, but it is nonetheless an advantage. Regulatory bodies across the world are restricting the type of business banks can participate in (i.e., high yield debt). Bank holding companies are being forced by their credit committees to turn down good clients that are levered up above regulatory standards. Jefferies is picking up this business.

    Cons

    1) As mentioned in the Pros column, bankers work hard. It is not for everybody. Good junior bankers here tend to be very efficient (or quickly learn to be) and commit a great deal of time and bandwidth to the job. Not necessarily a con depending on the person, but it is certainly a reality for some 2) As a more efficient firm (not speaking to comp) sometimes the resources larger BHC firms enjoy are not available to junior bankers at Jefferies. We get more than we need to do our job, but occasionally you notice a shortfall (i.e., no access to certain research reports). Again, not really a big con, but costs on non-comp items are managed closely.


  9. Work there for one year now

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    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Jefferies & Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Nothing to gripe about, great experience overall


  10. Great place

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Tax Intern in New York, NY
    Current Intern - Tax Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    the management of the company, long hours


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work at one time.

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    Former Employee - Trader in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Trader in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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