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Jefferies & Company Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
100 Reviews

3.2
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Jefferies & Company Chairman and CEO, Jefferies Group and Jefferies & Company Richard B. Handler
Richard B. Handler
68 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Solid deal flow in San Francisco (in 5 reviews)

  • Excellent IT to work with, good HR profile, great people to work with (in 5 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 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Company has a serious lack of communication within members the team and between management and employees.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    They are willing to pay well as long as you contribute. New hires are also paid very well base.

    Cons

    Bad credit rating. One minor crisis and the company will get blown out of the water.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate better with employees. Be more specific in presenting goals your group should achieve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    IT Dept is low expectations, low output. A few stars carry a lot of low contributing head count. Can be bureaucratic.

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    Former Employee - Vice President  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    Pros

    Potential career growth if you are willing to fight for it. Old guard (Equities) is ripe for shakeup if you have the guts and can play politics.
    (IT) Easy to fade into the low productivity curve and exert minimal effort. International opportunities.

    Cons

    Sometimes felt like a special education prison (IT)
    TPS reports can be a drag. A lot of hairy legacy processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Richard Handler is sketchy, watchout !!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Poor development

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

    Pros

    Lots of deal flow
    Lots of pitching
    Long hours
    Good place to start if this is your best choice. Top of the middle market

    Cons

    Poor development - mid tier is very weak, you either come in knowing all the finance / accounting or you're out of luck. Can be annoying working for seniors with unreasonable demands who have no idea how to do what they're asking you to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Review for 2011

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    Former Employee - Equity Research Associate  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Equity Research Associate in New York, NY

    Pros

    Good pay, good people, but very intense

    Cons

    intense, little support, not good work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing really

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Unprofessional to an incompetent degree

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    Former Employee - Vice President  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    Pros

    Easy to shine in short bursts

    Cons

    unprofessional environment populated by friends and family rather than by the talent. Senior management unaware that a company is made up of more than just sales and trading - it actually requires capable IT and middle office as well as a thoughtful investment in infrastructure and assets that support the business process. Penny wise and often pound foolish coupled with extravagant waste thrown at the wrong people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Study the organization

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great experience rotating through the desks.

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    Former Employee - Equity Sales & Trading Summer Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Equity Sales & Trading Summer Analyst in New York, NY

    Pros

    Small firm, so there's a lot of responsibility.
    Flat structure...you'll be speaking and working with MDs from day 1.
    Good intern projects...no busy work

    Cons

    Being small has its upsides...but also downsides: there's nowhere to hide so you have to learn things quickly. At larger firms, you have a longer grace period.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Jefferies

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    Current Employee - Accountant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Accountant in New York, NY

    Pros

    Work life balance is decent

    Cons

    Low comp for back office operations associates

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

    Associate

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    Former Employee - Investment Banking Associate  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Associate in New York, NY

    Pros

    Great momentum for the firm since the recession in 2008. Picked up many talent along the way and is a fast paced firm.

    Cons

    Lack of work life balance. Different position within the investment banking industry being in the middle market space. Working on improving the position though.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Summer Future Analyst

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    Former Employee - Summer Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in New York, NY

    Pros

    Worked with various desks. The staff was extremely nice and wanted to teach as much as possible. Had company wide teach-ins. There was a lot of events for interns.

    Cons

    Did not offer jobs to any intern in the Futures department and the program was missing structure in many parts.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company. Amazing culture. Quickly rising to the top

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    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    Junior level employees given lots of challenging and meaningful work. Great exit opportunities. Excellent opportunity to work with intelligent and driven people.

    Cons

    Long hours as an analyst, but doable. Limited deal opportunities due to smaller balance sheet, but that is changing quickly fortunately.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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