Piper Jaffray Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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Piper Jaffray Chairman and CEO Andrew S. Duff
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Pros
  • Generally good work life balance for finance (in 4 reviews)

  • Flexible work schedule, nice people, meaningful projects (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack of client engagement and accountability on part of senior management (in 4 reviews)

  • Substantially lower pay compared to street - even compared to middle market (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    It Ain't Piper's Fault, It's Just Business

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

    I worked at Piper Jaffray full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues with decent tools including relatively up-to-date hardware and premium software tools. Competitive entry and mid-level salaries. You can make what you want out of your role.

    Cons

    Cons aren't Piper's fault, it's the business. I'm not going to list the cons of Wall Street here. I've read and heard people say "Minnesotta Nice, Minnesotta Ice." And there's truth there. I've seen more than a handfull of people get screwed and I've watched juniors get strung out to dry like a pair of cheap undies. But welcome to finance...half of those folks deserved it. I do think the gripes you will have here will largely be the same as the issues you'll have at other banks, both big and small. So maybe some introspective soul-searching is in order for the folks who are super negative on this firm.

    Advice to Management

    I think mgmt is better than most banks.

  2. Managing Director

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Piper Jaffray

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Human Capital Business with a strong employee friendly culture

    Cons

    A company that seems to be shrinking or heavly influenced by changes within the industry that give significant advantages to economies of scale

    Advice to Management

    Focus on higher margin businesses and don't get caught up with the notion that you must have all the product offering of a wall street firm. Relationships matter.

  3. Ideal Environment for any Executive Assistant

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Piper Jaffray full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nurturing, friendly bankers, competitive pay

    Cons

    Health insurance could be better, benefits package could be better

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  5. Solid Learning Experience, Wouldn't Work there full-time

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    Former Employee - Piper Jaffray Investment Banking Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Piper Jaffray Investment Banking Analyst in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Piper Jaffray

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, great work-life balance, small firm

    Cons

    Cheap company, poor pay, bad industry rep in certain sectors

    Advice to Management

    Compensate better

  6. Good benefits, poor culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Piper Jaffray full-time (More than 3 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are good, and the work-life balance wasn't bad for my first job out of college. The HR department was great when I started, with interviews and onboarding, and great when I left by conducting a good exit interview.

    Cons

    The culture could be very negative, depending on your position. The marketing department was treated as a cost center and not a valuable business partner. Doing things the way they've always been done was the norm, and new ideas were not encouraged.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be much more focus on improving the culture. Treating employees in non-finance roles like they have no value is not in your best interest.

  7. Overall good workplace with positive business prospects

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    Current Employee - Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Associate in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Piper Jaffray full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Solid management team and positive business prospects

    Cons

    Working hours can be very long at times.

    Advice to Management

    Help employees better manage work life balance

  8. Good team....disconnected from Minneapolis main office

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    Former Employee - Investment Banking Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Assistant in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Piper Jaffray full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good team of people that actually liked each other :)

    Cons

    Got laid-off. Disconnected from the core group in Minneapolis.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Great internship experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Fixed Income Sales, Trading, Underwriting in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Intern - Fixed Income Sales, Trading, Underwriting in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Piper Jaffray as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Treat their interns very well in regards to other investment banks. A very flexible culture.

    Cons

    It all depends on you to build your way up, people will help you - but won't come to you.

  10. Great work, really poor working culture and team

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    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst

    I worked at Piper Jaffray full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Middle market investment banking lends itself to give junior team members a ton of responsibility right out of college.

    Cons

    Piper has a strong presence in the healthcare industry vertical, but presence in others is virtually nonexistent.

  11. Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Piper Jaffray

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, pleasant work environment

    Cons

    Lower pay than comparable NYC jobs

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