Piper Jaffray

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Piper Jaffray Reviews

Updated September 2, 2014
Updated September 2, 2014
59 Reviews
3.2
59 Reviews
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Piper Jaffray Chairman and CEO Andrew S. Duff
Andrew S. Duff
34 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Generally good work life balance for finance (in 4 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Poor management and work-life balance (in 3 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Solid middle market investment bank experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Equity Research Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Equity Research Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Piper Jaffray full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Not a cut throat culture, but still pushed enough to achieve necessary tasks/goals. Flexibility

    Cons

    Pays a little below the market, though if you are a top performer, you will be well compensated. Working in the NY office makes you feel a little less part of the organization given most of the company's staff is in MN

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More management leaders based in NY instead of MN

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Assistant

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

    I worked at Piper Jaffray

    Pros

    Good people, pleasant work environment

    Cons

    Lower pay than comparable NYC jobs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Effective introduction to the world of Investment Banking

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Middle Office Intern  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Global Middle Office Intern in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Piper Jaffray as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    You learn so much so fast, great for students with a general interest in Investment Banking. Flexible work schedule, nice people, meaningful projects. Great corporate setting to develop professional skills. Excellent compensation compared to other student work combined with a surprisingly pleasant and helpful office culture help make this company a good choice.

    Cons

    Somewhat stressful environment and communication is difficult at some points, this comes with the job and the industry however. Internship did not include a presentation to upper-mgmt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set clear start and finish dates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Unless your a big wig making $500k a year you dont exist.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Piper Jaffray full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice location downtown its right by the bus stops and the walkways.

    Cons

    All "management" are a joke to work with. "My way or the highway"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    quit!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good M&A Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Associate  in  Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Associate in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Piper Jaffray full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Strong execution focus, fun junior professionals, generalist approach allows for junior professionals to work across a number of industries

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility, tough work-life balance, process focus makes competing for new business difficult against some industry banks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good, close group of employees.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Desktop Tech Support  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Desktop Tech Support in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Piper Jaffray full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A lot of good people working here, benefits are good. Company is very good with community involvement and allowing employees to focus on family.

    Cons

    Company needs to provide more training for tech employees. They fail to properly recognize employees who put in extra time and effort at bonus time. Tech management has too many employees for each manager to properly manage (staffing was cut too thin in 2009).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Typical MidWestern middle market investment bank-down to earth, humble people who are also smart

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Institutional Sales- Fixed Income  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Institutional Sales- Fixed Income in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Piper Jaffray full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very motivated smart people working out of their headquarters in Minneapolis. Generally supportive atmosphere. Work hard, play hard mentality. Great place to learn.

    Cons

    Midwestern focused. Management is all out of Minneapolis, so if you work at a satellite office a lot of travel to and from Minneapolis. Also because most of the bank is run out of Minneapolis satellite offices often feel disconnected from the main headquarters and management is often disconnected from what is actually taking place at the local level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more facetime with your local offices and get them connected to HQ.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Company with morals

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Assistant
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Assistant

    I have been working at Piper Jaffray full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Supportive environment, great co-workers, competitive salary, generous benefits package.

    Cons

    Upward mobility stagnant for my position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Pretty good culture, lots of hard work, a little conservative

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Piper Jaffray as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Lots of junior-level responsibility, seems like good opportunities to move around within the organization. Healthcare group has a great reputation

    Cons

    Less M&A focused, more equity deals

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Piper is penny wise and pound foolish

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Piper Jaffray full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There were definitely some smart people that I had the pleasure of working with, good benefits.

    Cons

    Piper doesn't pay -- they hire losers that can't get jobs at other banks and end up firing them soon after because they aren't a good fit. Those that are smart and competent end up leaving because the bonuses are terrible and they don't get raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest a bit more money in hiring winners.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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