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Piper Jaffray Reviews

Updated February 23, 2015
Updated February 23, 2015
68 Reviews
3.5
68 Reviews
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Piper Jaffray Chairman and CEO Andrew S. Duff
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37 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
  • 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. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    I think mgmt is better than most banks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Ideal Environment for any Executive Assistant

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    Nurturing, friendly bankers, competitive pay

    Cons

    Health insurance could be better, benefits package could be better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Pros

    Good people, great work-life balance, small firm

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good benefits, poor culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Overall good workplace with positive business prospects

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    Solid management team and positive business prospects

    Cons

    Working hours can be very long at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help employees better manage work life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Good team....disconnected from Minneapolis main office

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great internship experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great work, really poor working culture and team

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst

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

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Assistant

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    • 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
  11.  

    Solid middle market investment bank experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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

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