Piper Jaffray

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Piper Jaffray Reviews

Updated December 8, 2014
Updated December 8, 2014
62 Reviews
3.0
62 Reviews
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Piper Jaffray Chairman and CEO Andrew S. Duff
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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.  

    Dynamic

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Piper Jaffray

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial, ability to be a self-starter and lead

    Cons

    under resourced, unclear leadership and fragmented

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in people over long term

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Very good culture and access to deals and sr bankers.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Minneapolis, KS
    Current Employee - Associate in Minneapolis, KS

    I have been working at Piper Jaffray

    Pros

    Great company. Will weather the storm better than other mid market banks. As an analyst, you generally work directly with the senior bankers on the team. In general the teamwork is better than exists with my friends at bulge bracket banks. Some very strong sector bankers. This is much more stable environment than i'm hearing from my friends at other banks in town.

    Cons

    Not on the high end of comp compared with bulge firms. Sometimes difficult to know where you stand, but my banker has been helpful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seem to make decisions on staffing which is short sighted. Everyone sees the need to bring in more senior talent.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work. Plan on moving to Minnapolis.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Piper Jaffray

    Pros

    Great fellow employees and family oriented company structure. In a high pressure industry, Piper Jaffray is a bit less stressful than other banks.

    Cons

    Minneapolis centric. You are 'out of the loop' if you are not in Minnie. Pay scale seemed less than industry particularly in NYC and San Francisco.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Meet with employees outside of Minnie. Clearly communicate expectations.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mid-west meets Wall Street

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Piper Jaffray

    Pros

    Folksy Mid-west culture mixed with Wall Street go-getter mentality.

    Cons

    No negative comment. Nice place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not qualified to give senior management advice. Thank you.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Overall good workplace with positive business prospects

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    • 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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    • 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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fixed Income Sales, Trading, Underwriting in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Fixed Income Sales, Trading, Underwriting in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Piper Jaffray as an intern (less than an 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.  

    Solid middle market investment bank experience

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    • 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
  10.  

    Effective introduction to the world of Investment Banking

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    • 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 (less than an 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
  11.  

    Good M&A Experience

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    • 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 (more than an 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

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