Piper Jaffray Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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Piper Jaffray Chairman and CEO Andrew S. Duff
Andrew S. Duff
38 Ratings

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. Good company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Piper Jaffray

    Pros

    Small company, it is easy to get to know and be known. So it is more obvious what one does and there is a lot less politics than in larger firms.

    Cons

    Working for a smaller player it can be harder initially to get accepted by clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
  2. 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
  3. Very good culture and access to deals and sr bankers.

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    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
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  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Internship at Piper Jaffray

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Piper Jaffray

    Pros

    The culture is not as aggressive as other IBD but at the same time it has a good amount of deal flows so interns obtain a good insight of how an Investment Bank operates. It has a really strong position in healthcare (mostly middle market), specially in the US.

    Cons

    The hours are not great although probably better than in other Investment Banks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a stronger training programe.

  8. 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)

    Pros

    Nurturing, friendly bankers, competitive pay

    Cons

    Health insurance could be better, benefits package could be better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    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)

    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
  10. 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)

    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
  11. 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.

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