Piper Jaffray

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  1.  

    Great internship experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Piper Jaffray as an intern

    Pros

    Piper Jaffray has a very flexible and open culture, and is a great place to start your career. I generally found senior management to be very receptive of new ideas, and they treat their junior associates and interns well relative to other investment banks.

    Cons

    Many of the problems are common across the industry - long working hours, significant time spent doing work of questionable value. It really depends on the group you're in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not great but not bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    - Some smart people
    - Decent culture, not overly intense
    - Midwestern attitude which has its pros and cons

    Cons

    - Hiring from outside approach
    - Being a middle market bank is a tough business
    - Leadership is so-so

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within, maintain relationships with employees who move on

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Right Place, Wrong Time (crisis)

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

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

    Pros

    Camaraderie, in Minneapolis access to leadership, had plenty of Wall Street but also a little Main Street vibe too. Not overly pretentious. P

    Cons

    Not just old boys club, but worse. Saw caddies get hired for important sales/trading jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to foster internal growth.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good first job after college

    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst

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

    Pros

    Smart and hard working people to work with

    Cons

    Okay reputation on the street and limited buyside recruiting opportunity

  6.  

    Investment Banking Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    It was a very formal straight forward interview process. It lasted only a few weeks and they got back to me quickly.
    Know financial statements, how depreciation or writedowns would affect all three.

    Cons

    Prepare to spend the next 2 years inside a cubicle. Little to no life outside of the office. Pay is industry standard, but work more hours than most.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire more analysts

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Low Pay

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Piper Jaffray

    Pros

    Smart talented people hard working

    Cons

    Consistently pays significantly less than industry standards

  8.  

    Middle Market Sweat Shop

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Steep learning curve, flat structure, generally nice people at the company

    Cons

    Compensation is not the best, your experience will highly depend on your group and your senior management, no life/work balance, perks could be better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Decent Middle Market Firm, Experience Depends on Managers

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Good access to decent clients

    Cons

    Fewer I.B. Analyst perks than other banks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your analysts more free food to make up for being such a marginal job. Have better corporate networking events for junior staff to transition post-banking

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Piper Jaffray is a sleepy Midwest securities firm that is run by a small clique in Minneapolis

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great 401K match, generally nice people

    Cons

    Firm-wide compensation has declined meaningfully in recent years; Management is concentrated in Minneapolis and is out of touch with what is happening in New York; nepotism is rampant and promotions/layoffs are strongly biased towards the good Minnesota folk.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    PJ

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Piper Jaffray

    Pros

    The management team are accessible.

    Cons

    clique-ish, not comfortable working environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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