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Duff & Phelps Chicago Reviews

Updated March 22, 2017
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Duff & Phelps Chairman, President, and CEO Noah Gottdiener
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  • Low work life balance, very high demanding environment (in 17 reviews)

  • long hours for such a small compensation (in 29 reviews)

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  1. "Solid"

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    Current Employee - Real Estate Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Real Estate Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work life balance. They hire enough help to get the workload done...many 40 hour flat work weeks. Great place to start any commercial RE career path.

    Cons

    If you're cool with being an appraiser, there's really no cons. Many just leave for investment firms. I would imagine this is one of the highest $/hr entry level commercial RE jobs out there.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "investment banking analyst"

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    Current Employee - Investment Bank in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Investment Bank in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    work life balance, culture, access to senior bankers

    Cons

    slow deal flow, exit opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Focus on VP's and above focusing in on a certain industry to be industry experts

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Job straight out of college"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - collaborative environment
    - plenty of high-skilled professionals
    - excellent benefits
    - work is flexible

    Cons

    - unsure of competitive salary
    - none other i can think of!


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Gain good technical skillsets through modeling
    -Exposure to projects across various industries

    Cons

    -Poor culture - stagnant and no camaraderie within the group
    -Directors and above often disregard work life balance of junior level staff, and do not show appreciation for the effort put into the projects.
    -Company offers very little career planning/development resources
    -The work, especially the modeling, becomes mechanical after awhile.
    -Total compensation is not reflective of the hours required for this position.


  5. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time

    Pros

    The people on my team are very supportive and I really do love walking into the office everyday to work with them. Work / Life balance is pretty good and the company has a lot of opportunities to grow internally - I can see myself working here for a very long time.

    Cons

    Not many that I have noticed, wish my salary was higher but that should come with experience


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Learn good technical skills in dynamic environment"

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    Current Employee - Valuation Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Valuation Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time

    Pros

    Learn solid valuation skills. Work in dynamic environment. See diverse companies.

    Cons

    Hours can be highly volatile, modeling may become mechanical.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Great Place to Learn"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Duff & Phelps full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked very hard, spent many hours in the office with tight deadlines... but in the end I wouldn't be where I am without my time at Duff. I am incredibly grateful for my experience and would recommend it to anyone looking to tee-up a rewarding career in finance.

    Cons

    Lots of hours, but if you get the hours it means you are good. Just push through it!

  8. "Disappointing...dispute consulting division"

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    Former Employee - Dispute Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Dispute Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Duff & Phelps full-time

    Pros

    lean team structure on certain engagements

    Cons

    overworked
    poor pay
    laughable bonus
    poor training
    poor staffing structure
    i suggest looking to other litigation consulting firms unless you have an interest in IP litigation

    Advice to Management

    be less cold-hearted


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Long hours, terrible compensation, poor culture"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Duff & Phelps full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You will become an expert at putting pitches together because that's all you will do. The company rarely ever wins a pitch. The firm's sweet spot is negative EBITDA companies.

    Cons

    Some managing directors will screw anyone over for a deal, even their colleagues at the firm.

    Bonuses will be hyped so that you work extra hard (especially thought the holidays) but when it comes time to pay bonuses senior management always have an excuse about how it was a tough year. My bonus working a 9-5 corporate role was higher than working 90+ hours a week at Duff.


  10. "Solid Company with Some Superstar Areas"

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    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Well-run
    To be privately held by Carlyle Group

    Cons

    Valuation business is an old dinosaur that needs to be cut down

    Advice to Management

    Create better opportunities to market for new business across service lines


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