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Duff & Phelps Reviews

Updated May 19, 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. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Work/life balance is good
    - Pay is not bad but could be better, but who doesn't feel that way.
    - Work with very smart and talented people.
    - Opportunity to work at other locations
    - Ultimately it is what you make it! And also the division you work in.
    - You are given the opportunity to work with Directors and MD's, but it's not to take for granted. You need to ask questions and show interest, then you'll start to make an impression.
    - Weekly meditation is something to look forward to depending on your workload.

    Cons

    - Analysts do have get stuck with the grunt work, which is expected.
    - They don't pay for parking which is a little less than ideal depending where you are located.
    - Pay could be better
    - More PTO wouldn't hurt


  2. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Addison, TX
    Former Employee - Analyst in Addison, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice break room, easy going management, lots of perks

    Cons

    Be careful with this temp assignment. Duff & Phelps is notorious for taking good temps for a ride for a year or longer and them letting them go randomly while promoting lower performing temps to full time. Pay attention to nonverbal behavior. Do not stay on this assignment for too long. If your still a temp after 10 or 11 months, it's time to go. Theyre known for playing favorites and politics and you're not on their buddy list. If they tell you you're doing excellent work and they'll make you permanent ASAP, take it with a grain of salt. You might still get laid off for some random reason. They're just taking you for a ride, otherwise they would make you an offer. These are not temp-to-hire roles. They can't expect people to wait around for a year for a hiring decision so don't fall in that trap. Being let go (or laid off like I was) from a temp assignment is just as bad as getting fired except you get a little help from TWC for a few months. Don't stop looking until you sign a job offer, regardless of what they say.

    Advice to Management

    Quit lying to temps and give them notice when you're going to lay them off.


  3. "Compliance and Regulatory Consulting-- Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Regulatory Compliance Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Regulatory Compliance Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fairly easy to adapt to the work environment. The workload is very manageable and rewards those who wish to be entrepreneurs of their own experience. Collaborative work environment with few barriers between Managing Directors and Analysts.

    Cons

    Compliance and regulation can be a dry and monotonous subject matter. Analysts are often left with the lion's share of mundane tasks and are selectively looped into higher level projects.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to centralize group practices and policies. Group organization is key in communicating stability within the team.


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  5. "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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good Place to Start"

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    Current Employee - Vice President Valuation Services in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President Valuation Services in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Exposure to a number of different industries and large deals. Knowledgeable management.

    Cons

    Not competitive comp. Can't keep good, young talent.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good company, downside no path for growth."

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    Former Employee - Integration Analyst in Addison, TX
    Former Employee - Integration Analyst in Addison, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good entry-level company, I gained valuable experience in my 3.5 years at Duff and Phelps.

    Cons

    Middle management is full of idiots. Upper management does not listen to employees. There is no path for successful career growth.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to baseline employees regarding process improvement.


  8. "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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Corporate Finance / Investment Banking"

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    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst/Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst/Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Access to senior people, collegiate culture, nice and smart people, firm is growing in certain divisions

    Cons

    Terrible work / life balance, staffing is a toxic culture, sweat shop, terrible brand name and no respect in the industry, little to no deal flow for CF so constantly pitching, terrible deal mix

    Advice to Management

    listen to junior people feedback, and understand place in industry to make real improvements


  10. "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!


  11. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time

    Pros

    Good place to start in the industry and learn;
    2-3 year career stepping stone.

    Cons

    Management is very hands off and don't really care about the junior level;
    Rude and very aggressive culture;
    Too much politics;
    Lack of good technical employees and can't keep them.


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