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Updated May 15, 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"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. Helpful (1)

    "investment banking analyst"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    "Good Place to Start"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Corporate Finance / Investment Banking"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  5. "Solid"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Job straight out of college"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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!


  7. "Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    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.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Sr. Associate"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ease of access to Senior level management is a plus.

    Cons

    Lack of diversity in assignments and potential to train cross functionally.


  9. "Document manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Reasonable management, nice office building, responsive I.T. Department, nice break room

    Cons

    They have finance people doing taxes and accounting people doing mail. Go figure.

    Advice to Management

    We know that Duff and Phelps is happy with the candidates they receive from temp agencies and the temp agency is happy with the fee they're getting, but also consider the canidate's experience when selecting qualified or over-qualified temps and assigning job duties. When describing the job during the interview, please consider that we may be entertaining other job offers and that we expect to be doing the work described in the interview.


  10. "Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The culture at Duff & Phelps is great. The people are friendly and very helpful for someone starting their career. It is a steep learning curve and you get thrown onto projects immediately upon being hired, which creates a great learning environment.

    Cons

    Analysts and seniors tend to work long hours and are not compensated with big bonuses like other finance firms. That makes it feel like you are not rewarded for giving your best effort to the firm.


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