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Updated January 1, 2018
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Duff & Phelps Chairman, President, and CEO Noah Gottdiener
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Pros
  • Great work/life balance for the interns, which is rare in banking (in 24 reviews)

  • Fairly easy to adapt to the work environment (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • Low work life balance, very high demanding environment (in 20 reviews)

  • You will work very long hours, even as an intern (in 33 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Excellent training and interesting work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The exposure to complex projects and sophisticated clients is excellent, and the people at the company are very bright. You will develop a great technical skill set which will be very transferable to many different positions. High performers can really stand out at Duff & Phelps, and your career progression will be rewarded accordingly.

    Cons

    As in anything in finance, work life balance can be difficult, which is compounded with the lack of adequate staff at times.


  2. "Valuation advisory services"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice teams, international culture (you can easilly work from an office in another part of the world), interesting cleint coverage, amazing projects, paid dinners, week-end and late night taxi expenses covered

    Cons

    International culture (you can be forced to work from an office in another part of the world or fired if you say no); pay is low, provided working hours; some people don't act professionally (e.g. some VPs(!!!!) don't know how to calculate an index, certain conclusions on debt repayment capacities could be questionable, finally, I wouldn't trust any research produced by VAS on transaction multiples); the company is too much American, meaning that a lot of valuation methodologies suit good the American accounting standards, but are meaningless under IFRS, and it seems that the company isn't interested to adopt another views that may better suit its non-american clients' needs.

    Advice to Management

    1) Even if you are very successful in the US, it doesn't mean you should concentrate yourself ONLY on this market the growth can come outside of it, let colleagues from other parts of the world share their experience, and encorage them to stay in the company in order not to lose this international experience - let them be promoted at least, if you're not comfortable with pay rise.
    2) PLEASE, forget this rural 20th century culture of people who just got access to printers and internet, and in order to show off, Started To Write Every, My Lord, Word With A Capital Letter. Why? Because This Looks As Strange As The Sentence As I Am Writing Right Now. And If It Were Only A Title With Two Words, It Could Be OK, But That Is Usually Not The Case. It looks really rural, obsolete, silly, even pathetic and it becomes very often difficult to read. Say good bye to The Capital Letters Club, that's all, please.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Overworked/ undervalued and underpaid - sweat shop"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility with hours and working from home, great team relationships. Technology is up to date, resources are available and you’re reimbursed in a timely manner.

    Cons

    Employees are not appreciated from the top to the bottom. Zero work life balance, managers are terrible. They only want to manage work and not their people so the offices are ran like a zoo. Very little training and guidance - the mission is to get the work done no matter how many hours and weekends you work and you’re rewarded with happy hours, food and pennies for compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being greedy in chasing down work to boost your revenue for the year, which leads to overworking your staff, unfairly and under-compensating them with crappy salaries and bonuses. Treat everyone fairly no matter what level they are and as if they actually matter to the team. This will eliminate high turnovers. People don’t leave terrible jobs they leave terrible bosses! “Train people well enough that they can leave, TREAT them well enough so they don’t want to”


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Not Good"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in New Delhi (India)
    Former Employee - Analyst in New Delhi (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Quality of Work is quite good
    2. D&P University is good

    Cons

    1. Extremely less salaries
    2. Very long hours
    3. Transport facilities, Food service are also not available


  5. "M&A Analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - M&A Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - M&A Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent momentum
    Great ratio live deals / pitches
    Direct contact with senior management internally and externally early on
    Good team spirit
    Great / useful training program in Chicago for Analysts

    Cons

    Salary lower than the market, compensated by more human approach of HR

    Advice to Management

    1) Keep going this way
    2) Organise a Graduate programs with rotations between BUs (M/A, Restructuring, Valuation) would be interesting
    3) Narrow the salary gap with direct peers would increase retention rate


  6. "Valuation Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Light schedule, work with large cool companies

    Cons

    Not a particularly super exciting work


  7. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time

    Pros

    Smart people, good opportunities, solid place to start career

    Cons

    Spotty communication from directors downward, top heavy

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Avoid at all costs - M&A Team"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cant think of much good to say, I guess the shard office is quite

    Cons

    A truly toxic environment, couldn't believe what was happening. No one lasts very long, you will either quit or get fired within 18 months, and I think that's by design, thats the way they like it (may be wrong)

    Advice to Management

    Do something else, this is not for you


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Don't join Complex Asset Solutions"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can't think of any pros

    Cons

    If you are being recruited by Complex Asset Solutions (CAS), be aware that the group (particularly RMBS) tends to keep you for only a couple of years and then they will find reasons to terminate you. First they will put you on a PIP (Performance Improvement Plan) saying that you are deficient in certain categories (it doesn't matter to them if it's a lie or not). They will give you time to "improve" after which they give you an ultimatum either leave under certain terms that they define or you can stay and take your chances at being terminated later which is sure to happen. RMBS at CAS has become a revolving door because of the two managers who run it. It's a very demoralizing culture and environment to be in.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the MDs in CAS who have turned your company into a joke.


  10. "Transfer Pricing Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with, young team

    Cons

    not fulfilling work in my opinion


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