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Duff & Phelps Reviews

Updated July 19, 2017
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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. Helpful (1)

    "Working at D&P"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Valuation Services Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Valuation Services Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very flexible office culture that creates a comfortable atmosphere. People are also very nice and understanding. If you're busy and elect to come in early, people notice, and if you're not busy and elect to come in a little later, people get it. People are also very willing to work with you and help you prioritize projects so that you are able to accomplish everything in good standing while not drowning. Very enjoyable to work here.

    Cons

    Somewhat complacent staff where some people can get a little "too comfortable" and lose their ambition to strive to take their careers to new levels.

    Advice to Management

    Revisit compensation more often with employees with a greater degree of transparency (i.e. discuss compensation with competitors, discuss internal compensation policy, and offer additional insight into how one can earn higher bonuses / earn promotions, etc.)


  2. "Never going back to Corporate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Valuation Analyst in Morristown, NJ
    Current Employee - Valuation Analyst in Morristown, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I switched from a very large company as a Senior Financial Analyst to Duff & Phelps last year. The learning curve is STEEP but I enjoy the collaboration, teaching atmosphere, and flexibility.

    Cons

    Periodically there are late, late, late nights! Weekends are not off limits, especially during peak periods.

    Advice to Management

    The company should improve how it recognizes their employees for their achievements, and develop a comprehensive talent development program. However, my opinion may be colored from my previous position, where my former company excelled in these areas.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "It's not great."

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Duff & Phelps full-time

    Pros

    Good place to build analytical skills. People are nice and the office environment is not too stressful. Get to work on different projects.

    Cons

    The company doesn't care about retaining people. There is a high turnover and there is no career development. The company doesn't have any money to spend on social events.


  4. "Fairly Standard for the Industry"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with. Professional environment.

    Cons

    Long hours during busy times. Working 2 days straight when multiple projects have close deadlines.


  5. "Great way to get in the business"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Real Estate Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Real Estate Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I was a part of the real estate arm of the company and DP provided great exposure to different segments in the real estate industry. You'll get the opportunity to work with institutional investors and value different product types in several different markets. Every project I've worked on were unique and was a great learning experience.

    Cons

    Several projects are rushed or low budgeted which often creates long work nights. You are rewarded on a billable hour basis so if projects take more time than budgeted by senior management, it will work against you in your year end review.

    Advice to Management

    budget projects realistically so that analysts aren't getting the short end of the stick when it comes to year end review.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Strong program for key technical valuation and modelling skills"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Valuation Advisory Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Valuation Advisory Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great learning environment
    Develop core valuation skill sets core to a transaction-oriented career

    Cons

    Compensation is well below market
    Only worth the education experience, heavy churn

    Advice to Management

    Improve compensation, invest in employees for the long term


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Would not recommend working here for friends"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tax Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Tax Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and advancement potential for those that put in the work.

    Cons

    Work life balance is subpar with high turnover. Turnover leaves more work for those that do stay.

  8. "Great place to work and learn"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Migration Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Migration Specialist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    you are taken care of well

    Cons

    nothing that I can think of good environmnet

    Advice to Management

    Bring me back as a permanent employee.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Learn good technical skills in dynamic environment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great Firm to learn and develop valuation knowledge and skills for many applications."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, and culture are similar to the Big 4 w/o the feeling of being lost in a machine. People in Director and MD levels are generally very intelligent, and tremendously competent at their specializations. Clients recognize the name in many instances.

    Cons

    Practices still maintain silo structure; offices are still pretty split between practices, so networking is challenging. Training investment for staff is minimal; hiring efforts take way too long to obtain staff.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work on methods to incent cross-selling and internal teaming; commit to more formalized staff training in consultative and business development skills.


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