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Duff & Phelps San Francisco Reviews

Updated July 24, 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 19 reviews)

  • long hours for such a small compensation (in 30 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent training and interesting work"

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    • 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. "Compliance and Regulatory Consulting-- Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    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.

    Duff & Phelps Response

    Jul 18, 2017 – Content Marketer

    Thank you for providing your feedback. We’re glad you enjoyed the rewards and entrepreneurial culture our employees can leverage for professional growth. We will ensure your advice is shared with... More

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good Place to Start"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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 (2)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Valuation Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Valuation Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Opportunities to work with a variety of unique verticals in the Bay Area
    - Exposure to a variety of management styles
    - Staff pool is a pleasure to work with

    Cons

    - Difficult to win the office pool

    Advice to Management

    A larger cost of living adjustment for staff would really go a long way, especially in the Bay -


  5. "Good launchpad"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good experience to many different types of consulting work across a wide range of industries. Depending on office location there is a good atmosphere and respect for work/life balance.

    Cons

    Pigeon-hole into specific industries/types of work. Limited growth depending on the structure of your group (often top-heavy). High staff turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job of retaining good young talent


  6. "Good experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good work / life balance; exposure to a multitude of different engagements; knowledgeable co-workers; pleasant office environment; good career launch point

    Cons

    Depending on group, growth is limited; can become pigeon-holed in a particular area; some late nights and weekends; high staff turnover (poor retention)

    Advice to Management

    find ways to retain staff as it will re-enforce good work habits and keep them motivated


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Vice President"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Nice pay, flat structure, less politics

    Cons

    Poor or no work/life balance at all

  8. 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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "I had a positive experience with local management, but it wasn't the right job for me."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Intelligent colleagues who cared about more than just getting ahead. We worked together to get the job done and hopefully enjoy the experience. Support from office management was generally strong.

    Cons

    Management relied almost solely on billable hours to determine bonuses and raises, which overlooks quality and deters innovation. The executive team appeared not to care much for their staff, we were treated like cogs.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the annual review process to include more metrics. Billable hours do not solely determine productivity, and provide more Practice Development support for new VPs.


  10. "Great company to work for, especially out of undergrad."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Duff & Phelps full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Established company, respected name. Projects are dynamic and clients are usually well-known. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Work/life balance and corporate culture can be improved. Promotions and bonuses are dictated by the success of your department and have lessened over the past few years. Employee turnover at the staff level is high but comparable to other investment banks and consulting firms.


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