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Jefferies Reviews

Updated June 8, 2017
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Jefferies Chairman and CEO, Jefferies Group and Jefferies & Company Richard B. Handler
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Pros
  • Great people to work with in certain pockets of the firm (in 13 reviews)

  • Dynamic, aggressive company with an appetite to become a far bigger player in the investment banking world than they currently are (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • work/life balance varies from tolerable to non-existent (in 17 reviews)

  • Hours can be really brutal, it is a sweatshop to a degree but then again it is investment banking (long hours are to be expected) (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "Jefferies Group, no babysitting."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The culture breeds success through competition, provided the markets are cooperating of course. There is no stifling bureaucracy or 25 layers of middle management. The focus is on the bottom line, so you can focus on doing the best possible job without the typical corporate BS. If you do not want to be part of large, impersonal organization with bumbling management, its a great place to work.

    Cons

    You will not enjoy the "perks" of a typical corporate job, no gyms, very little training. If you are someone who needs a lifeline or a clear path to follow, instead of making your own path, then you may end up aimless.

    Advice to Management

    Set up systems allow your employees to move around within the firm. I felt it was easier to look outside the company for a new type of role than it was to look within the company - I ended up going to a company that is a competitor in an area that Jefferies is trying grow in.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Vice President"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    strong growth opportunities, solid leadership, good opportunity to advance in career, good balance sheet, small company feel, good place to wrok

    Cons

    the company is growing very fast and there is sometimes not enough support on the back end. lots of work.

    Advice to Management

    keep focused on the goal of gaining market share in this strong market opportunity. keep the company appropriately staffed for growth.


  3. "Jefferies - a great place to build a career"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Vice President in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exciting, nice and talented people, full of opportunities...

    Cons

    Paid so so at beginning. They sell the potential opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    The most talent may leave quickly if compensation does not catch up.


  4. "Great Firm"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Equity Research Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Equity Research Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    smart people, great culture, great compensation

    Cons

    sometimes the smartest people aren't the ones who make it to the top

    Advice to Management

    do a better job of retaining talent


  5. "Great company. Amazing culture. Quickly rising to the top"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Jefferies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Junior level employees given lots of challenging and meaningful work. Great exit opportunities. Excellent opportunity to work with intelligent and driven people.

    Cons

    Long hours as an analyst, but doable. Limited deal opportunities due to smaller balance sheet, but that is changing quickly fortunately.


  6. "Fixed Income Analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Fixed Income Analyst in Stamford, CT
    Former Intern - Fixed Income Analyst in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Jefferies as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Get to work with MDs, Get some hands on experience, smart guys working there, MBS and High Yield is awesome loved it

    Cons

    Unstructured internship, don't get opportunities to actually help workers, don't do that much during internship, great time, was really fun, but wanted to learn more and contribute more

    Advice to Management

    Organize internship program


  7. "Interview"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It's relaxing interview. I was asked some questions about finance, like swap yield curve, options and futures. And I did some questions about what I did in my academic courses, what my contribution was in the project.

    Cons

    I think they hired the highest qualified people. People as a employee at Jefferies will have lots of knowledge about the financial markets. Your responsibility ranges from the beginning to the end.


  8. "Great Company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great work environment with even better people

    Cons

    Cant think of any at this time

    Advice to Management

    Cant think of any at this time


  9. "IB Analyst Program"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IB Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - IB Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Jefferies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Dynamic and growing company that is much more flexible and agile than larger banking firms.

    Cons

    No negatives except for complaints about IB broadly: not a great work life balance, work is not particularly rewarding or technically challenging.


  10. "Grueling yet rewarding."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Jefferies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Teamwork and learning, they pay you and train you to the fullest extent which is very hard to find. The exposure to deals is limitless as well.

    Cons

    No cons unless you can't handle the hours.

    Advice to Management

    N/a


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