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Jefferies Reviews

Updated September 21, 2017
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Jefferies Chairman and CEO, Jefferies Group and Jefferies & Company Richard B. Handler
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Pros
  • Could be good work life balance in the right group (in 10 reviews)

  • Great people to work with in certain pockets of the firm (in 14 reviews)

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

  • Heavy workload and long hours, but nothing bad (in 20 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Sink-or-Swim, Learned A Lot"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - non-elitist culture
    - high pay compared to peers at junior levels
    - support from vp's for career advice, etc.
    - access to client management unique for entry-level bankers

    Cons

    - cut-throat environment
    - up or out
    - no work-life balance. you will work around the clock and all weekend long, nearly every weekend
    - staffing system is arbitrary
    - staffing on fridays

    Advice to Management

    Improved communication would be appreciated during challenging economic times, especially regarding senior management departures and layoffs.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to get a generalist experience in analyst class!"

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to get a generalist experience in analyst class! I would highly recommend people to work at Jefferies. Good culture.

    Cons

    Jefferies doesn't have a strong brand as some of the bulge bracket firms in terms of investment banking in the US or internationally.

    Advice to Management

    I would get rid of some of the senior bankers who don't add to revenue or for the office culture.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Overall Solid Experience"

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    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Many strong Managing Directors in San Francisco
    Great corporate level leadership
    Thriving Investment Banking business
    Solid deal flow in San Francisco

    Cons

    Some weak middle managers (Associates, VPs, etc.)
    Lack of resources due to smaller, regional office
    Some deal flow gets kicked over to NY office

    Advice to Management

    Focus on mentoring and retaining smart Analysts and Associates
    More emphasis on live deal work and technical financial modeling
    Help analysts keep eye on the "bigger picture"


  4. "Solid banking job"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Know their stuff. Strong tech bankers

    Cons

    You'll work your butt off.

    Advice to Management

    Promote more talent rather than letting them leave...


  5. "A good firm rising to the top"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is growing like a bat out of hell (i.e., 2008) -- though it actually avoided that carnage. Jefferies is growing in the U.S. and is now expanding aggressively into Europe and Asia.
    While some managers are merely competent, the better ones are sound, practical and run the company.

    Cons

    Things are happening almost too fast which ample opportunity for poor execution and operational error....so hold on tight.

    Advice to Management

    There's no downside to overcommunicating in greater detail and with more frequency what's going on within the firm.


  6. "Fast and entrepreneurial"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fraternal type of enviornment with a emphasis on hard work. At times, long hours and not much emphasis on facetime.

    Cons

    Could use some more structure but as the cmopany has a start-up type of feel, this is expected. Management is working rapidly to put in the necessary structure.

    Advice to Management

    Management can be a bit more congenial and friendly to new recruits they have hired. Step out of the office a bit more and say hello!


  7. "Growing firm with growth opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a growing firm with many career opportunities. The work/life is challenging, but similar to other banks. In general, the quality of the people is excellent.

    Cons

    Since it's a new Company, many issues, like sharing information between groups has not been fully resolved. Also, the hours can be long for people not used to investment banking.

    Advice to Management

    Very strong leadership that's built the business from scatch.

  8. "A good company with honest senior management and strong core values."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As the big 6 turned to the big 4 and then the big? Jefferies is strong, and will remain.

    Cons

    Compansation not as competitive as it should be. Could be more internal opportunity communicated more broadly.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place, Great Experience, Strong Deal Flow"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome deal flow. One of the top names in tech investment banking

    Cons

    long hours, sometimes feels like we work well in excess of typical investment bankers (who already work a lot)

    Advice to Management

    Good work, keep bringing in deals. Also keep an eye on overworked employees to make sure they dont get too burned out.


  10. "Just like every investment banking job"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smaller office, lots of senior managment exposure, lean deal teams

    Cons

    Long hours and heavy responsibilities

    Advice to Management

    Plan ahead, delegate work better


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