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Jefferies Reviews

Updated May 15, 2017
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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. "Good bank to work for, but still banking!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Second Year Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Second Year Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of responsibility
    Growing Platform
    Highly intelligent senior bankers to work for

    Cons

    extreme hours
    lack of visibility for when you can take time off, and then you feel guilty taking the time off as if you did something wrong


  2. "Director Investment Banking"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Jefferies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Growing Platform with full service investment Banking capabilities. Ability to chase deals independently. Some solid senior bankers. All Cash comp. Good training program.

    Cons

    Abrasive environment. Difference of treatment between sector groups. Quantity of deals rather than sizeable deals. Protectionism of certain groups/MDs. Low investment on Culture.


  3. "Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Jefferies (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good training. Smart people.

    Cons

    Monotonous work, like every IB.

    Advice to Management

    Leverage your employees strengths.


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  5. "Accountant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accountant - Corporate Controller in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Accountant - Corporate Controller in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very professional, colleagues and managers are very helpful.

    Cons

    Low salary. Long commute from where I live.


  6. "Identity crisis"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Could be good work life balance in the right group

    Cons

    Off market bonus clawback provisions. You can check out any time you like but you can never leave

    Advice to Management

    Create more career development structure at the mid level banker level


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Jefferies (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fast paced, smart people, a lot of energy

    Cons

    A lot of pressure, not a lot of visibility into schedule, limited work life balance


  8. "Business Development"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Jefferies (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great organization to work that allows you to be an entrepreneur and excel within your field.

    Cons

    Very large organization to navigate.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Equity research associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Equity Research Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Equity Research Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great sales team, good deal flow, flexible work hours, responsive supervisory analyst teams, brand name garners positive, and high quality relationships, particularly in healthcare.

    Cons

    Compensation was much lower than I anticipated, unclear how work on the reasearch side that is related to banking deals is translating into review/comp

    Advice to Management

    Provide clear guidance to associates what the path to increased visibility internally and externally, evaluation as it relates to comp, and ultimately to their own coverage


  10. "Senior Vice President, Media & Telecom Investment Banking"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY

    I worked at Jefferies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial, aggressive culture that encourages creativity and prioritizing client needs.

    Cons

    Smaller balance sheet limits ability to cover larger clients.


  11. "My experience here is very good"

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

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

    Pros

    People here are all super nice. Both towards business and for co-workers. I'm in the Tech side and all the required equipments and resources are generously provided

    Cons

    Need more people to create more applications. But we know it's relatively small when comparing with other giants

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing well


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