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Jefferies & Company Reviews

Updated April 24, 2017
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Jefferies & Company Chairman and CEO, Jefferies Group and Jefferies & Company Richard B. Handler
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 11 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 18 reviews)

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  1. "Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Exposure to markets and business generation working with advisors

    Cons

    No training structure, lack of guidance and direction from management, no formal career progression

    Advice to Management

    Pay at fair market rate and conduct performance reviews


  2. "Great place to work and learn"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Jefferies & Company (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Meritocracy: smart, driven worker; paid well

    Cons

    Typical Wall St. cons: long hours, tough and rough personalities, not enough support from the company.

    Advice to Management

    Treat all employees like gold


  3. "Overall, a waste of time..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Jefferies & Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - health centre/gym in the basement is convenient
    - work could be interesting and varied at times

    Cons

    - remuneration is nothing special
    - culture and environment is very opaque and political
    - favouritism and unequal treatment within teams
    - work/life balance varies from tolerable to non-existent
    - recruitment process contrived and unnecessarily onerous

    Advice to Management

    don't hire people for a job that just isn't there to be created. don't hire out of optimism either.


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    "Great IB Experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Exposure to tech, good deals

    Cons

    Everything that comes with I Banking


  6. "Friendly team in Hong Kong"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Jefferies & Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of independence as long as targets achieved

    Cons

    Difficult to compete against bulge brackets given smaller platform

    Advice to Management

    Stay committed to expansion plans to gain client confidence


  7. "Good work environment"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flat structure, entrepreneurial culture, growing fast

    Cons

    Not a BB Bank so expect less deal flow, more US focused


  8. Helpful (1)

    "IT Technology"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Engineer in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None. Before deciding to leave, I asked myself repeatedly, what will I miss about Jefferies? Each time the answer was, nothing.

    Cons

    Jefferies was a good place to work for. I enjoyed going to work. I felt like I made a difference. I felt valued. All that changed when IT was outsourced. Overnight, management's attitude changed. We were no longer an asset but just a resource. Management only looks out for management. It's a very selfish environment. Zero room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees because Jefferies is NOT the "best place to work". Stop bombarding us to vote!


  9. "Investment Banking Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jefferies & Company full-time

    Pros

    Good camraderie with peers for the most part

    Cons

    Problems with upper management at times


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Meh - it's OK, could be worse"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Jefferies & Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Collegial atmosphere, mostly pleasant people.

    Cons

    Awful IT organization - internal applications and IT support are terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to be a bulge bracket firm without the resources.


  11. "Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Jefferies & Company full-time

    Pros

    The community and camaraderie among peers is very strong

    Cons

    Company has been downsizing and outlook is murky


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