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Jefferies & Company Reviews

Updated April 24, 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 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. "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 & Company 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


  2. "ITIL Process management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance very accommodating. Management very understanding.

    Cons

    Lack of professionalism in the work place.


  3. "On the verge"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people and a growing platform

    Cons

    Hasn't handled growth well
    Identity issues at the junior banker level - management handles employees like the job has a level of prestige it does not have

    Advice to Management

    If you want to retain junior bankers you have to recruit for some reason, no identity to draw talent or retain it


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "BACKWARDS CULTURE"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Jefferies & Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay is okay for the hours and management is intelligent but needs help figuring out the future.

    Cons

    Old boys network to the max. Equities has basically no women. No female analysts of any worth, and no female traders. Kind of a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Get a diversity program and hire some women. The 50's are over.


  6. 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 & Company (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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Non-banker"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Jefferies & Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Depending on your group, your manager may let you work from home but it is not a supported policy unless in emergency situations.

    Cons

    If you are not a banker or not in a department that is valued by senior management you will get very little resources allocated to you and will get shafted when it comes time for bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone as a valuable employee.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Where finance is an exclusive mens club"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good entry level opportunities. Nice building and nice office.

    Cons

    Management only hires and promotes their friends who they have worked with at their previous firms

    Advice to Management

    Either start practicing or stop preaching


  9. "Jefferies review."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in North Middletown, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in North Middletown, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    its a job, I was promised a AVP position , and my manager hired his friend.

    Cons

    poor payers, ok benefits , I was deceived.

    Advice to Management

    change your ways, take care of good people.


  10. "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 & Company (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.


  11. "help desk support"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Help Desk Level I Support in Downers Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Help Desk Level I Support in Downers Grove, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Jefferies & Company full-time

    Pros

    good commute ,quite work ,friendly people ,very clean area ,lovely people ,good pay jobs

    Cons

    short time contract , seasonal job , very fast changes ,not supervised work


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