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Jefferies & Company Reviews

Updated March 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Could be good work life balance in the right group (in 9 reviews)

  • Great people to work with in certain pockets of the firm (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance is not that great (in 16 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
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jefferies & Company full-time

    Pros

    Very flat structure. Title does not matter in terms of responsibility and exposure to senior management

    Cons

    No structure for analysts. No in depth training program, no mentoring. Paid below market vs other investment banks.


  2. "Metals analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Jefferies & Company full-time

    Pros

    flat structure, meritocracy, (i dont have any other pros)

    Cons

    small balance sheet, high employee turnover


  3. "Investment Banking Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good, client-driven firm culture
    Growing firm with a strong value proposition in the middle market
    Talented people and great co-workers

    Cons

    Brutal work schedule - 80 to 100 hour weeks were routine
    High degree of turnover, which is common in investment banking

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the progress of distinguishing brand over last 10 years


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  5. "Fantastic Firm"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong commitment to excellence, hard working individuals

    Cons

    long hours and some times unnecessary work


  6. "Great place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a very Informative internship

    Cons

    It is plenty of work


  7. "Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Up and coming firm gaining a lot of market share. Hiring a lot of strong senior level bankers. Unconstrained by new regulatory environment.

    Cons

    Very intense and political environment. Getting on the right team is important. Brand name is ok, but lags some peers. Compensation is in-line with the street but never above.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on making it less political for junior bankers. Continue to encourage lean and hungry environment. Pursue some of the quality of life enhancements that other banks have been implementing.


  8. "Not a great experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Firm has grown in recent years, but most of the upward mobility opportunities seem to be gone.

    Cons

    Jefferies thinks its a bulge bracket bank and a lot of the bankers actually think they have a chance at deals against Goldman, Morgan Stanley, and JP. It's hilarious.


  9. "Average"

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

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

    Pros

    Good work culture, matrix organization

    Cons

    slow learning, politics and disorganized


  10. "Avoid IB IT at all costs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Developer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Jefferies & Company full-time

    Pros

    I guess already having worked there, the only pro I see is *just knowing* to what extent another human being (IB IT mgmt) will go to make you feel awful so the older guy can keep his job.

    Cons

    IB IT mgmt are sharks and they'll eat you alive (or at least it'll feel that way) if you don't know in detail the answer to whatever question they may have, to their liking. And they'll have tons of them.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let anyone hijack the supporting part of your IB business (IT). I swear I have no idea how you'll do that, but right now the talent isn't there. There are guys who like being paid and toying with web tricks.


  11. "AVP Product Control"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    I got to work with some great people. Opportunities for learning in the product control space.

    Cons

    Manual processes. Lack of transparency with managment



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