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Piper Jaffray CEO Chad Abraham
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  • "Work Life Balance is non-existant(in 7 reviews)

  • "Just like any banking job it comes with some long hours but is well worth it(in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Cares about employees"

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    Current Employee - Analyst 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Piper Jaffray full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Fair, equitable... work hard and deliver good results and you are recognized.

    Cons

    Senior management a little separated from the trenches.

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    "Conservative, friendly, collective"

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    Current Employee - Equity Research Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Piper Jaffray full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    You get a definite sense that people care about your career here. They are invested in you as a person and don’t mistreat employees systematically (unlike other banks I’ve heard of). Definitely have colleagues who have been mistreated and like the rest of ER, everything depends on your senior. If you put your head down and work hard and play the game you can earn great money, as long as the market isn’t totally against...

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    Cons

    A little political in some areas and Minneapolis runs the show so some non-Minneapolis people feel disconnected. Like all of finance you can get cowboys in certain sectors. You also have the perpetual banking disease of always having to be pissed about your bonus so you get paid more. Biggest problem is just the old school conservative nature. Definitely doesn’t feel like the cutting edge, but that’s tempered by having...

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    Advice to Management

    Push harder on new ways of doing business, push creativity, and get out of Minneapolis to see what industry leaders outside PJC are up to. There are probably more than a few best practices we haven’t incorporated from lack of exposure outside our little world.

  3. "Working at Piper Jaffray Banking"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at Piper Jaffray full-time

      Pros

      Worked with a few good people

      Cons

      The hours were bad, worked with some bad people as well

    • "Piper Jaffray Analyst"

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      Former Employee - Analyst in Charlotte, NC
      Doesn't Recommend
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Piper Jaffray full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Decent infrastructure, smart people, firm momentum

      Cons

      Some upper level managers are psychotic, company doesn't really care about entry level employees

      Advice to Management

      Stick up for your analysts

    • "On the Job"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I have been working at Piper Jaffray full-time

        Pros

        Pay can be really good if you build the right relationships.

        Cons

        It is a tough industry to be in right now.

      • "former employee"

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        Former Employee - Vice President Finance in Milwaukee, WI
        Doesn't Recommend
        Neutral Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I worked at Piper Jaffray

        Pros

        fairly flexible with time off

        Cons

        they fired me for no apparent reason

      • Helpful (1)

        "Analyst"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I worked at Piper Jaffray

        Pros

        -Great firm to build a career and work with incredibly smart people -Very fast paced yet people are willing to teach you if you don't know something

        Cons

        -Hours were sometimes unsustainable -Senior management could have a bit more involvement in mentorship

      • "Vice President - Fixed income"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I worked at Piper Jaffray full-time

        Pros

        Great people with a great culture

        Cons

        Working outside of HQ makes it difficult for FT

      • "Good Experience"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I worked at Piper Jaffray full-time

        Pros

        Leading middle market investment bank

        Cons

        It really depends on the analyst that one works with

      • Helpful (1)

        "Solid Street reputation and good experience overall, but training program needed"

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        Former Employee - Equity Research Associate in San Francisco, CA
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I worked at Piper Jaffray full-time for more than 4 years

        Pros

        - Fairly autonomous and the ER role is what you make it. - Will get great exposure to equity funds. - Piper research has a solid reputation with funds.

        Cons

        ER, especially in non-core verticals, is not seen as high value. Prime verticals at Piper are Consumer, Software and Bio-tech. Much of your bonus is driven by how well Sales rates you. The process of trying to build a relationship with the sales team is very clunky and is too time consuming for both sides.

        Advice to Management

        I understand ER is a tough business, and getting tougher, but providing training for new associates would be valuable, especially in building relationships with sales and pitching stocks to clients.

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