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Piper Jaffray Reviews

Updated December 7, 2018
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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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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Piper Jaffray full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Senior management a little separated from the trenches.


  2. "Working at Piper Jaffray Banking"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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

  3. "Piper Jaffray Analyst"

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

    I worked at Piper Jaffray full-time (More than a year)

    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


  4. "On the Job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  5. "former employee"

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    Former Employee - Vice President Finance in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Vice President Finance in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    fairly flexible with time off

    Cons

    they fired me for no apparent reason


  6. "Vice President - Fixed income"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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


  7. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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

  8. "Good Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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


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

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    Former Employee - Equity Research Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Equity Research Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Piper Jaffray full-time (More than 3 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.


  10. "Managing Director"

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    Former Employee - Managing Director of Trading in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Managing Director of Trading in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Piper Jaffray full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Chicago Fixed income office is a great atmosphere to work in. Other offices around the US if you want to relocate.

    Cons

    Management needs to take a direction and stick with it.