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Piper Jaffray Reviews

Updated October 26, 2017
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  • Long hours (as expected for IBD though), extreme unpredictability and lack of visibility to future schedule (in 7 reviews)

  • PJC is a middle-market and sometimes will have less dealflow (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Good Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Piper Jaffray full-time

    Pros

    Good place to work, the company cares about keeping the employees happy. Benefits are good.

    Cons

    Satellite offices feel very secluded from the firm's headquarters. Piper Jaffray could really work work on management training.


  2. "Technology Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Piper Jaffray as an intern

    Pros

    Great leadership series program where interns get to better understand sectors in the firm and the leadership roles within those sectors

    Cons

    Communications skills within my specific department were sub-par

  3. "Investment Banking Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Middle market bank that pays street, has decent work life balance, friendly company culture, "do it yourself" environment

    Cons

    Limited training and career development opportunities, somewhat stale working environment, culture varies per group

    Advice to Management

    Invest in people. They're all you have.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Investment Banking Analyst / Associate (Promoted)"

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    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good client exposure on and deal flow in Cap Mkts.

    Cons

    Lack of M&A deal flow. Lots of pitching for deals that go nowhere (same as any other IB)


  5. "Vice President"

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

    I have been working at Piper Jaffray full-time

    Pros

    Great momentum in the investment banking business

    Cons

    Tend to have lean deal teams which can be good and bad ..need to hire more junior resources to keep up with growing IB franchise


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Piper Jaffray full-time

    Pros

    Down-to earth and very approachable management, friendly colleagues, good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Sometimes software applications we used for our jobs were not very good or user friendly.


  7. "intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The company has a good atmosphere and environment

    Cons

    So far there are no cons

  8. Helpful (8)

    "Investment Banking Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Piper Jaffray full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    All based on Minneapolis office experiences:

    -Fairly laid back as far as banking goes
    -People are pretty friendly
    -Great cost of living in Minneapolis (same pay regardless of location)
    -Lean deal teams
    -Lots of exposure to clients and management teams
    -My industry group is really well run with the exception of one terrible manager

    I mean overall I liked it enough as an intern to come back full time I guess

    Cons

    -Long hours (as expected for IBD though), extreme unpredictability and lack of visibility to future schedule
    -Brand name isn't the best which significantly impacts exit opps
    -Minneapolis location
    -Lack of supporting staff (don't have somebody printing books 24/7, analysts have to do far more admin work than at bigger banks)
    -Perks are mediocre compared to a lot of other banks (meal stipend, weekend policies, etc.)
    -Pay slightly below street
    -Company stresses work life balance but it's almost a joke how much it is actually implemented (hint: pretty much not at all)
    -Abusive senior bankers seemingly never get punished for their actions
    -Some companies we work with are honestly kind of crappy which means deals fall apart all the time
    -401k plans and other employee benefits are mediocre at best
    -Office is so lame. Break room is terrible, view is terrible, etc.
    -IT is an absolute pain to deal with. You'd think unblocking a website was the end of the world for them

    Advice to Management

    Actually implement the policies that are supposed to help junior bankers. Don't promote BS such as the "power of partnership" then let senior bankers cuss you out and scream and belittle you for something that you did absolutely nothing wrong at all without any sort of repercussions. Should make bonuses and other perks more competitive to other banks.


  9. "Piper Jaffray"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture, wonderful learning experience

    Cons

    Typical investment banking hours and life


  10. "Public Finance Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Intern - Intern in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Piper Jaffray as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Get the opportunity to work with an analyst team with people similar to your age. Gain important industry experience and get to work on real life projects. People you work with are very friendly and always willing to help out on projects and questions you may have.

    Cons

    Sometimes work is slow, so there isn't much for an intern to do.


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