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Piper Jaffray Reviews

Updated October 12, 2017
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  • Company stresses work life balance but it's almost a joke how much it is actually implemented (hint: pretty much not at all) (in 5 reviews)

  • Long hours (as expected for IBD though), extreme unpredictability and lack of visibility to future schedule (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Fantastic company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Progressive organization, good corporate citizen, heading in the right direction. Excellent work culture.

    Cons

    Staffing can be lean, so you may get overworked in your role, but it's a good experience.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  2. "Institutional Sales"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Professional work environment, competitive atmosphere, well respected in the investment community. Great opportunity wo work with like minded people and build relationships with institutional clients. Great comp package.

    Cons

    Opportunities for advancement are somewhat limited due to employees with significant tenure having a stronghold on legacy clientele. Not a lot of negatives here really except that in volatile market times, there is a lot of pressure to perform.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Piper has managed to make it thru very turbulent market conditions due to managements long term views. Don't get too greedy when times are good and stay the course when times are tough.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Sweat Shop"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Money, and the cost of living adjustment in MN was great.

    Cons

    The work life balance. MD's constantly pitching "bad" deals.

    Advice to Management

    Better junior management and support.


  4. "Global Middle Office Support"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Global Middle Office Support in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Global Middle Office Support in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people working at the company who genuinely care about your well-being. A lot of support from your managers.

    Great benefits included as well.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work can be demanding, and there was a lot of time sensitive duties that could spurt up at once. Also a lot of daily duties on top of that, so some days could be quite stressful.

    Only left to pursue opportunities in a different field (software development).

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, PJC is a sound company and it seemed to me that they hire the correct people.


  5. "Investment Banking Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Summer Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Summer Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The bankers in the Minneapolis office have a really laid-back attitude, which is unusual to find in an investment banking environment. Everyone facilitates your development and learning experiences, and takes concern to your growth, development, an work-life balance.

    Cons

    Long hours (inherent in the industry). HR and the senior bankers really stress the work-life balance, and try to follow new policies implemented regarding no work after 12pm on Fridays, protected weekends, etc. but it rarely pans out.

    Advice to Management

    Plan materials in advance, always indicate due dates, eliminate unnecessary sense of urgency when possible.


  6. "Human Capital Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Small firm, easier to get to know everyone

    Cons

    Disconnected from offices outside of minneapolis


  7. "Research Analyst"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Piper Jaffray full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice people. Good reputation for research. Smaller company so you get to know everyone. Good learning.

    Cons

    HQed in Minneapolis so sometimes conservative for the people in NYC and SF and other big coastal cities. Pay is ok. Not as good as bulge.

    Advice to Management

    be more open minded to the new ideas and new markets... Everything is global now. It's not just about what's happening in the U.S.

  8. "Analyst"

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

    Pros

    Lots of responsibilities
    Great deal flow
    M&A deal flow

    Cons

    Little interaction with management
    Lots of overtime


  9. "Former associate"

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    Former Employee - Investment Banking Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Associate in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Piper Jaffray (More than a year)

    Pros

    Less bureaucratic than other firms
    Accessible senior level management compared to bulge brackets

    Cons

    Pay is not there with other firms
    Very decentralized in many respects and not very established in New York and major financial services hubs


  10. "Managing Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Human Capital Business with a strong employee friendly culture

    Cons

    A company that seems to be shrinking or heavly influenced by changes within the industry that give significant advantages to economies of scale

    Advice to Management

    Focus on higher margin businesses and don't get caught up with the notion that you must have all the product offering of a wall street firm. Relationships matter.


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