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Piper Jaffray Reviews

Updated March 5, 2017
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Pros
  • Down-to earth and very approachable management, friendly colleagues, good work-life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Great culture, many of my coworkers are not the typical "investment banking" type (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • 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 (inherent in the industry) (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Solid Learning Experience, Wouldn't Work there full-time"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Piper Jaffray Investment Banking Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Piper Jaffray Investment Banking Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, great work-life balance, small firm

    Cons

    Cheap company, poor pay, bad industry rep in certain sectors

    Advice to Management

    Compensate better


  2. "Ideal Environment for any Executive Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nurturing, friendly bankers, competitive pay

    Cons

    Health insurance could be better, benefits package could be better


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good benefits, poor culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are good, and the work-life balance wasn't bad for my first job out of college. The HR department was great when I started, with interviews and onboarding, and great when I left by conducting a good exit interview.

    Cons

    The culture could be very negative, depending on your position. The marketing department was treated as a cost center and not a valuable business partner. Doing things the way they've always been done was the norm, and new ideas were not encouraged.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be much more focus on improving the culture. Treating employees in non-finance roles like they have no value is not in your best interest.


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  5. "Overall good workplace with positive business prospects"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Piper Jaffray full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Solid management team and positive business prospects

    Cons

    Working hours can be very long at times.

    Advice to Management

    Help employees better manage work life balance


  6. "Good team....disconnected from Minneapolis main office"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Assistant in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Good team of people that actually liked each other :)

    Cons

    Got laid-off. Disconnected from the core group in Minneapolis.


  7. "Great work, really poor working culture and team"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Middle market investment banking lends itself to give junior team members a ton of responsibility right out of college.

    Cons

    Piper has a strong presence in the healthcare industry vertical, but presence in others is virtually nonexistent.


  8. "Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, pleasant work environment

    Cons

    Lower pay than comparable NYC jobs


  9. "Solid middle market investment bank experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Equity Research Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Equity Research Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Piper Jaffray full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not a cut throat culture, but still pushed enough to achieve necessary tasks/goals. Flexibility

    Cons

    Pays a little below the market, though if you are a top performer, you will be well compensated. Working in the NY office makes you feel a little less part of the organization given most of the company's staff is in MN

    Advice to Management

    More management leaders based in NY instead of MN


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Unless your a big wig making $500k a year you dont exist."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice location downtown its right by the bus stops and the walkways.

    Cons

    All "management" are a joke to work with. "My way or the highway"

    Advice to Management

    quit!


  11. "Good M&A Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Associate in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Associate in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong execution focus, fun junior professionals, generalist approach allows for junior professionals to work across a number of industries

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility, tough work-life balance, process focus makes competing for new business difficult against some industry banks.



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