Duff & Phelps
3.0 of 5 112 reviews
www.duffandphelps.com New York, NY 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Apr 15, 2014
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3.0 112 reviews

                             

54% Approve of the CEO

Duff & Phelps Chairman, President, and CEO Noah Gottdiener

Noah Gottdiener

(70 ratings)

53% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Good work life balance and somewhat interesting work"
    in 7 reviews
  • "Duff & Phelps offers a great work environment for anyone who thrives on challenging projects and enjoys working among the best in the industry"
    in 9 reviews
Cons:
  • "Erratic hours; tough clients who are also working crazy hours; hard to find a work-life balance"
    in 8 reviews
  • "Senior management has done a great of job of promoting a slacker culture at Duff & Phelps"
    in 9 reviews
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I have learned a significant amount of financial knowledge in a short time.

Investment Banking Analyst (Current Employee)
New York, NY (US)

I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time for more than a year

ProsExposure to Complex Deals
Deal Responsibility
Exposure to Larger Cases

ConsSmall Deals in M&A
Not Enough Individual Training
Loss of Talent

Advice to Senior ManagementHave to pay to keep talent

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Culture in the Los Angeles Office. Growing Middle Market Investment Bank

Associate, Investment Bank (Current Employee)
Los Angeles, CA (US)

I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time for more than a year

Pros- Great Culture. The culture in the Los Angeles office is amazing. As an experienced investment banker I found that the managers and head of the office actually care about your life and do not treat you a like a disposable resource that they can utilize until you fizzle out.
- Consistent Deal Flow. The directors and managing directors are seasoned veterans that bring in substantial deal flow and can execute transactions efficiently and consistently.
- Solid Training and Ample Resources. Duff & Phelps has the resources of a bulge bracket investment bank and dedicates a lot of time and money to training employees.

Cons- Limited Junior Staffing. While the company tends to invest a lot of money in each employee, it also limits the number of analysts that it can hire. The analysts get a lot of experience that they normally would not get until they were in their second or third year at other firms, but the investment banking junior staff is consistently very busy.
- No free Red Bull or Nespresso (yes, a very Wall Street problem...)

Advice to Senior ManagementNone. The corporate strategy has been excellent and I hope the growth continues under Carlyle.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Solid Company with Some Superstar Areas

Director (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL (US)

I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time for more than a year

ProsWell-run
To be privately held by Carlyle Group

ConsValuation business is an old dinosaur that needs to be cut down

Advice to Senior ManagementCreate better opportunities to market for new business across service lines

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Firm and great projects

Vice President (Former Employee)
New York, NY (US)

I worked at Duff & Phelps full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat Firm and great projects; location is fantastic; well-managed

ConsErratic hours; tough clients who are also working crazy hours; hard to find a work-life balance

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Poor management, poor job equity

Senior Associate (Current Employee)
Paris (France)

I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood ambiance among the juniors

ConsVery poor management, lack of staffing, lack of communication

Advice to Senior ManagementImplement a 360° rating system, better communication about the objectives throughout the year, better rating system to reflect the real performance of the employee and reward them accordingly

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good experience for young people but wouldn't work there again

Valuation Analyst (Former Employee)
Los Angeles, CA (US)

I worked at Duff & Phelps full-time for more than 3 years

ProsSolid training and financial modeling and intangibles valuation. Many people go into industry, the big four, or banking after working here.

ConsManaging directors know what they're doing - they've been in the business for decades. It's the managers that often mistreat the staff.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Incompetent Middle Management

Analyst (Current Employee)
Los Angeles, CA (US)

I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time for less than a year

ProsColleagues and senior management are great and easy to work with. The work is interesting and somewhat challenging.

ConsMiddle management is incompetent, lazy, and extremely frustrating to work with. It creates an unpleasant work environment. Most colleagues are resentful of middle management.

Advice to Senior ManagementThere is no way for analysts and associates to provide feedback about middle management to upper management.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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I had a positive experience with local management, but it wasn't the right job for me.

Senior Associate (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

I worked at Duff & Phelps full-time for more than 3 years

ProsIntelligent colleagues who cared about more than just getting ahead. We worked together to get the job done and hopefully enjoy the experience. Support from office management was generally strong.

ConsManagement relied almost solely on billable hours to determine bonuses and raises, which overlooks quality and deters innovation. The executive team appeared not to care much for their staff, we were treated like cogs.

Advice to Senior ManagementImprove the annual review process to include more metrics. Billable hours do not solely determine productivity, and provide more Practice Development support for new VPs.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Duff & Phelps was enjoyable and challenging

Investment Banking Intern (Former Employee)
New York, NY (US)

I worked at Duff & Phelps as an intern for less than a year

ProsGreat culture and work atmosphere.

ConsSome of the employees seemed to dislike their job.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Overall very good, yet at the end of the day you are only a number

Senior Executive Assistant (Former Employee)
Los Angeles, CA (US)

I worked at Duff & Phelps full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat firm to work for, really takes care of their employees. Great benefits, bonus and work life balance. Lots of room for growth and availability to work on all types of projects. Overall a strong team atmosphere.

ConsLike many fin services firms changes in upper management can completely change how the company cares for its employees. After Duff went public the atmosphere changed completely as did the benefits. You went from feeling like a member of a team to being just another number and also replaceable. Not a very healthy atmosphere.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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