Duff & Phelps Reviews

Updated 8 April, 2015
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Duff & Phelps Chairman, President, and CEO Noah Gottdiener
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Pros
  • Work life balance is marginal, but good opportunities to learn (in 9 reviews)

  • With some effort, patience and skill, there are doors that open at Duff and Phelps, and you have flexibility to create your own work environment (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Erratic hours; tough clients who are also working crazy hours; hard to find a work-life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Long hours but aside from that not much (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Decent place to work

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    interesting work and nice people

    Cons

    long hours and unclear career path

  2. Working at D&P

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Valuation Services Senior Associate in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Valuation Services Senior Associate in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very flexible office culture that creates a comfortable atmosphere. People are also very nice and understanding. If you're busy and elect to come in early, people notice, and if you're not busy and elect to come in a little later, people get it. People are also very willing to work with you and help you prioritize projects so that you are able to accomplish everything in good standing while not drowning. Very enjoyable to work here.

    Cons

    Somewhat complacent staff where some people can get a little "too comfortable" and lose their ambition to strive to take their careers to new levels.

    Advice to Management

    Revisit compensation more often with employees with a greater degree of transparency (i.e. discuss compensation with competitors, discuss internal compensation policy, and offer additional insight into how one can earn higher bonuses / earn promotions, etc.)

  3. Helpful (1)

    Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Duff & Phelps

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Varied work experience and builds strong analytical skills

    Cons

    Needs higher pay to keep talent

    Advice to Management

    Above

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  5. There's no fun in Dysfunction

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The compensation is good
    benefits are acceptable
    offices are clean

    Cons

    inadequate support
    expectations shift with the wind

    Advice to Management

    if someone asks you a question, please give an honest answer. The truth is too easy to discover nowadays.

  6. Never going back to Corporate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Valuation Analyst in Morristown, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Valuation Analyst in Morristown, NJ (US)

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I switched from a very large company as a Senior Financial Analyst to Duff & Phelps last year. The learning curve is STEEP but I enjoy the collaboration, teaching atmosphere, and flexibility.

    Cons

    Periodically there are late, late, late nights! Weekends are not off limits, especially during peak periods.

    Advice to Management

    The company should improve how it recognizes their employees for their achievements, and develop a comprehensive talent development program. However, my opinion may be colored from my previous position, where my former company excelled in these areas.

  7. Helpful (4)

    It's not great.

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

    I worked at Duff & Phelps full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to build analytical skills. People are nice and the office environment is not too stressful. Get to work on different projects.

    Cons

    The company doesn't care about retaining people. There is a high turnover and there is no career development. The company doesn't have any money to spend on social events.

  8. Fairly Standard for the Industry

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at Duff & Phelps full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people to work with. Professional environment.

    Cons

    Long hours during busy times. Working 2 days straight when multiple projects have close deadlines.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Not good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President
    Current Employee - Vice President

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance is good. But that means you are not as busy as your peers.
    Some good people. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    No structure, no bonuses, no training. MDs always promise you that the company is growing and you will benefit from it. Many people from different groups recently left the firm.
    Lack of leadership. No team work at all.

    Advice to Management

    Unless there will be some major changes, you will lose all good people that can still go to other places.

  10. Too controlled by the Americans, would have been better working for company in it's previous form (MCR).

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Duff & Phelps (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great office (the Shard).
    Good salary.

    Cons

    Demotivated staff/
    Do not push networking or volunteering anywhere near enough.
    During exams (ACA/ACCA) not enough time off to study at college (big 4 give plenty of time to get exams done quickly =overworked/stressed staff.

    Advice to Management

    Interact with staff more, review performance more regularly, focus on building teamwork.

  11. Great work/life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Everyone was a pleasure to work with. You get to work with all of the top PE/Hedge funds in the world and get great insight on deal flow. So many resources at your disposal and you can really learn a lot.

    Cons

    Your chargeability is solely reliable on your Managing Directors sales. If they sell a lot of work, you will be busy and be rewarded for it come bonus time. Bonuses are somewhat limited. Will not be receiving banking style bonuses. More in the 15-20% range.

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