Duff & Phelps

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Duff & Phelps Reviews

Updated 1 October, 2014
Updated 1 October, 2014
127 Reviews
3.0
127 Reviews
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Duff & Phelps Chairman, President, and CEO Noah Gottdiener
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74 Ratings

Review Highlights

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 9 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good experience, but culture is deteriorating

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Duff & Phelps full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There are still some good people there. Work life balance is marginal, but good opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    Culture was very collaborative years ago, not so much today. Managing directors run the show, and with a number of RIFs in the last few years, a lot of the good ones have left and the ones that are still there are willing to stab each other in the back to get credit for revenues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address the internal rot that is happening or you will continue to lose more good people. The pay is not better than competitors, so you will continue to lose the brightest and the best at all levels if the environment continues to be one where people don't like coming to work. The most capable people will go where they are rewarded with the best pay and an environment that is positive. Today, Duff does not have either of those.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work and learn

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Migration Specialist  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Migration Specialist in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    you are taken care of well

    Cons

    nothing that I can think of good environmnet

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring me back as a permanent employee.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management was unwilling to intervene in hostile work situations

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    Former Employee - Property Tax Specialist  in  Addison, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Property Tax Specialist in Addison, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Nice office, decent technology to work with, lots of cool people to work with and nice break rooms.

    Cons

    Long hours, low wages, management was unwilling to do their job and did not keep agreements made with temporary workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your lowest tier employees like they matter to you and you will have better retention rates

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps

    Pros

    Great MD who cares for people's needs

    Cons

    Long hours but aside from that not much.

  6.  

    Learn good technical skills in dynamic environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Valuation Analyst  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Valuation Analyst in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time

    Pros

    Learn solid valuation skills. Work in dynamic environment. See diverse companies.

    Cons

    Hours can be highly volatile, modeling may become mechanical.

  7.  

    Great Firm to learn and develop valuation knowledge and skills for many applications.

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Director in Philadelphia, PA (US)

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, and culture are similar to the Big 4 w/o the feeling of being lost in a machine. People in Director and MD levels are generally very intelligent, and tremendously competent at their specializations. Clients recognize the name in many instances.

    Cons

    Practices still maintain silo structure; offices are still pretty split between practices, so networking is challenging. Training investment for staff is minimal; hiring efforts take way too long to obtain staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to work on methods to incent cross-selling and internal teaming; commit to more formalized staff training in consultative and business development skills.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Easy but don't expect too much compensation

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance. Work isn't that taxing, and can lead to good experience to spring board you somewhere else.

    Cons

    Lower than industry compensation, favoritism, in-house politics. Don't think of this place as a career-path, because no one else besides upper level employees do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Valuation Shop Only

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Duff & Phelps

    Pros

    Decent training, sometimes light hours

    Cons

    HQ offices believe they are superior. Low pay, politics, lots of b.s.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more clear about long term plan. Don't be so fake.

  10.  

    Not a good place if you have pride in your work.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    job security - if you are horrible, they will never fire you. you can lie on your timecard and no one will care as long as they can pass along your hours to their clients.

    Cons

    bonuses are horrible and so is total comp relative to competitors. They are more interested in getting fees from clients that doing good work. If you are a good worker, you will constantly be asked to pick up the slack from other, bad workers but you will not be compensated for it and they will never be fired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being so greedy. If you want to retain and keep good talent you have to show the good talent that you care, both by career advancement opportunities and better pay than the less motivated or capable staff. Stop rewarding slackers that never show up and lie on their timecards.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Make your own way

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps

    Pros

    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

    Cons

    Transitioning from a good analyst to a good manager to being good at business development. The transition is necessary in order to progress, but it is not easy.

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