Duff & Phelps

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Duff & Phelps Reviews

Updated Jul 19, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.0 124 reviews

52% Approve of the CEO

Duff & Phelps Chairman, President, and CEO Noah Gottdiener

Noah Gottdiener

(73 ratings)

51% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work life balance and somewhat interesting work(in 7 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 and below-market-rate pay, both pre- and post-recession(in 9 reviews)

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    Learn good technical skills in dynamic environment

    Valuation Analyst (Current Employee) Chicago, IL (US)

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

    ConsHours can be highly volatile, modeling may become mechanical.

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

    Director (Current Employee) Philadelphia, PA (US)

    ProsSalary, 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.

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

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

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    Easy but don't expect too much compensation

    Analyst (Former Employee) New York, NY (US)

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

    ConsLower 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.

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

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    Valuation Shop Only

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsDecent training, sometimes light hours

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more clear about long term plan. Don't be so fake.

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    Make your own way

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWith some effort, patience and skill, there are doors that open at Duff and Phelps, and you have flexibility to create your own work environment

    ConsTransitioning 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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    Vice President (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA (US)

    ProsSome smart people. Good benefits.

    ConsUnpredictive hours. Some MDs are good, like Chicago and Boston. Some are not very good, like San Francisco and New York. Be prepared for urgent tasks at 7pm, while MD had all day to give it to you.
    No team work, people do their own thing without any communication.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you want to retain people, you must do a better job.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

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

    Prosjob 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.

    Consbonuses 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 Senior ManagementStop 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.

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

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    Huge turnover of employees with no promise for a future.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFriendly people and a nice working environment.

    ConsNo positions available for none cash generating positions. Long hours for all employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive good workers a chance to advance and offer them benefits.

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

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    D&P

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe people are the best thing about the company which being that the company is a consulting firm, is no real big surprise. The work is also very interesting and helps lay a great foundation of technical skills.

    ConsThe organization is a little siloed and when chasing new deals, there seems to be a lot of angst about helping peers. This is almost detrimental to the ability to land new jobs. The compensation plan of management encourages this behavior.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on removing the silos and foster a culture that encoruages working intra and inter divisions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    If you care about your career, don't work here. If simply need any job you can get, well then go for it.

    Anonymous (Current Employee)

    ProsThere are some good people working at Duff...that's pretty much it.

    ConsInsufficient training
    Uncaring leadership
    Random rounds of layoffs
    Lots of in fighting
    Lots of favoritism
    Under development of junior staff
    Terrible bonuses
    Average base pay
    Zero work-life balance
    Performance management process is a joke.
    No modeling for juniors until 2+ years at the firm.
    Formatting things until your hands begin to cramp.
    People stealing credit for your work.
    Cliques are everywhere.
    You cannot trust anyone because almost everyone gossips.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay should equal effort. Stop lowballing employees.

    Encourage senior staff to be more engaging with junior staff.

    Stop trying to motivate employees thru promises of good bonuses. The bonuses never live up to the hype.

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

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