Duff & Phelps Reviews

Updated 16 October, 2014
Updated 16 October, 2014
129 Reviews
3.0
129 Reviews
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Duff & Phelps Chairman, President, and CEO Noah Gottdiener
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76 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 10 reviews)

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

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to Learn

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    I worked very hard, spent many hours in the office with tight deadlines... but in the end I wouldn't be where I am without my time at Duff. I am incredibly grateful for my experience and would recommend it to anyone looking to tee-up a rewarding career in finance.

    Cons

    Lots of hours, but if you get the hours it means you are good. Just push through it!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company for the industry, but long-term potential in industry limited

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Atlanta, GA (US)

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

    Pros

    Project based work -- always get to move onto something new. Also you generally have a lot of flexibility about how you go about your work. Exception might be for work being reviewed by an auditor, in which case you have to play by their rules.

    Amount of variety is outstanding. You end up being exposed to a vast array of industries involving every conceivable product or service. There are some businesses that are so nich and would never be on your spectrum if you are just analyzing public companies.

    You meet a lot of interesting people at the client companies.

    You develop a deeper understanding of business and realize that the textbook view of business is not so cut and dry as a pure maximization of profits that necessarily occurs for a company with a wide ownership base (i.e.- a public company).

    Cons

    A lot of mediocre people. You get a lot of finance guys who couldn't quite get into banking, asset management, etc. Or you get the bean counters who move up into business valuation, especially since all the accounting firms now have valuation practices.

    As an extension, the field is becoming more and more dominated by the accounting firms and thus it's becoming very formulaic in their valuations, and generally not much insight. Worse, they have increasing clout and are influencing the way the profession is evolving. If you've ever dealt with auditors, then you know why this is not a great outlook.

    Pay can be crappy relative to other finance jobs.

    A lot of the same old ideas are rehashed over and over. People do attempt to innovate on the theoretical front, but I haven't seen too much that was truly original. Even then, it wouldn't make its way out of the valuation community.

    Fees are definitely coming down or at least stagnant. Again, too many bean counters getting into the game.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more to keep strong employees and ditch the bean counters.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    My experience has been long and tedious

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    the free lunches during meetings

    Cons

    very separate. EA's are treated as unimportant.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great experience, high expectations and skill building challenges.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consulting Analyst in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Consulting Analyst in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at Duff & Phelps full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You'll work with people at the top of their game.

    Cons

    You will work a lot!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider being kinder.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Duff & Phelps

    Pros

    Good salary that is competitive

    Cons

    Extensive last minute travel possibilities

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    I wouldn't recommend

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good opportunities to learn, get thrown in on lots of projects, big name clients

    Cons

    incredibly long hours and weekend work and very little pay relative to hours worked, zero ability to control or predict your schedule, the company expects you to have your computer when you take vacation, the rating system is on a curve aka even if more people are great, they can't get assigned the higher rating and they have to have some assigned as the lowest rating, incredibly low bonuses, no loyalty to employees, people are incredibly intense and can only talk about work, culture is intense, stiff, and people aren't friends

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Disappointing...dispute consulting division

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    Former Employee - Dispute Consultant in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Dispute Consultant in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at Duff & Phelps full-time

    Pros

    lean team structure on certain engagements

    Cons

    overworked
    poor pay
    laughable bonus
    poor training
    poor staffing structure
    i suggest looking to other litigation consulting firms unless you have an interest in IP litigation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be less cold-hearted

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Good Culture and Professional Employees. Diversified client base, Duff and Phelps has good name recognition,

    Cons

    Competitive industry. Industry is also cyclical and sensitive to economic conditions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior staff needs to spend more time marketing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Long hours, terrible compensation, poor culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at Duff & Phelps full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You will become an expert at putting pitches together because that's all you will do. The company rarely ever wins a pitch. The firm's sweet spot is negative EBITDA companies.

    Cons

    Some managing directors will screw anyone over for a deal, even their colleagues at the firm.

    Bonuses will be hyped so that you work extra hard (especially thought the holidays) but when it comes time to pay bonuses senior management always have an excuse about how it was a tough year. My bonus working a 9-5 corporate role was higher than working 90+ hours a week at Duff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Job out of College

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Gain Marketable Skills. Valuation / Modeling

    Cons

    Pay is below street, Challenge employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay employees better, match street to retain employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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