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Updated Jul 27, 2014

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3.2 98 reviews

82% Approve of the CEO

Jefferies & Company Chairman and CEO, Jefferies Group and Jefferies & Company Richard B. Handler

Richard B. Handler

(66 ratings)

55% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Solid deal flow in San Francisco (in 5 reviews)

  • Excellent IT to work with, good HR profile, great people to work with (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is slightly worse than at other major banks for similar compensation (in 9 reviews)

  • Long hours and heavy responsibilities (in 6 reviews)

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

    Prosexcellent place to work. great people. results focused. great culture. Compensation is at market or above.

    Consfocused on profit generation so probably better come in here at more senior level - not super focused on training resources.

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep on doing what you have been doing

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

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    Firm is in a good position, probably a bit too much hype

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

    ProsPeople generally very understanding, hours very reasonable for investment banking, senior leadership very approachable (would sit in VP+ offices, calls, etc.), not too much cutthroat competition

    ConsDeals after fairly small, spent a lot of time chasing down <$1B deals. A lot of pitching. A bunch of very senior people from other firms who aren't used to working in a lean environment. Budget cuts seem random

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Dynamic environment

    Investment Banking Analyst (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsGreat people and work ethic. Interesting projects and drive. Young dynamic teams, and experienced senior management. An interesting cultural dynamic. The office is well positioned in London and a great design. Not far from the river too, yet not in the absolute depths of the city.

    ConsUS firm, so hours and expectations can be high. Though compensation was good, healthcare is excellent and other benefits are well in line or exceed other companies. At the time I was there. Some management are driving very hard, and don't quite realise the burden on the junior employees. I guess normal in IBD culture. But it's a shame as it doesn't seem to be part of the initial intention. The growth was fast and was not able to sustain a balanced and positive working environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEncourage more work life balance.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good

    VP-IT (Former Employee) New York, NY (US)

    Prosit is still a small company

    Consit is getting big company politics

    Advice to Senior Managementstart a track for advancement of techies who don't want to get into management

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Associate

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSmall team, ability to make an impact

    ConsMore work than other banks

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay more

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    Foster City Office / Tech Group

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood opportunity to do IBD in tech... you can lateral to a bulge or have a shot at joining tech from the investing/biz dev side. Office has nice views of the man-made lake in Foster City, - first-row seats to the July 4th fireworks.

    ConsPunishing work culture with unfriendly senior management, even by IBD's standards. Extremely high turnover among analysts and associates... even Jefferies NYC guys are surprised.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't drive your juniors so hard, and say hello to them once in a while.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Trying to play in the big leagues. An Ok place to work for Equity research

    Senior Associate (Former Employee) New York, NY (US)

    ProsAggressive culture. Jefferies has been trying to gain market share away from some of the larger players. They have been trying to hire away talent from some of the bigger shops such as UBS and Morgan Stanley by luring people with 2 year guarantees. Not sure if this model is sustainable if they don't generate enough revenues through these new hires.

    ConsHours could be long. Sales can get demanding at times. Year end review process is relatively opaque. There is a push to get analysts II ranking, which means a ton of outbound phone calls (500+) every month. This activity among others is tracked internally.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to what the employees are saying. Don't rush to get too big too soon.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Rigorous, but learned a great deal

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros- Smaller firm, work directly with MDs
    - High responsibility

    Cons- Long hours (60-100/week)
    - Stringent management and demanding teamwork

    Advice to Senior ManagementReviews on a more frequent basis

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Growing Company, Poor Timing

    Sales Associate (Current Employee) Boston, MA (US)

    ProsVery Flat organization and Leadership is surprisingly transparent
    Avoided many of the investment mistakes that sank competitors in the industry
    Some of the best people I have ever worked with in my career

    ConsNo clear processes regarding career development.
    If you don't find a strong niche for your skills and talent, you will be passed over.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFinds ways to instill a stronger sense of culture and values
    Invest in ways to formalize hiring and career development

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    Not crazy about the culture

    Senior Vice President (Current Employee) New York, NY (US)

    ProsSomewhat entrepreneurial but wasn't always clear credit was given appropriately.

    ConsNo one cares if people are treated poorly by their manager.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf management likes the culture, then that's their choice. Not sure if it merits advice.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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