Jefferies & Company Reviews

Updated 27 August, 2014
Updated 27 August, 2014
102 Reviews

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

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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  1.  

    decent place

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

    I worked at Jefferies & Company part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent IT to work with, good HR profile, great people to work with. Robust processes in which to get things done with clear workflows to track items.

    Cons

    Rigid pay policies and lack of transparency around them. Advancement within teams and to new teams is not always transparent - many senior positions appointed through networking and not through advertisement and interviews.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparency required for new positions and promotions to allow all to apply.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Worse company I ever worked for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Web Developer  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Web Developer in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Jefferies & Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay was the most competitive I ever had, gave a great sense of global perspective.

    Cons

    Horrible work/life balance, disrespectful co-workers who made the most gross generalizations and racially insensitive remarks ever. Boss was endorsed and promoted for being a small minded jerk who even dipped chewing tobacco right in the middle of the office. Constantly made fun of people with disabilities and try to do nothing but cover up their awful behavior.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire everyone who clearly demonstrates such poor behavior.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Tough hours and work environment

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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 Jefferies & Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pays well for someone right out of undergrad

    Cons

    Sell themselves as a flat organization and different than other investment banks in terms of respecting your work/life balance. They are no such thing. Just as bad (and if you include the below the street pay and exit opportunities they are worse) as any investment banking gig out there

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    fair, conservative, no growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Jefferies & Company full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    conservative, sails through tough times

    Cons

    B leage, too conservative, cheap

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make the changes to become a major leage player

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Very uneven compensation in the S&T businesses

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

    I worked at Jefferies & Company

    Pros

    + Huge opportunities to advance quickly if you are good
    + Growing, improving product

    Cons

    + Clubby, old boys atmosphere
    + Compensation is wildly uneven and totally opaque; doesn't often seem to be correlated with performance
    + Management doesn't communicate with employees leading to an environment of suspicion and gossip
    + Limited investment in technology hampers growth of firm

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Does not value junior bankers, quickly growing company with opportunity to make impact

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Jefferies & Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some deal teams are lean and you get a lot of responsibility and interaction with senior bankers and clients as an analyst. More opportunities to run a deal.

    Jefferies used to provide good perks (lunch, mobile plan reimbursement, huge discount to LA Sports Club for analysts, etc.) but then they disappeared during the downturn.

    Cons

    During the downturn, they laid off junior bankers first and then made aggressive strategic senior hires.

    They claim that analyst bonuses were on par with the rest of the street, but very few actually get that top bonus relative to other banks.

    Certain IB groups have a terrible reputation. Tech (formerly Jefferies Broadview) used to do great deals, but now run by mostly political senior bankers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Jefferies has a bad reputation for its treatment of junior bankers. My analyst class had such a bad experience that many would never go back.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    associate ibd

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Associate  in  New York Mills, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Associate in New York Mills, NY (US)

    I worked at Jefferies & Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    overall decent people. some have a chip on shoulder bc not at a bigger bank

    Cons

    work on smaller deals that take up just as much time as bigger ones. zero brand name recognition if you try to move on

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    handler is good. treat juniors as part of the team, not as a resource to get deals done

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Company has a serious lack of communication within members the team and between management and employees.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Jefferies & Company

    Pros

    They are willing to pay well as long as you contribute. New hires are also paid very well base.

    Cons

    Bad credit rating. One minor crisis and the company will get blown out of the water.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate better with employees. Be more specific in presenting goals your group should achieve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    IT Dept is low expectations, low output. A few stars carry a lot of low contributing head count. Can be bureaucratic.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 Jefferies & Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Potential career growth if you are willing to fight for it. Old guard (Equities) is ripe for shakeup if you have the guts and can play politics.
    (IT) Easy to fade into the low productivity curve and exert minimal effort. International opportunities.

    Cons

    Sometimes felt like a special education prison (IT)
    TPS reports can be a drag. A lot of hairy legacy processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Richard Handler is sketchy, watchout !!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Poor development

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Jefferies & Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of deal flow
    Lots of pitching
    Long hours
    Good place to start if this is your best choice. Top of the middle market

    Cons

    Poor development - mid tier is very weak, you either come in knowing all the finance / accounting or you're out of luck. Can be annoying working for seniors with unreasonable demands who have no idea how to do what they're asking you to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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