Duff & Phelps

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Duff & Phelps Reviews

Updated 20 February 2015
Updated 20 February 2015
137 Reviews
3.1
137 Reviews
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Duff & Phelps Chairman, President, and CEO Noah Gottdiener
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Never going back to Corporate

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Valuation Analyst in Morristown, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Valuation Analyst in Morristown, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    I switched from a very large company as a Senior Financial Analyst to Duff & Phelps last year. The learning curve is STEEP but I enjoy the collaboration, teaching atmosphere, and flexibility.

    Cons

    Periodically there are late, late, late nights! Weekends are not off limits, especially during peak periods.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company should improve how it recognizes their employees for their achievements, and develop a comprehensive talent development program. However, my opinion may be colored from my previous position, where my former company excelled in these areas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's not great.

    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Duff & Phelps full-time

    Pros

    Good place to build analytical skills. People are nice and the office environment is not too stressful. Get to work on different projects.

    Cons

    The company doesn't care about retaining people. There is a high turnover and there is no career development. The company doesn't have any money to spend on social events.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Fairly Standard for the Industry

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Los Angeles, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with. Professional environment.

    Cons

    Long hours during busy times. Working 2 days straight when multiple projects have close deadlines.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Not good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President
    Current Employee - Vice President

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is good. But that means you are not as busy as your peers.
    Some good people. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    No structure, no bonuses, no training. MDs always promise you that the company is growing and you will benefit from it. Many people from different groups recently left the firm.
    Lack of leadership. No team work at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unless there will be some major changes, you will lose all good people that can still go to other places.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Too controlled by the Americans, would have been better working for company in it's previous form (MCR).

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

    I worked at Duff & Phelps (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great office (the Shard).
    Good salary.

    Cons

    Demotivated staff/
    Do not push networking or volunteering anywhere near enough.
    During exams (ACA/ACCA) not enough time off to study at college (big 4 give plenty of time to get exams done quickly =overworked/stressed staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Interact with staff more, review performance more regularly, focus on building teamwork.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Great work/life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Everyone was a pleasure to work with. You get to work with all of the top PE/Hedge funds in the world and get great insight on deal flow. So many resources at your disposal and you can really learn a lot.

    Cons

    Your chargeability is solely reliable on your Managing Directors sales. If they sell a lot of work, you will be busy and be rewarded for it come bonus time. Bonuses are somewhat limited. Will not be receiving banking style bonuses. More in the 15-20% range.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Advisory work in I Banking

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

    I worked at Duff & Phelps

    Pros

    flexible work rules, leader in valuation

    Cons

    limited funds for new business development, bonus issues every year, restrictive FINRA policies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest to Grow

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

    Great way to get in the business

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Real Estate Analyst in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Real Estate Analyst in Los Angeles, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    I was a part of the real estate arm of the company and DP provided great exposure to different segments in the real estate industry. You'll get the opportunity to work with institutional investors and value different product types in several different markets. Every project I've worked on were unique and was a great learning experience.

    Cons

    Several projects are rushed or low budgeted which often creates long work nights. You are rewarded on a billable hour basis so if projects take more time than budgeted by senior management, it will work against you in your year end review.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    budget projects realistically so that analysts aren't getting the short end of the stick when it comes to year end review.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Strong program for key technical valuation and modelling skills

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

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

    Pros

    Great learning environment
    Develop core valuation skill sets core to a transaction-oriented career

    Cons

    Compensation is well below market
    Only worth the education experience, heavy churn

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve compensation, invest in employees for the long term

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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