Jefferies & Company
3.2 of 5 85 reviews
www.jefferies.com New York, NY 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Apr 11, 2014

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81% Approve of the CEO

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

Richard B. Handler

(59 ratings)

54% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Solid deal flow in San Francisco"
    in 5 reviews
  • "The people were friendly and great place to learn"
    in 3 reviews
Cons:
  • "Sell themselves as a flat organization and different than other investment banks in terms of respecting your work/life balance"
    in 8 reviews
  • "Long hours and heavy responsibilities"
    in 6 reviews
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Company has a serious lack of communication within members the team and between management and employees.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Jefferies & Company

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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate better with employees. Be more specific in presenting goals your group should achieve.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Fixed Income Analyst

Fixed Income Analyst (Former Employee)
Stamford, CT (US)

I worked at Jefferies & Company as an intern for less than a year

ProsGet to work with MDs, Get some hands on experience, smart guys working there, MBS and High Yield is awesome loved it

ConsUnstructured internship, don't get opportunities to actually help workers, don't do that much during internship, great time, was really fun, but wanted to learn more and contribute more

Advice to Senior ManagementOrganize internship program

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

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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.

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

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

ProsPotential 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.

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

Advice to Senior ManagementRichard Handler is sketchy, watchout !!!

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

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Poor development

Analyst (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

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

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

ConsPoor 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Equity Research Associate (Former Employee)
New York, NY (US)

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

ProsGood pay, good people, but very intense

Consintense, little support, not good work life balance

Advice to Senior Managementnothing really

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

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Unprofessional to an incompetent degree

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

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

ProsEasy to shine in short bursts

Consunprofessional environment populated by friends and family rather than by the talent. Senior management unaware that a company is made up of more than just sales and trading - it actually requires capable IT and middle office as well as a thoughtful investment in infrastructure and assets that support the business process. Penny wise and often pound foolish coupled with extravagant waste thrown at the wrong people

Advice to Senior ManagementStudy the organization

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great experience rotating through the desks.

Equity Sales & Trading Summer Analyst (Former Employee)
New York, NY (US)

I worked at Jefferies & Company as an intern for less than a year

ProsSmall firm, so there's a lot of responsibility.
Flat structure...you'll be speaking and working with MDs from day 1.
Good intern projects...no busy work

ConsBeing small has its upsides...but also downsides: there's nowhere to hide so you have to learn things quickly. At larger firms, you have a longer grace period.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Accountant (Current Employee)
New York, NY (US)

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

ProsWork life balance is decent

ConsLow comp for back office operations associates

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

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

ProsGreat momentum for the firm since the recession in 2008. Picked up many talent along the way and is a fast paced firm.

ConsLack of work life balance. Different position within the investment banking industry being in the middle market space. Working on improving the position though.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

I worked at Jefferies & Company as an intern for less than a year

ProsWorked with various desks. The staff was extremely nice and wanted to teach as much as possible. Had company wide teach-ins. There was a lot of events for interns.

ConsDid not offer jobs to any intern in the Futures department and the program was missing structure in many parts.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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