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Jefferies & Company Reviews

Updated 18 August 2014
Updated 18 August 2014
100 Reviews

3.2
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Jefferies & Company Chairman and CEO, Jefferies Group and Jefferies & Company Richard B. Handler
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Intelligent people, terrible culture and pay

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    Former Employee - Investment Banking Associate  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Investment Banking Associate in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    + Work with intelligent and work hungry people
    + Good health plan

    Cons

    + Terrible working environment
    + Claw-backs and extensive restrictions on bonuses
    + No cohesive culture, all IBD teams have their own culture
    + Every man for themselves and blame culture
    + Some very incompetent people at the top

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work / Life balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Interview

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It's relaxing interview. I was asked some questions about finance, like swap yield curve, options and futures. And I did some questions about what I did in my academic courses, what my contribution was in the project.

    Cons

    I think they hired the highest qualified people. People as a employee at Jefferies will have lots of knowledge about the financial markets. Your responsibility ranges from the beginning to the end.

  3.  

    Great place to develop an IB/securities career

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Dynamic company growing market share, motivated employees, good work/life balance - generally the firm gets it right as the results have shown.

    Cons

    Typical downsides associated with working for any investment bank - nothing that you wouldn't expect to encounter at other similar institutions.

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Left in the garbage

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    Former Employee - Information Technology
    Former Employee - Information Technology

    Pros

    There are not many Pro's to talk about, the only thing that comes to mind was having longevity, however all that has changed now. The benefits where fairly good compared to other companies.

    Cons

    Treated like a second class citizen, support staff is an afterthought, the only thing that drives this company is their producers. Staff is treated like an expense that no one wants to on their budget sheet. Leaving no opportunity for growth and little opportunity to enjoy working around fellow employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to manage people not your wallet, the idea of putting the biggest earner in the management position does not make for a good manager, it makes for someone who still only cares about his bottom end. Most management would rather ignore problems than deal with them because it takes them away from their earnings. The biggest fault is there is little to no communication between management of other groups which leads to a lot of miss-communication, rumors, segregation of departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    not somewhere to start your career

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  City of London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in City of London, England (UK)

    Pros

    great people to work with....infact the best i have!

    Cons

    no career progression, which means no wage progression

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay more - and you wont be training people up to leave.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    over worked and under paid

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Really not much pros at all.

    Cons

    Too many to list here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    decent place

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

    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
  9.  

    strong entrepreneurial culture, good management

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    pay, culture, people work hard

    Cons

    nothing bad to say here

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It was an enjoyable place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The people were friendly and great place to learn

    Cons

    Not much room for movement

  11.  

    Worse company I ever worked for

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    Former Employee - Web Developer  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Web Developer in New York, NY (US)

    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

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