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Jefferies & Company Reviews

Updated 22 March 2015
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Jefferies & Company Chairman and CEO, Jefferies Group and Jefferies & Company Richard B. Handler
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  1. Good experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England

    I worked at Jefferies & Company full-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Greater exposure than other I-banks

    Cons

    Does not feel like a bulge-bracket environment
    Feels like a boutique

  2. Equity Derivatives Trading

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Equity Derivatives Trader in London, England
    Former Employee - Equity Derivatives Trader in London, England

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Small desk so, big exposure to new things. Decent autonomy and freedom of applying strategies. Exposure to large universe of underlying. Great middle office. Fast mgmt decisioning.

    Cons

    Fewer client flow respect to larger shops. Longer IT developing timing. Small balance sheet. Fewer products to trade and propose to clients. Sales were not free to do their job basically.

    Advice to Management

    Hear more derivatives experts and professionals.

  3. Best mid-market bank

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst, Investment Banking in London, England
    Current Employee - Analyst, Investment Banking in London, England

    I have been working at Jefferies & Company full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work-life balance, culture, career growth opportunities

    Cons

    Not well known in the market, few exit options

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  5. Has grown to become a man

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investment Banker
    Former Employee - Investment Banker

    I worked at Jefferies & Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very focussed on growth and becoming a big player. Has been able to obtain a reputation to hire very good and smart people which will look very solid on your resume.

    Cons

    Becoming a big bank, feels a bit like being a small cog in large machine

  6. My experience here is very good

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    Current Employee - Technology Associate in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Technology Associate in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Jefferies & Company full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People here are all super nice. Both towards business and for co-workers. I'm in the Tech side and all the required equipments and resources are generously provided

    Cons

    Need more people to create more applications. But we know it's relatively small when comparing with other giants

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing well

  7. Great learning experience in oil and gas and finance.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Experience, deal flow, knowledge of senior staff, very smart colleagues, analyst relationships, compensation, opportunity to learn technical aspects of energy finance, exposure to senior level clients

    Cons

    Long hours, lack of work/life balance, aloofness of senior management, people are not supportive of junior people seeking other opportunities, company benefits not great, unplugged group leaders

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to junior staff, follow firm's Saturday policy, more organized staffing policies, vacations should be honored, senior management could be more approachable, less internal politics

  8. Worked in IB, obviously long hours but a lot of responsibility

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Smaller teams, so one got a large amount of responsibility. Went to meetings all of the time. Worked in the Tech group on M&A, debt and IPOs. Worked across the tech sector.

    Cons

    Extremely long hours - normal banking complaint. Associates / VPs did little - normal banking complaint.

    Advice to Management

    If you call it a team, someone other than the Analyst should be doing actual excel / ppt work sometimes. Iterating 25x is not a necessity.

  9. Jefferies & Co.

    Former Employee - Associate in Jersey City, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Associate in Jersey City, NJ (US)

    I worked at Jefferies & Company

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work/life balance and well as very friendly staff

    Cons

    Tough to advance within the firm

    Advice to Management

    More training

  10. Smaller scale than the big banks with the pros and cons of being smaller

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial, good CEO, flexible management, less bureaucracy compared to the big banks

    Cons

    flows depend mostly on broking

  11. Good place to start an investment banking career

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Exposure to senior bankers, solid deal flow and ability to interface with clients at a junior level

    Cons

    Hours and compensation are not the best, but still competitive with market

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