Duff & Phelps

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Duff & Phelps Reviews

Updated Jul 28, 2014
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3.0 126 reviews

53% Approve of the CEO

Duff & Phelps Chairman, President, and CEO Noah Gottdiener

Noah Gottdiener

(74 ratings)

51% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work life balance and somewhat interesting work (in 8 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 9 reviews)

  • Long hours but aside from that not much (in 10 reviews)

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    Great company for the industry, but long-term potential in industry limited

    Senior Associate (Current Employee) Atlanta, GA (US)

    ProsProject based work -- always get to move onto something new. Also you generally have a lot of flexibility about how you go about your work. Exception might be for work being reviewed by an auditor, in which case you have to play by their rules.

    Amount of variety is outstanding. You end up being exposed to a vast array of industries involving every conceivable product or service. There are some businesses that are so nich and would never be on your spectrum if you are just analyzing public companies.

    You meet a lot of interesting people at the client companies.

    You develop a deeper understanding of business and realize that the textbook view of business is not so cut and dry as a pure maximization of profits that necessarily occurs for a company with a wide ownership base (i.e.- a public company).

    ConsA lot of mediocre people. You get a lot of finance guys who couldn't quite get into banking, asset management, etc. Or you get the bean counters who move up into business valuation, especially since all the accounting firms now have valuation practices.

    As an extension, the field is becoming more and more dominated by the accounting firms and thus it's becoming very formulaic in their valuations, and generally not much insight. Worse, they have increasing clout and are influencing the way the profession is evolving. If you've ever dealt with auditors, then you know why this is not a great outlook.

    Pay can be crappy relative to other finance jobs.

    A lot of the same old ideas are rehashed over and over. People do attempt to innovate on the theoretical front, but I haven't seen too much that was truly original. Even then, it wouldn't make its way out of the valuation community.

    Fees are definitely coming down or at least stagnant. Again, too many bean counters getting into the game.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay more to keep strong employees and ditch the bean counters.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    My experience has been long and tedious

    Executive Assistant (Current Employee) New York, NY (US)

    Prosthe free lunches during meetings

    Consvery separate. EA's are treated as unimportant.

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    Great experience, high expectations and skill building challenges.

    Consulting Analyst (Former Employee) Houston, TX (US)

    ProsYou'll work with people at the top of their game.

    ConsYou will work a lot!

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider being kinder.

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

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    Good place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood salary that is competitive

    ConsExtensive last minute travel possibilities

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    Great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood Culture and Professional Employees. Diversified client base, Duff and Phelps has good name recognition,

    ConsCompetitive industry. Industry is also cyclical and sensitive to economic conditions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSenior staff needs to spend more time marketing

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

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    I wouldn't recommend

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

    Prosgood opportunities to learn, get thrown in on lots of projects, big name clients

    Consincredibly long hours and weekend work and very little pay relative to hours worked, zero ability to control or predict your schedule, the company expects you to have your computer when you take vacation, the rating system is on a curve aka even if more people are great, they can't get assigned the higher rating and they have to have some assigned as the lowest rating, incredibly low bonuses, no loyalty to employees, people are incredibly intense and can only talk about work, culture is intense, stiff, and people aren't friends

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

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    Disappointing...dispute consulting division

    Dispute Consultant (Former Employee) Chicago, IL (US)

    Proslean team structure on certain engagements

    Consoverworked
    poor pay
    laughable bonus
    poor training
    poor staffing structure
    i suggest looking to other litigation consulting firms unless you have an interest in IP litigation

    Advice to Senior Managementbe less cold-hearted

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

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    Long hours, terrible compensation, poor culture

    Analyst (Former Employee) Chicago, IL (US)

    ProsYou will become an expert at putting pitches together because that's all you will do. The company rarely ever wins a pitch. The firm's sweet spot is negative EBITDA companies.

    ConsSome managing directors will screw anyone over for a deal, even their colleagues at the firm.

    Bonuses will be hyped so that you work extra hard (especially thought the holidays) but when it comes time to pay bonuses senior management always have an excuse about how it was a tough year. My bonus working a 9-5 corporate role was higher than working 90+ hours a week at Duff.

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

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    Great Job out of College

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

    ProsGain Marketable Skills. Valuation / Modeling

    ConsPay is below street, Challenge employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay employees better, match street to retain employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A Well Run Organization Looking to the future

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Dallas, TX (US)

    Pros-Knowledgeable people across all positions

    -A Strong team environment

    -Willingness to change and adapt

    -Interested in developing talent and fostering employee growth

    Cons-Some positions experience a very heavy work load, especially during certain times of the year

    -Hard to describe your job at parties

    -Transitional period requires new skills and a high comfort level with uncertainty in some areas

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

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