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Duff & Phelps Reviews

Updated 8 April 2015
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  1. Analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps

    Pros

    Great MD who cares for people's needs

    Cons

    Long hours but aside from that not much.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Learn good technical skills in dynamic environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Valuation Analyst in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Valuation Analyst in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time

    Pros

    Learn solid valuation skills. Work in dynamic environment. See diverse companies.

    Cons

    Hours can be highly volatile, modeling may become mechanical.

  3. Helpful (2)

    Great Firm to learn and develop valuation knowledge and skills for many applications.

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    Current Employee - Director in Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Director in Philadelphia, PA (US)

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time (more than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, and culture are similar to the Big 4 w/o the feeling of being lost in a machine. People in Director and MD levels are generally very intelligent, and tremendously competent at their specializations. Clients recognize the name in many instances.

    Cons

    Practices still maintain silo structure; offices are still pretty split between practices, so networking is challenging. Training investment for staff is minimal; hiring efforts take way too long to obtain staff.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work on methods to incent cross-selling and internal teaming; commit to more formalized staff training in consultative and business development skills.

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  5. Easy but don't expect too much compensation

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

    I worked at Duff & Phelps full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance. Work isn't that taxing, and can lead to good experience to spring board you somewhere else.

    Cons

    Lower than industry compensation, favoritism, in-house politics. Don't think of this place as a career-path, because no one else besides upper level employees do.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Make your own way

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps

    Pros

    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

    Cons

    Transitioning from a good analyst to a good manager to being good at business development. The transition is necessary in order to progress, but it is not easy.

  7. Not a good place if you have pride in your work.

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

    I worked at Duff & Phelps full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    job security - if you are horrible, they will never fire you. you can lie on your timecard and no one will care as long as they can pass along your hours to their clients.

    Cons

    bonuses are horrible and so is total comp relative to competitors. They are more interested in getting fees from clients that doing good work. If you are a good worker, you will constantly be asked to pick up the slack from other, bad workers but you will not be compensated for it and they will never be fired.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so greedy. If you want to retain and keep good talent you have to show the good talent that you care, both by career advancement opportunities and better pay than the less motivated or capable staff. Stop rewarding slackers that never show up and lie on their timecards.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Huge turnover of employees with no promise for a future.

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Duff & Phelps as a contractor (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Friendly people and a nice working environment.

    Cons

    No positions available for none cash generating positions. Long hours for all employees.

    Advice to Management

    Give good workers a chance to advance and offer them benefits.

  9. D&P

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duff & Phelps full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people are the best thing about the company which being that the company is a consulting firm, is no real big surprise. The work is also very interesting and helps lay a great foundation of technical skills.

    Cons

    The organization is a little siloed and when chasing new deals, there seems to be a lot of angst about helping peers. This is almost detrimental to the ability to land new jobs. The compensation plan of management encourages this behavior.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on removing the silos and foster a culture that encoruages working intra and inter divisions.

  10. Helpful (3)

    If you care about your career, don't work here. If simply need any job you can get, well then go for it.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some good people working at Duff...that's pretty much it.

    Cons

    Insufficient training
    Uncaring leadership
    Random rounds of layoffs
    Lots of in fighting
    Lots of favoritism
    Under development of junior staff
    Terrible bonuses
    Average base pay
    Zero work-life balance
    Performance management process is a joke.
    No modeling for juniors until 2+ years at the firm.
    Formatting things until your hands begin to cramp.
    People stealing credit for your work.
    Cliques are everywhere.
    You cannot trust anyone because almost everyone gossips.

    Advice to Management

    Pay should equal effort. Stop lowballing employees.

    Encourage senior staff to be more engaging with junior staff.

    Stop trying to motivate employees thru promises of good bonuses. The bonuses never live up to the hype.

  11. DP

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Duff & Phelps full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good learning experience for college grads

    Cons

    Compensation was not above market for top performers

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