Jefferies & Company

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Jefferies & Company Reviews

Updated 9 October 2014
Updated 9 October 2014
111 Reviews
3.2
111 Reviews
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Jefferies & Company Chairman and CEO, Jefferies Group and Jefferies & Company Richard B. Handler
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75 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)

  • Different position within the investment banking industry being in the middle market space (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Minor leagues

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Jefferies & Company full-time

    Pros

    Pros - Leaders appear to be involved (not sure how sincere it really is). Compensation is average and at times cut throat

    Cons

    Layoffs are too frequent - quarterly. Firm is penny wise and pound foolish

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Speak to the employees outside of town halls

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work at one time.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Trader in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Trader in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Jefferies & Company full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    You were treated as a partner/owner of the firm. Was a great place to work at one time. The place was truly a great place to work. The management was hands on and always made you feel important. Compensation was fair and everyone was generous. The CEO called you on your birthday! Every year! believe it.

    Cons

    New management brought a different feeling...just a number. Keep your head down...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the old guard (Jefferies, Baxter, Bellucci, Shaw..) always treated you fairly and as a partner. that feeling and attitude seemed to have left with the new management that was brought in.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Place To Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Human Resources in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Jefferies & Company as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    They treat you like an equal, everyone has the chance to get responsibility

    Cons

    Sometimes there isn't enough work to go around

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing Really

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Corporate Enviroment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jefferies & Company full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Steady job, fast paced, comfortable environment

    Cons

    No growth for staff and lack of staff support

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer better compensation for staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Business Analyst in Operations

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Jefferies & Company as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    People are great. Warm environment

    Cons

    Upper Management doesn't have a clue. Some senior VPs are cool. It's the head of departments that are oblivious. They do not compensate their employees properly for the job they do.They have no plan, do not have their act together.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take your head out of the sand. People are leaving because you are too busy giving dinner parties in your pent house for people that don't matter! Take care of your employees, the ones doing the grunt work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Worst Bureaucracy ever...with little movement (Operations)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Junior Business Analyst in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Junior Business Analyst in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Jefferies & Company as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Free cereal and coffee. Nice building lol

    Cons

    Operations division is the worst

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do some research before hiring your PM's for compliance projects

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

    Grueling yet rewarding.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Associate in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Associate in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Teamwork and learning, they pay you and train you to the fullest extent which is very hard to find. The exposure to deals is limitless as well.

    Cons

    No cons unless you can't handle the hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Pleasant Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good interaction with people that you work with. Pleasant atmosphere to work at. Hours are flexible. Dress code is casual.

    Cons

    Internal mobility is rare. You are asked to do a job and that job may not change a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    sell to a Canadian bank.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Jefferies & Company as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Jefferies investment banking division is an up and comer in the industry. As an analyst, it's a great place to get solid experience.

    Cons

    Work life balance is slightly worse than at other major banks for similar compensation. Don't expect to stand up from your desk without forwarding your phone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement group activities to help boost culture, i.e. team retreats, etc...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Unstructured

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Jefferies & Company as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Jefferies has a very nice culture of welcoming new members. Mid-level management is extremely competent

    Cons

    Upper management in divisions outside of Investment Banking don't seem to believe in the company, always justifying that their ways are better because they were done in Goldman. The S&T divisions are poorly structured, specially for interns that often have nothing to do for weeks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more (better) structured programs for new out-of-school employees and avoid trying to claim you are just like Goldman Sachs. S&T upper management supported the view that this is not a good place to work, specially out of college.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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