Jefferies & Company

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Jefferies & Company Reviews

Updated 23 January 2015
Updated 23 January 2015
123 Reviews
3.3
123 Reviews
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Jefferies & Company Chairman and CEO, Jefferies Group and Jefferies & Company Richard B. Handler
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Jefferies investment banking division is an up and comer in the industry (in 8 reviews)

  • Great learning environment, solid deal flow, great exit opps, great people (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is slightly worse than at other major banks for similar compensation (in 9 reviews)

  • the management of the company, long hours (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    flows depend mostly on broking

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Solid and Stable

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Trader in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Trader in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Good community and quality of life. Growth potential.

    Cons

    Tight lid on comp and tend to underpay once on board.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Review

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Analyst in Charlotte, NC (US)

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

    Pros

    Compensation, advancement opportunities, learning, interesting

    Cons

    work life balance, intense management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Life at Jefferiex

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

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance for this firm

    Cons

    Pay is lower than competitors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review salaries st other firms

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Fun although recently disappointing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great culture, energized staff, respectable management team

    Cons

    It's a high-risk environment, leading to some volatility

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As we grow, risk management should be paramount

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Great experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people, cool working environment

    Cons

    Annoying at times, some people are not worth arguing with

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being jerks and walk a mile in our shoes

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Work there for one year now

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    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Great learning environment, solid deal flow, great exit opps, great people

    Cons

    Nothing to gripe about, great experience overall

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Awesome team members but management is inept.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Jefferies & Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many of my colleagues are spot on some of the best in the business, and I've learned some significant life lessons from them. The compensation is spot on given the job but the clawback on bonuses is kind of bullsh!t

    Cons

    There are many more in management that seem to have the skill set of a toddler and many times they sound like a toddler when they don't get their way. There really isn't a path for personal or professional growth, it's as if they use you for two years and toss you to the curb like this weeks recycling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your employees and understand that we're humans with needs and emotions, and even some ethics once in awhile. Throwing us a bone once in awhile doesn't make us feel good; quite the opposite though. Of course management is day to day with their heads in the clouds and seemingly growing the ranks of management without growing your base level of employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Intern in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Tax Intern in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Environment, company culture, being in NYC, the people were friendly

    Cons

    the management of the company, long hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    not ideal

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    Current Employee - IBD Analyst
    Current Employee - IBD Analyst

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

    Pros

    Compensation is generally on par with the street. Work is similar to that in any other investment bank, though the deal teams are slightly thinner. Junior bankers generally spend significantly more time pitching than those at other banks.

    Cons

    Turnover is higher here than at competing banks. Exits opportunities are not on par with those at bulge brackets. Cutthroat culture. Little communication between senior management and juniors. Rigid compensation structure. Significant financial penalties if you decide to leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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