Jefferies & Company Reviews

Updated 27 August 2014
Updated 27 August 2014
102 Reviews

3.1
102 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
  • 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)

  • Long hours and heavy responsibilities (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    IB Analyst Program

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IB Analyst  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - IB Analyst in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Jefferies & Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Dynamic and growing company that is much more flexible and agile than larger banking firms.

    Cons

    No negatives except for complaints about IB broadly: not a great work life balance, work is not particularly rewarding or technically challenging.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    First class place to work.

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

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

    Pros

    Exposure to senior staff and chance to see real deal transactions.

    Cons

    Very long hours ... but this is I-banking life right.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. I had great managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    No culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Sales/Trader  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Sales/Trader in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    If you produce they pay well. But that has changed with clawbacks so it's very similar to the bulge bracket firms.

    Cons

    Zero culture. When you take people from deceased firms - Bear, Leh, Mer, GCM - and throw them into an eat what you kill pool and no management from the top you get a toxic stew. People trying to steal accounts, not answering/backing up when off the desk. The one benefit was the monthly hard dollar payouts. That's now gone and clawbacks are in place so other than a place to park your feet there are better places out there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look past the next ticket to build some teamwork and cohesion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    FX Trading situation is HORRIBLE!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - FX Trading  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - FX Trading in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    High pay scale for new employees. Not the biggest attraction for talent so they have to pay-up.

    Cons

    If you do get a job there, you will not be having it for too long. Desk does very poorly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great Company to work for

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Jefferies & Company

    Pros

    Great work environment with even better people

    Cons

    Cant think of any at this time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cant think of any at this time

  7.  

    Interview

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jefferies & Company

    Pros

    It's relaxing interview. I was asked some questions about finance, like swap yield curve, options and futures. And I did some questions about what I did in my academic courses, what my contribution was in the project.

    Cons

    I think they hired the highest qualified people. People as a employee at Jefferies will have lots of knowledge about the financial markets. Your responsibility ranges from the beginning to the end.

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Left in the garbage

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    Former Employee - Information Technology
    Former Employee - Information Technology

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

    Pros

    There are not many Pro's to talk about, the only thing that comes to mind was having longevity, however all that has changed now. The benefits where fairly good compared to other companies.

    Cons

    Treated like a second class citizen, support staff is an afterthought, the only thing that drives this company is their producers. Staff is treated like an expense that no one wants to on their budget sheet. Leaving no opportunity for growth and little opportunity to enjoy working around fellow employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to manage people not your wallet, the idea of putting the biggest earner in the management position does not make for a good manager, it makes for someone who still only cares about his bottom end. Most management would rather ignore problems than deal with them because it takes them away from their earnings. The biggest fault is there is little to no communication between management of other groups which leads to a lot of miss-communication, rumors, segregation of departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    over worked and under paid

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Really not much pros at all.

    Cons

    Too many to list here.

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

    strong entrepreneurial culture, good management

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    pay, culture, people work hard

    Cons

    nothing bad to say here

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    decent place

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Jefferies & Company part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent IT to work with, good HR profile, great people to work with. Robust processes in which to get things done with clear workflows to track items.

    Cons

    Rigid pay policies and lack of transparency around them. Advancement within teams and to new teams is not always transparent - many senior positions appointed through networking and not through advertisement and interviews.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparency required for new positions and promotions to allow all to apply.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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