Jefferies & Company

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Jefferies & Company Reviews

Updated 29 September 2014
Updated 29 September 2014
107 Reviews
3.1
107 Reviews
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Jefferies & Company Chairman and CEO, Jefferies Group and Jefferies & Company Richard B. Handler
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71 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.  

    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

  2.  

    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.

  3. 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    over worked and under paid

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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
  6.  

    strong entrepreneurial culture, good management

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    decent place

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    • 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
  8.  

    It was an enjoyable place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Jefferies & Company full-time

    Pros

    The people were friendly and great place to learn

    Cons

    Not much room for movement

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worse company I ever worked for

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    Former Employee - Web Developer  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Web Developer in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Pay was the most competitive I ever had, gave a great sense of global perspective.

    Cons

    Horrible work/life balance, disrespectful co-workers who made the most gross generalizations and racially insensitive remarks ever. Boss was endorsed and promoted for being a small minded jerk who even dipped chewing tobacco right in the middle of the office. Constantly made fun of people with disabilities and try to do nothing but cover up their awful behavior.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire everyone who clearly demonstrates such poor behavior.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Tough hours and work environment

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    • 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

    Pays well for someone right out of undergrad

    Cons

    Sell themselves as a flat organization and different than other investment banks in terms of respecting your work/life balance. They are no such thing. Just as bad (and if you include the below the street pay and exit opportunities they are worse) as any investment banking gig out there

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    fair, conservative, no growth

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

    I worked at Jefferies & Company full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    conservative, sails through tough times

    Cons

    B leage, too conservative, cheap

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make the changes to become a major leage player

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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