Piper Jaffray Companies

3.5 of 5 stars Average Employee Rating (of 10 Employee Reviews)

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2.3 of 5 stars

Executive in Alternate Investments/Hedge Funds
Minneapolis, MN | 2012 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE


Uppers

Steady income, challenging work


Downers

Being expected to be working/answering e-mails when on vacation or when on a sick leave.


Comments

Discuss the Piper culture and what it means to the people hiring you and based on that, find out if that aligns with your thinking.


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2.3 of 5 stars

Midlevel in Equity Research
New York, NY | 2012 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE


Comments

great place to work relative to bulge brackets in terms of work / life balance.


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2.0 of 5 stars

Midlevel in Equity Research
Other | 2012 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE


Comments

salary and working environment


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1.9 of 5 stars

Experienced in Equity Research
New York, NY | 2012 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE


Downers

poor leadership. lots of infighting. focus on making sure Minneapolis is treated well comes at expense of rest of firm.


Comments

the firm has the potential to be a real player in banking area. the brand is remarkably strong and the employees are generally good. however, a lack of leadership encourages infighting to settle issues that should be resolved by senior management. the widespread belief that Minneapolis employees are treated better than the rest of the firm, suggests if you take a job here, relocate to Minne!


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2.2 of 5 stars

Experienced in Equity Capital Markets
Minneapolis, MN | 2012 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE


Comments

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1.9 of 5 stars

Midlevel in Equity Research
Minneapolis, MN | 2012 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE


Uppers

easy pace once you get up and running


Downers

leadership is non-existent and the firm lacks any long term vision


Comments

Ask what their long term plan is - do they want to move up market like Jefferies is trying or are they resigned to be a middle mkt bank that continually plays defense


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1.6 of 5 stars

Entry-level in Mergers & Acquisitions
New York, NY | 2012 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE


Uppers

Work Life balance


Downers

Deal experience is weak, training is minimal, and leadership is floundering and lacks innovation


Comments

While middle market firms provided a better lifestyle, the deal experience should be discounted appropriately and learning opportunities remain limited versus larger firms.


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2.3 of 5 stars

Midlevel in Mergers & Acquisitions
San Francisco, CA | 2011 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE


Comments

Great deal exposure


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2.1 of 5 stars

Executive in Corporate Finance
San Francisco, CA | 2011 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE


Uppers

The firm is the leading growth investment bank in terms of momentum. It is small enough that you can get to know your team well and there is a close working relationship. Certain bankers that have been with the firm a long time reflect its past are a pleasure to work with.


Downers

Poor pay for many outside of Healthcare. Low morale.


Comments

The firm has a reputation for consistently paying less than other firms for the same level of work. This appears to be more prevalent as an employee becomes more senior which has the effect of a certain amount of attrition. Although Minneapolis based, the firm has seen a dramatic increase in its New York operations. There is also a favoritism towards the Healthcare industry coverage vs. other groups which may result in different levels of pay and satisfaction between different groups. Decisions from senior management are not as transparent. What used to have a very collegial, trusting culture has diminished.


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2.3 of 5 stars

Entry-level in Corporate Finance
San Francisco, CA | 2010 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE


Uppers

I genuinely enjoy working with most of the team. I also got a great learning experience out of working here. Good opportunities for next job.


Downers

Below-industry compensation with industry-standard hours. Losing out on pitches when bulge brackets decide to come to the middle market.


Comments

I work about as many hours as a bulge and my bonus is half as much.


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