American Century Investments

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American Century Investments Reviews

Updated June 12, 2015
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American Century Investments President and CEO Jonathan S. Thomas
Jonathan S. Thomas
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Pros
  • Work-life balance wasn't great for being an intern (in 5 reviews)

  • Great benefits and work atmosphere (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Working in satellite offices you have more limited opportunities for advancement if you don't want to relocate to KC (in 3 reviews)

  • Career Advancement is limited but this can depend on the desired career path (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Vice President

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Century Investments full-time

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Just over 40% of the company's profits go to the Stowers Institute for Medical Research. This is the type of organization its founders established, one that gives back to the community. There are many good people still leading the firm, but they are now only in pockets of the organization.

    Cons

    The culture of how leadership manages people shifted from one focused on developing and nurturing people of high character to one focused on external talent with disparate values. This has resulted in a revolving door for many parts of the organization and lower morale. I left the firm several years ago, but I consistently receive unsolicited feedback from those inside the company who are saddened by the effect short-term, outside leaders have wrought on the organization.

    Advice to Management

    In the same way long term investing is based on sound fundamentals, so should be management of talent. You once had people's minds and hearts.


  2. Intern

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Kansas City, MO
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at American Century Investments as an intern (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People were friendly and welcoming, pay was good. Work-life balance wasn't great for being an intern. A weekend here or there would be expected, and working late was common.

    Cons

    Company culture wasn't doing so great. There seemed to be growing discontent among many people.


  3. ok firm to get licensing and industry experience

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    Former Employee - N A in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - N A in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at American Century Investments full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    pto time benefits licensing location

    Cons

    office culture, no upward mobility


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  5. Great Place To Work But Limited Opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Century Investments full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work atmosphere and work-life balance. Company has been built on solid morals and sound investment practices.

    Cons

    Lack of training to advance. Limited opportunities to advance since turnover is so low. Leadership is in the day-to-day activities more so than not.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities to job-shadow, job-share, and/or job rotations so that individuals do not feel "stuck" in their current role.


  6. In this economy, not a bad place to work, but can be very political depending on a team.

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    Current Employee - Portfolio Manager and Investment Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Portfolio Manager and Investment Analyst in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at American Century Investments

    Pros

    Good benefits; pleasant work environment; steady information flow from top managers; the firm is growing which should create opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Relative to investment firms of the same size, the pay is so-so. Depending on the investment team, the company can be very political -- some managers clearly play favorites. Bonuses are capped.

    Advice to Management

    Criticism for mistakes is dished out more generously than praise for achievements -- this should be changed.


  7. Investment Project Analyst in the Investment Operations department

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    Former Employee - Investment Project Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Investment Project Analyst in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at American Century Investments

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice people, flexible work schedules when needed, onsite fitness center, used to be a fun atmosphere, challenging work

    Cons

    management, it seemed like if you weren't in the "group" you didn't have as great of a chance to advance.

    Advice to Management

    look at competencies, not tenure or favortism when promoting people; examine your benefits, they aren't as good as you think they are.


  8. Transitional period while management decides which way to steer the boat.

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    Current Employee - Investment Consultant in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Investment Consultant in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at American Century Investments

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    set schedule, lovely office, comfortable culture, great benefits

    Cons

    low wage scale, declining net retail business due to market and aging clientele

    Advice to Management

    Decide if we're going to be a solely a boutique international and institutional firm, and kill the retail business. Or aggressively go after new retail business and up the compensation for employees to make it worth their while to get new business.


  9. Perhaps just a stepping stone?

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at American Century Investments

    Pros

    Tuition reimbursement. It defnitely pays to keep studying. No one can take your degrees away from you.

    Cons

    Being a phone jockey. Even with constant study and advanced degrees, sometimes they only care about "the stats" when it comes to promotion eligibility.

    Advice to Management

    The manager should not be the only gateway to other job opportunities. Interpretation of some of the stats are horribly inaccurrate.


  10. No advancement opportunity here.

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    Former Employee - Account Service Representative in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Account Service Representative in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at American Century Investments

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    25 cent soda pop and the large amount of PTO. For example after your first year with the company you get approximately 20 days off for PTO. Other positives would include the face that they will pay for your KC METRO bus pass if you agree not to drive. However, some dissapointments would be the cliques that are formed within the company. It is obvious internally whom these cliques are and if you are not part of the clique than you are more than likely not going to advance. This is coming from someone who got along very well with most everyone, but just didn't partake in the cliques events.

    Cons

    There are not many opportunities for advancement internally. With many employees opportunities are passed on to external candidates even though it is communicated that there are opportunities for advancements.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  11. Overall OK

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Century Investments

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Culture is relaxed Benefits are good Employees treated well Management is generally flexible Reasonable amount of feedback Some opportunity for professional growth

    Cons

    Opportunity for growth may be limited depending on division Overall compensation isn't terribly competitive Can be mundane depending on position

    Advice to Management

    Overall reasonable attempt balancing communication towards those in lower position. Transparency does appear limited in areas. Goals questionable at times given resources.



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