American Century Investments

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American Century Investments Reviews

Updated August 11, 2015
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American Century Investments President and CEO 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. ACI

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    Former Employee - Sales Management in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Sales Management in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Century Investments (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Awesome Benefits, traditional Midwest ethics and drive

    Cons

    Trying to be more like east coast competitors

    Advice to Management

    Embrace your Midwest roots, focus on firms that know you, not chase wirehouse holy grail.


  2. Culture of Employee Appreciation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lenexa, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lenexa, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at American Century Investments full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone keeps themselves accountable and so there's a lot of good work happening. Managers and higher-ups tend to have a hands-off style which is very refreshing in such a regulated industry. All in all, people that work here like there jobs and have a wonderful attitude most days.

    Cons

    Slow to accept change within the online space. Though, that comes with the territory of high regulations and a very apt Legal and Compliance department. Leadership seems largely unavailable to organization. The idea of Mount Olympia comes to mind...


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    Client Services Rep

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Century Investments full-time

    Pros

    American Century is a great Kansas City company that stands for all of the ideals and values that one could only hope for other such institutions to uphold. There is a larger mission at play here, and it heavily entails making the local community a much better place. Couldn't ask for a better working environment and culture.

    Cons

    Depending on where you start out, it may be difficult to transfer to other departments within the firm. Some managers, understandably so, like to keep employees where they can be directly useful to them.

    Advice to Management

    Most of what the management does is great, but maybe pay a little closer attention to all of the hard work that those in the middle and back office do.


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  5. Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Investment Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Associate Investment Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    All my superiors were great and easy to work with and great people. Sure sometimes I had stay up till 2AM to finish a report but the compensation was great!

    Cons

    I never really had an cons about working here. Everything was great and I loved my job.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe you can use less money on the personal private jet vacations and spend more of it spreading the bonuses around.


  6. Great Company To Work For But.........

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and great atmosphere

    Cons

    Some of the people are friendly some are not


  7. Great Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Century Investments full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Growing company, good benefits, positive culture, client and employee focused company values. Founder Jim Stowers influence is still present.......Profits with a purpose - significant part of company profits go to fund cancer and other genetic based diseases research

    Cons

    once you hit management, fewer chances to advance company in working to address changes in the marketplace but needs to continue and adapt more quickly


  8. Great experience here for a good company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Century Investments full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are exceptional including insurance, year bonus, pay raise, and a lifecycle reimbursment

    Cons

    Salary is just average 401K match is a little low compared to average Career opportunities could be better


  9. Helpful (2)

    Good company through the years

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    Former Employee - Vice President Sales in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Vice President Sales in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong Midwest culture and community, profits go to support cancer research through Stowers Institute. Encourage leadership participation in annual celebrity golf tournament.

    Cons

    Kansas City headquarters limits client growth potential when seen as a boutique regional provider. Global prospects appear limited. Lack passive investment options.

    Advice to Management

    Sell company airplanes to support hiring and expansion opportunities. It doesn't make sense to have 3 or 4 jets when sales and client usage is prohibited. (Seems like they only get used around golf tournament and CEO travel)


  10. Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Century Investments full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of integrity within the company Great benefits, salary Hires the right people Management freely shares the company's vision

    Cons

    No relevant cons to report

    Advice to Management

    Continue the open communication all employees that exists today


  11. Great culture, results driven, focused - Overall great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Century Investments full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Management team is focused on building a successful company with clear focus. Relies on organic growth with smart risk-taking. Profits with a Purpose: Profits are shared with Stowers Institute for Medical Research for greater benefit.

    Cons

    Slow to adapt or venture into new areas. Thus learning opportunities or career growth may be slow. Although it depends on the department you're in.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work and building a results oriented team. Need to be little bit more aggressive in launching new products/adapting to new technologies.



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