American Century

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American Century Reviews

Updated November 28, 2014
Updated November 28, 2014
42 Reviews
3.6
42 Reviews
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American Century President and CEO Jonathan S. Thomas
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  1.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Manager in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at American Century 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great experience here for a good company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Century 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company through the years

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President Sales in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Vice President Sales in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at American Century 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 ManagementAdvice

    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Manager in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at American Century 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 ManagementAdvice

    Continue the open communication all employees that exists today

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Century 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Company to Work for.....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at American Century full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Pay is benchmarked against other investment companies--I believe its comparable. Nice big family atmosphere. Culture is amazing.
    Tuition Reimbursment is a plus (You can receive your Master's without signing a contractual agreement to stay) like most companies!!!!

    Cons

    -Limited room for growth potential
    -Once a position is available, there is fierce competition from hundreds of people who are eager to tap into a career aspect that has growth potential.
    -after several years, one will be able to predict who will receive a career advancement or manager role, similar to politics.
    -Trainers should be honest with college students who enter bottom roles, there are graduates with Bachelor's and Master's Degrees still seeking to expand their career opportunities but are STUCK in operational/processing roles......
    -Did I say limited room for advancement....?

    I would recommend this company to anyone who does not seek a company that has a plethora of growth potential. If you are seeking to move up quickly within 1-3 years, chances are slim to none with degrees and experience, unless you know someone who knows someone kind of deal ;)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Top Shelf

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Information Tech in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Information Tech in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at American Century full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    American Century knows how to hire the right people, and keep them.

    Cons

    Financial Market instability ripples through quickly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Solid company with fiscally conservative values.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Direct Channel
    Current Employee - Direct Channel

    I have been working at American Century full-time

    Pros

    Bad seeds don't sprout here. Most employees, including management, are smart individuals with positive attitudes. Management is accessible & responsive. Mostly a well defined structure that supports an individual's career path, if the individual takes ownership. You are given the opportunity to have either a career or to have a job and there is a difference..

    Most employees pass the "beer test"! (You could potentially sit down & have a beer with them & carry on a decent conversation.)

    Benefits are better than most, especially health care, even with the high deductible plan. On site cafeterias & gyms. It is a safe, clean environment.

    Supportive environment of continuing education & reimburse up to the applicable limits for relevant degrees &/ or certifications.

    Cons

    Career advancement is limited in that opportunities for the more sought after positions are offered on a limited basis, extremely competitive, and regularly go to external talent.

    Salaries are lower than industry average but the overall package of benefits, including low stress environment (most of the time) & work life balance, put American Century in upper half of similar investment companies.

    Repetition, repetition, repetition.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    American Century is an awesome place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at American Century full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Great benefits. Wonderful hardworking professionals. It was an awesome small company environment when I worked there. Mr. Stowers often had lunch with us and dropped by to check out how things were going.

    Cons

    Lots of hours to keep up with work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't sell off divisons like RPS.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    One of the best companies in Kansas City

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at American Century full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and compensation package. Contributions to retirement are very generous. Great work/life balance and flexibility.

    Cons

    Resources stretched thin in some areas so a lot of doing more with less.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find the right balance of resource commitment and focus on long-term strategic goals.

    Recommends

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