State Street Reviews

Updated March 31, 2015
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  1. Decent company, long hours during month/quarter/year end, lower pay than other opportunities.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Fund Accountant in Sacramento, CA
    Former Contractor - Fund Accountant in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at State Street as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good for someone coming out of school who wants to gain accounting/fund accounting experience.
    Company really tries to create a good culture inside and outside the office with a lot of access to groups like exercise groups, toastmasters, and other niche groups to help you unwind.
    Good accounting experience.
    Good place to work if you don't need a lot of money but want a rewarding accounting career and like a challenge.

    Cons

    Low pay for managers...hourly folks can make more than managers at times.
    Long hours during peak times: month-end, quarter-end, year-end...but that can be said of many accounting firms since that is the nature of accounting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raising the base pay for employees would help you retain great talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Heavily dependent on your group.

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

    I have been working at State Street full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The hours are great which include time to work from home.
    Many of the people are very nice with executives and leaders very accessible.
    The benefits are excellent and the website is well designed and easy to use.
    A good starting point for someone wanting to a career in the financial industry.

    Cons

    The pay isn't very good at all. On the low end of industry standard.
    Strange working hours can make it difficult to have a personal life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reconsider the compensation packages to become more competitive within the business community.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at State Street

    Pros

    Relaxed and friendly work environment

    Cons

    Salary could be higher for entry level

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  5. Lots of Opportunity

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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 State Street full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Can move up easily, lots of opportunities, can move departments easily. Lots of nice, helpful people with a team oriented environment.

    Cons

    Work life balance is an increasing challenge. Less people to get the job done in an ever increasing environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Pleasant company to work for.

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

    I have been working at State Street full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great training and leadership, relaxed work environment.

    Cons

    Lack of room for career advancement. Merit increase were fairly small.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incorporate more programs for employee training on industry wide systems.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Very good work/life balance. Salaries ok to good.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Project Analyst in Boston, MA

    I worked at State Street full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Work Life Balance, advancement potential

    Cons

    Average salaries, limited internal salary advancement opportunities

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. Good first job

    Current Employee - Transfer Agent in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Transfer Agent in Boston, MA

    I have been working at State Street full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    This has been my first job out of college and i've been here a year. It is a good first job. We get OT at certain times of the month. Good benefits.

    Cons

    HR was poor but i may just have got unlucky. It is hard to move up as promotions aren't given much.

  9. Self motivation required

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at State Street

    Pros

    Flexible work arrangements, competitive vacation policy, great place to start a career

    Cons

    Lack of standardized training, long hours, depending on your industry there is a fair amount of turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organize standard trainings to assist with on boarding new hires

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Good, but highly bureaucratic

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

    I have been working at State Street full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance.
    Competitive base salary and Merit based yearly bonus structure.
    Generous maternity/paternity leave and vacation for higher levels.

    Cons

    Highly bureaucratic and strict adherence to hierarchy.
    Not the place if you are somebody who thinks out of the box and want to do things differently as there are process hurdles.
    Attitude among folks is to get the operational system issues working and get by somehow rather than attacking the core of the issue and devising ways to apply a permanent fix which obviously requires some lateral thinking and more often than not, time pressure to deliver comes in the way.
    Be nice and visible and you will be rewarded well irrespective of the quality of work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Good company, but currently playing in a difficult environment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at State Street

    Pros

    State Street is a global institution with smart professional people and can offer high-impact, challenging job opportunities in some of the most interesting areas of financial services today.

    Cons

    The current industry environment is difficult and not likely to get better for some time, with the sluggish recovery and more intense regulation. As a result, like all other major banks, State Street will continue to have to succeed by cutting costs, making job stability shaky and a high pressure workplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seek to show better support of employees strained by current tough environment and the pressure that comes with it.

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