Vanguard

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Vanguard Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
750 Reviews
3.3
750 Reviews
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Vanguard Chairman and CEO William McNabb
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance is a priority as you don't work crazy hours and get a lot of vacation time (in 120 reviews)

  • Great benefits; was able to earn MBA and CFP with full tuition reimbursement (in 67 reviews)


Cons
  • The positions in AZ are largely call center support roles, or supervisory roles (in 53 reviews)

  • Good work/life balance for some people, but not if your on the phones (in 16 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Team Leader

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

    I have been working at Vanguard

    Pros

    Great benefits! Professional environment. Excellent work life balance.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities. Management seems to being trying to manage out older employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Opportunity

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

    I worked at Vanguard

    Pros

    Excellent training provided in the financial filed

    Cons

    Low entry salary ,decent benifts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back Bonus plan

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to start in financial services

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vanguard

    Pros

    Good stable company where you get treated with respect by coworkers. Very professional in the way they treat employees. Good place to start a career.

    Cons

    Very difficult to move up the ladder. Otherwise not much i can think ok

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very educational and eye opening.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Professional in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Investment Professional in Malvern, PA

    I have been working at Vanguard

    Pros

    Work-life balance, company values, Benefits

    Cons

    Difficulty in advancement, extremely conservative culture

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good work life balance but stagnant growth

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

    I worked at Vanguard

    Pros

    Good work life balance and good people to work with

    Cons

    Salary and growth opportunities into middle management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider opportunities to grow college recruits into upper levels of management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start

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

    I have been working at Vanguard

    Pros

    Regular hours, potential for overtime, generally good employees

    Cons

    Don't feel as though there are many opportunities for advancement. Pay was a bit lower than industry standard. As with any employer, sometimes management could be lacking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more incentive to employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    good experience

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

    I worked at Vanguard as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    good work environment, friendly, good pier support

    Cons

    lot of great ideas but less implementation

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ethical company, strict working environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Administrator in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Financial Administrator in Malvern, PA

    I have been working at Vanguard full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Retirement savings plan, benefits, ethical company to represent. Big on giving back by volunteering and days of service.

    Cons

    Excuses for somewhat low pay are the good benefits. Certain departments are very strict and somewhat constricting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more realistic about growth opportunities.

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    good cmpany to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Administrator in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Financial Administrator in Malvern, PA

    I have been working at Vanguard full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    benefits are the best part. paid time off is the best in the industry

    Cons

    Pay is on the lower side, lots of changes being made

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Perception is more important than reality.

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    Current Employee - Information Systems Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Information Systems Engineer in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Vanguard full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Health benefits and bonus (used to be very good but are dwindling). Office complex is very nice; landscaped, free parking. Work-from-home 2 days a week.

    Cons

    Apparent ageism/sexism. Hiring only straight from college, or a few good contractors. Young up & comers, sorority sisters are being pushed up the ladder and experienced workers are being pushed out (some dirty tricks). Moving to off-shoring some IT work. Limited career path unless you want to move to PA, or are a white guy at least 6'6" tall. Business-casual dress code physically but virtually a white-shirt-and-tie mentality. Proud of their diverse workforce; keep most of it in AZ and NC, dress them all up in white shirts & ties and pretend there are no differences. Perception is everything regardless of the reality. Management easily snowed by brown-nosers. Company standard is 37.5 hour week; IT was put on mandatory 40 hours BILLABLE time a week; if you weren't averaging at least 45 hours a week you were not "bonusable". Development methodology - and middle-management - changes every couple of years, so everyone just keeps doing the same old thing with different jargon. Some serious gaps in methodology - no proper documentation of products. IT complains of not having the material & equipment to do their jobs effectively.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get real. Value your people. Return to the values of Mr. Bogle. Quit drinking the kool-aid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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