Highland Capital – Why Work For Us?

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About Us

Highland Capital Management, L.P. is an SEC-registered investment adviser which, together with our affiliates, has approximately $22 billion of assets under management. We are one of the largest and most experienced global alternative credit managers. Our firm specializes in credit strategies, such as credit hedge funds, long-only funds and separate accounts, distressed and special situations private equity, and collateralized loan obligations (CLOs). Highland also offers alternative investments, including emerging markets, long/short equities, and natural resources.
 
Highland's diversified client base includes public pension plans, foundations, endowments, corporations, financial institutions, fund of funds, governments, and high net-worth individuals. Our firm is headquartered in Dallas, Texas and maintains offices in New York, Singapore, and Seoul.
 
Our philosophy is based on these principles: 
 
Experienced Disciplined Bold
  • Founded in 1993

  • One of the world's most experienced alternative credit managers, tested by numerous credit cycles
  • Largest U.S. CLO manager1
  • Pioneer in developing the loan and CLO markets
  • Align interests through co-investment and transparency
  • Pursue "alpha-by-avoidance" - what separates great managers from good is how quickly they identify and avoid losers
  • Use checks and balances that help mitigate risks and volatility
  • Remain independent, employee-owned with "owner-operator" mindset
  • Develop solutions for investors, not products
  • Advocate for investors

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Careers

We are actively recruiting for multiple positions throughout the firm. Highland offers challenging opportunities for individuals of various backgrounds and levels of experience. The firm is extremely selective in its hiring practice, and will only give serious consideration to individuals who demonstrate strong intellectual capabilities as well as an eagerness to take on and solve complex problems. 

The majority of our investment professionals are Directors. There is the opportunity to advance to a Managing Director role based on a combination of performance and experience.

Furthermore, Highland is continually canvassing the market for talented individuals to join our Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Technology and Administrative teams. These positions offer selected candidates the opportunity to gain a macro view of how a complex and diverse investment portfolio functions on a daily basis.

If you are interested in being considered for a position at Highland, or any of our portfolio companies, we invite you to explore our open positions online. We will then ask you to submit a resume and provide us with additional information that may not be included in your resume. If we determine there is a fit between your background and our needs, we will schedule a phone interview, which may be followed by one or more in-person interviews at our office.

Community

Community at Highland Capital

At Highland Capital Management, L.P. we are invested in our community. Our community matters and we are committed to making a difference through volunteerism, advisory board involvement, and financial contributions to several nonprofit organizations. We believe it is important to contribute our time and resources to education and healthcare initiatives which better the lives of those in the communities in which we live and work. Since 2005, our firm and partners have committed more than $8 million to organizations around the world.
 
Education
 
When we invest in education, we invest in a child’s future. Highland Capital Management, L.P. is proud to partner with nonprofit organizations focused on improving the quality of public education and providing equal access to educational opportunities to all students in our public school districts.
 
Health & Well-being
 
Whether it’s a soldier returning from war or a family member battling a terminal illness, physical, emotional and financial well-being issues have greatly affected our employees and their families. We’ve made a commitment to ensure that our financial resources focus on improving a variety of healthy lifestyle initiatives throughout the city. 
 

Employee Giving

At Highland Capital Management, L.P. we are proud of our employees who give back to our communities, both in time and resources, to make a difference in the lives of others. We are committed to supporting the charitable work of nonprofit organizations and encourage our employees to donate to the cause of their choice. Our firm has implemented an employee-giving program which will match an employee gift up to $300 per year per employee to qualified organizations.

At this time, Highland Capital Management, L.P. does not accept unsolicited requests.

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Benefits

Highland Capital Management, L.P. hires individuals with a demonstrated track record of excellence. The company has an entrepreneurial atmosphere that rewards individual and group contributions.

We strive to continuously reward our people by offering world-class benefits such as:

  • Competitive compensation package that includes base salary and a performance based bonus
  • 401k plan that features employer matching contributions and annual profit sharing 
  • Industry leading health and dental insurance plan with no premiums (zero cost to employees) and no deductibles 
  • Daily catered lunches
  • Gym membership
  • Cell phone plan
  • Paid parking
  • Quarterly team events
  • Annual offsite team building event
  • Located in the heart of Dallas' financial district (Uptown)


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    I have been working at Highland Capital full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company is a great fit for people who are willing to put in the work while achieving results. There are some extremely smart people working throughout all levels of the company. I mention this because it's a fairly flat organization in terms of communication and cooperation. This includes exposure to upper levels of management.

    Cons

    I wouldn't necessarily call this a negative, but it should be pointed out that exposure to senior-level management also implies a high level of accountability.


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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Highland Capital (Dallas, TX).

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    The interview process was thorough and included a phone interview and two office visits with several in-person interviews. I also completed a take home case study. The Recruiting team was professional. I got a good feel for the office culture and the caliber of employees during the interviews. Now that I work here I can vouch that the interviewers honestly answered all my questions. The process is rigorous, but fair.

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Highland Capital Awards & Accolades

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Best Places to Work in North Texas , Dallas Business Journal, 2015
Best Fund over 5 Years (Highland Floating Rate Opportunities Fund) , Lipper, 2015
Best Places to Work in Money Management , Pensions & Investments, 2014
Category King (Highland Global Allocation Fund) , Wall Street Journal, 2013
Most Improved CLO , CreditFlux, 2012
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Additional Info

Website www.highlandcapital.com
Headquarters Dallas, TX
Size 150 to 499 Employees
Founded 1993
Type Company - Private
Industry Finance

Highland Capital Management is an SEC-registered investment adviser which, together with its affiliates, has approximately $22 billion of assets under management. Founded in 1993 by Jim Dondero and Mark Okada, Highland is one of the largest and most experienced global alternative credit managers. Highland’s strategies include collateralized loan obligations (CLOs), high yield bonds, distressed credit, public and private equities, structured products and natural resources. Highland's diversified client base includes public pension plans, foundations and endowments ... More

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