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In 1975, a small but uniquely structured mutual fund company came into being. More than a quarter-century later, Vanguard is internationally known for exceptional client service and the highest-value products in the industry.
Most investment firms are publicly traded or privately owned. Vanguard is different. We're owned by the Vanguard funds, which are owned by our clients. Helping our investors achieve their goals is our sole reason for existence. With no other parties to answer to and no conflicting loyalties, we can keep investing costs as low as possible.
At Vanguard, you'll be part of a culture that calls for doing what is right in every situation, every day.
Vanguard has grown from fewer than 50 crew members in our first year to more than 13,000 today, working in offices across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.A choice of locations
- Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney, Australia
- Hong Kong
- London, England
- Paris, France
- Tokyo, Japan
- Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- Valley Forge, Pennsylvania; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
- Zurich, Switzerland
- Corporate headquarters: Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
- Founded: May 1, 1975.
- Total assets: More than $2 trillion in U.S. mutual funds (as of December 31, 2013).
- Number of funds: More than 160 U.S. funds (including variable annuity portfolios), plus more than 80 additional funds in international markets.
- Chairman and CEO: F. William McNabb III.
- Number of employees (crew): More than 14,000 in U.S. and abroad (as of December 31, 2013).
Culture and Values
At Vanguard, treating people right is at the heart of everything we do. Whether it’s our clients or our crew members, we share a commitment to putting others first and this mindset has created an organization that’s built to last. We believe that success is measured by finding:
- A workplace where you can voice your opinions, stay true to yourself, build a career, and be recognized for your professional contributions.
- A path that leverages your strengths, is in line with your career goals, and makes you feel engaged and excited about coming to work every day.
Our inclusive culture, combined with formal and informal networking opportunities, a stable and caring leadership team, a variety of career development resources, and opportunities for lifelong learning, exists to support every crew member throughout his or her career journey.
Our mission is simple. We aim to help our clients—individuals, institutions, or financial advisors—reach their financial goals by being the world's highest-value provider of investment products and services. We accomplish this by offering a range of investment products, including low-cost mutual funds and exchange-traded funds, as well as investment-related services such as advice, brokerage, and retirement savings programs.
We pledge to adhere to the highest standard of ethical behavior and fiduciary responsibility in all that we do. We put our clients' interests first and we invest the majority of our assets alongside theirs. We communicate candidly about risks and costs, as well as rewards.
Our investment philosophy
We believe that investing is a long-term proposition, not a matter of chasing short-term performance or investment fads. By focusing on low costs, diversification, and a long-term perspective, we can help position our clients for long-term investment success.
Our community involvement
Our Vanguard Gives Back program connects our crew to opportunities that serve local communities and offer a chance for skills development. These opportunities include events such as:
- United Way Day of Caring
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
- My Classroom Economy
All crew members also receive one paid volunteer day off each calendar year to serve the charity or organization of their choice.
Crew members can explore career paths across a broad range of disciplines including finance, accounting, human resources, marketing, and law, and are encouraged to take on assignments that develop new skills and areas of expertise. We invite you to join us for a career opportunity that will motivate, challenge and inspire you.
As soon as you start working at Vanguard, you'll learn what's expected of you and what you need to do to achieve results. You'll have access to a wide variety of resources, receive support to help you succeed, and much more.
Your career is an investment—for yourself and for Vanguard. Once you've joined our crew, we'll work with you to develop your unique talent and further your expertise through training programs and other resources.
Growth through diversity
With so many career options available, crew members have every opportunity to build a successful career at Vanguard. And while the journey of two individuals to the same career destination may be quite different, one thing remains uniform—the feeling that they both have opportunities to achieve their professional goals.
In our mission to be the best, we know that diversity of people and viewpoints is a vital asset. We are proud to partner with professional organizations such as the National Black MBA Association, the National Society of Hispanics MBAs and Management Leadership for Tomorrow. We also foster an inclusive environment through Crew Resource Groups (CRGs), which support our diverse work environment and promote inclusion, education, and development.
Vanguard offers college graduates and undergraduates a range of opportunities to step in and make an immediate difference. These include:
- Client Relationship Specialist – All Locations
Launch your career within the Retail Investor Group (RIG) at Vanguard. As a member of our diverse team, you will help clients reach financial goals and enhance your skills, experiences, and investment acumen.
- Fund Financial Associate – Pennsylvania
Help maintain and support all activities required to ensure accurate and compliant calculation of net asset valuations, distributions, and yields.
- IT Developer – Pennsylvania & North Carolina
Work with innovative technologies in a dynamic team environment.
- Business Systems Analyst/Tester – Pennsylvania & North Carolina
Collaborate with internal partners to convert business strategies into the detailed software requirements.
- Vanguard Accelerated Development Program (VADP) – All Locations
Build your leadership and client relationship management skills during this 15-month program.
- Acceleration into Financial Professional Program (AFP) – Pennsylvania
Enjoy an immersive 12-month program during which you will explore corporate finance, auditing, and fund finance.
- Technology Leadership Program (TLP) – Pennsylvania and North Carolina
Develop a broad technical foundation, business acumen, and leadership background during this 24-month program focused on application development or technology operations.
- College Internships – Various Locations
Choose our College to Corporate Program (all locations) or IT College to Corporate Program (Pennsylvania, North Carolina) for an exciting 10-week full-time, paid internship opportunity.
- MBA Development Program – Pennsylvania and Arizona
Build on your work experience and deepen your general management and leadership skills through this 15-month program.
- MBA Internships – All Locations
Take on real-world challenges in our full-time, paid summer internship program.
We compete for talent and for business in a highly competitive environment, so our cash compensation and benefits are commensurate with our goal of attracting and retaining a high-performing crew.
There are three major elements to our total compensation package: base salary, the Partnership program, and the opportunity for crew members in select job levels to receive bonuses. Each component is explained below.
The base salary sets the foundation on which our compensation package is built. The base salary you receive when you're hired will be highly competitive with the compensation offered in the marketplace for equivalent positions. This ensures we remain an employer of choice for the best talent.
Partnership is how all crew members share in the success of the company. It's an annual cash payment based on the previous three years' business results. Partnership is unique to Vanguard and has been paid every year since the program began in 1984. The program reinforces a collective interest in the company's long-term success—a meaningful portion of your compensation depends on overall company performance. You qualify for your first Partnership payment in the year following your date of hire.
Crew members in select job levels are eligible for an annual bonus based on personal performance. Bonuses recognize distinctive contributions to the company and are typically paid in December.
Best-in-class health care coverage, a generous retirement and savings plan, and life insurance are all part of the Total Rewards package you'll receive as a crew member—along with your compensation, work-life offerings, and conveniences. Our Total Rewards package is a big reason Vanguard is an employer of choice.
Medical and prescription
Our FlexCare coverage allows you to select from two medical plans. Each plan includes prescription drug coverage.
Choose from two dental options offered through Delta Dental—a Standard plan or an Enhanced plan.
The optional FlexCare vision plan provides coverage for two pairs of corrective glasses, two pairs of contact lenses, or one pair of each annually.
Flexible spending accounts
You may elect to participate in a health care flexible spending account (FSA), which allows you to set aside pre-tax money for your out-of-pocket health expenses, or a dependent care FSA, which allows you to set aside pre-tax money for day care or other dependent-related expenses.
Life insurance and survivor benefits
Vanguard offers life insurance coverage equal to two times your direct pay, as well as an equal amount of accidental death and dismemberment coverage. It's provided to crew members at no cost. You can also choose to increase this coverage through supplemental life insurance. Coverage is available to spouses and dependents as well.
When you've completed your career at Vanguard, you'll continue to enjoy the advantages of Total Rewards.
Retirement and savings plan
The Vanguard Retirement and Savings Plan allows you to invest a portion of your income in Vanguard funds, building your 401(k). We also match a portion of your contribution.
Paid time off
Your paid time off is yours to use in any way you choose—for vacation, for short-term illness, or for personal reasons.
Leave of absence
Vanguard is ready to help if you require a leave of absence from work for personal reasons.
Optional coverage through Hyatt Legal Plans can help you, your spouse, and your children with personal legal services.
Onsite health clinic and fitness center
Use Vanguard's Wellness Center to stay healthy. You can visit CrewCare, our onsite health clinic, or ShipShape, our state-of-the-art fitness center.
Work-life balance at Vanguard
Vanguard understands the importance of balancing your work and your personal life. You can keep both on track through our health and wellness programs, flexible scheduling options, confidential counseling services, and a wide range of other programs and services.
Throughout the year, we offer health-related programs such as blood-pressure screenings, cholesterol testing, mammography screenings, and lunchtime seminars on health topics. Our health care plans are designed to help you manage health, not just to pay for medical treatment.
We have many alternatives to the five-day-a-week, morning-until-night work schedule. In many of our departments, you can set your own arrival and departure times in consultation with your manager. In other departments, several shift choices are available. While business needs dictate our staffing levels, we are prepared to be as flexible possible.
If you or members of your immediate family have personal issues, family concerns, or addiction problems, you may seek help through the Crew Assistance Program. This program is completely confidential and based on our strong belief that our crew members' health is at the heart of keeping us a strong, healthy organization.
If you wish to continue your education while working full-time at Vanguard, our Academic Assistance Plan can help pay the cost. It provides up to $9,000 reimbursement per year for tuition and books for eligible graduate and undergraduate courses at accredited institutions.
After you've been a full-time crew member for at least two years, you'll be eligible to receive a one-time $1,000 scholarship award for each dependent child, age 25 or under, who is a full-time student at an accredited college or trade school.
Crew Kids Ahoy!
If you have kids who need supervised, fun activities on school holidays when you have to work, Pennsylvania Crew Kids Ahoy! can help. Crew Kids Ahoy! plans imaginative and interesting day outings for school-year holidays and for summer-day camps. Vanguard arranges the fun!
Full-time crew members seeking to adopt children are eligible for reimbursement, up to a maximum of $11,650 per adoption, for such associated expenses as agency fees, court and legal fees, and counseling.
If you're faced with child-care issues, or need help caring for a parent, Vanguard provides free information and referrals. We have negotiated discounts for crew members at nearby day care centers. If you meet certain income requirements, a company subsidy is available for the care of children or other dependents during working hours.
Matching gift program
We encourage crew members to volunteer in their communities and contribute to worthy charities. If you write a check to an eligible educational, cultural, preservation, conservation, or other group, Vanguard will match it—up to an annual limit of $7,500 a year for full-time crew members.
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We hear all the time about Vanguard's unique ownership structure and how that leads to low cost...Having worked for a couple of the competitors before joining Vanguard, I can't imagine going back to the traditional publicly-traded "profit at all costs" mentality. Not that Vanguard's perfect, but the stakes are too high for me to consider giving my energy and my days to a company pretending to help clients achieve financial success while working them over for every cent they can get. It may not be the right place for everyone, but in this industry, it's the only place that I feel lines up with my own values and perspective. In addition, the benefits are excellent, and I've found it to be a rewarding place to work.Cons
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