AGF Management

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AGF Management Reviews

Updated October 10, 2014
Updated October 10, 2014
10 Reviews
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10 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice work environment with encouraging supervisors and colleagues

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AGF Management

    Pros

    The work is routine but the colleagues and supervisors make up for it. Had an excellent team with team spirit, many team outings and events. Massages for free during busy season.

    Cons

    Work is very routine and basic. Overtime was required during busy RSP season. Small, cubicle working environment that has little privacy

  2.  

    Good work culture + Pay slightly above industry standard

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AGF Management

    Pros

    The work culture at AGF is great. It's a small company, so you get build good working relationship with higher management. Pay and benefits are better than the average industry standard. Work is interesting. Managers are generally well-liked. You have opportunity to take on more responsibilities.

    Cons

    Financially, a little volatile at the moment. If you're looking for 100% job security, they may not be the best place to work at the moment.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Enjoyed working there

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at AGF Management as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great group of people. Friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    I was very happy while my contract lasted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing to management I can offer.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    AGF Management review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at AGF Management full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great staff, great manager, focused work

    Cons

    Company performance has not been the greatest, compensation barely adequate

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Accounting

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AGF Management

    Pros

    very good culture, value and very motivative

    Cons

    opportunities can be limited within

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was an employee for just under ten years at a relatively senior level

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    Former Employee - Vice President
    Former Employee - Vice President

    I worked at AGF Management full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Probably the best benefits - i.e. dental plan in the industry - that would be it. Excellent for admin persons where there is little competitive difference or compensation difference between companies in industry, as the benefits plan is better than most. Likely will never be sold to another company as the corporate structure is essentially a private company (that is publicly traded) - i.e. the primary owners - the Goldring family - owns 85% of the voting stock and derives a significant income from the dividends of the company - likely, they will never sell as a consequence. This makes it unlikely jobs would be lost through being acquired by another company looking to rationalize labor costs.

    Cons

    Too many to list: The company has never been competitive in regards to compensation (not since 1995 at any rate), and past bonus and compensation parameters were frequently changed (after) the end of the compensation periods (but prior to dates of payout) - i.e. moving goal posts. Senior management just keeps being changed as the cause of the structural and systemic problems, when the issues are much higher.

    Tremendous turn-over of staff at higher levels and across: sales, portfolio management, marketing, and creative disciplines. Most marketable people, leave first, which decimates leadership and direction for the rank and file.

    Hemorrhaging assets for many years (in the top 3 asset losers for the better part of a decade) - not a good thing. Very little loyalty from target retail client market due to poor fund performance and extreme turn-over of staff.

    Stock price and asset depletion and history is an excellent barometer of the health and direction of company. Assets under management (the fuel of any company in the money management business) has been decimated.

    Problem emanates from the very top of the company (which cannot be changed and because it is not a true public company in the sense of all the voting stock residing with the most senior level of the executive and closely aligned board of directors, no real change can take place at any critical level of the company in any significantly meaningful way).

    Not a good environment for a career, but perhaps a reasonable place to go as a stepping stone or a two or three year plan to jump a couple of levels to achieve a higher entry point into another company in the same or similar business line.

    The company does not do exit interviews - staff turnover and staff satisfaction at all levels should be an objective of the executive as a metric and criteria of being a success or failure - executive levels should share in the culpability as their senior and middle management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To view the company and the executive management at the highest level as having culpability for the performance, asset growth, share price, employee satisfaction, and r.o.i. as what would be expected in any other true publicly traded company with a broad ownership. Achieve or leave. Kicking the can to subordinates is fine on a tactical basis, but, over some period of time: 5 years, ten years, or more the ultimate decision makers have to wear the success... or failure of the company across all the critical metrics - which is not the case with this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Worth my experience, but not for the average developer

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    Former Employee - PC Support Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - PC Support Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at AGF Management as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    improved customer relations, challenging experience, large networking capability

    Cons

    terrible salary, No development experience, strict dress code, strict work hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PAY YOUR CO-OPS MORE. We run most of the IT support & networking, regardless of what you think your full-timers are doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company if you like dealing with customers.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AGF Management

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment. (No overtime works, and if there is, they pay for it) Good management from managers. Good place to build up networking.

    Cons

    They need more events to build up team spirit. Inside communication is not very good. Compensation is reasonably ok, but not competitive compare to really good companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Politically charged

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AGF Management

    Pros

    One of the few choices if one is interested in working for a Canadian company within the asset management industry.

    Cons

    Incompetent management, extremely questionable promotion practices (not based even loosely so on merit), very much a culture of every person for him/her self. Bleeding assets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good corporate culture and work atmosphere.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at AGF Management

    Pros

    Relaxed work atmosphere.
    No undue pressure.
    Work autonomy.
    Not overly structured.
    No extensive paperwork or red tape.
    Minimal office politics.

    Cons

    New ideas sometimes hard to propagate. Communication and understanding between the business and IT not always on a desired level. Performance appraisal process leaves much to be desired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish better communications channels and personal contacts between IT and the business (deploy liaison officers / relationship managers more strategically and give them adequate mandates) . Revamp the entire performance appraisal process to be less about fitting people in the bell curve and more about how those people contributed to the company's bottom line.

    Recommends

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