Aberdeen Asset Management

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Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great company with ridiculous benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Compliance Officer in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Compliance Officer in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Aberdeen Asset Management full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    All of the people that work there are really nice. The best part though is the benefits! It pays to work for a European company.

    Cons

    Smaller company in the US so not a lot of growth opportunities. Some of the employees aren't great at their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Open up job opportunities for people outside of the graduate program.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Great company with great people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Aberdeen Asset Management full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Extremely flat structure
    -Friendly co-workers
    -Great work life balance

    Cons

    -Promotion based on seniority rather than meritocracy

    Advice to Management

    Introduce more meritocratic-based incentives without soiling the wonderful culture that has been existing

  3. Helpful (3)

    Terrible experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Aberdeen Asset Management full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Not many, some coworkers were bright people and the office had a nice view. Compensation wasn't bad and decent amount of vacation.

    Cons

    Management is clueless and they treat people terribly. Have never experienced such rude management that speaks to employees like they are peasants. Business is headed in the wrong direction and some employees are just downright incompetent.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to treat employees, give feedback and show some interest other than being a J/O boss. Some managers live the business 24 hours a day that they can't take a step back to accurately evaluate how to handle a situation properly.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    SociGG

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Intern - Intern in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Aberdeen Asset Management as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very open culture, accessible people at all levels, opportunities to learn about all aspects of the business

    Cons

    Some of the processes are too structured

    Advice to Management

    Provide more feedback and guidance to employees

  6. Very good while it lasted. I worked with a lot of great people,

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Aberdeen Asset Management full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to take on a lot of responsibility. Paid based on contributions.

    Cons

    When the firm started to have issues with its flagship product, management should have taken it more seriously and acted quicker to make changes.

    Advice to Management

    A great firm was built only to see it crumble.

  7. Benefits are great but Management is Clueless

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Compliance in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Compliance in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Aberdeen Asset Management full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, pay decent, vacation days, bright young people, growing company with international reach. Exposure to offices around the world. Lots of projects.

    Cons

    Senior management needs an overhaul. They are clueless that the department all wants to leave the second they have the chance. High turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Time to get rid of the deadwood at the top of the food chain. They are driving away talent in the same department continuously.

  8. The small size and dynamic nature of the company provides a broad exposure for employees to learn and grow.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Aberdeen Asset Management full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits package and some very good talent to work with. Working for the IT department provided some really great learning opportunities. The company has done well investing in some of the latest technologies and keeping them current. Some of the technical resources within the IT group are very strong and talented.

    Cons

    Little to no upward mobility. The company performance has been declining.

    Advice to Management

    The IPO was a great success at the time but long standing employees could and should have been rewarded with more stock options.

  9. Above average pay - lack of drive by individuals

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Aberdeen Asset Management full-time (more than a year)

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great pay/benefits, flex time during workday and work from home.

    Cons

    Employees aren't driven. Too many take advantage of flexible hours. Management doesn't pay attention to workflow and doesn't value employee feedback.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees.

  10. Good company for its size but

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

    I worked at Aberdeen Asset Management full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Smaller firm - exposure to broader spectrum of your work - it is upto you to get involved
    Good opportunities to learn business and other skill sets
    Peaceful work life

    Cons

    Smaller firm - restricted opportunities to grow vertically
    Less transparency about future growth, vision and projects
    Poor communication and management from top down
    Closed boundaries provides less insight to what is happening around you, even within your team
    No manager plan or road map for your work and growth
    No training - may be for few lucky ones
    Even if you have exposure to multiple things, there is no planned or matured approach

    Advice to Management

    Improve open communication
    Involve or at least keep your team members aware of what is happening in terms of work , growth and prospects
    Have some growth plan and road map for your employees interms of work and growth

  11. Different Offices have distinct cultures

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Trainee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Graduate Trainee in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Aberdeen Asset Management full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    friendly staff, work life balance is very good, learning opportunity good for career in asset management industry. Firm has an emphasize on rotations and secondement--very nice exposure.

    Cons

    salary is a bit lower than average asset management firms. Conservative culture in the London office

    Advice to Management

    might be worthwhile to foster a firm-wide corporate culture

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