American Century Reviews

Updated April 4, 2015
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  1. Great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst

    I have been working at American Century full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits, team approach, great work life balance.

    Cons

    Nothing at this point in my career.

  2. Decent company, but they create a great culture that disguises a not so great work environment.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investment Specialist in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Investment Specialist in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at American Century

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

    Pros

    Good benefits such as healthcare and fully vested 4% matching contribution to your 401k
    This is a company that highly believes in recognition and creating a culture based on their values.
    Not a lot of opportunity outside sales

    Cons

    They have a policy where they will not allow references to former or current employees. This conflicts entirely with a culture of recognition and values.
    Not a flexible work environment and highly micromanaged.

    Advice to Management

    Micromanagement never works. Stop doing it.
    You have to change your policy on references from the management within the company. Why would anyone work for a company that doesn't support their career goals?

  3. Sr Financial Analyst

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst Investments in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst Investments in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at American Century full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible management for work life balance, good place for women, smart people to work with

    Cons

    Mountain View California location - traffic if you live in San Francisco

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  5. Terrible company steer clear

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at American Century full-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Working here was better than living on the street and eating out of the garbage can. That's probably the best thing I'll be able to say about this company.

    Cons

    Terrible environment terrible people terrible human resources department's terrible pay terrible opportunities for advancement this is a terrible job. Terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Take a long hard look at your human resources department and ask yourself why you hate your employees so much

  6. Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Investment Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Associate Investment Analyst in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at American Century

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

    Pros

    All my superiors were great and easy to work with and great people. Sure sometimes I had stay up till 2AM to finish a report but the compensation was great!

    Cons

    I never really had an cons about working here. Everything was great and I loved my job.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe you can use less money on the personal private jet vacations and spend more of it spreading the bonuses around.

  7. Great Company To Work For But.........

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

    I have been working at American Century

    Pros

    Great benefits and great atmosphere

    Cons

    Some of the people are friendly some are not

  8. Great leadership, vision, and commitment to clients and staff

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

    I have been working at American Century

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent communication from the top down.

    Cons

    I can not think of any significant cons about this organization.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work.

  9. Great Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Manager in Kansas City, MO

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Growing company, good benefits, positive culture, client and employee focused company values. Founder Jim Stowers influence is still present.......Profits with a purpose - significant part of company profits go to fund cancer and other genetic based diseases research

    Cons

    once you hit management, fewer chances to advance
    company in working to address changes in the marketplace but needs to continue and adapt more quickly

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    Greater Purpose

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

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

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

    Pros

    It's great to come to work knowing your profits fund a greater purpose. Our founder was a wonderful, insightful visionary. He started Amerian Century Investments with a greatt philosophy and then parlaid his wealth into the creation of the Stowers Insttitute of Medical Research in Kansas City, Missouri. GO onlikne & read our story.

    Cons

    We're not perfect, but what company is? Most heavy complainers haven't worked anyywhere else. Our leaders need to have a broader perspective, beyond their own responsibiliies....the good of the whole.

  11. Worked in products and service for 10+ years.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Kansas City, MO

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

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

    Pros

    The work environment is OK for getting started. There are resources and support to help you get a start in the investment business. Most people who have a history with the company treat you with respect.

    Cons

    The company has experienced a significant leadership change that has eaten away at the engagement of most employees. The company is in denial that is unprepared for a significant shift in product demand in the investment industry. The firm is quickly declining in market share in the financial services segment. .

    Advice to Management

    Focus on what helped the company grow beyond a small investment shop 20 ears ago. It was outstanding leaders who supported aggressive, active money management. The firm is too busy trying impress the industry with new senior leadership that doesn't understand the company founder's belief of serving clients and delivering exceptional investment returns.

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