American Century Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
35 Reviews

3.8
35 Reviews
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American Century President and CEO Jonathan S. Thomas
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  1.  

    Great experience here for a good company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Century full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are exceptional including insurance, year bonus, pay raise, and a lifecycle reimbursment

    Cons

    Salary is just average
    401K match is a little low compared to average
    Career opportunities could be better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A changing culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Century full-time

    Pros

    American Century is still a place that values the work/life balance of its employees. The free on-site gym in Kansas City is also a plus.

    Cons

    There is a serious lack of training, career path options, or opportunities for advancement. As such, the culture has deteriorated over the years. The fact that the facilities haven't been updated since the late 90's is also depressing, but the firm is addressing this issue over the next FIVE to SEVEN YEARS.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at American Century as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    People were friendly and welcoming, pay was good. Work-life balance wasn't great for being an intern. A weekend here or there would be expected, and working late was common.

    Cons

    Company culture wasn't doing so great. There seemed to be growing discontent among many people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    ok firm to get licensing and industry experience

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    Former Employee - N A  in  Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - N A in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at American Century full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    pto time benefits licensing location

    Cons

    office culture, no upward mobility

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good company through the years

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    Former Employee - Vice President Sales  in  Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Vice President Sales in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at American Century full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Strong Midwest culture and community, profits go to support cancer research through Stowers Institute. Encourage leadership participation in annual celebrity golf tournament.

    Cons

    Kansas City headquarters limits client growth potential when seen as a boutique regional provider. Global prospects appear limited. Lack passive investment options.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell company airplanes to support hiring and expansion opportunities. It doesn't make sense to have 3 or 4 jets when sales and client usage is prohibited. (Seems like they only get used around golf tournament and CEO travel)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Place To Work But Limited Opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Century full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great work atmosphere and work-life balance. Company has been built on solid morals and sound investment practices.

    Cons

    Lack of training to advance.
    Limited opportunities to advance since turnover is so low.
    Leadership is in the day-to-day activities more so than not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities to job-shadow, job-share, and/or job rotations so that individuals do not feel "stuck" in their current role.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Remarkable Talent. Inspiring Story. Respectable Company.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Century

    Pros

    Performance Focused. Philanthropic Driven. One of the best workplaces in the business!

    Cons

    None to mention at this current time about the cons of this company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remain open with communication efforts across all business channels.

  9.  

    Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Manager in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    Lots of integrity within the company
    Great benefits, salary
    Hires the right people
    Management freely shares the company's vision

    Cons

    No relevant cons to report

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the open communication all employees that exists today

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great culture, results driven, focused - Overall great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Management team is focused on building a successful company with clear focus. Relies on organic growth with smart risk-taking. Profits with a Purpose: Profits are shared with Stowers Institute for Medical Research for greater benefit.

    Cons

    Slow to adapt or venture into new areas. Thus learning opportunities or career growth may be slow. Although it depends on the department you're in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work and building a results oriented team. Need to be little bit more aggressive in launching new products/adapting to new technologies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Company to Work for.....

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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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Pay is benchmarked against other investment companies--I believe its comparable. Nice big family atmosphere. Culture is amazing.
    Tuition Reimbursment is a plus (You can receive your Master's without signing a contractual agreement to stay) like most companies!!!!

    Cons

    -Limited room for growth potential
    -Once a position is available, there is fierce competition from hundreds of people who are eager to tap into a career aspect that has growth potential.
    -after several years, one will be able to predict who will receive a career advancement or manager role, similar to politics.
    -Trainers should be honest with college students who enter bottom roles, there are graduates with Bachelor's and Master's Degrees still seeking to expand their career opportunities but are STUCK in operational/processing roles......
    -Did I say limited room for advancement....?

    I would recommend this company to anyone who does not seek a company that has a plethora of growth potential. If you are seeking to move up quickly within 1-3 years, chances are slim to none with degrees and experience, unless you know someone who knows someone kind of deal ;)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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