Baillie Gifford

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Baillie Gifford Reviews

Updated November 2, 2014
Updated November 2, 2014
8 Reviews
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    Global class firm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Analyst in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Investment Analyst in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Baillie Gifford full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    BG strives for excellence and wants to get the very best out of its employees
    Complete focus on clients so no ethical issues
    Interesting intellectual environment
    Chance to be a partner in time is a big incentive
    I like working right next to senior management - no distance so adds to quality of management

    Cons

    Could promote some people a little quicker. Low employee turnover slightly slows the speed of advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Could be more open about future plans at times. I think analysts should have some incentives based on performance from day 1. I like that you are employing new graduates from around the world - adds to world knowledge and adds to interesting intellectual climate. Mostly keep going as you are though.

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    A great place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Analyst in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Investment Analyst in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Baillie Gifford full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get to work with lots of fantastically intelligent people.
    You get a lot of responsibility early on, which can seem overwhelming at first but it forces you to learn quickly.
    Very good work life balance. Hardly ever work at weekends and office is pretty empty by 6pm.
    Supportive culture.
    Edinburgh is a brilliant place to live and work.

    Cons

    I really struggle to think of any.

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    A positive work experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Baillie Gifford part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance. Good training and development opportunities. Open access to management, good IT support. Supports employees in charitable enterprises and personal development. Great perks - free stuff for families, social nights out, sports groups etc.

    Cons

    Not the most modern or flexible HR policies for the 21st century. A conservative office based culture which may not suit everyone but suits the industry it is in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be able to articulate what the BG culture is, it can all look in-wards a little too much. Support the managers more.

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  5.  

    Great firm, full of exceptionally bright people.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Investment Analyst Intern in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Investment Analyst Intern in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at Baillie Gifford as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    You get to discuss ideas and learn from some of the best minds in the investment business, the pay is fantastic, and the work-life balance is very good here - you don't get people stuck at their desks into the night.

    Cons

    Quite a conservative culture; formal, quiet atmosphere, that's not for everyone. I enjoyed the time it allows for in-depth thinking but others found the lack of lively debate in the office quite difficult and even boring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be clear about instructions for the investment analyst interview process - standardise it so as not to surprise applicants.

    Recommends
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  6.  

    Awesome Company to work for

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

    I worked at Baillie Gifford full-time

    Pros

    In house training in loads of different subjects from Bonds to speed reading.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

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  7.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Analyst in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Investment Analyst in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Baillie Gifford

    Pros

    Good atmosphere
    Encouraged to disagree
    You personally know practically everybody who works with you
    Few distractions from the actual job

    Cons

    Slightly inert at times
    Information sharing should be improved to avoid reinventing the wheel
    Sometimes hard to achieve a focused common effort

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage initiative; improve information sharing
    And keep up the good work!

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  8.  

    Top employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Baillie Gifford

    Pros

    I've not been at Baillie Gifford long but so far it has proved to be a very civilised place to work. Intelligent and diligent people going about their work -- who knock off when it is time to knock of.

    Cons

    The office environment seems a little studious, but this is probably what's needed and there are plenty of socialise activities laid on at the end of the day. Office is in a great location in central Edinburgh

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I really don't have any advice that would be of use. The partnership structure seems to really work here, so there is no domineering "character" trying to impose their personal vision.

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    Great asset management firm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at Baillie Gifford

    Pros

    The induction is great, you can always turn to someone for help on any issue. Expertise is second to none, the company retains its best employees who eventually make partner. The company sticks to its guns, in that it doesn't stray from the aim of long term investments in stocks and fixed income. Different desks have a different feel to them. Certainly the investment strategies and paths taken in order to achieve returns for clients, might differ from team to team. Useful weekly meetings that keep everyone up to date on the latest goings on and potential future investments. The floor is open to questions too.

    Cons

    Very conservative and generally quiet

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think that they are doing a good job

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