Brookfield Asset Management Reviews

Updated August 15, 2015
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  1. Positive or Negative Experience Depends on Team

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accountant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Accountant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brookfield Asset Management full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Depending on what team you work with, your experience will either be blissful or dreadful with very little in between. Some of the most intelligent and personable individuals I've ever met are employed by this company. The office and surrounding location is so beautiful it's almost unbelievable. The futuristic all-white, brightly lit office keeps you upbeat even are your groggiest days. The setting on the Hudson with the Statue of Liberty in clear view allows for some pleasant daydreaming when your brain needs a much deserved break. There is also a 24 hour Rite Aid located within the building, which has been clutch so many nights when working late and have no other stores open in the area. There is tremendous opportunity for advancement within the company, as management works to keep their talented employees. There is always a new challenge to be tackled and individuals willing to teach as long as you're willing to learn.

    Cons

    For every rockstar employee that you meet here, there are at least two stiffs with an inflated sense of self-worth that you hope you never have to work with. It creates a true team-specfic company culture, rather than a general one. The hours can be a drag, although steps are being taken to mitigate some of this through more efficient processes. Although management is very flexible with time off when requested, there is still a feeling of no true work/life balance due to the sheer volume of work and many late nights needed to complete it. The compensation is below the industry standard in New York. The open environment and see-through glass conference rooms, although helpful when it comes to exchange of information, leads to too much unwarranted, noise, nosiness, and butting in from those around you. Inefficient processes and too many layers of review for some of the simplest of tasks.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more into technology beyond Excel that allows for more efficient work processes and outsource more of the simpler tasks. It will ultimately allow for more responsibility to be taken by the lower level employees and increase work/life balance once menial, time-consuming tasks are taken off of their plates. Additionally, begin paying the employees at least market value if you truly view yourselves as bug players within the industry. Otherwise, you run the continued risk of unnecessarily losing great talent to larger and smaller companies alike willing to at least pay the industry standard.


  2. PFG

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very smart people in all departments

    Cons

    Not the best work-life balance

    Advice to Management

    Create more efficient processes


  3. Satisfactory

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Often times reasonable hours Good work culture Friendly and often agreeable co-workers Variety of transaction exposure

    Cons

    Below market pay Below market bonus Can be terrible, grueling hours

    Advice to Management

    Please consider raising your pay and bonus to market standards. Be more proactive in laying off inefficient and incompetent senior employees.


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  5. Okay, but a lot of improvement needed

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good quality of life as hours worked are not too much. Brookfield also sponsors several arts initiatives for which employees may be able to receive free tickets.

    Cons

    Work is not very challenging in the back office. Management is not in tune with the employees. Salary is not up to NYC standards.


  6. Trade Support Associate

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Trade Support in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Trade Support in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brookfield Asset Management full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some great coworkers across several internal teams. Great work life balance - rarely work more than 40.

    Cons

    Poor leadership, lots of politics with little results. Below average pay. Office has clique's like a school cafeteria, this leads to terrible communication. No sense of ownership for anyone's work ethics or decision making. Office is mostly AVP, VP and Directors - about 70% of employes have this sort of title (including the entire front office which has no associate on the team). This creates inflated egos. Wasteful - money only goes to misguided projects and old leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Remove NY senior leadership, everyone has been there to long without having accountability. Attempt to be proactive.


  7. Great benefits, excellent location, although it's not ideal for technology workers who want to advance their careers

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Professional in New York, NY
    Former Employee - IT Professional in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good benefits package, excellent office location, good balance between work and personal life.

    Cons

    Good employees won't stay very long. There is no CIO and senior management don't have a clear vision.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your employees or at least listen to what they have to say.


  8. Ever changing environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Profession in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - IT Profession in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brookfield Asset Management full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people, dynamic, challenging and globally focused.

    Cons

    Unsettled structure and appear to be doing lots of trials and errors strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Look closer to your people.


  9. Good coworker

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Service Desk in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - IT Service Desk in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brookfield Asset Management full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very nice interactive with all areas and levels.

    Cons

    No career upgrade, no manager abilities to lead a team.

    Advice to Management

    Go to learn how to lead a team.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Great learning experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brookfield Asset Management full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Qualified team, strong focus on improvement in the Australian market, strong brand reputation in Australia

    Cons

    Far removed from head office in Canada. Sometimes felt like it was managed like a private equity portfolio company and constrained financially at times.


  11. Laid back, friendly corporate culture.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Investment Analyst in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Former Employee - Investment Analyst in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brookfield Asset Management full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Laid back and friendly senior management. Helpful and hard working colleagues.

    Cons

    Too Toronto / North America centric. Corporation is still run like a small club controlled by the senior Managing Directors, and not like a Fortune 500 / 1000 company.

    Advice to Management

    Trust the locals when you are looking at overseas markets.



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