Calamos Asset Management

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Calamos Asset Management Reviews

Updated June 13, 2014
Updated June 13, 2014
26 Reviews

2.4
26 Reviews
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Calamos Asset Management Chairman, CEO, and Co-Chief Investment Officer John P. Calamos Sr.
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  1.  

    Smart people committed to teaching their associates and growing talent.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Calamos Asset Management

    Pros

    Great people willing to mentor new hires
    Unbelievable office with impressive technology resources
    Entrepreneurial environment that fosters innovation

    Cons

    Located outside of the city which makes commuting a hassle from downtown

    Recommends
  2.  

    Good corporate structure. Great training program.

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    Former Employee - Sales  in  Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Sales in Naperville, IL

    I worked at Calamos Asset Management full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They do a great job of hiring good people, whether they are experienced or not, and provide excellent training. Had some frustrations with the company during my time there, but the farther away I get, the more I see how well put together the organization is.

    Cons

    This went from a small operation to a large, 450-500 person company within a relatively short period of time so upper mamangement had a hard time not knowing what was going on in each department all of the time. Somewhat of a micromanagement situation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unleash your talent a bit more. You hire good people and sometimes hold them back.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work if you are not an aggressive employee

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    Current Employee - Senior Developer  in  Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Naperville, IL

    I have been working at Calamos Asset Management full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, hours are flexible, you have time to learn, not a lot of stress, free lunch, fruits, snacks, tea and coffee, pay is ok. They have summer hours program and jeans day every Friday in the summer. They have some discounts for employees and they are thinking of creating a day care.

    Cons

    Work from home is not available and the lunch could have some more healthier options.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    very good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Calamos Asset Management full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    benefits are really very good

    Cons

    no cons at all from my point of view

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management is one of the best

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company to work for. Training could have been longer

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Naperville, IL

    I worked at Calamos Asset Management full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great training program. Helpful superiors. On-site lunch

    Cons

    Long commute (I live in Chicago).

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Calamos Investments : Operations

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    Current Employee - Investment Operations  in  Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Investment Operations in Naperville, IL

    I have been working at Calamos Asset Management full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Easy, good working environment, free lunch.

    Cons

    Very political, movement to other areas of the firm are difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide opportunities for growth, more transparency.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Free Lunch...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Calamos Asset Management full-time

    Pros

    Free lunch, parking, decent benefits, young atmosphere. Good place to start your career, but most people leave after a year or two to go somewhere better.

    Cons

    Low pay that is completely under the market. They will offer to pay if you decide to leave, though! Poor culture and it seems like lots of people are scared of upper management, which you can imagine prevents positive change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I wish the best for the company... just seems like some of the top management involves themselves in areas that are not their expertise. This creates large issues. Unfortunately, everyone knows this will never change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    outsourcing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL

    I have been working at Calamos Asset Management

    Pros

    Love my hours, free lunch is great, share in the belief "spirit to serve", decent outsourcing package, good people to work with.

    Cons

    Not many options to transfer out of department due to outsourcing. Posted for other position but hired someone w/ less experience from outside the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Did not receive much appreciation for the work we do when the decision came down to outsourcing the ops department.

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    headline

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    Former Employee - Mutual Fund Accountant  in  Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Mutual Fund Accountant in Naperville, IL

    I worked at Calamos Asset Management

    Pros

    Good hours and good compensation

    Cons

    Poor management and unfairly treat employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to treat employees better

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Low pay for the work invested. Better opportunities elsewhere...head into the city.

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    Former Employee - Junior Analyst  in  Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Junior Analyst in Naperville, IL

    I worked at Calamos Asset Management

    Pros

    Free lunch (literally). Covered parking. Decent benefits. Good support to pursue the CFA (which is very much valued at Calamos).

    Cons

    Pay is horrid for the jr analyst position and doesn't get much better as you advance. Not much opportunity to prove yourself for the first few years outside of filing papers, making copies, data entry, etc. Wish I had those years back (huge opportunity cost in terms of knowledge not gained as a result of not doing research and very poor pay for the amount of time/work invested. You work a LOT...especially on meaningless tasks...and get paid very little). There are definitely better opportunities out there (which I've discovered). Turnover is high and sr turnover appears to have gotten worse since I've left. It doesn't look like anything has improved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve communication (and review times). My reviews became so late that I forgot my anniversary date.

    No opinion of CEO

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