Financial Engines

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2 people found this helpful  

Great mission, but consistently overcommitted

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

I have been working at Financial Engines

Pros

The mission of the company is very inspiring. Financial Engines provides top-notch investment advice to thousands of people for a fraction of the price typically charged by investment advisors. Employees are passionate and unified in this mission.

Cons

The executive management team consistently overcommits which results in people being stretched too thin. This leads to mistakes and re-work and ultimately slows things down. Morale is also down because people are burnt out.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Continue to stay true to the mission, but work with employees to figure out a realistic workload so that we're not on a path for people to burn out and leave.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Corrupted company with seriously dysfunctional HR Department that covers every possible management harassment case.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Financial Engines

    Pros

    It used to be a very nice company when it just started where people were nice with bunch of great ideas.

    Cons

    No career growth with very low compensation. Management harassment all over the place with no HR to protect you. Company full of management lunatics that only worry about what they put in their pockets. Many good people including executive management leaving company as they feel company hasn't changed and have no future. Engineering and QA has been outsourced to India that lead to very poor product quality that over time is just getting worse and worse. Server side is extremely unstable and crashing all the time. Basically, it's not about people, it's about how much money management can put in their pockets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire professional management that cares about people and their career growth. STOP OUTSOURCING JOBS TO INDIA and START INVESTING MONEY INTO AMERICAN ECONOMY!!! Hire professional HR that can protect their employees and not just cover management mistakes. Executive management should stop flying in the clouds and start facing reality. You're all leaving in some kind of dream world of "Financial Fantasy" that doesn't exist.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    The people are great but...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Financial Engines

    Pros

    I really believed in what the company is doing by making financial advice more egalitarian. I've met some wonderful and smart people there.

    Cons

    Departments have different criteria for promotions. This left you wondering why some teams were constantly promoting their people while others were not. Plus the teams are constantly being reorganized. Also there is a culture gap between the various offices that caused friction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The flat organizational structure doesn't give people enough opportunity to continue to build their skill sets. There is not incentive to stay on if there is no where to go.

    Disapproves of CEO
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