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The people are a lot better than the company's performance.

Former Employee - Investment Counselor  in  San Mateo, CA
Former Employee - Investment Counselor in San Mateo, CA

I worked at Fisher Investments full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

Made some life long friends. Good people and culture.
Learned a lot about capital markets and investments while employed at the firm. I still use Ken's investment philosophy when managing my own assets.

Cons

They should call themselves a marketing firm as they are much better securing clients than managing portfolios.
You really get fatigued by having to explain consistent benchmark under-performance to clients.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Ken has relied heavily on bear / bull market calls to add value for the GTR strategy. Given that he hasn't made a good bear / bull market call since 2000, management should try adding value at the stock picking level.

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    Awful company to work for!! Feels more like being in a prison.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Fisher Investments full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Get to leave the office right at 5PM.

    Cons

    Middle management is over their head
    Offsite parking once a month
    Have to get into work by 7 am (if late by a single minute you will get disciplined)
    Company is very old paced - no new ideas and people lack motivation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with respect, listen to your team and don't let middle management get away with ill treatment toward their subordinates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    A Sinking Ship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Fisher Investments full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great medical/dental plans. Also, the 401k matching is probably the best you'll find. You get to miss most of traffic coming in at 7am (or 6am) every day.

    Cons

    Mediocre employees are not fired since you can't recruit better ones anyway.

    You benchmark against your direct (mediocre) peers instead of the disruptive entrants in your market.

    Your co-workers roll their eyes at Facebook, Twitter, cloud services, iPhones, about how they are for children and your customers will never trust their business to them.

    Cross-functional committees are formed to solve problems that would have been solved already if the people responsible for them were any good.

    The HR department thinks their job is administration, not leadership.

    All technology decisions go through a centralized IT bottleneck steering committee.

    IT sends out a memo that says anyone using unauthorized cloud services will be fired.

    Spending and hiring decisions are "approved" by an entity outside of your group, even if they are within existing budget.

    No one can answer, "why work here?" except to talk about the dental plan.

    Executives are shuffled around the company to new roles, but outsiders don't ever seem to be brought in to raise the bar.

    When an exec quits, their next in line is automatically promoted to their bosses' job, even if they weren't that great and there would have been better candidates elsewhere.

    Each employee has a rationale for why, "I'm glad I don't have to work at Facebook/Twitter/Goldman."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in people with actual and relevant outside management experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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