Highland Capital

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Former Employee - Cash Reconciliation Associate in Dallas, TX
Former Employee - Cash Reconciliation Associate in Dallas, TX

I worked at Highland Capital

Pros

Good pay, jeans, free food (lunch, snacks, beverages, ect)

Cons

Long hours, not a lot of feedback from management

Recommends
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 8 people found this helpful  

    Highland is great to work for!

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    Former Employee - Settlement Associate in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Settlement Associate in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Highland Capital

    Pros

    The management staff are very respectful to employees. Every upper level manager has an open door policy and is willing to talk with recent graduates about their experience level and how they got to be a senior partner. The benefits package is also above average; three weeks of vacation per year, they provide lunch every day, an annual offisite company wide retreat. It is a small company, you are not just another cog in the wheel, or just a number to them. You do get lots of face time with senior partners. They also do not have a dress code, which makes a very comfortable and relaxed work environment.

    Cons

    They have a minimum of fifty hours per week, which can be a strain if you have other activities outside of work. The atmosphere can seem cliqueish at times. Some individuals are not as welcoming to new folks as others are. Training can be scant, you pretty much have to jump right in and ask questions as you go along. For some people this system an be maddening, for others it works perfect. Company culture is very hard core, bottom line oriented. It can feel like you are working right on Wall Street - high powered, high energy, capitalism at its best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work on training

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Potentially risky choice in this economic environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Portfolio Analyst
    Former Employee - Senior Portfolio Analyst

    I worked at Highland Capital

    Pros

    Good experience at a large, fixed income buy side shop. I learned a bit about credit analysis and the Highland loan-to-own model. Ability to pursue investment opportunities across a spectrum of asset classes, and up and down the capital structure.
    Compensation can be competitive, especially for the Dallas location (no state income tax and a much lower cost of living than you will find in many cities on the East Coast or in California).
    Fairly disciplined approach to putting new positions in the fund as well as reviewing existing positions in the portfolio. Team structure means you'll get to work and know a couple of people well (although you may not have much contact with other teams).

    Cons

    Key risk is whether the firm has in danger b/c of the continuing credit crisis.
    The Time Keeper application, which requires professionals (including investment personnel), to clock in and clock out in order to demonstrate compliance with a policy requiring a minimum of sixty hours a week, is demeaning and inflexible. It puts a premium on gamesmanship and facetime, and discourages people from managing any sort of work-life balance. For example, you can't clock out at 7 pm (after putting in 11.5 to 12 hours already), go to have dinner or work out, and then put in a couple hours from home ... you won't get credit for the time working at home. So it's strange for a professional to feel like once you leave the office, you might as well not lift a finger or do a bit of work b/c you don't get credit.
    Management is fairly opaque about the direction of the firm.
    It's a bit of an locals-only culture, but that's true of Dallas generally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be helpful to know more about the future direction of the firm and your plans for the current line-up of funds and products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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