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A strong employer

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Former Employee - Supervisor  in  Valley Forge, PA
Former Employee - Supervisor in Valley Forge, PA

I worked at Vanguard Investments Australia

Pros

Great benefits and profit sharing. Vanguard is a fair employer when reviewing your performance and it helps that they care about career advancement. Vanguard is very reluctant to do any layoffs and they try hard to find areas where struggling employees will have increased chances for success.

Cons

Unrealistic expectations of what work life balance truly means. You can certainly work your 40 hours per week but anything less than 55-60 is unrealistic to achieve an 'exceeds expectations' review. A flip side of their commitment to finding employees a better job is that a few people who really do need to be let go due to poor performance can sometimes stick around too long.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Provide more project opportunities to young employees.

Other Reviews for Vanguard Investments Australia

  1.  

    Cheap is as cheap does

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    Current Employee - Investment Associate  in  Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Investment Associate in Malvern, PA

    I have been working at Vanguard Investments Australia

    Pros

    Anonymity is probably the best thing about the place. It's huge and no one knows who you are unless you want them to

    Cons

    There's little left for the people at the bottom of the very steep pyramid. The benefits go to the guys at the top.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spread the love. Share the wealth. Rather than being so secretive about the company's true goals, how about sharing what you're really thinking rather than hiding behind platitudes and six-sigma stuff.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2.  

    Safe, but overly conservative.

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    Former Employee - Business Development Group  in  Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Business Development Group in Scottsdale, AZ

    I worked at Vanguard Investments Australia

    Pros

    Vanguard invests in its employees' futures by training them thoroughly and encouraging them to move laterally between positions and departments. It offers great benefits packages and a stable career, since the company focuses on strength in the long run and has yet to lay off employees (in the company's history). Basically, the positions are all stable and mobility is very easy. While each employee has to take the initiative to plan his or her career and make connections across areas, the culture is very safe and welcoming.

    Cons

    The culture is very conservative. By very, I mean stockings to work every day, hour-long meetings for "feedback" on misspeaking or offending someone. The company thrives because it is cautious and conservative, but that can be difficult for high-potential employees who do not agree with the "put your head down and work" philosophy. Compensation is also significantly lower than competitors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the benefits, but improve the opportunities for advancement and fast-tracking.

    Recommends
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