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A large company that does great by it's clients, but has trouble keeping up technologically.

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Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Philadelphia, PA
Current Employee - Software Developer in Philadelphia, PA

I have been working at Vanguard full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

Incredibly stable job working for a company that has a pretty strong ethical foundation. The benefits are really nice, especially the almost absurd amount of vacation time you get (I have almost 6 weeks). Their 401(k) match is 4% plus 10% vesting. They've recently gone full steam with employee engagement and flexibility, so things are getting a lot better than they used to be.

The culture has become more relaxed (business casual all the time) while still maintaining the focus on charity and client value.

Cons

You can still feel the weight of the enterprise when you have to work with multiple groups on a project. It's not that there's active resistance, it's that you're often far on the organization chart from people who you work with on a daily basis. This can lead to a lot of small problems that don't seem apparent until they all come up at once.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Maintain your current trajectory for pushing forward with innovation, flexibility and engagement. While you've made a few missteps, it's generally been working. Reward managers who push their teams and the organizations toward positive change.

This is a big one: Hire people into specific positions and make sure they're aware of what they're being hired for. I've spoken to lots of people who were unpleasantly surprised by what their day to day function was going to be once they got to work. When I started I spent a few months in a position I absolutely hated and was mystified why I would be placed there given my skill set. Fortunately I found another position internally that was a good fit.

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    Solid Experience look elsewhere for bonuses and growth

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

    I worked at Vanguard full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Exception experience, ethics, training opportunities. those with positive attitude and small egos will benefit. you must be willing to see a an opportunity and learning experience in a variety of situations and settings.

    Cons

    not good looking for aggressive career growth and unconventional and creative solution. not good place for self disciplined, entrepreneurial types. not good if you are willing to take risks and bear responsibilities associated with taking those risks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you've got a great product, stick to your strategy, and leverage on those who buy in. however do keep in mind that you are as successful as people around you, so keeping people happy and knowing what that means is the key.

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    Client Relationship Associate

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    Current Employee - Client Relationship Associate  in  Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Client Relationship Associate in Scottsdale, AZ

    I have been working at Vanguard full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    3 months of training to get you acquainted with the company and get your Series 7 and 63 licenses
    Amazing benefits (health, vision, dental, 401k, PTO, etc.)

    Cons

    Training for the license exams is shorter compared to other companies, but they bring in instructors in order to help speed the process along. There is just a lot of outside work involved when studying for the Series 7.

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    Positive Outlook
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