Federated Investors Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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Federated Investors President, CEO, and Director J. Christopher Donahue
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Pros
  • A great place to launch and develop a career (in 4 reviews)

  • Good benefits, salary, flexible working hours, family oriented, stable company and great place to start a career in financial services industry (in 3 reviews)

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  • Dress code is strictly enforced (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Federated Investors Review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends

    I worked at Federated Investors full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, loved my colleagues. Mainly positive interactions with management during my years at the company. Very good job training.

    Cons

    In the division of the company I was a part of, it was difficult to receive a decent salary increase regardless of how good your performance was.


  2. Overall Good Company

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    Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Federated Investors full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, really respects having a life outside of work. Rewards good employees with good raises. Most projects are engaging. People are nice and most are willing to help.

    Cons

    Security and audit run the show, what they say goes. Technology is a little old though making improvements the past couple years.

    Advice to Management

    Trust employees and loosen amount of hoops needed to get changes made. Promotions should be based on merit, not years.


  3. Good Entry Level Position

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Federated Investors full-time

    Pros

    good company to work for out of college, training was excellent, and work environment was fun.

    Cons

    not a lot of opportunity to move up.

    Advice to Management

    allow for current employees to grow within the company


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    Prides themselves on high tenure and strong values

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Federated Investors full-time

    Pros

    Federated prides themselves on high tenure of their employees and places a great deal of weight on the fact that they have 'hired good people'.

    Cons

    Federated is technologically behind the times and therefore has an exceptionally poor data reporting infrastructure. Federated also has a poor incentive infrastructure for young, driven employees.

    Advice to Management

    Extremely high tenure at a firm does not always bode well for efficiency or growth. Federated's management needs to recognize that the company's atmosphere fosters complacency.


  6. okay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Benefits are okay and culture is so so

    Cons

    one you're in there is no chance for advancement in career and salary


  7. Good start

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good company to start for.

    Cons

    Conservative culture. Outdated technology. Low pay

    Advice to Management

    Invest in technology at a faster pace and have a less conservative culture.


  8. The Peter Principle Incarnate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Federated Investors full-time

    Pros

    If you are in IT, you get to work in Cranberry and don't have to wear a tie like everyone down town.

    Cons

    Nearly every executive in the company is a child or son-in-law of one of the founders. This would be fine if they were as competent as their parents, but they generally are not. Some of them don't have computers, and some those that do just use it to read Fox News while their Admins have everything else they could do with a computer delegated to them. The lower you go on the totem pole the better the managers generally get, but that's usually true anywhere. There is kind of a strange disconnect where any management below Director might as well just be a normal employee that has to go to meetings all day yet has no power to enact or propose any sort of change. This is an older company, the average employee age probably pushing fifty. Information Security runs IT, and is managed by an ultra-paranoid guy (a director, no less! So InfoSec's boss ALWAYS trumps your boss!) with secretive underlings that scare the elderly upper management into giving them carte blanche to implement whatever they want and block whatever they want. If you take an IT job here, get used to waiting a month for InfoSec to clear minor details of your project, yet have them instantly breathing down your neck if you use your admin credentials on a test box. All of the rank and file employees are generally pretty nice, but as I said they are older and are lifers to boot. There are people in IT positions who will tell you how when they started at Federated there were no computers. Most of them just barely know how to do their job, and as a rule there are usually half as many people as their should be in any given role. In my time there it seemed like nearly any time someone left, rather than hiring a replacement their duties were simply dumped onto somebody else.

    Advice to Management

    You obviously only see the company as a piggy bank, so why not cash in and sell it to someone who knows how to run a modern business?


  9. Deaf Ears

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    Basically a collegial environment. Intelligent employees. Fairly good work/life balance.

    Cons

    HR will support management--no matter what. Very difficult to advance. Many employees retain the same job title forever. For most employees, the only way to move up is to move on. Watch out if you express an opinion that differs from upper management. Rather than being viewed as a contribution, it may well be viewed as lack of loyalty.

    Advice to Management

    Consider valuing employees for the work they produce, rather than how long they've been at the company. Be more open to different opinions--that's what democracy is all about and that's what generates progress!


  10. Positive experience at this family run investment manager, stable employment with good benefits.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Federated Investors full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Stable employment in the investment management industry is a huge positive, they weathered the recent recession with few losses. Employees feel very comfortable in their employment situation. Many people make long careers here, promotions from within are possible.

    Cons

    Salaries are rather below market, using the cost of living approach to justify. Pittsburgh has had quiet a Renaissance, and is no longer the bargain it once was. Promotions take a long time.

    Advice to Management

    More respect for employee situation, perhaps an occasional visit with the ground troops would benefit management's understanding of the concerns of the employees. Reward good work, incentivize the employees, a review system which rewards good performance and discourages poor performance would be helpful.


  11. Great opportunity in asset management

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    Former Employee - Associate Research Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Associate Research Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very talented co-workers, top notch management

    Cons

    If you hate wearing a suit, this is not the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Share long term strategic vision.



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