Federated Investors

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Federated Investors Reviews

Updated November 16, 2014
Updated November 16, 2014
39 Reviews
3.5
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Federated Investors President, CEO, and Director J. Christopher Donahue
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  1.  

    Personal Intern to Chief Investment Officer, Equities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federated Investors

    Pros

    Work environment is very collegial. You are compelled to seek out new challenges and new tasks and hence the job demands extroversion

    Cons

    Not enough vertical integration in terms of instruction, advice for presentation deliverance, etc (This could be a "pro" ostensibly as it requires that you take the initiative to inform yourself)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More scheduled internship in the future would help interns feel more connected to workplace

    Recommends
  2.  

    Intern

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

    I worked at Federated Investors full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    good at everything, friendly people, great experience, great exposure,

    Cons

    no cons. everything was good. friendly people, great experience, great exposure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Disappointing

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Federated Investors

    Pros

    Interesting work, OK stepping stone

    Cons

    Bad management, stock price is king

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice Golden Rule with employees

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  5.  

    Great people at the lower levels, who aren't allowed to do their jobs by (paranoid, clueless) management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Federated Investors full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Generally good people at the lower levels, and even some members of low-level management, who are sincerely interested in doing their jobs and helping their coworkers and team.

    Cons

    What can be said about a company whose letter to employees having a work anniversary begins "Dear Fellow Employee"? They haven't even figured out mail merge!
    You know that Dilbert cartoon (pretty much any day's)? That's life at Federated. It would be funny if it wasn't so sad.
    Upper management down through middle management consists of paranoid control freaks, who have a long way to go to get into the 1990s. IT Security (who runs the company's IT) won't be content until everyone has a (literal) brick on their desk, rather than a usable PC. Employees are the enemy (of whom, I have no idea). Communication between silos is strongly discouraged. Feedback to employees is anonymous and non-specific.
    Don't get friendly with any "good" employees - odds are great they won't be there for long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire trustworthy people, then trust them. Hire good people; let them do their jobs, and let them feel as though they have a stake in the company's performance.
    Allow the silos to speak to each other.
    Reign in IT Security - allow your people to do their jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Federated Investors full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, open end projects, encourage new ways of doing things and new ideas.

    Cons

    dress code is strict. the company required suit and tie every day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep encouraging innovation and open end thinking.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to work for - family oriented.

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    Former Employee - Retirement Plan Consultant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Retirement Plan Consultant in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Federated Investors full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers are very professional and understand team approach.

    Cons

    Management expectations unrealistic with regard to workload. Lack of career growth/opportunities. When you reach the top of the salary range for your position, you are unable to receive any type of salary increase due to the salary caps.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider career paths and encourage/support growth opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Be careful...

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

    I worked at Federated Investors as a contractor

    Pros

    They have a deliberate process. They are very old school.

    Cons

    They are very cliquish. They have too many people involved in making decisions. People who have been there a long time have too much influence in areas where they do not have skill.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to rely on people who are skilled in an area of knowledge. Just because someone has been there a while does not mean they know everything. It actually serves as a disadvantage. They are not in tune with what is current today.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company to gain experience, but don't expect to advance to high quickly.

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    Former Employee - Product Performance Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Product Performance Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Federated Investors full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company provides great stability and overall has a good work-life balance. They have good training and the people there are pretty easy to work with.

    Cons

    It is expensive having to wear suits all the time when the pay is most likely below average compared to other companies. If you are there for too long you become stagnant in your job and there is not as much room for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create better growth opportunities especially for young talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Very Old School

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Federated Investors full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, good place to gain experience, regular hours for most. PTO is good and training is good as well.

    Cons

    Strict and dated dress codes, dated pretty much in every way. Old boys club ...not a lot of room for advancement in most depts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To hang onto young, skilled and talented employees who will stay and grow with the company, you'll need to start thinking outside the 1950s box.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great work life balance, but sometimes a little slow in deploying technological changes

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federated Investors as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great work environment. Most of the people are a pleasure to work for. Management truly understands the life/work balance that people seek and are very understanding when you need to either leave early to work remotely for a day.

    Cons

    From an IT perspective they are a little slow in getting changes deployed. There is no true testing environment for some applications which makes it difficult to do parallel testing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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