Fisher Investments

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Fisher Investments Reviews

Updated October 27, 2014
Updated October 27, 2014
217 Reviews
3.3
217 Reviews
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Fisher Investments Founder, Chairman and CEO Ken Fisher
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/Life balance: We are in finance, right (in 9 reviews)

  • Learn a lot about sales, useful later on in different areas of employment (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours without the corresponding raise in pay (in 9 reviews)

  • Employees who aren't interested in money management or a competitive workplace may burn out (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    People are great, too much middle management, salary below average

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fisher Investments full-time

    Pros

    Careers opportunities within the firm, work hard and they're plentiful. People are great, hire lots of folks out of college.

    Cons

    Koolaid driven culture, pay was so-so. A lot of bureaucracy, which can be exhausting at times. I heard once that an employee requested a new headset, and that issue was escalated to the COO!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is way too much management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Investment Counselor

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    Former Employee - Investment Counselor in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Investment Counselor in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Fisher Investments full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Pay. Your pay will increase once every market cycle. This will happen for the whole group that you are within. The firm age discriminates and will not hire people who are more than 10 years out of college.

    Cons

    Intense work overview. No work life balance. You will work 50 hours a week every week. Frequently you will be brought into a fishbowl to be scolded for human error. The environment is more like a bee hive than a professional work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the professionalism and education amongst the employees and hire people who know what they are talking about vs. only having theoretical knowledge.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Well paid for unchallenging work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Account Executive in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Fisher Investments full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Account executive role is paid handsomely for what the job entails. No searching for leads has to be done as they are provided to you by the firm through advertising. This means that alof of the leads called are already warm. The work force there are very welcoming and there t is a great team environment to work in.

    Cons

    In certain roles such as the account executive role there is limited job progression. There is no room to manage funds at Fisher Investments as 5 long term investment professional make all of the investment decisions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fisher has been very good to me and all the 1900 global, talented, hard working, energetic, intelligent and team focused employees that surround me.

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    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

    I have been working at Fisher Investments full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    13 years later, I continue to be motivated, challenged, educated and amazed by the flexibility, out of the box thinking and relentless pursuit to better the investment business Fisher prides ourselves on. Come see for yourself like I did.

    Cons

    Very few, but mostly there are some employees with less drive, excitement and understanding of how to build an awesome service for clients and company for all. But only a few.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen. Innovate and improve.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fair

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fisher Investments

    Pros

    Once you join the FI team it is easy to move around to different departments. In fact Fisher Investments prides themselves on building breadth and depth in their employees.

    Cons

    Watch out for the pay structure. Once you walk on the doors, you immediately notice you have been tricked. Fifty hour work weeks and an odd overtime structure leave you feeling cheated paycheck to paycheck. Also they are in the process of restructuring their yearly bonus structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Uninspiring

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    Current Employee - Intern in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Intern in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Fisher Investments as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Training is very good if you are going into sales. Expect to be selling Ken Fisher and not your investment advice.

    Cons

    Having space around you is very difficult. They are opening up another office but until then the one now is over packed and hard to get work done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make upward movement more transparent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Associate

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    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Fisher Investments full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice people
    Good training programme
    Growing company
    Easy to move within the company

    Cons

    Too much paperwork
    Not flexible
    Low salary

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Decent company but behind the times for perks

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    Current Employee - Analyst in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at Fisher Investments full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good place to start a career, but it will be difficult for you to increase your earning potential to comparable rates within the Bay Area, there are just too many employees and the company is pretty cheap overall. If you are willing to work/live in Washington, the salary will be reduced compared to what it is in the Bay, but you will most likely have more opportunities to advance to Management positions if you stand out.

    The people are really what make this place a nice place to work. Considering how much time you see them, you really develop good relationships with most of your coworkers over time.

    Cons

    There is no work-life balance, and that's not going to change. Working 7am-5pm at a minimum, then other times it could be a 12 hour workday. Add in the 1 hour commute each way out of SF and you are giving up a lot of your time to work.

    The company specializes so many departments that you really only develop a particular skill set unless you rotate frequently. This can potentially make it difficult if you ever decide to leave the firm and look for work elsewhere in the Bay - you are at a disadvantage in some (not all) aspects/skills compared to others who are more well-rounded.

    The perks and benefits are mediocre. 401k matching is very nice, but 20 days max vacation time for any tenure employee is a joke. They just don't value life outside of work, you are expected to devote a lot of time to this place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know it's not a priority, but more focus on work-life balance and other perks like work from home, could go a long ways in making this a more attractive place to stay. When you treat your employees like children it gets hard to want to stay for the long run.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Do Not Stunt Your Career

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    Former Employee - Client Service Associate in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Client Service Associate in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Fisher Investments full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    401K Benefits and Health Plan are good

    Cons

    1. Horrendous Culture. Leadership views employees like robots, not actual people who have emotions that need a sense of purpose and motivation. The culture is one of toughness, competitiveness, and machismo like some sort of frat house. Those that cannot tolerate this type of environment should not apply. Many people lack common courtesy and are unapproachable. All instruction comes from the top and there is very little input or collaboration with lower level employees.

    2. Do employees really believe in the product that Fisher is selling? Compare the Fisher portfolio to it's primary benchmark over any length of time and you will see that it has underperformed dramatically. Yet we see the marketing machine in full effect on the web promoting Fisher books and wealth management to the unsuspecting and uninformed clientele. Is this a service that you would recommend to your friends and family? No.

    3. Look at the alternatives. Within the Bay Area there are hundreds of companies who collectively have helped create the greatest economic and technological growth in the history of mankind. These public companies (who by the way are accountable to a board of directors and shareholders) will bend over backwards to keep their employees happy. Why? Because they know good people are a scarce resource and they know they will have to invest a lot of training, time, and money into developing them. This is not the case at Fisher where employees are disposable. The job sites are full of Fisher ads because of high turnover. They can get away with high turnover because they invest so little into each employee.

    Employees in the Bay Area live in an area of the greatest economic and technological growth in the history of mankind, yet they choose to work at Fisher. It's like being next to the greatest chefs in the world and deciding to eat at Mcdonalds.

    No, the grass isn't always greener, but in this case based on personal experience, not only is it greener, it is quite lush.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much can be done until Fisher is no longer CEO which will probably be a while.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good!

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    Former Employee - RSA in Camas, WA
    Former Employee - RSA in Camas, WA

    I worked at Fisher Investments full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly people, great benefits
    Opportunity to take on projects

    Cons

    Lower pay than desired
    Boring day-to-day work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay higher! Or fast growth

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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