Fisher Investments Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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  1. CSA

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CSA in Camas, WA
    Current Employee - CSA in Camas, WA

    I have been working at Fisher Investments full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, professional environment, potential to move around throughout the company

    Cons

    Poor pay, very strict, extremely fast-paced,

    Advice to Management

    Make it more obvious when an employee is appreciated


  2. Helpful (9)

    Best job I have ever had

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fisher Investments full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Many of the disgruntled employees on this site are really young and this was their first job. They don't know what the real world is like and think they should be paid well for limited experience and mediocre performance. Fisher provides a ton of upside and demands excellence. The average millennial coming out of college is entitled and lazy. Work hard and you will be rewarded. Benefits are solid... I'm not micromanaged. I know what is expected of me and where I stand.

    Cons

    This job isn't for you if you just want a good pay check to coast through your day. Discount brokers like Schwab and Fidelity are a better fit. Don't take a job like this unless you are ambitious and willing to work really hard to get where you want to be financially. In fact, maybe the financial sales industry as a whole isn't a fit for you with that type of mindset, that's ok. This industry isn't for everyone. Financial sales in general has a high fail rate for careers compared to other industries but it also can be the most financially rewarding for the amount of education required for entry. Very few career choices require just a bachelor's degree and you can be making 6 figures within a couple of years. It's a results driven industry where you don't have to play politics to get where you want climbing that "corporate ladder"... trust me, that can be very frustrating. Be honest with yourself about your personality and what your strengths and weaknesses are when you decide your next career choice b/c a Fisher job is the type that you will either love it or hate it depending on who you are as a person and the easy thing to do is blame Fisher when you just weren't a good fit to begin with.

    Advice to Management

    Hire less young people fresh out of college and more employees that have 5+ years of experience that know what this industry expects of them.


  3. Helpful (1)

    DON'T GET A JOB HERE!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Service Associate in Camas, WA
    Current Employee - Client Service Associate in Camas, WA

    I have been working at Fisher Investments full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -they are always hiring, because most people quit in their first 7 months. -50% 401k match (vests in 3 years. leave early and it's split among the vested per $) -you will learn to work very hard

    Cons

    -1984-ish vibe of mission statements plastered on the walls, and crammed "open office" layout. -overspecialized roles, you will never doing anything noteworthy as an individual.

    Advice to Management

    -ask yourself what the firm will do once the baby boomer generation dies out because we as a firm offer nothing but the psychiatric help of phone conversations to the elderly.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Drink the cool aid

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fisher Investments full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    hands down you get a very good work life balance and good benefits

    Cons

    Management consists of all brainwashed individuals that, for the most part, have never worked anywhere else in their careers.


  6. Helpful (6)

    Marketing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at Fisher Investments full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    More responsibility than you can get anywhere else given your experience.

    Cons

    Uneven quality of management and senior management. 1 out of 5 is competent...you are lucky if you get the 1.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to why people are leaving specific departments to identify possible issues to be addressed.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Regional Sales Associate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camas, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camas, WA

    I have been working at Fisher Investments full-time (More than a year)

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great team atmosphere. Competitive in nature which makes it fun.

    Cons

    Long hours, low pay. Disconnect between management and workers. Also they coddle the outside sales force.


  8. Helpful (16)

    Run Away

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fisher Investments full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benefits, younger atmosphere and some cool clients to work with.

    Cons

    Hmm where to begin? Well for starters, senior management is a JOKE. You couldn't assemble a better cast of incompetent characters if you tried. Is the CEO brilliant? Yes. He is the farthest out of touch person you'll ever come into contact with? Yes. He basically will go on a rant and break down every couple of years and punish his minions by making all employees engage in a completely pointless exercise. This company is doomed over the next 5 to 10 years. They can only ride the victory of the tech bubble so long until their utter incompetence unravels the business. On top of all that, flexibility is almost non-existent. To sum it up, do not work here unless you enjoy being treated like a puppet. Don't make the same mistake I did.

    Advice to Management

    Retire and step down already, the run is over. Treat your employees with respect and have the confidence to stand up to the CEO when he chooses to act like a child.


  9. Helpful (8)

    Great place to start, great place to leave

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fisher Investments

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good first job out of college, teaches industry basics, a good number of motivated colleagues, decent salary for the industry

    Cons

    Arrogant management, treats everyone like factory workers, intellectual lightweights, doesn't promote the best industry practices, limited opportunity if you are not sales focused


  10. Helpful (9)

    Cold Calling

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Camas, WA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Camas, WA

    I have been working at Fisher Investments

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Coworkers are friendly Office Environment is good Location is great Mentor opportunity is encouraging

    Cons

    Pay is awful Benefits suck Hours are too much for the pay Daily responsibilities

    Advice to Management

    30K for a job like this is trash. The interview process is too ridiculous for a job that requires cold calling, to people who are on the "no"list at one point.


  11. Helpful (11)

    Handwrite Forms and Ask Inappropriate Questions

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Counselor in Camas, WA
    Current Employee - Investment Counselor in Camas, WA

    I have been working at Fisher Investments full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and benefits can be pretty decent. Good learning experience for broad based knowledge in capital markets. Younger work environment with a lot of great people below the management level. This place was fairly decent and promising a little over 3yrs ago, but has really gone down hill.

    Cons

    They only teach Fisher. They give preferential treatment to people that have only worked here or readily drink the FI kool-aid. Don't speak your mind here, you'll regret it. Some very weird practices like forcing folks to handwrite forms and ask clients questions that have nothing to do with their finances.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to care about what you are doing vs falling in line and collecting a paycheck. Stand up for yourself and those you manage and this could be a great place. Understand and realize the folks you've hired tend to care about their jobs and want to do well and make a difference. It's not just about the $$$.



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