Franklin Templeton Investments Reviews

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  1. Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at Franklin Templeton Investments full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, very employee oriented company. One of the best things about the company is the people who work there. Depending on your position and who your manager is, there are many opportunities for learning and development

    Cons

    Managers are inexperienced in the art of managing. It seems as if people get promoted on the strength of their technical abilities, but no training is provided to either prepare them or help them succeed in their new positions.

    The Ft. Lauderdale location sometimes seems to be the step child of the much larger corporate headquarters in San Mateo

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some management has been there too long and sees things only the "Franklin" way. There is value to have experienced other employers, but often that experience is not valued because it has to be done their way. Some managers who have been there 15 or 20 years need to leave as they are no longer interested in what they are doing, but rather "killing time" until they can retire.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. Does unethical count as a title?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at Franklin Templeton Investments full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Big firm with established name.

    Cons

    Everything else. Run of the mill training coupled with withholding of information among team members. Zero team spirit. Unbelievably horrible! Most unethical, cheating, lying colleagues I have ever worked with. Other locations might be better but the group I belonged was unbelievably cruel. Mediocrity at its finest!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None! Total waste of time to give any advice! Keep the horrible culture going!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Excellent, goal oriented corporate culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at Franklin Templeton Investments full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I liked the camaraderie and cohesiveness of the employees. All departments work together really well. The company has tremendous benefits and opportunities for career growth.

    Cons

    Sometimes the hours can be long, and you might be required to go far beyond your job during market downturns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember to create a career path for all associates, and to review them with goals for future growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Sterile Environment and Not open to creativity or

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    Current Employee - Technology Analyst in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Technology Analyst in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I have been working at Franklin Templeton Investments full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits!!! and free gym, free coffee, nice facilities

    Cons

    Too slow to make things happen in technology and using older technologies and older computers. Their "Next Generation Computing" was Windows 7 and Office 2010.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more agile and open to ideas

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. One of the Top Employers in the Mutual Fund Industry

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    Former Employee - Manager, Research Technology in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Manager, Research Technology in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at Franklin Templeton Investments full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The opportunities for advancement are endless. In addition, FTI trains you in any position you might want to pursue. There are excellent benefits, great salaries but overall the best reason to work there is the quality and high caliber of the people.

    Cons

    Franklin Templeton is tied to the performance of the stock market, and therefore during bad times they are forced to reduce staff. In addition, many of the job functions are being moved from nationwide to San Mateo, California.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to challenge the people in your departments but also listen to them as people. There are many times upper management defers to HR rather than dealing with problems themselves. If you supervise someone, communicate with him or her before sending them on to HR.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Great company to work for right out of college

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Fort Lauderdale, FL

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

    Pros

    Great work environment; lots of opportunities

    Cons

    Hard to advance to management

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

    Good place to gather experience, but don't expect high pay or a quick/fair promotion process

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    Current Employee - Pricing Analyst in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Pricing Analyst in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I have been working at Franklin Templeton Investments

    Pros

    The benefits at Franklin are pretty good and comparable to the rest of the industry. It is a good place to get some solid knowledge of mutual fund operations.

    Cons

    Everything is a secret there. If you have something changing with your current responsibilities; you are the last to know and have little to no input. The promotion process is very uneven as is the bonus structure - very subjective.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Franklin needs to work on the corporate culture there. Too much time is spent wondering when the next job cuts are coming, how your job might change without your input; basically, looking over your shoulder. There needs to be much better communication between middle mgmt and line staff.

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Where the dumb kids go to play wall street

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at Franklin Templeton Investments

    Pros

    Job for life, if you are mediocre you can get by very easily with out being canned

    Cons

    Disjointed company, rivalry between divisions, poor pay, clueless management, lip service to initiatives

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more, hire better people, if somebody has been at the firm for their working life dont see that as an endorsement of your family values ask yourself why they cant get another job. Cut the dead wood

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. "Global Sourcing" wave of the future...

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I have been working at Franklin Templeton Investments

    Pros

    Nice people overall and the culture is somewhat blasé, in my department anyway. The benefits are nice and the company does try to help wherever they can as far as work/life balance.

    Cons

    Outsourcing isn't fun. Attitudes since "Global-sourcing" started have gone from laid back and fun oriented to downright apathetic. Many people who fit the new job roles left the company due to lack of communication by management about how the "new model" would work or is supposed to work. The only people left are those who are angry if they have to work after five or are in it for school or certifications to be paid for by the company so they can move on to better, higher paying jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate from the top down. Seems like all information stops at middle management. Promote better communication and move out of the 1980’s and into the present (or at least the 90’s) with software. Recent “big deal” was ability to video conference globally… sad… so sad…

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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