Franklin Templeton Investments

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Franklin Templeton Investments Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
285 Reviews
3.7
285 Reviews
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Franklin Templeton Investments President & CEO Gregory E. Johnson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • follows some of the better practices in the industry and will give you good work-life balance (in 43 reviews)

  • Franklin Templeton offers good benefits and competitive pay (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • Many layers of middle management that only cares about covering their behind (in 12 reviews)

  • Some Senior management have the good ol boy mentality (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company that provides the opportunity for employees to grow and take ownership of their career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Franklin Templeton Investments full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    management, HR, Industry Leader, growth opportunities

    Cons

    Collaborative culture, friendly management disposition, beautiful campus centrally located between San Francisco and the South Bay, high value services, talented and smart employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing, but a bonus of $100K would be nice, just because it would be nice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    SAP BI Architect

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

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

    Pros

    - Very good place to work
    - Good bonus
    - Good 401k
    - Employee stock options

    Cons

    Slow growth
    very conservative
    Appraisals

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Great work life-balance but lack of training

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

    I worked at Franklin Templeton Investments

    Pros

    Great work life balance, good autonomy, very smart co-workers

    Cons

    Lack of training/direction, can feel sleepy at time, can also be bureaucratic

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great opportunities in several departments, although the opportunities may not come easy.

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

    I have been working at Franklin Templeton Investments full-time

    Pros

    Great place to experience and learn. Great work-life balance. Overall the company culture is exceptional.

    Cons

    Promotions may be something not easy to come by. Although I'm not sure where they would be "easy" to come by.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Overview

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Global Reach and Distribution. Jobs span the spectrum of what is out there from the most basic to very engaging and technical endeavors. Workers are often able to work across regions teaming up with individuals in other countries to deliver a final product. On the other hand, many departments foster a very family-oriented atmosphere which provides a nice counterpoint to our global engagements.

    Cons

    FT is a BIG company whose fortunes are subject to market trends. Take that for whatever it's worth. For some it offers solace but for others it can be daunting and may provide for a less defined career path.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall we are up to date on many fronts. What may anecdotally seem lacking in one office is offset by abundance in another. Family aspect is valued and appreciated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Satisfied but the compensation is not matchable to most of the firms

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Franklin Templeton Investments as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    The environment is friendly and very positive A lots of knowledge sharing is encouraged. The views of an individual is very well perceived and respected.

    Cons

    Some times the deadlines are very aggressive. Compensation is not matchable to other financial firms for many of the full time positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please think over matching the salary level across the areas should be considered and be able to match.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    My own experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Franklin Templeton Investments

    Pros

    Work conditions and tools are top of the line. Room to grow and benefits are top notch.

    Cons

    As in every job, people are not always what they seem to be.

  9.  

    Paralyzed by fear of risk and change

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA

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

    Pros

    There are numerous smart and friendly coworkers who care about doing good work. Working for a global company is exciting and provides occasional good opportunities. If you are moderately competent and want to cruise along in the slow lane, this would be a good place for you.

    Cons

    The combination of the company being basically a family business with the constant promotion of length of service as an important value has created a working environment that is completely encumbered in politics and layers of bureaucracy. Projects that typically take months elsewhere take years at FTI.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With such entrenched management, you've created a culture of fiefdoms where no one really has meaningful communication, and the main motivation is protecting one's territory. The enormous fear of risk and/or failure has manifested itself in a pervasive reactive management style where people hide behind committees and group think. Sadly, you have become your own worse enemy, at a time where there is rapid and disruptive growth in the financial services industry across many fronts.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Overall a decent place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Former Employee - Product Specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL

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

    Pros

    Great, full benefits! Mostly good people to work with. Many of the jobs allow you to leave your work at the office and not take the headaches home. You get to keep NAV privileges, even after leaving the company! At least that was the case, not sure if it still is.

    Cons

    Difficult to move up due to a lot of competition and sometimes office politics. They quit the former practice of preparing employees for Series 6 and licensing them, a potentially valuable asset for employees to take with them. Pay can be affected when there's long periods of down markets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the employees more. Don't spend a fortune hiring outside consulting firms to tell the company to go back to doing things the old way, fixing what the most recent expensive consulting firm suggested.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Great work/life balance and corporate culture

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

    I have been working at Franklin Templeton Investments

    Pros

    Corporate culture is superb, really good people all around which leads to a lot of long-tenured employees. Work/life balance is probably one of the best I've seen as well. Company also encourages inter-department movement so it is fairly seamless to look internally for jobs.

    Cons

    Compensation is considered more on the conservative end and career growth options could be limited.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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