Franklin Templeton Investments Reviews

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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. Good company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Franklin Templeton Investments

    Pros

    Good culture, good people and benefit

    Cons

    Micro management, long hours and hours

  2. Great benefits, long hours, okay salary..

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Franklin Templeton Investments

    Pros

    401k employer match 75 cents to a dollar up to the IRS limit! 5 year vesting...

    Cons

    Very hierarchical and long hours depending on group.

    Recommends
  3. It's been a good experience, but the company really values tenure.

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

    I have been working at Franklin Templeton Investments

    Pros

    People are great, especially management. Very knowledgeable and reasonable.

    Cons

    Not much mobility, upward or lateral.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More opportunities for development would help to retain good people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Great place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Franklin Templeton Investments

    Pros

    Great company to for. Work life balance

    Cons

    Getting promoted could be challenging if you work with many on team

  6. I have been working at Franklin Templeton Investments

    Pros

    High Integrity, work life balance is great. Full time is considered 37.5 hours a week. Fitness centers an cafeteria on campus. Working from home is encouraged

    Cons

    The only real con is that this company does not seem to have many entry level positions. The vacation days are limited due to the nature of the investment industry

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. It's really just OK. Good benefits, other than pay, but it is so outdated.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Franklin Templeton Investments

    Pros

    Good benefits including work/life balance. Adequate of sick & vacation time, good 401k match (75%), good bonuses. They have gyms and cafeterias at most major office locations. Good name recognition within the industry. Pretty standard large company stuff.

    Cons

    Everything from the management styles down to the appliances is outdated, like 1980s outdated. The outside of the buildings look prestigious but inside you have cube farms with bland bare white walls and tan carpet that's better suited for an overseas call center. The appliances in the break rooms became obsolete when Reagan was in office. The office chairs may have been bought at a liquidation sale when Circuit City went out of business.

    Management and culture match the motif. It's very much a "don't rock the boat" environment. Innovation is not valued nor encouraged. What little does change is at an incredibly slow pace. Next year they may upgrade to MS Office 2013...

    Nobody hangs out after work. It's very much a punch the clock environment. Some groups try to organize quarterly fun activities but those events make watching paint dry seem like a rave.

    If you are looking for a clear career path, feedback on your performance, or mentorship look somewhere else. Management strongly believes in career "self-guidance." Its very much a pull yourself up by the boot straps, make it on your own environment. That style fits the 80s appliances nicely.

    Base pay is notoriously below average especially for the Bay Area location.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its become clear that the company has trouble attracting and retaining talented individuals under age 40. Coincidence? Unlikely. Don't rest on your laurels. Franklin may have a good reputation inside the industry, but unless you are a PM the name doesn't carry very far. For people in HR, Finance, or Compliance Franklin is just like working in any other large company meaning you have to compete with the many great tech and pharma companies in the Bay Area. Management needs to invest in training and development, infrastructure, and make significant cultural updates to bring the company into the 21st century and make it competitive with other large local firms. Management doesn't have to like it but that's the reality they face.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Great work life-balance but lack of training

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

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    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
  10. SAP BI Architect

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

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    • Senior Management
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    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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