Franklin Templeton Investments

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Franklin Templeton Investments Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
253 Reviews
3.5
253 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 39 reviews)

  • Franklin Templeton offers good benefits and competitive pay (in 23 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Overall the company is a good one to work for. They are frugal towards their employees, to a fault.

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    Former Employee - Supervisor  in  Saint Petersburg, FL
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Saint Petersburg, FL

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

    Pros

    Hands down, the employees are what made my experience a great one. They are selective with their hiring and thus makes for a great experience. The company also recognizes work-life balance, they support their staff when issues arise and allow for time off for many covered personal matters. They really understand the emotional needs of their employees and this will always resonate with me.

    Cons

    They pay well under industry average when you promote to the management levels. Compensation is not fair and they offer no real perks to keep a long term employee happy. Also for the LGBT community they can discriminatory, the experiences I have seen on multiple occasions lend to this. Lastly, when you promote to entry level management there are few other career opportunities to keep the exempt employees engaged.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Challenging

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Franklin Templeton Investments

    Pros

    Big, well resourced, multi-products, some good strategies

    Cons

    Big, Croneyism, decentralized, multi-product, management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Issue more equity

  3.  

    Good Company

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

    I have been working at Franklin Templeton Investments full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    great people, ok pay, good life/work balance

    Cons

    not always room for growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    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 for 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
  6.  

    Decent Experience, Wouldn't stay long

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - Healthcare, retirement, stock options are what you'd expect at a large company
    - People are nice and friendly
    - Environment is conservative, but open in terms of information sharing

    Cons

    - Pay is not very competitive
    - Development opportunities are limited
    - Company's strategic vision is antiquated

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Not a great place for IT profession

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    Former Employee - Director  in  San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Mateo, CA

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

    Pros

    Family friendly and chilled culture, nice offices and not much more

    Cons

    Getting work done is like pushing a boulder up a hill. Laid back and bureaucratic place

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Connect with people and communicate with them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work

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

    I worked at Franklin Templeton Investments full-time for 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent, goal oriented corporate culture

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

    I worked at Franklin Templeton Investments full-time for 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
  10.  

    Think deeply and do your research before making a decision to join.

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    Former Employee - Vice President  in  San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in San Mateo, CA

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

    Pros

    Loved the size of the company - mid sized - international exposure, profitable, good benefits, excellent cafe, workout facility, ample parking, nice facilities, near shopping, near freeways

    Cons

    Lack of collaboration and inclusion, and common goals seem to be lacking. No one comes out of their offices, has coffee or lunch together, or seems to like one another. Lack of encouraging words but ample criticism and back-biting culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together, create an inclusive environment, and value your employees. Understand your employees skills and give them a voice commensurate with their organizational level.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    If you're looking for stable long-term employment, this is the place.

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

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

    Pros

    Stable company with good healthcare benefits. Fairly well-organized internally. Involved in the community. Offers career opportunities globally. Has many long-term employees. Good bonus structure.

    Cons

    Extremely traditional, very corporate, conservative, large and very slow moving. Many navigate internal processes and protocols that are not easy or quick to navigate. Offers only traditional benefits and perks for employees and not enough. Salaries are not competitive; most are at the low end of the range. Career pathing is not clear and often stunted because of the many long-time employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider 360 reviews so that all employees can review leaders and provide input. Give employees and individual contributors an opportunity to provide more feedback in a safe environment so leaders can be better informed and make decisions based on what is happening on the ground versus information that is diluted as it makes its way to the top.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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