Franklin Templeton Investments

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Updated June 29, 2015
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  1. SAP BI Architect

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Slow growth
    very conservative
    Appraisals


  2. Great work life-balance but lack of training

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

    I worked at Franklin Templeton Investments

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

    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


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

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

    I have been working at Franklin Templeton Investments full-time

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

    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.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Overview

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Paralyzed by fear of risk and change

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    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 Management

    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.


  7. 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.


  8. Overall a decent place to work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Great work/life balance and corporate culture

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

    I have been working at Franklin Templeton Investments

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

    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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Risk Averse and traditional

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

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

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

    Pros

    Nice campus and polite people

    Cons

    Every one is so risk averse, particularly in the IT area, where I worked. People are just afraid to make decisions and are slaves to tedious processes which are so 'last century' compared to progressive IT companies. People just get comfortable and dont want to move. It feels like a retired life with little challenge and growth.
    year to year your resume does not change a whole lot in terms of new skills learnt.

    Advice to Management

    Give opportunities to good people that will give them a reason to stay . Introduce new technologies and keep up with the times.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Room for improvement

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

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

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

    Pros

    Nice 401k match. 3 week vacation time with 3 floating days. Morale is pretty good and everyone is very nice and friendly. The benefits are pretty good overall, and there is a gym on-site.

    Cons

    Lack of room for growth and movement. Most movements were very lateral. Depends on the role and the department, the work environment can vary from one spectrum to another. Unfortunately my team was one with very long hours and way below industry pay. There is no work-life balance. Although education assistance is provided to advance your career, without the time to study it doesn't do any good. With the size of the company the impact of one person feels very small.

    Advice to Management

    More resources should be given to teams that are under-staffed.



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