Franklin Templeton Investments

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Franklin Templeton Investments Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
252 Reviews
3.6
252 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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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Interesting company. a bit disapointing. Seemed good from the outside.. Dated

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

    I have been working at Franklin Templeton Investments as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Stability. most employees have been there for 15 years or more.
    good IT infrastructure.

    Cons

    Low Salaries. culture is from the 80's and 90's Everyone afraid of one senior IT management role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    review the senior management IT role. Interview the Directors to see whats really happening behind the scenes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Amazing company to work for.

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

    I have been working at Franklin Templeton Investments full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, work/life balance, and people.

    Cons

    Middle of the road pay. Hard to advance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Dictated, bullied, unprofessional leadership

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst  in  San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in San Mateo, CA

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

    Pros

    If you are fresh of college and need something on your resume.

    Cons

    Enterprise Risk and Control Dept is ran by Hitler style management. Bullied, micromanaged. This group has extremely high employee turn-over rate. Management here loves to put people on leash and ran employees like prisoner. Not supporting professional development here. Low moral place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people the way you invest your money. Treat people with dignity and respect so talents can stay with you. Pay attention to the way your managers treating your people. We are human not cattles.

  9.  

    Ehh

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in San Mateo, CA

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

    Pros

    Work life balance. Across the street whole foods.

    Cons

    Kids at play with no real life skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow up golf buddies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Beware of a starting as a contractor!

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance  in  San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at Franklin Templeton Investments full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits/cafeteria/ gym, nice working conditions

    Cons

    Takes some awhile or never to transition from a contractor to employee. No real job security, you never know when they will restructure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire within more than gong to the outside

    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Full of lifers

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Mateo, CA

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

    Pros

    A lot of people don't ever leave, since it is easy to skate by. Most of the management have been there for ever, so they know the industry in and out.

    Cons

    Poor salary, but good 401k match. Too many people hang around without enough work to do. Too many meetings.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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