Franklin Templeton Investments

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Franklin Templeton Investments Reviews

Updated July 31, 2015
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Franklin Templeton Investments President & CEO Gregory E. Johnson
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Pros
  • The company promotes work life balance (in 43 reviews)

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

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

  • Limited career growth in terms of oppurtinities (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Great place to have fun and learn

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in San Mateo, CA
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Franklin Templeton Investments as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing learning experience and facilities

    Cons

    Low Compensation. HR department is extremely slow.


  2. Well respected company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at Franklin Templeton Investments full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Stable employee base with many full-timers staying 20+ years. Excellent 401K match: 75 cents for every dollar. Pleasant and well maintained campus.

    Cons

    Very conservative culture: reluctance to challenge the status quo. Slow to adopt new technologies. Compensation lower than area market rates for many positions.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that high performers need to be rewarded sufficiently if the goal is to attract and retain this type of talent.


  3. san mateo

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    • 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 5 years)

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

    Pros

    nice campus, on the peninsula, close to home

    Cons

    control by Templeton side, Franklin lost control


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  5. Multiple Contract Roles

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Contractor in San Mateo, CA
    Current Contractor - Contractor in San Mateo, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Most of the employees stay in the company for a very long time. Really stable environment with great work life balance.

    Cons

    Company is offering many contract roles now with very little chance for permanent conversion. Very flat organization structure with little upward progression for most employees.

    Advice to Management

    Management is fairly good. Not much advice to management as a contract position in the company.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Internship Review

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in San Mateo, CA
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Franklin Templeton Investments as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    By working an internship you learn the ins and out of what the company does. It provides good insight to decide if you'd like to work in the financial sector.

    Cons

    If you're not an early morning person this job isn't for you.


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

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    • 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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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.


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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at Franklin Templeton Investments

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Not much mobility, upward or lateral.

    Advice to Management

    More opportunities for development would help to retain good people.


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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

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


  10. Paralyzed by fear of risk and change

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    • 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.


  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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