GMO Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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  1. 5 stars...

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    Pros

    A thoughtful working environment where teams work for the best outcomes with integrity. On average employees are proud of their association with GMO.

    Cons

    Not too much to say here to be honest. The company is fairly informal, perhaps too much so for those seeking a structured role.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing specific to add here either. Keep up what you're doing - it seems to be working. It's a great place to work.


  2. Good

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You cannot beat the benefits at GMO - unheard of these days. Also, there is the ability to move around if you so desire. Good bonuses.

    Cons

    The culture of the company has changed quite a bit. It is not the same close knit culture that it was years back. Perhaps growth of the company plays a part. The no set vacation policy can be a drawback depending on your group. Low base salaries

    Advice to Management

    Train managers better when promoting them into this position. Many new managers have no managerial experience.


  3. ops

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GMO (More than a year)

    Pros

    - great opportunity to learn the investment management side of finance

    Cons

    - career paths aren't always clearly defined


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  5. Premier workplace in finance

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GMO (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work/Life balance, colleagues are the best and brightest, prestige of working for a premier investment manager, benefits, bonus, location.

    Cons

    The culture is what you make of it. Some colleagues may be shy, but everyone responds nicely to a warm smile. Put yourself out there and there are amazing people with lots to offer.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the meritocracy


  6. Good benefits, bad culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits! Good bonus program.

    Cons

    Not very social/open. No mentoring program or employees (managers) that step out of their way to mentors direct reports even if there is no official program.

    Advice to Management

    Career counseling, mentoring, help employees see a clear path at GMO and help them take it.


  7. Challenging Culture; Great Benefits

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Everyone is extremely bright, the company is very mindful of work/life balance, and the company knows how to treat its employees well.

    Cons

    A lot of the interaction is very impersonal between divisions so it can be challenging to really develop strong relationships.

    Advice to Management

    They do a great job of preparing the next generation of managers, but pay little attention to developing the people below them.


  8. financial models analysis

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Quantitative Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Quantitative Analyst in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at GMO full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good culture, nice people, good work

    Cons

    career growth opportunity is limited


  9. Helpful (2)

    Great company with smart people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at GMO full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting projects Smart people Often innovative technology

    Cons

    Compensation is heavily bonus based IT is not as prestigious as business

    Advice to Management

    Weigh IT more equally with business


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good company and benefits, high expectations, short time frames but a challenging work environment.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GMO full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They provided a good work environment and good tools to do your job. As long as your project is aligned with the business, there is great support and a close working relationship with the business departments.

    Cons

    IT can have multiple diametrically contrasting goals depending on the needs of the business. The legacy application teams and applications are very entrenched. New ideas have to be organic, in order to grow but the impact is limited. Big major projects are delayed due to changing business requirements. You have to be insistent to get training.

    Advice to Management

    The relationship of how an applications or project may impact other applications or data are not clear. Project teams make changes to applications and data with a minimal understanding of the impact on other parts of the organization. The environment is very passive aggressive.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Outstanding place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer (Senior Level) in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Developer (Senior Level) in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at GMO full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The culture is generally pretty great, benefits too... SEP IRA, no formal vacation policy, 100% free healthcare (no premiums, even out of network and copays get reimbursed). Working from home depends on your team but in my case it's pretty self regulating. As long as your are working and delivering on your promises everything goes great. Management is generally receptive to input on the IT side even though sometimes dates can end up driving some development efforts. GMO tends to focus on hiring only highly performing candidates so the interviews tend to be rather in-depth and rigorous. What that means is that the people you work with (assuming you get the position) are generally top-notch.

    Cons

    Compensation for IT employees is a bit non-standard. Base salaries tend to be on the lower side but bonuses are huge and paid once a year (and out of it comes your SEP IRA contribution). At the end of the year though, your total compensation turns out quite nicely but there's a lot of faith the employee must have that they won't get the rug pulled out from under them at the end of the year. Raises, while they do occur, happen less frequently in order to have your bonus control your compensation (my last year's bonus was between 60%-70% of my base salary).



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