Highland Capital

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Highland Capital Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
20 Reviews
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20 Reviews
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  1.  

    I love Highland

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Highland Capital

    Pros

    Benefits, bonuses, learning opportunities, cool desk set ups, free lunch

    Cons

    Poor corporate image due to recent PR

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on improving image and growing the client base. Grow private equity department

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Plentiful Opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Highland Capital full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    • Working hard and having a good attitude will open numerous doors at Highland.
    • There are always opportunities to expand your skillset due to the lean nature of the company.
    • Benefits are first class – dental/health premiums fully paid for, lunch per diem, 100% 401k match w/ no vesting
            period, profit sharing, and yearly bonus to name a few
    • Great collaboration between teams – a cohesive bunch of individuals
    • Management has an open door policy
    • Recruiting/onboarding process was very efficient and well-organized

    Cons

    • You are required to maintain a 50 hour weekly average, but the time rarely seems to drag and never have I seen
             management give a hard time to clock in/out.
    • There are only two dates where one can join the company’s 401k plan.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Highland Capital

    Pros

    The very flat organizational structure and variety of investment vehicles provide a great amount of responsibility right off the bat and allow you to take on virtually any investment idea or project, getting anyone's ear from your peers to the CEO. There's also a real sense of growth at the moment with AUM steadily climbing and plenty of new hires, setting a great tone for the team.

    Everyone here is incredibly bright and, at least in my group, everyone is someone I'd be happy to go grab a beer with. Other good HR perks are zero cost healthcare, a generous PTO package, free drinks / snacks all day, free lunch, a very nice office at the Crescent, etc.

    Cons

    Out of principle, tracking your hours via Timekeeper is obnoxious and sets the wrong tone, but it practically doesn't matter. Work / life balance, while far better than investment banking, is no different than any other investment fund (~55 hours / week), and it's not hard to clear your requirement. The one positive thing about tracking your hours is that if you're above your minimum requirement, you can basically take half-days on Fridays without taking PTO.

    Free lunch is great most of the time and is always good for the bank account, but it'd be nice to go out to lunch with coworkers every once in awhile to help build camaraderie. Not that much of a con, I suppose, and partially offset by fairly frequent company happy hours and group outings.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Plenty of Opportunities / Talented Employees / Great Pay & Benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Director in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Highland Capital full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Highland has been an outstanding place to work. I've been able to work with very smart, energetic people - it is a motivating environment to work in. If you perform well you will have the opportunity to take on additional responsibility and leadership. It's a flat organization with easy access to senior management. The firm is nimble and makes decisions quickly without getting bogged down in bureaucracy.

    The comp is very hard to beat and the benefits are world-class (free medical and dental insurance, free daily lunch, gym, cell phone bill paid, generous vacation days, etc.)

    I'm proud to work here.

    Cons

    It is an intense work environment and the pace isn't for everyone...a work hard, play hard type of place. Very high standards.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Toxic, Controlling, Aloof - A facade or a mirage!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Highland Capital full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Damn! Free delivered lunch everyday and dinner if you're burning the middle night oil. A flat organization, meaning you get a lot of responsibilities and great experience and exposure to execs. Your peers are typically nice, cordial and courteous. Although people are not every open and friendly. Everyone seems to have four computer monitors. Well, that's how you make money. Its takes a little to make a lot.

    Cons

    With the exposure to many execs, you get a first hand look at the idiosyncrasies that these egotistical, butt clenching neurotic insecure overpaid strong-arm soldiers do. Wanna succeed? Follow their lead. If not, and many do not, you are out the door. This place has got some turnover and low tenure. Most people have only been with the company for less than 2 years. I guess, that what happens when you have integrity and expect truth and honesty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Man up! Open your eyes! Quit always thinking about spending your six or seven figure bonuses or listening to yourselves talk. No one is listening, not even yourself. Either you are an unprincipled moron, aloof or a frat boy or a combination.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Highland Capital was the best company I've ever worked for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Highland Capital full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    This firm was to me the perfect job. The people here are outstanding, intelligent, motivated, the perfect blend of talent. I only left because they spun off my department into a separate company and I no longer worked directly for them. And I have missed working there ever since. It's the longest I've ever been with a company.

    Cons

    For some people the hours might be a con, but for me once you got used to putting in your time and you knew everyone else was else, by design, putting in their hours or more you felt everyone was contributing equally.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    High expectations but a very rewarding place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Director in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Highland Capital full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Exposure to senior management
    Ability to work independently on own research ideas
    Good work/life balance
    Fun work environment
    Ability to take on new responsibilities, entrepreneurship encouraged
    Great compensation and benefits
    Casual dress code

    Cons

    Time quota (just the concept, it's not really hard to meet expectations)
    Limited travel to companies and conferences

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to grow the business and communicate that vision to the firm

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    dysfunctional management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Highland Capital full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    decent pay, decent benefits, free lunch

    Cons

    poor working atmosphere, disappointing advancement, lunatic middle managment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    shed the inept middle management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Depends on your personality, it could fit you or destroy you

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Investment Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Investment Analyst in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Highland Capital full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pays relatively well, good benefits

    Cons

    lack of trust from management, mandated working hours (lower limits)

  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company with attractive advancement opportunities

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

    I have been working at Highland Capital full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Senior leadership is very strong and has positioned the company for growth. Wealth of advancement opportunities for those that seek them. Excellent benefits and pay. The culture is very strong; everyone is friendly and seems to really enjoy being at the firm and part of the industry.

    Cons

    The hours can be long; however, as mentioned in the "pros" section, you're compensated for the commitment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to do what you're doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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