Highland Capital Reviews

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
14 Reviews

3.7
14 Reviews
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  1.  

    High expectations but a very rewarding place to work.

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    • Senior Management
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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 for 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
  2.  

    dysfunctional management

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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 for more than a 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
  3.  

    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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Pays relatively well, good benefits

    Cons

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

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  5.  

    Great company with attractive advancement 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 for less than a 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company To Work For

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

    I have been working at Highland Capital full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    A lot of financial firms get a bad rap but Highland Capital Management is not your typical finance firm. Everything from the interview process to the culture is unique. The interview process was quick, efficient and painless. The Recruiting Manager was there every step of the way: from the initial call to signing my contract. Highland has a great culture: not everyone is always suited up and while it’s fast pace and everyone works hard, there is a laid back feel. Upper management has an open door policy. I have never worked at a firm where a Co-Founder takes the time to really know their employees. More importantly, there is access to incredible knowledge. I am a recent grad and new to the finance industry. Having the ability to learn from more experienced professionals and industry leaders in invaluable. The retail side of the business is growing exponentially, so there is definitely opportunity for career growth.

    Cons

    My only “con” is not really a con. While the work hours are long, the pay is great. In sales, you definitely see a direct correlation between how much you put in and how much you get out of it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mixed bag

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

    I worked at Highland Capital full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some of the brightest people work at this firm. The pay is great.

    Cons

    The "big brother' atmosphere is stifling. Mandatory hours of 60+/week leaves little opportunity for work-life balance.

  8.  

    One of the best places I’ve had the privilege of working for. Very unique company culture and values.

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

    I have been working at Highland Capital full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Plenty of learning opportunities, great firm reputation, and friendly colleagues. Fairly horizontal organization structure that rewards initiative and constructive input.

    Cons

    Requires strong work ethic – minimum number of hours for each employee. Also need intellectual horse power and strong problem solving skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work

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

    I have been working at Highland Capital full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great office culture
    Jeans and casual attire
    Lunch is paid for
    Great bonus structure
    Competitive salary
    AMAZING health benefits = No premiums or deductibles!
    Extremely talented employees and a robust vetting process

    Cons

    Hard work & long hours, but that should be expected in this industry
    Very entrepreneurial, make your own way
    Business units seem somewhat silo'd

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a more organized structure around performance reviews

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Not worth it.

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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

    Pros

    Great pay potential, fast-paced, strong benefits and perks. Nice new offices in Uptown Dallas. Some teams can be pretty fun, though not all.

    Cons

    Long hours. Small company, so not much potential for career variety, especially upward advancement. Management plays favorites and can make your life miserable if you cross the wrong person. Management also shows little trust in employees in excessive tracking with timekeeper system and other means.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities for career development, treat your employees with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Currency Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Currency Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Highland Capital full-time

    Pros

    Young vibrant atmosphere
    Pay package
    Great perks; vacations and bonuses
    Training is fulfilling and on target.
    Good opportunities for vertical advancement.

    Cons

    Hours are very long. Zero social life. I would sometimes work 80 hours maximum. Getting time off was difficult.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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