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  1.  

    A great place to work. (negative reviews below are for a place this new employee just doesn't recognize.)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD

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

    Pros

    I've been here about six months, and honestly it's as if the old reviews on this site are talking about a totally different company than the one I work for. I know the company went through some rough patches a few years back, so I assume that's what led to some of the negative reviews. During my time with the company, things have been very good. The business is looking up, the company provides good training and good stability, and it's really a good place to work. The hours are very manageable. I'd recommend it to friends (in fact, I have).

    Cons

    It's best if you have some interest in financial markets, which isn't for everyone. And because it's a small company, roles change with some frequency--some people view that as providing good opportunity, others really dislike it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company that keeps getting better

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    Current Employee - Developer in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Developer in Rockville, MD

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

    Pros

    Corporate structure is not overly rigid. Excellent growth opportunities. To an extent, management seems to be truly interested in the satisfaction of employees and therefore manages policies in a way that makes sense.

    Cons

    Some decisions, that may not effect your job directly, make it difficult to do your job well. In other words, it seems like some decisions are made without a true grasp of what the employees day-to-day work is like.

    A more modern view of allowing remote work and having a distributed workforce is needed.

    IT infrastructure needs to be ahead of the curve, not way behind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As the saying goes, "walk a mile in some one else's shoes". Realize that things may not always be as they appear. I should add, though, that this has been MUCH improved since June 2012

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    long hours

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    Former Employee - Designer in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Designer in Rockville, MD

    I worked at InvestorPlace full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - met some great people while there
    - later start time/missed the worst of the DC-bound traffic
    - chocolate day, free lunches, some other perks

    Cons

    - terrible work/life balance
    - job security...lots of layoffs
    - lack of communication between departments

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    I've been here a long time and continue to believe in this company.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at InvestorPlace full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    IPM is great at growing career paths for their employees.
    Management leadership recently changed and communications are much better.
    The company has great products and partnerships with excellent advisors.
    Smart, hard-working, friendly people work here.
    Diverse community of people.
    Casual environment and decent flexibility.

    Cons

    Financial products tied to the stock market - can be good or rocky.
    There was a cycle of many late nights but after processes were reviewed and streamlined, efforts were changed up a bit and there is better predictability and work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue with the communications and the open door policy. Work-life balance is so much better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Always challenging & intelligent colleagues. Constantly stressed out management creates stressful work environment.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD

    I worked at InvestorPlace

    Pros

    A small company means everyone's role is important.
    Individual departments treat people in their own department like family.
    New ideas are encouraged.
    Very flexible work/life dynamic magnified by an understanding HR department and upper management.
    Ping pong table.
    Free healthy food in the main kitchen.
    Recognition Day every month.

    Cons

    A small company means roles can changed quickly, causing employees to perform tasks outside of what they were trained to do.
    Communication between (some) departments is horrible, which causes confusion.
    Problems with disgruntled employees are glossed over as long as goals and objectives are met or exceeded.

    Recommends
  7.  

    has its goods and bads

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at InvestorPlace

    Pros

    a lot of nice and hard working people
    fun activities and free lunches
    flexible hours if you can get your job done

    Cons

    lack of communication between teams
    lack of planning for projects due to low expectation
    people move around too much and never get it quite right

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Intelligent, hardworking, good people; stressful environment; daily, weekly, emotional up and down stress with market

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at InvestorPlace

    Pros

    Intelligent, hardworking, good people
    Good benefits
    Challenging work
    Understanding managers as long as you do what needs to get done

    Cons

    Management out of touch with most employees
    Overworked employees: too much work for one person to excel continually without burning out and quality of work suffers.
    Daily, weekly, emotional up and down stress with market
    Lack of transparent personal and professional growth opportunities available in other areas of company or provided/suggested by management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management more in touch with employees and employee concerns.
    Consider providing more transparent opportunities for personal and professional growth for employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Smart-as-heck people. Not much room for growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at InvestorPlace

    Pros

    *Managers
    *Smart colleagues. I miss this part the most.
    *Ambitious people who want to learn and make money for the company.
    *Schedule is flexible if manager is okay with it, but not all managers are okay with it.

    Cons

    *Cubes are right on top of one another
    *Senior management is out of touch and terrible at budget management
    *This company is constantly reorganizing. I had 3-4 jobs at this place. If you like constant change, then maybe this will be a pro for you.

  10.  

    Nice bosses by no room for growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at InvestorPlace

    Pros

    Bosses (most) don't ride you and are understanding as long as you do what needs to get done.

    Cons

    Company is too small for personal growth. New owners aren't as generous with little perks as previous owner/founder was.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more involved with your subordinates, give more constant feedback.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Take the PR Save Below with Caution - Company Culture is Highly Toxic

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at InvestorPlace full-time

    Pros

    Transitioned out of InvestorPlace relatively recently:

    -A workday focus on watching the market can be engaging
    -Watching finance trends is stimulating, often exciting for investment junkies

    Cons

    -Scattered HR organization; exceptionally high turnover rate
    -Cross-departmental and inter-departmental fighting only heightens office hostilities
    -Unprofessional managers with bizarre styles, sometimes matched with abusive attitudes towards subordinates
    -Workplace dysfunction sidelines productivity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    InvestorPlace's 'sinking ship' status is only exacerbated by problems with management and culture. If you'd like to retain employees and salve company reputation, you will need to make honest improvements in the areas causing damage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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