Janus Capital Reviews

Updated April 8, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Bad Experience in the TA

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Service Specialist in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Service Specialist in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Janus Capital full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    The People. Your coworkers are the only thing that make the job doable.

    Cons

    Non-existent work life balance. 1/3 of the year blacked out for time off. Require constant overtime and don't allow staff time off to handle things as small as doctor appointments or significant life events. Extreme micromanagement which is done very rudely.

    Advice to Management

    If you want your employees to "WOW" your clients try wow'ing your staff first, and the good experiences will happen naturally. When do you don't treat your people well they will leave, as many in this role do, and your customers will notice.

  2. Only OK.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I met some really great people during my tenure at Janus, and many of them are still there. The benefits were good, pay was fair, and roof deck parties with a view of the Rocky Mountains were always fun. Cherry Creek North is an awesome location.

    Cons

    Shared resources among three different investment management firms is a challenging structure. The cultures have not melded together. The hierarchy and many layers of managers make it difficult to be heard, get answers, and move the needle.

    Advice to Management

    Be strategic in seeking to develop new institutional business - don't just go after anything. Hold people accountable. Treat people with respect. Respond to phone calls and emails. Cast a vision and include everyone. Employees will appreciate it.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Well past it's glory days.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Denver, CO

    I worked at Janus Capital full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Ofiices are in Cherry Creek with many amenities. Company has many perks for those it likes.

    Cons

    Toxic culture running a business in decline dependent on a steady stream of new investment cattle. All products offered thru wrap accounts with the hope that investors signup without their due diligence. Management team is lining their pockets as long as this gravy train will allow. Assets walking out the door all the time.

    Advice to Management

    You need to clean house and consider getting some integrity.

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  5. Helpful (4)

    Clueless and Visionless IT (Extreme Lack) of Leadership - Primitive approcah towards the data needs of the business.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Denver, CO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing non-managerial people to work with.
    Great benefits
    Cherry Creek is a desirable neighborhood to work in.

    Cons

    At Janus, during my time I saw senior resources leaving because of incompetent managers within a year. I noticed people being promoted not due to their talent but other reasons.
    Extreme Internal Politics

    Advice to Management

    The board needs to revamp the whole IT department and higher competent leadership!

  6. Helpful (1)

    Ever changing managment

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very smart people who work hard and play hard. The company is very client focused and compliance oriented. Strong ethical standards in the investment department and in the rank and file. If you do not find change stimulating, this isn't your best place to work

    Cons

    If you are not in the investment department, salaries are no longer competitive even within the Denver metro area. Great training ground but constantly losing top performers to competitors. .

    Advice to Management

    Salary adjustments to line functions so that when an opportunity arises for existing employees, the compensation angle is eliminated.

  7. Company is Failing

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Janus Capital

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Insurance, free parking, mall is across the street

    Cons

    Always a high turnover rate of employees in operations and technology
    Back office staff are not compensated fairly
    Marketing department is ineffective
    Information technology managers and staff are highly incompetent

    The overall company outlook is not bright: It is no secret that Janus makes revenue by charging exorbitant fees to their clients to hold onto their money and not by their fund performance. Janus funds are consistently low in performance. There is always some "buzz" created in the news about Janus some fund or dividend having a marginal uptick, but historically Janus outflows mean a "neutral", "hold", or "sell" rating.

    Advice to Management

    Try setting up headquarters on Wall Street to acquire better talent in fund managers, better technology staff, and better operations staff.

  8. Accoutant

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

    I have been working at Janus Capital

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company culture, pay is very competitive with the industry, and office is in a great Denver location. Very pleased.

    Cons

    Work can be very repetitive. Company is in a turn around stage so budget was cut and its hard to tell what the future holds.

  9. Constant change

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Janus Capital

    Pros

    Highly motivated and friendly work environment. Location could be the best in the country for asset manager. Lot of employees very active in charity. A lot of opportunities to grow and move among different areas of the company.

    Cons

    Highest management positions currently filled by outsiders. Company searching for place in a market that has changed a lot since company's massive success years ago. IT always a challenge to keep up with innovation but management making changes for the positive.

  10. Helpful (3)

    A company in secular decline

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

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

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great location, solid benefits, talented workforce.

    Cons

    The elephant in the room is that actively managed mutual funds are dying a slow death, and Janus mutual funds in aggregate are average at best. 4-5 years of outflows have permeated into company culture. The sales and marketing organizations are in constant turnover trying to put lipstick on a pig - and senior management is too busy worried about poor investment performance to manage any other areas of the business effectively. The company is dying very very slowly.

    Advice to Management

    Compensate non-investment personnel more evenly - especially when the investment team is hurting the rest of the firm.

  11. Helpful (4)

    Depends on what side of the business you work in

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Fund Services Supervisor in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Fund Services Supervisor in Denver, CO

    I worked at Janus Capital full-time (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you work on the investment side of the business, the pay and benefits are outstanding.

    Cons

    If you work in a supporting role, such as the transfer agency, call center, back office, there is very little appreciation or value placed on what you do.

    Advice to Management

    Management of the company needs to stop treating the investment team and executives like royalty at the company. It takes an entire company rowing together in the same direction to be successful. People in the transfer agency are treated like a necessary evil who are a dime a dozen. Investors are pulling money out of Janus in record amounts not because of the service provided to the clients, but because of the poor investment results generated by the investment team.

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