Man Group Reviews

Updated March 4, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Too big

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Man Group

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Will promote from within the organization
    London office gets free lunches and has a good cafeteria
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    Cons

    The company is mired in bureaucracy. Too many top level executives with bloated salaries and too much administration. Lack of focus on real performance. Mergers have weakened the company. Most of the performers have left the company.

  2. Once glittered is no longer gold...

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    Former Employee - Sales in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Man Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial spirit, diversity of opportunity, willingness to support internal moves, occasionally interesting culture. A lot of fun, bright people. If you're in the right part of the business and friends with the right people can be very lucrative. Lunch budget is provided, although significantly less than it once was.

    Cons

    Highly political environment, senior management operate a very hedge fund approach which doesn't mix so well with a public company, very short term view, long working hours (in certain roles). Extreme discrepancies in terms of pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Either take the company private and run it as a diversified hedge fund group, or run it as a publicly listed asset management business. Also worth removing a layer of senior management cronies who do nothing other than collect a huge salary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. A great company that kept changing with the times, giving opportunities for development

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Man Group

    Pros

    As the company was always evolving my role was also always changing giving me opportunities for development. There was also a real "can do" attitude which combined with a rather flat management structure meant that any idea for an employee, no matter how junior, could get done. However the best thing of working there was the staff. Some fantastic colleagues.

    Cons

    Man used to be a very decentralised company, but as part of cutbacks, everything got centred in London. So if you were not based there, there was limited opportunities for development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focused on performance.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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  5. Really smart people, tough times recently

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Man Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent people, good benefits, plush new London HQ

    Cons

    Top heavy management

    Redundancies mean remaining staff are stretched quite thinly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. (AHL) Good quant business being strangled by poor management

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    Current Employee - Quant Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Quant Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Man Group full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting work.
    Some excellent people still left

    Cons

    Poor bonuses have led to a lot of the best quants departing.
    Atmosphere is poor and there is high turnover
    Too top heavy in terms of management with most people in management roles being relatively weak.
    Core technology team are relatively disconnected from the business and develop irrelevant things while breaking important things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stem the exodus of employees by bringing pay up slightly.
    Eliminate 'core' technology team and focus solely on integrated technologists.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Too much knowledge has gone out of the door

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Man Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The pay is pretty good, as are the benefits and the location
    There are opportunities to learn and stretch yourself as it's very hands on

    Cons

    Redundancies and resignations mean that the remaining staff are spread thinly and a lot of knowledge has gone out of the door. Morale remains low with a lot of uncertainty around job security.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your existing staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Taken over by new management from GLG

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Man Group full-time

    Pros

    Good hours
    Lunch benefit
    Relaxing atmosphere with tea breaks

    Cons

    Upper management (and new hires of upper management) lack investment skills. Most of them do not have a track record of investing, some have very bad ones. Plenty of "senior" employees made their way up by being there in early days without contributing, when the company made easy money in the financial markets

    Some management decisions have cost client/firm badly in terms of financial and reputation, but were not held accountable. As a result, mid level employees were penalised for underperformance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce hierarchy structure. Get rid of non-contributing "senior" employees. Focus on accountability of decisions, stop being clouded by non contributing employees who only concentrate on politics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Not great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Man Group full-time

    Pros

    Great brand on the CV

    Cons

    Not growing at the moment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Great place to work when things going well

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Man Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, mostly friendly co-operative teams, interesting projects, feeling that the company cares about its staff, e.g. flexible benefits, decent bonuses, free lunches. Starting to accept flexible working/tele-working.

    Cons

    Taken on more staff than it should have over the last few years, so lost some of the enjoyable "hedge fund" feel, and now having to make severe cut-backs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't get rid of all the staff that made the company a success in the first place, and try to keep the hedge fund culture rather than aiming to be an investment bank!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Spent a decade of my like there!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Man Group

    Pros

    The people make the environment pleasant

    Cons

    Changes brought with it an atmosphere of unease

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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