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Nuveen Reviews

Updated December 3, 2014
Updated December 3, 2014
43 Reviews
3.2
43 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place to work!

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    Former Employee - Senior Digital Designer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Digital Designer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Nuveen

    Pros

    The eMarketing team is a fun, innovative and interesting group of talented individuals!

    Cons

    Some corporate/financial restrictions on creativity since it's a large, financial company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep letting the eMarketing team push the envelope.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Results-Driven Financial Investment Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Overall: Many, many outstanding and intelligent employees with many years of financial investment experience. Beautiful office environment with many typical employment perks (i.e. free lunch, free parking, flexible work hours) Most of your co-workers will eventually become good friends, and thats a testament to the type of labor force the company attracts.

    Cons

    Management at times has a tendency to micro-management. Mainly due to them believing that their way is truly the best way. No a lot of flexibility is given to think outside the box. Depending on the project you might be involved with, there are many personalities one must deal with. Most projects are fairly large and therefore you will be confronted with many chiefs acting as a senior manager.

    Exceedingly difficult to get salary increases or promotions with the company. I suspect its due to the management style. If they deem you to be micro-managed you can truly forgot about any promotion or salary increase.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay connected to your staff. Lead them to believe that they are truly the most valuable asset to the company. Allow an employee to grow either in the same capacity of within another group. Provide some career training to strengthen an employees position within the industry.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Lack of growth and challenge

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, easy commute, good name, good values

    Cons

    Slow, lack of work, growth and challenge, hard to meet people on different floors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to those lower, create more work or consolidate, have a mentor/mentee program, evaluate senior management, could be run more efficiently

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    The LA office used to be a great company to work at.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nuveen full-time

    Pros

    Most of the perks of working at Nuveen are no longer there (free lunches, chiropractor and massage, etc.)

    Cons

    HR Senior Management and IT Senior Management were not qualified for their roles and fell into the office politics instead of focusing on the true root or cause of consistent problems. They did not come from investment management backgrounds. They were clearly "yes people" and pawns for executive management. The constant battle between Chicago and LA was ridiculous. It should be recognized that different cities and offices have different cultures and style and one single method or process will not work for all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to manage teams effectively.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Not a company that I would recommend working at unless you like to be micromanaged.

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    Former Employee - Operations in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Operations in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Benefit packages are good and competitive.

    Cons

    Bonuses are small or non existent pay is some of the lowest in the industry. Constant stress all the time and everyone walks on egg shells. Too many layers of middle management that don't do anything all day and aren't held accountable for it. Too many micromanagers who try to control your every move at work and when your not at work. Not a place I would recommend if you want to be acknowledged for your hard work and dedication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When complaints are made to HR, they should be investigated and person/persons should be held accountable for issues.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Good work/life balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    Good benefits
    Friendly culture/atmosphere
    Reputable company that looks good on resume

    Cons

    Limited upward advancement
    Pay can be better (but I guess that's the tradeoff for good hours)
    Marginal bonuses and raises
    Some departments have high turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train new employees better
    Pay better salary to retain employees long-term

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Nuveen

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Nuveen full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and small firm

    Cons

    unfair salaries, career growth is lacking, management is inexistent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    personal growth, promotion, fairness of salaries (big dispersion)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    It used to have potential

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    Former Employee - Performance Analyst in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Performance Analyst in Santa Barbara, CA

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

    Pros

    Benefits used to be decent

    Cons

    Too many important decisions have been made by the wrong people for too long, closed-doors and closed-minds, retro-active, poor management, inefficient communication seems to be almost rewarded. Very little growth potential. Hard work doesn't pay off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think it's too late to rectify the downward spiral caused by so much corporate restructure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Conservatively run company with loads of upside now that they are part of TIAA-CREF.

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    Former Employee - Equity Research Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Equity Research Analyst in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Nuveen full-time

    Pros

    TIAA-CREF enhanced capital and distribution.
    Growth in assets under management. Fund inflows.
    Market appreciation over the last few years.

    Cons

    Prior mistakes from financial crisis of 2008-2009.
    Cutbacks following financial downturn limit pipeline for new products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The new TIAA-CREF management should do a great job, and improve Nuveen with it's financial strengths.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great atmosphere, but few career advancement opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nuveen full-time

    Pros

    Excellent work/life balance. Culture encourages productivity and getting your work done, not putting in long hours. Some departments have lots of flexibility.

    Cons

    Little cross department communication encouraged. Sales department has high turnover. HR department is there for the company, not the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more communication and collaboration between departments. Integrate shared services into fund business.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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