Russell Investments Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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Russell Investments President and CEO Len Brennan
Len Brennan
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Pros
  • Solid benefits and work life balance (in 14 reviews)

  • Very hard-working and talented employees (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack of career advancement opportunities (in 4 reviews)

  • Stuck inside all day overlooking the beautiful city of Seattle, Cascade mountains, and Puget Sound (in 5 reviews)

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  1. The times they were a changing...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Russell Investments full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work culture, good people, good benefits

    Cons

    Top heavy management, not always the right people promoted to managers...

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people you make the decisions for. ASK them if your solution or approach works, get their feedback


  2. Great people, sometimes stressful, my particular job was quite boring

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    Former Employee - Index Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Index Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Russell Investments full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great entry level job. Coworkers were helpful and friendly. Leaned a lot about excel and how indexes are calculated

    Cons

    Some superiors were short-tempered and impatient. When someone makes a mistake one feels guilty enough, it doesn't help to pile and with criticisms.

    Advice to Management

    They tired to make it cool and fun but it kinda wasn't, just work- I guess that's not advice but all I can offer


  3. Great company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Russell Investments full-time

    Pros

    Room for growth Ability to further education Good work life balance Great benefits Laid back environment

    Cons

    Takes a long time to move up due to managers staying in roles Not much interaction between groups Slow to give raises

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with employees by asking important questions about employee happiness in work and compensation.


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  5. Uncertainty ahead?

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    Current Employee - Washington in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Washington in Seattle, WA
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Russell Investments full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, great benefits, great location, great work life balance.

    Cons

    Tremendous change in the past few years, uncertainty ahead after changes in ownership structure, highly political, lack of clear strategy and focus, poor performing products, horrible IT infrastructure.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on retaining key talented staff, get rid of dead wood, quit trying to be all things to all people, focus, invest in technology and bring in talent who understands technology - don't make every decision based upon what's cheapest.


  6. Finance intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment, flexible with school schedule and time off, interactive summer programs

    Cons

    I can no think of a down side to interning at Russell investments

    Advice to Management

    Continue to keep interns involved and participating throughout the year.


  7. Helpful (2)

    management alienates and lacks heart

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great work/life balance, decent benefits, friendly peers, work from home option, lots of opportunities to learn

    Cons

    the overall rating is reflective of current situation, progressively declining view of management - too much politics, the decision makers aren't open to giving lower-level more exposure if you aren't stroking their egos all the time, no clear path to move up, collaboration outside of consulting is non-existent, people are very territorial, some are backstabbing, very unfortunate because there are some really great, hard-working people there. Hopefully the firm isn't hollowed out by the time the new owner takes over. That would be a most unworthy 1.5 billion spent.

    Advice to Management

    show genuine care about your people, be humble and talk real, no bs, be open to new ideas and hear others' thoughts


  8. Good for Some, Bad for Others

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Russell Investments (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get a paycheck and pretty good medical benefits.

    Cons

    Numbers over people. No promotion opportunities unless you are hired at the higher position. Little or no recognition no matter how hard you work.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company and find professional management.


  9. Helpful (1)

    very good company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Russell Investments (Less than a year)

    Pros

    entertaining work environment and great benefits

    Cons

    the hours are long sometimes


  10. Intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Russell Investments (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great learning experience. Get to do hands on work and projects with the team you work with. Great environment.

    Cons

    Sometimes give you projects without explaining much, but will clarify if you have questions.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Still great company, used to be fantastic

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    Former Employee - Portfolio Analyst in Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Portfolio Analyst in Tacoma, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They had a solid benefits package. Location was greatly improved after moving to the heart of downtown Seattle, the views and nearby amenities are huge plusses. Work culture is typically PNW strong, long hours were never implicitly enforced, and more often looked down upon. Face time expectations are nonexistent.

    Cons

    Many of the best benefits that had made them an amazing company to work for a decade ago were stripped away when the company fortunes turned. There was some uncertainty about the future of the company and its parent ownership. Those would have been settled by now but I'm not sure to what effect.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the culture as it is. The small townness of being in Tacoma is gone but can be replaced with a healthy cosmopolitanism of Seattle. Reinstate the great profit sharing from before!



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