Russell Investments Reviews

Updated July 26, 2014
Updated July 26, 2014
95 Reviews

3.5
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Russell Investments President and CEO Len Brennan
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • people you work with; exposure as research analyst and work/life balance (in 13 reviews)

  • Russell offers great benefits: medical, vacation, and sabbatical after 10 years (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • senior management is constantly changing and have lost touch with their employees (in 7 reviews)

  • Compensation; lack of career growth; lack of growth strategy for multimanager business (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing Corporate Culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Russell Investments full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Amazing benefits, genuinely care about staff, feels more like a family than anything else

    Cons

    Leadership isn't transparent, communication issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The more transparent you are, the more confident staff feels

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great Culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Associate

    I have been working at Russell Investments full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great work atmosphere, not a lot of pressure but enough to make you want to exceed your goals

    Cons

    Luck of the draw with territories and they have a poor CRM, sale to LSE Group is weighing heavily on the sales force

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place for internship,

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern HRSC  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Intern HRSC in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Russell Investments as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Caring employees, perks and bus pass.

    Cons

    no structured program setup, desk sharing makes people angry when the intern seats at the desk they would like to be at.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please create an Internship program that adds value to your business and valuable learning experience to Interns.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    At one time the best company to work for in the NW. Now really, really sad state.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Russell Investments full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Flexibility of schedule and the ability to learn complex things. This is a great place to intern if you are looking to learn the investment management business.

    Cons

    Politics is rampant. Lots of money wasted on projects that fail. Very frustrating. Open hostility between some work groups. Lots of people leave Russell depressed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The real assets of the company are the knowledge of it's employees. Go back to treating them right. Give them a career path and let them share in the success of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wait for the buyout

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Russell Investments full-time

    Pros

    Great location and some very nice people.

    Cons

    Below market pay, a lot of under-qualified and/or under-motivated employees, and an overly-formal dress code. Corporate culture is not inspiring: long term employees hang on to the former Frank Russell days when employees were well-rewarded, which is in stark contrast to the current leadership values, which result from herculean efforts to become a learn target for sale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cull employee base and pay remaining and new employees at or above market rates and expect more from them. Fully utilize the remote work options already available. Do not cull without fully understanding the needs of the business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Russell Investments

    Pros

    Lots of really nice people

    Cons

    I don't have nays cons to report

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Russell Investments full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very selective hiring process that results in a collegiate and collaborative environment. The hours are long and intense, but very rewarding.

    Cons

    Promotions and career advancement were not as prevalent as other firms

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is some concern that there are no clear cut succession plans in place for employees to strive for. Since it is one of the only financial services firm in Seattle, there is not a lot of movement at the top to create space for employees to move up.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Learned more in one summer internship at Russell than 2 years at an University

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Portfolio Manager Intern  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Portfolio Manager Intern in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Russell Investments as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    All associates are very friendly and willing to take time out of their day to explain things an intern may not fully understand

    Cons

    Stuck inside all day overlooking the beautiful city of Seattle, Cascade mountains, and Puget Sound

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Russell Investments full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It is a firm with Great people, collaborative environment. The firm also has very good values.

    Cons

    Only Grunt-work jobs available to those out of college. Definitely prefer to promote from within, based on seniority.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    I wouldn't wish this on anyone

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    Current Employee - Manager/Senior Associate  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Manager/Senior Associate in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Russell Investments full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There are more days off than some other local companies. Downtown location is very convenient. You can work remotely, but it is not consistent throughout the organization. Good reputation in Seattle.

    Cons

    There are several known nightmare directors and if you get stuck under one you may as well pack your bags and leave. One of the top values is "non-negotiable integrity" but integrity is not something that is highly valued at all. The annual goal setting and review process is random at best. Bonuses vary extremely depending on whether you are someone's favorite or not. The CEO does not believe in employee retention so if you like it stay, if not, get out. There are no annual salary increases and with bonuses being irregular, you can't depend on making anything extra - negotiate hard if you plan to work here because it's likely to be your last chance to have any control over your salary. There is essentially no recognition program. Morale is extremely low and most employees have no loyalty to the firm. They are years behind in understanding diversity and the firm is definitely lacking in professionalism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Catch up to the present by understanding that your employees are valuable and turnover costs the company financially but it also impacts morale. Treat people right.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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