State Street Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
1,317 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Company has good benefits and is looking to improve work/life balance for employees (in 126 reviews)

  • Many employees can work from home a few days a week if their responsibilities allow them to (in 61 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/Life balance is one of their "core tenets" but they don't practice what they preach (in 39 reviews)

  • long hours, too much operational work, not so many bright people that can inspire you (in 53 reviews)

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  1.  

    Not what it used to be

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Fund Administrator - Associate II in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Fund Administrator - Associate II in Boston, MA

    I worked at State Street full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good place to get a foot in the door. It's hard now to learn more then one task now because of the center's of excellence. When you join a group you basically learn how to do only one thing. As a fund accountant it used to be you were in charge of accounting and custody. Now you are only in charge of accounting.

    Cons

    Outsourcing of work is the priority right now. From what I understand the whole fund administration department is being outsourced. Compliance, Client Operations, Financial reporting etc. There is no room for growth. Layoffs are happening constantly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Layoffs, Layoffs, Layoffs to good people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Experience, work-life balance, benefits, retirement matching,

    Cons

    compensation, no loyalty to employees with many years of service, constants layoffs and corporate driven. Pay consultants not employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    training, leadership

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    So far my experience has been good, people are friendly and welcoming!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Functional Specialist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Functional Specialist in Boston, MA

    I have been working at State Street full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It is a great resume booster and the people seem to be very nice so far.

    Cons

    The pay is very low for someone living in the city or communting to it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more accomodating to personal finances.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Financial Reporting Specialist

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Reporting in Quincy, MA
    Former Employee - Financial Reporting in Quincy, MA

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

    Pros

    Gain a lot of experience

    Cons

    There are nothing much to talk about cons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please consider work-life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Eh....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Associate II in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Tax Associate II in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Young company, so a lot of your coworkers are around your age. Managers/colleagues are usually the only reason to go to work. And that's only on some teams. Really only busy for 5months of the year. Lots of learning and training, definitely get to know ins and outs of tax.

    Cons

    VERY low pay. Yes OT is allowed, but compared to other companies, the salaries are extremely low. Upper management are only concerned with how low their pay is, so they only hire college grads, then get mad when the ending product is less than satisfactory. Very VERY little room to grow, career wise. Takes around 4-7 years just to be promoted to Senior.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Happy staff, better ending product. Keeping your staff miserable doesn't get you a better outcome.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Was able to learn a lot but very stressful and eventually burned out.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Good for college graduates looking for a decent entry level job into the market.
    Ok pay.
    Good benefits.

    Cons

    Stressful.
    Long hours.
    Many daily deadlines.
    Failure only job, no matter how well you do you are bound to slip up and are always one button away from a big mistake.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would apply more job rotation opportunities as the jobs get very repetitive in the Center of excellent model. Should emphasize learning & advancement to keep more employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good experience entering financial field

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Fund Accountant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Fund Accountant in Boston, MA

    I worked at State Street full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Given opportunity to learn mutual funds

    Cons

    Low pay, company sends jobs offshore

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please be good to employees, most are been with the company for a long time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Leading edge in Financial Transformation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in Quincy, MA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Quincy, MA

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to contribute to transformation of the organization and move it forward. Great worklife balance, which I think off-sets the fact that State Street tends to have lower salaries than competitors.

    Cons

    Constant cost cutting does provide concerns around long-term job security. Highly political especially at high VP and SVP levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Politics and implied power of some SVPs has prevented the organization from getting the most out of its transformation efforts.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Plenty of opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Boston, MA

    I worked at State Street full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    People are great, lots of opportunity to expand knowledge and to advance up/around the organization. Opportunities to work from home or in one of the other offices located in the area when needed. Training is available via online courses, webinars, onsite.

    Cons

    Expect to work a lot - nights/weekends. Senior management disconnected from the front line issues. Organization too large and bureaucratic to adapt to changes or effectively address issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on creating a vision of where the organization is going and effectively communicate it at all levels so that everyone knows and buys into the process. Find a way to infuse energy into the company and excitement about what you are doing and where you are going.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Quincy, MA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Quincy, MA

    I have been working at State Street as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good culture and great environment

    Cons

    Traffic is bad from all directions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great environment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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