Vanguard Reviews

Updated July 5, 2015
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Vanguard Chairman and CEO William McNabb
William McNabb
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Pros
  • Fairly easy to maintain good work/life balance (in 120 reviews)

  • Great benefits (PTO & Healthcare) (in 67 reviews)

Cons
  • most employees are complacent in this call-center environment (in 53 reviews)

  • This can make work life balance impossible since their can be mandatory overtime or the inability to take earned vacation (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (10)

    Didn't Appreciate what I had until I was gone

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vanguard

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As you get older, you appreciate the 'total compensation' package even more.
    The health benefits are steller as is the PTO and retirement. I have not seen a company even compare.

    No mass layoffs

    Cons

    Some Depts are great, some aren't. It all depends on the dept that you are in. If you are not in a dept that you enjoy, then post out to another one. A bad dept is not a reflection on the company as a whole.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees and offer more flexible scheduling for work life balance.


  2. CSS

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vanguard

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, training, supportive leadership,smart people

    Cons

    Progress can be slow, numerous departments each looking out for them selves can feel like different companies

    Advice to Management

    Lets look outside vanguard n try to improve our processes.


  3. Just okay

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Consultant in Valley Forge, PA
    Current Employee - Investment Consultant in Valley Forge, PA

    I have been working at Vanguard full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent working environment if you're someone who doesn't like to push youself. Clock watcher? Come to Vanguard.

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive. Also, needs to cut down on "recognition" and ramp up bonus structure for those of us bringing in serious dinero.


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  5. ICS AZ

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vanguard

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Partnership is great. Fun environment and extensive amount of time spent training and helping you learn the ropes.

    Cons

    Can get pretty boring once you learn. Hard to work your way up the ladder.

    Advice to Management

    Give the associates more rope and freedom to pioneer projects and take on more roles


  6. Helpful (1)

    investment specialist

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Specialist in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Investment Specialist in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Vanguard

    Pros

    good training. nice peers. low stress

    Cons

    salary
    upward mobility
    managers not always helpful


  7. Great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Valley Forge, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Valley Forge, PA

    I have been working at Vanguard full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company culture
    Care about employees
    Great benefits: vacation days, healthcare, 401k
    Annual bonus and raises
    Ability to move around within the company

    Cons

    Can be difficult to move around within the company
    Pay could be better
    With such a big company sometimes it does feel that your opinion doesn't matter.

    Advice to Management

    Your doing a great job just keep doing what your doing


  8. Intern

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vanguard full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    They work at developing their interns and heavily encourage them to network within the company to get a better understanding of people's career paths, roles, and business acumen.

    Cons

    You don't get to choose the projects you work on, so you could be majoring in finance but work a social media project.

    Advice to Management

    I would try to better match the interns to their projects.


  9. Great culture, Great people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Digital Marketing Analyst in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Digital Marketing Analyst in Malvern, PA

    I have been working at Vanguard full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Big company with lots of opportunity for growth

    Solid culture with strong reputation in industry

    Cons

    Large company burecracy
    Slow moving decision making


  10. Helpful (1)

    Processing Associate

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Processing Associate in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Processing Associate in Scottsdale, AZ

    I have been working at Vanguard full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people, some fun activities, lots of community work. Overall great first job experience. I would say that their willingness to train you is also a plus.

    Cons

    Low salary, and I mean low, very low. You can not afford to live on your own in the city they are located, so that's fun. All of the employees constantly complain about salary.

    Advice to Management

    Be competitive offer employees more money.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Giant that moves slow

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits and job security. Very caring and intelligent employees who are good people. Company gives the average joe a shot of investing success.

    Cons

    Interview process can be confusing and benefits extraverts.With any large company you can get lost in the weeds and stagnate if you don't kiss the right person/person's butt. Some of management is just collecting a paycheck with no sense of reality or experience. Yearly raises were more like cost of living adjustments.

    Advice to Management

    Any realistic opinion or idea just gets pushed under the matt. Never heard so many excuses why things couldn't be changed for the better.



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