Vanguard Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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  1. Defined Benefits Administrator

    Former Employee - Benefits Administrator in Malvern, PA
    Former Employee - Benefits Administrator in Malvern, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to start, great place to grow. A lot of opportunities for young people. Great intramural teams for basketball, volleyball softball which definitely helps to grow comraderie of the company.

    Cons

    Salary is low to start for college grads

    Advice to Management

    Take time to listen to employees. They know how to do the job and will provide a good process


  2. Flagship Client Service Specialist

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

    I have been working at Vanguard full-time

    Pros

    Great company, encouraging environment for moving up. Incredible training when you get hired. Broad knowledge base. Great benefits and 401k contributions by the company.

    Cons

    Phone job - not challenging, get bored. The Charlotte office has a lot of service jobs compared to Pennsylvania which has many technical and analytical, non client-facing roles.


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    Investment Consultant

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Investment Consultant in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Investment Consultant in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vanguard (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good for someone starting out in the investment field. Great experience. If you are not moving up in the organization, after a period of time, it is best to go elsewhere. Benefits, overall are above average.

    Cons

    Beyond the basic levels it is very difficult to move up. You are a cog in a machine and always replaceable. Allow more opportunities for more growth. Being on the phone constantly- everyday- is not good. They need to mix it up with projects or other internships in other areas during off peak times.


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  5. Software Developer

    Current Employee - Software Developer in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Malvern, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company, great people, great benefits. Committed to community and clients. Good variety of available positions if you're interested in trying something different.

    Cons

    Not a technology company, takes a long time for new technologies to be adopted. Some uncertainty about future job outlook with right-sourcing initiative.


  6. Client relationship administrator

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vanguard full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance. Great retirement benefits.

    Cons

    The salary and bonuses could be higher.


  7. Client Relationship Associate

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Relationship Associate in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Client Relationship Associate in Scottsdale, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is very important and they give you ample time off.

    Cons

    Cog in the corporate wheel. Management makes decisions without really thinking about the effects it will have on everyone , or so it seems. Little room to move unless you're in PA. They have lost a lot of talent because of this.


  8. Retail Client Associate

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Retail Client Associate in Wayne, PA
    Current Employee - Retail Client Associate in Wayne, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great schedule flexibility. Very warm and calm atmosphere. Work to life is great.

    Cons

    If you're looking for an analytical role, I would not apply to this position. The work is tedious and in my opinion boring. I would search for a different position if you're more of the analytical type.


  9. Trader

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bond Trader in Ardmore, PA
    Current Employee - Bond Trader in Ardmore, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance. Amazing learning environment.

    Cons

    Low pay. Conservative and stuffy culture. Mangers are out for themselves.


  10. depends on which team you are in

    Current Employee - Technical in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Technical in Malvern, PA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great benefits with good pay

    Cons

    if you work for bad manager you are in for a rough ride. the new technical manager they brought in from outside to manage the growing team is great at talking from both sides of his mouth. He charms the people above him and if you are his direct report and not one of his favorite lackeys you will get treated like trash behind close door.

    Advice to Management

    Grow talent within and promote seasoned folks with good track record of managing people to management level. Bringing in outside manager maybe good for upper management but not so good for the rank and file workers. Be wary of dead woods.


  11. beset place to work, best place to invest

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vanguard full-time

    Pros

    mission of company is contagious and trickles down

    Cons

    politics can enter the picture as with any big organization

    Advice to Management

    stay the course and keep vanguard what's vanguard. Celebrate accomplishments



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