Wilshire Associates

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Wilshire Associates Reviews in Santa Monica, CA

Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
23 Reviews
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Wilshire Associates CEO and Chairman of the Board Dennis A. Tito
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  1.  

    Wilshire is a good company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Wilshire Associates full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I work with a competent set of individuals.

    Cons

    Room for growth is limited.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, weak management

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Wilshire Associates full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Location, location, location. Entrepreneurial environment. Partnership potential with current income.

    Cons

    Benefits not competitive at all, from health care to retirement program. Company does not reinvest in business in the traditional sense: each division has to manage their business within a framework pushed down from corporate. Any excess accrues to the partners rather than each division.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide management training to MDs. Current titel structure is antiquated and doesn't allow for technically talented people to be rewarded, ie typically only rain-makers or good business people make MD. Other financial firms reward technical skills as well. Creates incentive for people to leave to maximize income and manage their career.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Experience working at Wilshire Associates

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Wilshire Associates full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    very elite and sophisticated workforce

    Cons

    lack of reinvestment in the business

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Distilled Pain

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Wilshire Associates full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great colleagues, united in their view of senior mgmt, beautiful place to be located

    Cons

    Pay is at least 30% below mkt value. No reinvestment in the product as all revenues are geared towards Mr. Tito's Mars mission (whatever). Senior management cannot make a decision to save their lives and refuse to pay for anything other than drinks and conferences among one another. They promote and reward based on time at the firm and not on accomplishments, value, and intellect. They had 30% turnover in 2012-13. The place is a house of cards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you care at all about the people who work for you, level with them and tell them you are helpless to do anything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    good

    Former Employee - Analyst in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Wilshire Associates full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    chill, beautiful office, smart colleagues, overall good environment

    Cons

    can be boring, lots of downtime

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    Work Environment

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Wilshire Associates full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    work environment,good location, cool management, adequate work hours, less work pressure, no over time, good growth, ethinicity rich

    Cons

    poor salary and compensation, slow growth, knowledge is not promoted, low bonus, management is strict, less offshore support, work is slow

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a bad place, great location, mediocre management

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Wilshire Associates

    Pros

    Small office environment, awesome office location almost on the beach, lots of great people, albeit some junior staff are underpaid. you can stand out if you work hard AND brown nose the right people, private equity funds business is a cash cow, basically runs itself and investors are locked up for 10 years, very relaxed day to day work environment, 8-5 job.

    Cons

    Nature of their work does not really foster ambition and development aspirations, as work is fairly low in complexity, decisions are made over the course of quarters. in this sense, hard to advance since good opportunities to take charge are rare. Not the most innovative business model (anymore) and the firm is not aggressive in developing new business opportunities. management does a poor job communicating and providing leadership, guidance and tutelage, operations management lacks motivation, lots of people just coming in for their daily grind and going home. definitely do not recommend working here if you have less than 5 years experience since you will be paid very little with few options to advance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's a stable, steady business that employees stable, steady people. Communicate better with employees, especially new hires so they know what exactly what they're getting into. Be honest with yourselves first about what this company is and does, then be honest to the applicants about their career prospects there.

    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible experience with upper management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Wilshire Associates

    Pros

    - Environment is great, accessible to beach and open shopping areas.
    - Nice view in office and some of the cubicles.

    Cons

    - Need to pay parking by yourself ($100+ or more), no compensation on parking fee.
    - No 401k match or pension.
    - Bonus is paid once a year (in Dec) but they can decide to laid you off before you got your bonus or they can send you a laughable pay check after you have put a lot of efforts the whole year.
    - Bad to work as a technical staff there because you are not the revenue generator.
    - Too much politics going on for simple kind of person.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, not enough room for growth.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Wilshire Associates

    Pros

    Stable company
    Small private company environment.
    Good bonus structure for management.

    Cons

    No room for promotions
    Management does not have outside company experience, most of them have been at the company all their career. They are not used to different opinions.
    Management wants to get a lot done, does not want to spend money on new technologies.
    Low pay for entry level employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to hire people from outside the company from market leaders and put their advice in place.
    Adapt to the latest technologies and get rid of people who are unable to change.

    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great collaborative teams!

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Wilshire Associates

    Pros

    One of the best reasons to work at Wilshire is because of the great people I was able to work with over the years. I learned a lot from my colleagues and we provided great service to our clients.

    Cons

    One of the downsides was that there seemed to be a lack of resources at times given the amount of work required.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One piece of advice I would give the leadership team at Wilshire is to continue to recognize the hard work of all of the individuals who are contributing to the continued success of Wilshire and it's products/services.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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