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American Century Investments Overview

Kansas City, MO
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
Investment Banking & Asset Management
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
American Century Investments is a leading asset manager focused on delivering investment results and building long-term relationships while supporting research that can improve human health and save lives. Since our founding in 1958, American Century Investments believes that ... Read more

American Century Investments – Why Work For Us?

Our Story

The American Century Investments® story begins in 1958, with the vision of Jim Stowers Jr. In his small Kansas City, MO apartment, Mr. Stowers started the company determined to be the best and driven by a simple mantra: If you make others successful, you will be successful, too.

Today, our story goes beyond our founder's original goal of making people financially successful. Our vision is embraced by people who believe in giving their best for the company and the communities in which we're located. Mr. Stowers and Virginia, his wife, embodied this vision in 1994 with the founding of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research through an endowment from their own personal wealth. The Stowers Institute focuses on finding long-term solutions for gene-based diseases.

Vision: We believe the ultimate measure of our performance is our clients' success.

Mission: We relentlessly focus on delivering superior investment performance and building long-term client relationships.

Experienced Investment Management

American Century Investments is a leading asset manager with almost 60 years of experience helping investors achieve their financial goals. Serving financial intermediaries, institutions and millions of individual investors, we offer a broad array of investment products across a variety of capabilities.

In a very real sense, investors put their future in our hands. With so much at stake, we continue to guide our work by one central belief, shared by every person at American Century Investments: We succeed when our investors succeed.

Our investment management professionals are guided by well-defined, repeatable processes and dedicated to fully invested, active management approaches.

Our Founder

Mr. Stowers had a reputation for being a passionate leader, who strongly believes the only way to do something-is to do it right and do it better than anyone else. He believed in hiring the best people and cared deeply about them. The Best Is Yet To Be is one of his best-known expressions, and he also had ingrained the idea that "making others successful is what makes you successful" throughout the organization. Employees recognize him and his principles as the driving force behind our culture-treating people fairly, honorably and with respect.

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research

Mr. Stowers was also the co-founder, along with Virginia, his wife, of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research - a world class biomedical research organization dedicated to improving quality of life by researching and uncovering the causes, treatment, prevention and cure of genetically-based diseases. Both Jim and Virginia survived cancer.

undefinedYou'll notice our unique spirit and enthusiasm the minute you walk in the door. People genuinely care about each other. We work together to make our company successful by helping our investors, clients and one another.

Our environment is one in which everyone is encouraged to innovate and is supported in their professional and personal goals. This intangible spirit is one of the keys that place American Century Investments® among the nation's top employers, and it's one of our biggest sources of pride.

Guiding Principles

Open communication. Integrity. Recognition for a job well-done. Always learning, always growing. A feeling of value. These are just a few ways employees describe the culture at American Century Investments. It's a culture that's built around our Guiding Principles.

  • Provide value for our investors

  • Challenge and inspire the best people

  • Build a financially sound company

  • Be adaptable and innovative

  • Work with integrity

These concepts are used daily as guidelines for decision-making. They are ingrained into our entire rewards framework and into everything we do.

Sharing in Success

Our team-based culture thrives on sharing the successes of both the company and individuals.

Each year, we recognize our top performing employees at an all-company celebration. By identifying the exceptional achievements of individuals and teams, recognize that our success is based on not only what we do, but how we do it.

In addition to company-wide celebrations, we also encourage managers to celebrate the accomplishments of individual contributors and entire teams. This includes service anniversaries and project milestones which can be marked with a special lunch or team event—including outings to area parks, professional sporting events and amusement parks.

Every five years, employees who celebrate a service anniversary are awarded an anniversary gift.

Open Communication

Communication is an important part of succeeding in today's competitive environment. We believe the more informed you are about your company and our industry, the better prepared you are to make educated business decisions.

We foster open, two-way, communication. This includes our award-winning corporate Intranet, our electronic question-and-answer database; all-staff Town Hall meetings; and regularly scheduled team meetings.

Community Commitment

Individually and collectively, the people of American Century Investments believe in working hard to achieve success for our clients and our communities.

Employee Involvement

We give where our employees give their time, talents and financial support. Through our "Mutual Friends" employee volunteer program we support charitable organizations in our communities by pooling our time and talents. Projects include things like food pantry collections, school supply drives and team-building activities supporting the community.

We recognize individual contributions of time and money through our "Dollars for Donors" matching-gifts program. Through this unique program, you can direct a portion of the American Century Investments Foundation giving to qualified organizations you personally support.

Each employee can award up to $5,000 to a not-for-profit organization by volunteering time and/or making personal financial donations.

Financial Education

We help parents and educators influence the behaviors of children and young adults to establish a path toward financial independence.

Strength in Diversity
What makes you different is what makes us different. At American Century Investments®, we recognize the value of diversity. We believe it's what makes us strong and complete as a workforce. As a company, we accept everyone for who they are and the unique talent and strength they bring. It's one of the primary keys to successfully meet the demands of an ever-changing world.

American Century Investments® believes all individuals are entitled to equal employment opportunity and advancement opportunities without regard to race, religious creed, color, sex, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age for individuals forty years of age and older, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, and any other basis protected by applicable federal, state and local laws. American Century Investments® does not discriminate or adopt any policy that discriminates against an individual or any group of individuals on any of these bases (EOE).


A superior benefits and rewards program is an essential part of our commitment to making American Century Investments® an outstanding place to work. Our Rewards Package—including programs for time off, health and well-being, and financial security—can give you, and your family, peace of mind.

Most of our benefits are available to eligible employees the first day of employment. Our generous paid-time-off program provides 20 days per calendar year with nine paid holidays. We offer competitive pay and incentives that are market-driven. We also offer a comprehensive retirement program.

Financial Security

American Century® Retirement Plan

The company's Retirement Plan is our way of helping you, as we help investors, to start preparing early for retirement. It includes:

  • 401(k) Contributions

    • Pretax and/or Roth 401(k) deferrals up to 80% of your eligible compensation, subject to annual IRS limits

    • Immediate eligibility

    • Additional catch-up contributions if you are 50 or over, subject to annual IRS limits

  • Company-Matching Contributions

    • Company matches every dollar you save up to 4% of your eligible compensation

    • True-up match at year-end to ensure you have received the maximum possible match for the year based on your contribution percentage

  • Retirement Contribution*

    • Each year the company announces a retirement contribution aligned with financial results. This contribution is 100% discretionary.

*You must be employed with the company on Dec. 31 and be credited with at least 1,000 hours of service during the year to be eligible for the retirement contribution. A portion of the contribution can be in the form of privately-held stock of American Century Companies, Inc.

The American Century Retirement Plan offers many investment choices, including a wide variety of American Century Investments' mutual funds and a brokerage account for investors looking for even more flexibility.

Annual Incentives

Full time and part time employees are eligible to receive an annual incentive based on individual performance against measured goals and contribution to our company's profitability and growth.

Life Insurance & Disability

  • Basic Term Life Insurance and Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D)
    American Century Investments provides basic life insurance and AD&D coverage for eligible employees. Premiums for this coverage are paid by American Century Investments.

  • Disability Insurance
    The purpose of disability insurance is to provide replacement income when personal injury or sickness causes you to be absent from work. Premiums for short- and long-term disability are paid by American Century Investments.

Tax Savings Plan

The tax savings plan can provide significant tax savings for eligible participants. It allows you to set aside pretax dollars to pay for eligible expenses you have incurred during the plan year.

Relocation Benefits

Newly hired and current employees who relocate at the company's request may be eligible to receive relocation benefits.

529 Match Program

The 529 Match Program supports your financial goals by providing matching funds, up to $1,000, when you make an eligible contribution to a Kansas 529 Plan.

Health Benefits

Health Coverage

American Century Investments offers medical coverage for both medical and Rx services. We encourage preventive care by covering certain services at 100%.

We offer extensive prescription drug programs, which covers medically necessary prescription drugs and oral contraceptives.

Your medical and prescription drug coverage begins on the first day of employment.

Plus One Coverage

American Century Investments offers a unique opportunity to cover a "Plus One" individual in lieu of your spouse. A Plus One individual is generally defined as either a full-time member of your household or your "domestic partner" who has lived with you for a minimum of 12 months and meets other eligible requirements.

Dental Coverage

Dental insurance, an important part of your overall health coverage, includes preventive services covered at 100%. Coverage begins on the first day of employment.

Vision Plan

Our vision plan pays the majority of the fees associated with routine eye care. American Century Investments also pays the entire premium for employees and their eligible dependents. Coverage begins on the first day of employment.

Retired Medical Option

Retired employees who meet specific requirements may elect medical coverage for themselves and eligible dependents.

Wellness Programs

Employee Assistance Program

The program provides confidential, professional counseling at no charge for things like general and critical incident stress, substance abuse, family issues, financial problems, psychological and relationship issues, legal and vocational difficulties and childcare and elder-care needs.

Fitness Centers and Health Education

American Century Investments believes a healthy, vibrant workforce is a key component to our success and growth. Our wellness programs are designed to give you a variety of opportunities to improve your health and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Programs include on-site preventive screenings, fitness centers, health education and coaching from qualified wellness professionals.

There are many opportunities to earn prizes and cash incentives for participation in the program. All events are voluntary and health information is confidential.

Work/Life Balance

Paid Time Off (PTO)

Employees receive 20 days of PTO per calendar year. You have the flexibility you need to do what you want with your PTO days. Even though you earn PTO throughout the year, they are available on your first day of employment.


You receive nine paid holidays a year. The schedule is subject to change based on the New York Stock Exchange hours of operation.

Parental Leave

Parental leave is available to take within six months following the birth or adoption of your child and is in addition to any time off granted under the short- or long-term disability plan.

Other Leaves

Other leaves are available for bereavement, jury duty, or military service. You may also take unpaid leave when covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

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American Century Investments President and CEO Jonathan S. Thomas
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  • "Good experience. Limited mobility."

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    Former Employee - Investment Accountant in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Investment Accountant in Kansas City, MO
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    I worked at American Century Investments full-time (More than 5 years)


    Good retirement
    Good people
    Salary is competitive
    Benefits seem to be competitive


    Limited upward mobility
    Upper management needs to be more direct with employee evaluations

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    They are very unorganized in their interview process. It was very unprofessional as well. There wasn't clear communication from HR. I was along strung along for 3 months. The recruiter was also very hard to get in touch with.

    The process started with a phone interview then I had to meet with multiple people in person from the hiring manager, recruiter, head of the group, and team members. I had to meet with a few people multiple time. It was also obvious there was no clear lines of communication with HR and team members.

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