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CFA Institute Overview

Charlottesville, VA
501 to 1000 employees
Nonprofit Organization
Investment Banking & Asset Management
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
CFA Institute is the world’s largest association of investment management professionals. Our global community of more than 135,000 members and 145+ member societies is dedicated to upholding the highest educational, ethical, and professional standards in the investment ... Read more

Mission: Our mission statement is, "To lead the investment profession globally by promoting the highest standards of ethics, education, and professional excellence for the ultimate benefit of society."

CFA Institute – Why Work For Us?

Mission Statement

To lead the investment profession globally by promoting the highest standards of ethics, education, and professional excellence for the ultimate benefit of society.


We aspire to a CFA Institute that:

  • Serves all finance professionals seeking education, knowledge, professional development, connection, or inspiration.
  • Leads the investment profession’s thinking in the areas of ethics, capital market integrity, and excellence of practice.


This is how we believe financial markets and services should operate:

  • Investment professionals contribute to the ultimate benefit of society through the sustainable value generated by efficient financial markets and by effective investment institutions.
  • Good stewardship and high ethical standards are necessary for trust and confidence to be secured and for society to be served.
  • Financial markets should afford every investor the opportunity to earn a fair return.
  • Financial markets are more effective when participants are knowledgeable.
  • High ethical principles and professional standards are essential to positive outcomes; rules and regulations, while necessary, are not sufficient by themselves.

Strategic Premises

Our strategy builds on the following beliefs:

  • Investment services will thrive only if principals and assets owners have trust in the system and obtain fair and sustainable results from the services and actions of agents.
  • Significant systemic risks arise from the complexity and inter‐connectedness of markets and instruments, to which effective industry structure and excellent practice are critical.
  • Economic and political power is broadening out across a wider range of countries and regions, requiring significant strategic re-balancing.
  • Imbalances in the macroeconomic and geopolitical environment present significant opportunities, challenges, and risks.
  • Transformational changes in demography, the environment, and the limits to natural resources present significant challenges and opportunities.

With offices in the United States, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region, our staff consists of more than 500 employees from around the world.

We offer very competitive compensation and a superior benefits package including medical, dental, retirement plans, leave program, paid holidays, educational assistance, in-house training and educational opportunities, wellness reimbursement, and International Rotation Assignment Program.

Compensation and Benefits

We strive to maintain a compensation program that is fair, competitive, and supportive of the strategic goals of the organization. Compensation is composed of two major components: base salary and incentive compensation. Base salary is reviewed annually based on performance and other factors. Incentive compensation is based on organization and individual employee performance.

Global Awareness

Because our members, candidates, partners, local societies, and employees are located around the globe, every single CFA Institute employee strives to be culturally aware. To further this important goal, all full-time employees are eligible to participate in our International Rotation Assignment Program, which allows individuals to spend a certain period of time working with staff at a different CFA Institute office around the world.

Work/Life Balance

We provide ample opportunities for employees to enjoy their lives beyond work by offering a generous paid leave and holiday program with a flexible work arrangement option. In addition to salary, we provide attractive, comprehensive benefit programs for all our employees designed to promote and protect good health, plan for retirement, and provide access to worthwhile community resources.


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    Excellent values and opportunity to grow the organization, the profession and personally


    Main office in Charlottesville- I moved here to work at CFA Institute and the organization is rife with elitist academic types who have little real world experience. Simply knowing the definition of a term is not proven ability to implement - if more employees here understood this there would be more accountability for their words and behavior in the workplace.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people with investment and business experience and hold the opinionated, self-centered types accountable for the negative and at times hostile environment they create.

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    I applied in-person. I interviewed at CFA Institute (Charlottesville, VA) in January 2018.


    Meet with Hiring manager and their immediate supervisor for about 45 minutes each. Relaxed, yet professional and candid conversations about past roles and experiences and how they align with their goals and strategies.

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CFA Institute Awards & Accolades

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