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Western Asset Management Overview

Pasadena, CA
501 to 1000 employees
1971
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Investment Banking & Asset Management
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Western Asset is one of the world's leading fixed-income managers. From offices in Pasadena, Hong Kong, London, Melbourne, New York, São Paulo, Singapore and Tokyo and Zürich, the company provides investment services for a wide variety of ... Read more

Mission: Western Asset believes in long-term, fundamental, value-oriented investing. The Firm's objective is to provide fixed-income clients with diversified portfolios that are tightly controlled and managed for the long term. Western believes that significant ... Read more

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Western Asset Management – Why Work For Us?


We put our clients first in everything we do.
We listen, understand and seek to help our clients succeed. By meeting or exceeding our clients’ expectations, our success will follow.

We are globally integrated.
Diversity of opinion and specialists based in global investment centers, each concentrating on a specific field of expertise, meaningfully broaden our opportunity set and improve our ability to diversify investments. We think and act on a global basis.

We have a team-based culture.
At all levels of our organization, professionals around the globe continuously communicate information, share investment ideas and collaborate on strategy, working together to enhance the quality of our investment thinking and decision-making.

We are dedicated to active fixed-income.
We believe that by dedicating all of our resources to active fixed-income we can provide superior investment capabilities and service to our clients. We believe that active, value-driven investing can add significant return and reduce portfolio volatility over a market cycle.

Risk management is fundamental to how we manage assets.
We foster a culture in which risk management is a critical component of successful portfolio management. Integrating risk management inputs into the portfolio construction process as well as the independent audit of portfolio risks strengthens its effectiveness. Robust communication and escalation procedures underpin the independence and transparency of risk management.

Western Asset is committed to being the leading fixed-income investment management firm in the world. At the core of our values are Trust, Honesty, Integrity, Diversity, Teamwork, Mutual Respect and Personal Responsibility. Through the common set of shared values we will enrich the power of our ideas and enhance our commitment to excellence. Our values embody:

  • Our Clients
  • Our people are our greatest asset
  • Our Organization

Western Asset offers its employees a generous Total Compensation Package which gives employees and their families' peace of mind.

A few of the attractive benefits include:

  • healthcare coverage for employees and their eligible dependents at no cost to the employee
  • retirement savings plans
  • life insurance coverage
    business travel and medical insurance

Career Growth
Western Asset believes that in order to retain exceptional employees, it must supply the tools with which they can grow professionally. The company offers internal career development and training programs and tuition reimbursement for job related courses.

Company Culture
Part of total well-being includes life away from the office. Western Asset encourages a well-balanced lifestyle by offering wellness programs and by sponsoring a number of company athletic teams/leagues, interest seminars and clubs. Western Asset also recognizes the importance of teambuilding. The company sponsors a number of fun activities that build morale and partnership in informal settings.

Western Asset is committed to supporting and empowering employees in their professional and personal lives.

Offices Designed for Comfort
Western Asset places a high priority on the health, safety and well-being of its employees. This commitment begins with the design of each office. Western Asset's intention is to support a comfortable work environment in an open, interactive style.

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    I have been working at Western Asset Management full-time

    Pros

    It really is a team environment where you are held to a high standard and can also have fun. I’ve found that people are positive and willing to work together to solve problems. I also find that my input is always welcome and that I’m encouraged to give feedback and share my thoughts candidly even with those who are far senior to me. There is a sense that every person is valuable and critical to the company’s success. The culture also has a nice combination of serious professionalism and a laid back feel.

    In terms of career growth opportunities, there are so many different types of projects to work on, and the company seems to really value people taking initiative, taking the lead and taking ownership. There are also more formal training options.

    Cons

    Sometimes parking takes a minute.

    Advice to Management

    The focus on diversity and inclusion should continue.

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Western Asset Management Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Western Asset Management (New York, NY) in April 2017.

    Interview

    Submitted resume online and was contacted for an interview in person within a week. HR arranged 4 people to meet and it took 3 hours overall (avg 30-45 mins each person) Starting from HR for introduction then team manager then head of the dept and another team manager, Lastly HR to walk out.

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Western Asset Management Awards & Accolades

  • Best Places to Work in Money Management, Pensions & Investments, 2018
  • Best Places to Work in Money Management, Pensions & Investments, 2017
  • Best Places to Work, Pensions & Investments, 2015
  • Best Places to Work, Pensions & Investments, 2016
  • Lipper Fund Award, Thomson Reuters Lipper Fund Awards, 2017
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Pledges & Certifications

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

Tech Hiring Commitment

Helping to train, hire and promote more technology workers

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

Pledge to Thrive

Taking steps to prioritize employee well-being

First Job Programs

Maintain entry-level hiring and career development programs to give people career starts

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