I have been working at Western Asset Management full-time (More than 8 years)
* Good compensation and benefits
* Good work culture
* Good Management
* Not clear career growth path
Advice to Management
* Pay more attention to learning of employees
I applied online. The process took 7+ weeks. I interviewed at Western Asset Management (Pasadena, CA).
Very slow process took 53 days to final. 3 Telephonic Rounds and 1 In Person.
1 Round - Generic Questions
2 Round - Technical Questions
3 Round - Technical Questions + Manager also joined the interview
In Person Round - 4 hours - Was interviewed by 5 people out if which one didn't even care to show up.
Everytime after my followup the recruiter would go ahead see whats the next round.
MOST IMP is that after all this ordeal they said we like you but since we don't know how to hire you as a Permanent Employee we will try Contract to hire !! - This is ridiculous ! I mean if you aren't sure what exactly you need then why waste 53 days and then come up with this decision ? Very Un-Professional.
Also in the in person interview I never got the positive vibe neither found most of them warm and nice. They sounded very uncomfortable and the over all office environment wasn't good too.
My advice to them is first and foremost don't waste time of people if you don't know what exactly you are looking for. This was the most unprofessional interview I ever attended. I declined their offer of converted Permanent to Contract to hire after 3 months since I am sure that their fickle mind would change soon.
I also heard that layoffs are routine there and I a glad that I didn't take the offer.