Baillie Gifford Reviews

Updated Apr 13, 2020

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4.1
86%
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94%
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Baillie Gifford Joint Senior Partners Charles Plowden and Andrew Telfer (no image)
Charles Plowden and Andrew Telfer
20 Ratings
Pros
  • "Has lunchtime clubs such as the monthly run club which enforces the culture of the company of having a good work/life balance(in 17 reviews)

  • " free coffee (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • "Too Edinburgh based, wished they had bigger offices elsewhere(in 5 reviews)

  • "Lack of diversity within partnership - has been identified as an area for attention and efforts are being made to improve this(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Analyst in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Baillie Gifford full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Fascinating work, smart people, we remunerated

    Cons

    There is a changing of the guard amongst the partnership. Will the new partners be as long term and as considered as the old ones?

  2. "Good company to work for"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Database Developer 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Baillie Gifford full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Overall great attitude towards employees. Great work culture.

    Cons

    Very traditional and sometimes hard to introduce a change.


  3. "Working at Baillie Gifford"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Analyst 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Baillie Gifford full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits, great office space

    Cons

    Projects aren't very interesting unless you're at the very top.

  4. "Great company!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Baillie Gifford part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Really good employers, lovely staff, interesting work,

    Cons

    Honestly I don't think there are any

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Investments 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Baillie Gifford full-time

    Pros

    Good long-term culture. Flexible working policy.

    Cons

    Sub-cultures across teams that make it hard to adapt.

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  6. Helpful (2)

    "Elitist with window dressing"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Investment Analyst in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Baillie Gifford full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fund management is interesting work.

    Cons

    Really elitist. White, straight males prosper - look at the partnership. I felt very excluded, and unhappy. Career prospects depend on being born a white straight British male, preferably posh. So glad I’ve moved on to a more forward-thinking organisation where I feel valued.

  7. Helpful (3)

    "Good employer"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Baillie Gifford full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Extremely supportive, excellent bonus and comparable salaries .

    Cons

    Unclear and inconsistent performance review process, even more unclear salary review process . Although low turn over is great, it leaves very little room for career advancement. Recent exponential growth means it is a very different company to what it once was and many internal politics. In the dark ages in terms of flexible working etc, although is making improvements in this area

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  8. Helpful (4)

    "Great firm with a friendly culture, sometimes a bit bureaucratic"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Baillie Gifford full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and bonuses, friendly and respectful culture. Great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Communication isn't great across departments and there is a bit of a them/us vibe with operational and investment departments (particularly with regard to pay). There isn't much opportunity to progress if you work in an operational department.

  9. "All around a good company to work for"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Baillie Gifford full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendly and welcoming work environment. They invest a lot in staff and provide excellent training opportunities and also provide good compensation and a generous bonus. Good work-life balance and there's a lot of experience within the company.

    Cons

    Lack of diversity with staff particularly in senior positions. Generally people within the business can be slow/hesitant to change and new ideas. A lot of work processes are unneccasarily complicated and could be streamlined but again people prefer to do things as they've always been done.

  10. "Investment"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investor in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Baillie Gifford full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Job security, location, reputation, performance, collegiate

    Cons

    Conservatism sometimes limits product innovation.

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