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Calamos Asset Management Reviews

Updated November 17, 2017
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Calamos Asset Management Chairman, CEO, and Co-Chief Investment Officer John P. Calamos Sr.
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  • Very structured and stuffy and relentless procedures and cross checking (in 2 reviews)

  • Not much opportunity to prove yourself for the first few years outside of filing papers, making copies, data entry, etc (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Internal Wholesaler"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Calamos Asset Management full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, good culture, great team

    Cons

    Felt micro managed at times when it came to metrics


  2. "Junior Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Calamos Asset Management full-time

    Pros

    It's convenient if you live in the western suburbs.

    Cons

    You won't get anywhere unless you're willing to drink the Kool Aid. They keep "yes men" around and get rid of smart people who question are challenge upper management. This is particularly bad in the investment world where open discussion is important in evaluating opportunity. Their fund performance shows how dysfunctional they are.

    Their pay is really poor. They actually admit that salaries are lower than other places because of the "suburban discount"

  3. "Awesome Experience"

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Calamos Asset Management (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Worked with teams directly, easy to get a feel for the company culture and how everything in the company works as a whole.

    Cons

    Feels like the company was taking a different approach near the end of the summer, went from public to private. Unsure of management


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Calamos Asset Management full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Don't let the other reviews fool you. Calamos is a great place to work with free lunches, competitive salaries, plenty of PTO, 401K, summer hours (good work/life balance), great people and a super nice building to work in. Calamos is now under a new CEO and the future is looking really bright. Great place to learn and grow.

    Cons

    Nothing really, the only compliant I have is that some of the employees are introverted

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on growth


  5. "Good Firm"

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    Former Employee - Investment Consultant in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Investment Consultant in Naperville, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Calamos Asset Management full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Small enough of an atmosphere that you know just about everyone. Very willing to invest in the future growth of their employees...MBA's, Designations, etc. Great benefits. Free gourmet lunches daily.

    Cons

    Some of the original Wealth Management folks felt a little inaccessible. Can be stuffy at times. Always seems to have been a divide between Sales & Portfolio Management.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire good people and trust that they will do their job.


  6. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Calamos Asset Management full-time

    Pros

    Great location, free lunch, very clean and organized building. Employees are friendly and helpful. Couldn't have asked for a better transition out of college into the working world.

    Cons

    As an IT professional at the company, I cannot think of any major downsides to working at Calamos. Typical IT related annoyances occur but that goes for any business.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Collapse"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Calamos Asset Management full-time

    Pros

    Penny stock by the end of the year?

    Cons

    Steady decline in stock price points to poor leadership, both old and new. Don't expect that bonus target to come true if you are foolish enough to join.

    Advice to Management

    Stop having the marketing team write fake Glassdoor reviews

  8. "Honesty/Trust"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Calamos Asset Management full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Free Lunch
    Clean well kept building

    Cons

    There is no trust of associates. Guilty until proven innocent.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Confidential"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free lunch, parking, easy commute..can't think of anything else positive to say.

    Cons

    Not an equal opportunity employer. Female and seasoned workers not respected.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes to good people that would help the company improve.!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great hands-off manager who understands how his team works (invaluable), good work/life balance, campus discounts, free lunches, profit sharing, bonus program, location, training/tuition reimbursement

    Cons

    Has been difficult to secure decisions from senior management in the past, but has gotten much better lately......As with most places, there are some office politics to deal with, but it has not been a problem for me personally, so it's just something to keep in mind


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