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Charles Schwab San Francisco Reviews

Updated December 13, 2017
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Charles Schwab President and Chief Executive Officer Walt Bettinger II
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  • very little flexibility with scheduling due to call center requirements (in 94 reviews)

  • Stresses work life balance and at times is not the most demanding (in 32 reviews)

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  1. "Great company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Charles Schwab full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, leadership, vision. It's easy to rally behind the future of the company

    Cons

    I don't have much to share here, other than the businesses can be a bit silo'd without enough cross departmental pollenization

    Advice to Management

    Keep focused on your winning story.


  2. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Legal Assistant/Paralegal in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant/Paralegal in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Charles Schwab full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of department to train and learn.

    Cons

    Company moved most operations out of SF

  3. "Sr. Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Charles Schwab full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I worked at Charles Schwab for more then 10 yrs. It was a great place to work. I had very good managers in San Francisco. Very flexible work environment. Even though they are a financial services company, they use a lot of cutting edge technology.

    Cons

    Sadly the San Francisco location is being scaled down. It was a thriving work place at San Francisco. The new locations in Denver, Austin and Dallas are awesome. technology is still cutting edge.

    Advice to Management

    Continue using state of the art technology. That is your strength.


  4. "Great Environment"

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    Former Intern - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Charles Schwab as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Inclusive environment and culture where people are willing to help you learn. Access to the Bloomberg Terminal while working for the securities lending department in San Francisco

    Cons

    Stresses work life balance and at times is not the most demanding. Could be periods of light work.

    Advice to Management

    Have more collaborative projects for intern groups. Otherwise, keep the intern academy going strong!


  5. "IT Director of Project Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Charles Schwab full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, very collaborative, great benefits, great opportunity to work on different projects and different enterprises within the company. Company continues to grow and provide opportunities. Well run organization, with great leadership at the C & EVP levels. A place that you are proud to work at and enjoy coming to work each day

    Cons

    Expanding outside of SF home and reducing the SF / Bay Area footprint. Career opportunities outside of SF, especially Denver, Austin and Dallas are good. There are a few small pockets of hard to work with individuals. Equity is limited to the top 5% of performers which is a discouragement to others.


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    "Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Technical Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Charles Schwab full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great colleagues, the opportunity (in the past) to work on cool tech!

    Cons

    Eliminated Tech in SF, Corp cultured devolved from fun, cool hard working teams to bureaucratic, sycophantic dictatorship.... sad, sad to witness.
    There was also a coordinated effort to create a hostile work environment & pressure older, more highly compensated employees to leave (to avoid paying out a severance package?).

    Advice to Management

    When did your huge bonuses block you from doing the right thing?
     Walt is a great public speaker/ snake oil salesman. Perfect guy at the helm during this era of gluttonous corporate greed.
    When did you sell your souls?


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Charles Schwab full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Amazing people, great work culture

    Cons

    They are downsizing in SF

  8. "Senior QA Engineer"

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    Former Employee - QA Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Charles Schwab full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Innovative technology, talented, smart people

    Cons

    Too many levels (8) between people who did an actual work and senior/ executive management.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Good company, bad HR"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Charles Schwab full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice benefits, decent pay.

    Cons

    Bean counters in HR run the company. They outsourced whole departments out of state as they saw it could save money. But they ended up with much less qualified and experienced people.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees as people, not numbers.


  10. "Good company with strong culture and client focus"

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    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Charles Schwab full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Strong belief in doing what is right for clients and providing exceptional service. People are friendly and easy going. Management is accessible and down to earth. Certain high growth locations like Denver and new Texas offices are seeing lots of job availability. Easy place to work with good work like balance.

    Cons

    Morale in SF has been low due to recent strategy to move jobs out of SF. Lost a lot of experienced and talented employees. Project funding is challenging unless strategic and high profile initiatives. Working with employees across so many geographic locations means mostly conference calls so you lose the personal in face interaction. Can be too consensus driven at times. Promotions beyond Director to VP are difficult. Not a lot of career growth.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on career growth and rewarding top employees with promotions and monetary rewards. Maintain culture despite being spread across so many locations.


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