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Updated January 2, 2019
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Mark J.P. Anson, PhD
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  1. "Great company but I admit I'm biased"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Director in Wilton, CT
    Current Employee - Managing Director in Wilton, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Commonfund full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Commonfund is a mission based organization that is a nice blend of not-for-profit focus yet competitive pay and ample resources. Commonfund has access to the best investment managers and a long tradition of providing value to its clients. I'm a long term managing director so definitely biased but I can honestly say that we have a great senior management team and a lot of optimism about the direction of our company these days.

    Cons

    Commonfund has had some considerable turnover among our senior executives in recent years, including the recent departure of our former CEO Catherine Keating. Catherine was a strong leader and was great with clients so we were all disappointed to see her go, but the good news is that our CIO Mark Anson has stepped up to the CEO role and is another fantastic leader for our firm. I guess that doesn't sound like much of a con, so I'll say that the investment management business is tough these days with a lot of intense competition and pressure on fees, so we run lean and mean and everyone has to work hard around here. But it's interesting work and our clients are mostly endowments and foundations funding worthy institutions and causes so we all feel good about what we are doing.

    Advice to Management

    It's nice to see some more employee events lately and having a little fun so I hope that continues.


  2. "Fund accountant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Commonfund full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance and solid pay

    Cons

    Too much down time and turnover of senior staff

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the ground Troops

  3. "review"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Wilton, CT
    Former Employee - Analyst in Wilton, CT

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

    Pros

    good people, good parking, good cafe

    Cons

    lack of communication, major turnover in management


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Managing Director"

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

    I worked at Commonfund full-time

    Pros

    The overwhelming majority of workers at Commonfund are dedicated and hardworking. Client service is strong.

    Cons

    Senior Management has been a revolving door. Commonfund is now on its third CEO in five years. Likewise, the Investment, Sales, Operations, Legal, Compliance, Accounting/CFO leadership and team heads have all changed at least once in the last five years. The Wilton office is largely vacant. The NYC office is used by just a handful of people and was obtained, in part, to satisfy the former CEO who primarily lived in NYC.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the Wilton building and move to a small location. Investigate selling the firm too.


  5. "Salary review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Commonfund full-time

    Pros

    Good work environment for everyone

    Cons

    Not enough room for improvement


  6. "Associated director accounting"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director Accounting in Wilton, CT
    Current Employee - Associate Director Accounting in Wilton, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Commonfund full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great mission helping universities and foundations increase their endowments

    Cons

    Declining business. High amount of competition


  7. "Great team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Commonfund full-time

    Pros

    Great culture with rising talent

    Cons

    Turnover has been an issue

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent company as a leader in non profit asset management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilton, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilton, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Terrific corporate culture with a very knowledgeable investment team. The work/life balance is great. Moreover; there is opportunity to interact and communicate with leadership, adding value to the employee career experience.

    Cons

    The location of the headquarters is in Wilton, so if there is travel involved it can be a challenge with the proximity to major airports.

    Advice to Management

    Great management team. Outstanding CEO and CIO.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "director - more than 5 years"

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

    I have been working at Commonfund full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great reputation. Right size. Mission based work which attracts mission oriented employees. New leadership embracing change in an evolving industry.

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility.

    Challenging industry undergoing significant fee compression.

    Big data and quant making it difficult for anybody to differentiate themselves in this industry.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing forward with innovative and challenging initiatives: our clients can handle it.

    Fine to go after big clients, but small to mid size are those that really need us and their needs are leveragable.

    We can not be everything to all people. Focus and be the best at what we do.


  10. "A Successful Turnaround Story"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Commonfund full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong, sharp leadership brought in 3 years ago to revive sleepy Commonfund. Much work has been done and the company is in a good position to build a great business.

    A local Wilton, CT office and also a new NYC location -- the best of both worlds.

    Cons

    The gym is a bit dated.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!