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"Good entry-level Position"

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Former Employee - Associate in Austin, TX
Former Employee - Associate in Austin, TX
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

Great entry level position
Got a good idea for finance as a whole

Cons

Dogmatic about the philosophy (it's not a bad one), but I would hesitate to tell anyone that I explore active investing as well

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    "Would be a great place to work if not for the uphill battle with management to get things done proper."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Academic Culture.
    Decent Compensation and Benefits
    Very nice "green" office.
    Organization has a stated goal and operates by it at significant cost (very rare today).

    Cons

    Dysfunctional senior management.
    Complete lack of accountability my senior management.
    Staff is routinely "thrown under the bus" for situations and decisions that are completely out of their control.
    Politics are a major issue between management & staff, departments and offices. Politics permeates the culture while management is oblivious to its existence.
    HR is utterly ineffective in dealing with the organization's issues.
    Staff's only course of action is to resign.
    Real talent, insight and years of direct experience are not appreciated. It will get your hired but counts for nothing afterwards.
    No one is willing to "rock the boat" in order to fix a blatant issue with another senior manager.
    It can be a challenge to work with highly educated individuals who know much about a narrow field but behave as though they know all about everything, including how best to do your job. It's common fault among PhD's.

    Advice to Management

    For senior management, there is a disconnect between the position of responsibility and accountability. How is it that a senior manager can have so many major problems occur over the years that would have been mitigated by effective leadership and never be held accountable while staff routinely takes the fall? There is so much potential that is utterly stifled by inept management.
    It's a disservice to everyone. I estimate that for a specific group within the organization, staff operates at between 30% to 60% of potential as a direct result of poor decisions and lack of leadership by the senior manager. It simply does not have to be. The CEO must correct the real issue of inept senior management.


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    "Career progression - yea get an MBA from a top university"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Trading in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Assistant Trading in Austin, TX
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great history and story to the company. Smart employees, but bad culture. Great place to learn how to be an indexer. How to process corporate actions. Learn how to elect on proxies!

    Cons

    A lot of "new" MBA's that say they are all about efficient markets only because if they don't they will probably be fired. Not open to ideas that the investment world is looking at. So it leaves you specialized to the point where nobody else cares how you view the world through a DFA investment microscope. Leaves you with little transferable skills because of the specialized nature of the firm. If you can stay and somehow find a niche then awesome, but like most people who leave you will find yourself exactly where you started with few skills added. In house processes exist and nobody wants to change them because they work. However, current employees don't even know what they really do because they didn't write the poorly constructed code in VB6. It is really a shame to see the new CEO incorporate all these performance reviews and micro-manage departments. I guess he should just eliminate all VPs in general and just micro-manage all departments.

    Advice to Management

    Concentrate on overall strategy of the firm and direction instead of trying to micro-manage other peoples departments.

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