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"Great work - life balance; beware of politics"

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Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Boston, MA
Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Boston, MA
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Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Work - life balance, benefits are good.

Cons

Internal promotions add 10% to your base at the most.

Other Employee Reviews for State Street

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Not the worst job, but far from the best"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The insurance is good. Good amount of vacation. Finally starting to make strides to improve quality of life. Strong push to work from home.

    Cons

    Usually have to work long hours. There is low pay for lower levels. No OT for Higher levels. High turnover and constant changes which makes it difficult to improve worklife.

    Advice to Management

    Need more rewards and recognition


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Someday I will be glad that I worked here."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at State Street full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Fairly easy to get in to the company (especially to Fund Accounting), and internal moves are common, though you have to be very quick and decisive to act in order to get them. Great as a first employer post-graduation as long as you don't stay too long.
    - Once you get above the Associate 2 level things improve dramatically (other than no longer being paid overtime). Suggestions that would have been dismissed out of hand from an A2 are taken seriously from a Sr. Associate, micromanagement (usually) decreases significantly, and people generally stop assuming you are an idiot.

    Cons

    - Internal communication, both within the group and between different areas of the company, is dismal. Allegedly we are all working towards the same goals, but nobody seems to act like it.
    - Kiss-up/kick-down culture permeates the company, especially Officer and above, and people act surprised that the Associate level employees keep leaving due to being berated after consistently working 70+ hours a week. This also shows up between different groups, when titles are officially the same but one group is able to claim high ground due to "the client says...".
    - Micromanagement of lower-level employees is excessive. If an employee says something will be done in an hour, and you make them spend 15 minutes of that hour giving status updates on it, of course it's not going to be done. There is no magic work fairy that continues working while the employee answers your 7 phone calls, 4 emails and 3 cubicle visits.
    - Work/life balance, while great in certain groups (particularly for officers and up), is virtually nonexistent in my group. Unless of course one takes work/life balance to mean spending 84 hours in the office and 84 hours outside of it per week. Perfectly balanced!

    Advice to Management

    Just because you pay your Associate level employees overtime does not mean that you should expect them to be able to work 80+ hours every week with no prior warning. That is lazy management.

    Also, please do not bury layoff announcements in the middle of a paragraphs near the end of the fourth quarter earnings announcement. If hundreds of people are going to be losing jobs, the least you can do is be up front about it.

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