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FS Investments Reviews

Updated December 6, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Outstanding"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FS Investments full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits and people are outstanding

    Cons

    Sometimes hard to find a path for advancement


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Regional Sales Director"

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

    I worked at FS Investments full-time

    Pros

    Was innovative in the past, hopefully they can return to that at some point.
    Excellent use of technology

    Cons

    This once innovative company has lost its way. Michael Forman is more concerned with hanging his artwork on the walls of his overpriced corporate headquarters than in providing quality products.

    They expanded far too quickly and now are retreating due to company missteps and a changing regulatory environment.

    Arrogance and hubris is driving away a big part of what has made them successful - their subadvisory relationship with Blackstone.

    They continue to hire overpriced executives, further lowering morale among the rank and file.

    Restrictive non-compete agreements are required and make it difficult to find employment elsewhere in the industry. They are vindictive and mean-spirited about enforcing these.

    They are focused on hiring clones - everyone looks, acts and thinks the same due to FS placing the highest priority for employment on a personality test.

    No 401(k) match

    Advice to Management

    Admit to yourselves that you're a distribution firm, not an asset management firm. Try to remember why you started the company - to provide good investments to the investing public. All your free meals, daily workouts and public service are secondary to this, and you haven't delivered.

  3. "Quality Control Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at FS Investments part-time

    Pros

    Variety of job fields. Amazing HR team.

    Cons

    Lots of pressure to conform to culture.

    Advice to Management

    Work on people skills


  4. "Changing times for once dominant firm"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FS Investments full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company tries to implement quality benefits (free breakfast and lunches), forward thinking culture, great colleagues.

    Cons

    Executive management team is constantly changing (CEO causing much of the turnover), recent 2-3 years of new employee hires are not very high caliber, company becoming very bureaucratic and slow to move. The industry is in trouble and as a result the company may need to continue to downsize. If you ever leave FS (voluntarily or not) they make it very difficult for you to have another job in the same industry. Opportunity for career advancement has diminished as the firm has stopped growing and is slowly downsizing.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring expensive executive management members from "old school" financial firms and hire more quality middle management and non-management employees. Focus on hiring more innovative and entrepreneurial managers.


  5. "Fantastic place to start/learn"

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

    I have been working at FS Investments full-time

    Pros

    Growing firm, amazing culture with great benefits. The office culture is great, amazing learning and growth experience.

    Cons

    Growing firm, some hiccups as to be expected.

    Advice to Management

    Great path so far, always trying to be innovative.


  6. "Amazing Company Culture"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Designer in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Assistant Designer in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FS Investments part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Truly felt valued and useful in my position. This company takes great care of its employees and fosters an environment for high performance.

    Cons

    Open floor layout can sometimes create distraction.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Regional Sales Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FS Investments full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Differentiated products with strong distributions partners. Community outreach opportunities and health & fitness programs for home office employees are nice benefits.

    Cons

    Culture has dramatically changed over the last 18 months and is no longer a strength of the company. Employee morale is now at an all time low. Non-competes are also very stringent and can inhibit future employment if you leave the firm regardless whether the separation is voluntary or involuntary.

    Advice to Management

    The firm has become too top heavy with senior roles that have been added over the last two years and management is spending too much time trying to justify their positions rather than managing the firm for the long term. Company morale is suffering greatly as a result.

  8. "Internal Sales"

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    Current Employee - Internal Sales in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Internal Sales in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FS Investments full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, a lot of opportunity for those willing to work hard. The benefits are awesome and it's a growing organization but is still small enough that you know most of your colleagues and have access to the C Level execs. Innovative products to offer.

    Cons

    Dealing with a tough regulatory environment. Sales have slowed since 2013-2014, but newer products should turn that around.

    Advice to Management

    Keep showing your employees you care about them.


  9. "Good Company, Changing Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FS Investments full-time

    Pros

    Terrific home office benefits for employees, gym/personal training, meal plan, community involvement

    Cons

    going through a rough patch, culture on edge because of it

    Advice to Management

    Is FS a distributor of other managers solutions or an asset manager?


  10. "Review on FS"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FS Investments full-time

    Pros

    Free meals, free gym, great teams

    Cons

    To each their own path


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