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Federated Investors Reviews

Updated March 6, 2017
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Federated Investors President, CEO, and Director J. Christopher Donahue
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Associate investment analyst"

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    Current Employee - Associate Investment Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Associate Investment Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Federated Investors full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The hours are flexible and there is very nice culture. The people are nice to work for. It's fairly open to analysts working on their own projects and research.

    Cons

    There is very little turnover at the firm which can make it difficult to advance. The dress code is strict and suits must be worn every day.


  2. "1990s Corporate America"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Federated Investors (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Vacation days and health insurance

    Cons

    Slow upward mobility and stale office environment, corporate slave.


  3. "Conservative Culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Federated Investors (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some managers are very proactive and want to help you succeed

    Cons

    Slow paced environment with a predominately complacent older generation


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Business systems analyst"

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    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Federated Investors (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good senior leadership and job security.

    Cons

    Promotions based on years, not performance.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Federated Investors (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, very structured and good company

    Cons

    Very lean, conservative culture results in lack of change


  7. "Federated Investors Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with, loved my colleagues. Mainly positive interactions with management during my years at the company. Very good job training.

    Cons

    In the division of the company I was a part of, it was difficult to receive a decent salary increase regardless of how good your performance was.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Overall Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Federated Investors full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, really respects having a life outside of work. Rewards good employees with good raises. Most projects are engaging. People are nice and most are willing to help.

    Cons

    Security and audit run the show, what they say goes. Technology is a little old though making improvements the past couple years.

    Advice to Management

    Trust employees and loosen amount of hoops needed to get changes made. Promotions should be based on merit, not years.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Prides themselves on high tenure and strong values"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Federated Investors full-time

    Pros

    Federated prides themselves on high tenure of their employees and places a great deal of weight on the fact that they have 'hired good people'.

    Cons

    Federated is technologically behind the times and therefore has an exceptionally poor data reporting infrastructure. Federated also has a poor incentive infrastructure for young, driven employees.

    Advice to Management

    Extremely high tenure at a firm does not always bode well for efficiency or growth. Federated's management needs to recognize that the company's atmosphere fosters complacency.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Deaf Ears"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    Basically a collegial environment. Intelligent employees.
    Fairly good work/life balance.

    Cons

    HR will support management--no matter what.
    Very difficult to advance. Many employees retain the same job title forever. For most employees, the only way to move up is to move on.
    Watch out if you express an opinion that differs from upper management. Rather than being viewed as a contribution, it may well be viewed as lack of loyalty.

    Advice to Management

    Consider valuing employees for the work they produce, rather than how long they've been at the company. Be more open to different opinions--that's what democracy is all about and that's what generates progress!


  11. "Positive experience at this family run investment manager, stable employment with good benefits."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable employment in the investment management industry is a huge positive, they weathered the recent recession with few losses. Employees feel very comfortable in their employment situation. Many people make long careers here, promotions from within are possible.

    Cons

    Salaries are rather below market, using the cost of living approach to justify. Pittsburgh has had quiet a Renaissance, and is no longer the bargain it once was. Promotions take a long time.

    Advice to Management

    More respect for employee situation, perhaps an occasional visit with the ground troops would benefit management's understanding of the concerns of the employees. Reward good work, incentivize the employees, a review system which rewards good performance and discourages poor performance would be helpful.


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