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Fisher Investments Reviews

Updated October 19, 2017
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  • 10-hour work days, 50-hour work weeks (in 21 reviews)

  • middle management tends to not listen to anyone but themselves, long hours 10 hour days are the norm (in 20 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Big Opportunities for Career Growth, Strong Culture"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fisher has strong focus on growth and a preference to hire internally which generally results in a lot of opportunities for upward advancement and new/different types of roles. Benefits are super solid, nothing I would improve there. Work stays at work, almost no one takes anything home past five, something done on purpose and rare to find. Culture is strong. Its not a great fit for everyone, but if you like a small business mentality (GSD) and enjoy rolling your sleeves up, it’s rewarding. Very mission focused, not frills. Can honestly say the firm is a beacon in Financial Services (sorry for what sounds like hyperbole) for treating clients well and actually doing what's right by them (100% of firms say that in finance, maybe 5% actually do...?).

    Cons

    It’s Financial Services, so the hours and work-from-home aren't what you'd find in Tech or other industries. For me, that was tough at first but you adjust. It's not a frilly/perks-based company--they reinvest in growth. For me, that's better but not a fit for all.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Client Services Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Client Service Associate in Camas, WA
    Former Employee - Client Service Associate in Camas, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Fisher Investments full-time

    Pros

    - Good take home pay
    - Can move up if quickly even if you didn't study finance, accounting, or business

    Cons

    - Bad pay if you consider hours worked, e.g. starting associates make as much as interns but work 10hrs + overtime (interns know this somehow but a lot of associates don't)
    - Hours at work are intense: most of the time your overcapacity, putting out fires, and often getting reamed out for mistakes due to being overcapacity. No time to double-check work, a lot of quantity-over-quality type situations when it comes to workflow.
    - Rampant turnover, which effects workflow. A good percentage of your ten hours will be spent training mentees, being trained on tough cases that you're getting from people who are quitting, and explaining complex situations to ICs who are getting transitioned difficult clients and need someone to "hug them" with actually useful information they won't remember, because IC's are are over capacity themselves.
    - A sort of upside down structure for vertical movement in general, at least for a finance company: those who excel at administrative/client facing roles are the ones who get bumped up to research roles, which are few and highly coveted. In theory this would create researchers with great people skills, but what ends up happening is that those who BS the best rise to the top. Only firm I've seen where analysts are higher up than associates.

    Advice to Management

    Make investment research the foundation of career progression, not client services. Allow early hires the time to make mistakes without loads of training on how to avoid mistakes. And less meetings in general, takes away from time that could actually be spent doing work.

  3. "Investment Counselor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fisher Investments full-time

    Pros

    Pretty good pay and work hours are great. Once you leave the office, you leave the work behind.

    Cons

    You're subject to the market and your client's attitudes. There can be some difficult times even if you're performing your function well.


  4. "Investment Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good experience, benefits, team support

    Cons

    Management, initiatives, old and outdated technology


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Very good employer - working on lifetime carreers"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Investment Analyst
    Former Employee - Investment Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fisher Investments (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I loved working at Fisher. They look after their employees and their customers. Of course it depends on the managers you have, but if you're willing to work and willing to help others, then Fisher is good for you! Their customer process is brilliant.

    Cons

    Their could be more focus on how people act in their social life outside of Fisher. Because the culture is very business related.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Good entry-level role, but the company has a lot to work on"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Camas, WA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Camas, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fisher Investments full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You have a chance to work with some smart people and, depending on the role, there are some challenging problems to work on.
    If you perform well you can get good visibility with senior management.
    If you aren't in a sales role, Fisher will go out of their way to find a better fit within the company for an underperforming employee rather than letting them go.
    Some managers are willing to provide regular, helpful feedback.
    Lots of internal opportunities to move up and around the company and managers who are willing to support their subordinates moving around after 18-24 months in a role.

    Cons

    The culture can be toxic with employees attempting to "throw others under the bus" and managers swearing at their subordinates (this comes from the very top and trickles down).
    Technology is outdated and largely not transferable.
    The talent level is subpar.
    Rigid work schedule (be there by 7 am, can't leave until 5 pm).
    Fisher bills itself as a meritocracy but is quicker to reward employees based on how long they have worked there and allows those employees to "coast" while having much higher standards for newer employees.
    Lots of red tape and bureaucracy that gets in the way of employees performing well in their job.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage management to treat subordinates with more respect and to resolve conflicts between employees more effectively.
    Loosen up on the work hours and dress code if you want to remain competitive with young talent, particularly in the Bay area with so much flexibility offered by tech companies.
    Follow your own advice of challenging conventional wisdom.


  7. "Great place to work and build career"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Counselor in Camas, WA
    Current Employee - Investment Counselor in Camas, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits.
    Great work/life balance - don't bring work home with you.
    Plenty of opportunity to move and advance within the company.

    Cons

    There is little flexibility with hours and structure.

  8. "Junior Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Junior Associate in Camas, WA
    Former Employee - Junior Associate in Camas, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fisher Investments (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexibility
    Part time wage is good
    Great management leaders
    Very nice coworkers
    Great work and life balance

    Cons

    Lack of "actual" promotion
    Location , unless you live in Camas, WA
    Lack of career opportunities


  9. "Great Company with A Solid Value Proposition"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Counselor in Camas, WA
    Current Employee - Investment Counselor in Camas, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great hours, good managers.

    Cons

    Located in Camas, WA, open-pod workspace, outdated tech and software.

    Advice to Management

    Keep inserting brief intermissions in the workday to refresh employees and boost morale.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Ok for associate level roles and entry level investment opportunities, get out once you soak that in."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Benefits, corporate training for employees (sort of) and great people to work with. Noble mission within the criminal industry that you operate.

    Cons

    Management doesn't reward or actually value you, they just pay you enough with your bonus not to quit before the next one, but never really rewarding you. Most managers are only out for those same reasons and the longer you stay, the more unmarketable you are to other employers. The worst is when those people are promoted and then they only 'try not to lose' there next quarterly bonus. Almost never is anyone demoted and only once did I see anyone with any tenure fired and that was for an April fool's joke that Ken flipped out about. Founders syndrome gone bonkers if you ask me. But anyone there denies that because they are benefactors of not having the guts to find something else or do something on their own.

    Advice to Management

    You are now a large organization. The transition is tough. Either try to be better than other large organizations or become one of the crowd, without any market share. Figure out how to grow more than the market and then you won't have to let a bunch of people go went Trump goes to far and we go into a bear. Don't be fooled, this is the 'longest bull market in history' so make some decisions with the company like you would with the market.


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