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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 (16)

    "Not for the faint of heart."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Still small enough for individuals at all levels to make a big impact. Visibility to senior leadership, high expectations and sometimes antagonistic culture fosters thick skin. Benefits are 2nd to none and pay can be higher than industry standard depending on performance bonuses. Strict 7am-5pm schedule means a predictable schedule and no taking the job home with you. Strong test and learn culture. Some senior leaders that recognize the need for change and progress.

    Note: many of the reviews here are written by outside sales individuals - those roles are an entirely different experience than working full time from either the San Mateo or Camas offices - and therefore their criticisms of other individuals reviewers should be taken with a grain of salt.

    Cons

    Mandatory 10 hour days regardless of work load. 7am start time regardless of department. No working from home. Suspicion of technology and outside business partners. Quick growth and significant turnover has led to many inexperienced managers who were promoted out of necessity. Lack of formal training. Antagonistic culture comes directly from the top, but is diminishing in some departments. San Mateo office is dark, old and cluttered.

    Advice to Management

    Continue bringing in experienced outside talent. Focus on outdated technology. Recognize that the current company culture is a huge hurdle for attracting younger talent and for up-keeping employee morale. If the San Mateo office will remain, invest in it and understand that you are competing against companies with the most attractive cultures in the world. Continue making efforts to reduce the culture of fear and encourage a collaborative environment.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great Opportunitity stuck in Old Fashioned Culture"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Benefits are hard to beat
    -Appreciation for merit based (if you're the right type of person)
    -Competitive environment (could be a con depending how you operate)
    -Unlimited partial PTO
    -20 PTO days per year
    -Opportunity to rotate between roles

    Cons

    -inflexible 50 hour work weeks
    -Many incompetent people just skating by
    -Culture is very formal with many people feeling the consequences (Only 1 social event per year, very little team bonding, rarely does anyone take a lunch break, creativity is often hushes)
    -Very few women in upper management (not necessarily anyone's fault, but is worth mentioning)

    Advice to Management

    Follow the advice of the associates around you. Small minor changes such as lunch time yoga class can make a HUGE Difference.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Investment Associate"

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    Former Employee - Investment Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Investment Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some good colleagues and they hire smart motivated people. The hours are long, but you get off at a reasonable time

    Cons

    Almost everything. The managers are young and are not trained to manage people. Ken Fisher is not a nice man


  4. "Good place to work, great people."

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    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fisher Investments full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    At all levels, you will have the opportunity to learn a lot. Further, an emphasis on high specialization of function with a strong bias of promoting from within affords ample advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    Family owned and operated - can feel a bit stifling at times. In the same way that any individual's thoughts and actions may not make perfect sense at all times from all angles, the company's processes and procedures are essentially dictated by the thoughts, biases, mood, etc of the owner.

    Advice to Management

    You've created a well-oiled machine - but sometimes the parts become all to aware that they're as replaceable as they are essential.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good Place to Start"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - WealthBuilder Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - WealthBuilder Account Executive in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Helps you orient yourself in the professional world, with dozens of young professionals all doing the same thing.

    Cons

    The "bait and switch" is commonly used by management to get commitment from new hires.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to have a long career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fisher Investments full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent company for building a career. Growing business with growing career and earnings opportunities. Love that performance is the key for advancement.

    Cons

    Expect to work hard. People looking for a short work week or who want a raise without doing the work should look elsewhere.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "A sales firm that happens to do finance"

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    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    You will specialize in specific areas. You become friendly with most of the people there and its a very open environment. They have 401K matching and relatively good benefits.

    Cons

    Don't expect that you will learn how to value a company, select investments, become a trader, manage accounts or really do much in finance. Rather you will focus on doing one thing over and over for comp that is simply better elsewhere. However, if you are on the sales side the comp was pretty good but that may have changed. Also don't really expect job satisfaction as the culture isn't easy to deal with.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Pretty Standard"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Associate in San Francisco, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Lots of responsibility quickly
    -Exposure to multiple lines of marketing
    -Trusted with speaking directly to vendors and building relationships
    -Use of industry standard software

    Cons

    -Lack of manager direction
    -Minimal collective experience in marketing
    -High turnover of lower level employees
    -Managers have little knowledge of employees work load

    Advice to Management

    -Create a more transparent compensation system
    -Create an environment where employees enjoy working
    -Invest more in your employee's intellectual capital


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