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Franklin Templeton Investments Reviews

Updated June 3, 2017
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Franklin Templeton Investments President & CEO Gregory E. Johnson
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  • work/life balance can be challenging at times (in 14 reviews)

  • Limited career growth opportunities in Canadian region (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Program Manager (Director equivalent level) Risk and Controls"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Autonomy, Challenging fast paced industry. Good corporate culture

    Cons

    Limited Promotional Opportunities. Heavy performance based compensation impacted by company performance. Company does not like to spend an extra dollar on anything.

    Advice to Management

    Stop offshoring operations.


  2. "FTI as employer"

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    Current Employee - Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large company, great benefits including generous bonus, 401K matching and nice corporate environment to work in

    Cons

    Easy to get lost in the corporate maze, lots of politics and hard to find path to promotion unless "you know someone", a lot of lifer employees that don't want to innovate or think outside the box

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees - they leave if they are not happy.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good people, offices are spread out all over the world"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very collegial culture. Many, many of my colleagues have been working there for 20+ years. So the company must be doing something right. Franklin is very supportive of its employees and I've found senior managers are approachable and open to speaking with employees.

    Cons

    The company is so geographically dispersed, you could go years without meeting a colleague face to face. Offices in the five primary US locations, plus London, Poland, Scotland, India. They use Skype to allow you to connect to your colleagues. And travelling to other locations is the norm (particularly for management). That lessens the problems associated with being so geographically spread out.

    There are many, many meetings with many, many people. It's not unusual to find yourself back to back conferences a calls throughout the day, often with 20+ people on the line. Many people on the line "multi-task" during calls. It's sometimes the only way they can get any work done.


  4. "Great employer"

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    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Health care, vision, dental, profit sharing, education reimbursement, two weeks vacation plus more as you stay on with the company

    Cons

    Family business so unless you are a Johnson don't expect to g all the way up the ranks. Not a lot of advancement opportunities.


  5. "Good people and work environment"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Franklin Templeton Investments full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Groups work very well together, lots of support.

    Cons

    Tendency not to look outside your own department or see the bigger picture.

    Advice to Management

    Don't candy coat corporate presentations. If AUM is down, talk about it and discuss why. Encourage employee questions during corporate presentations.


  6. "Good company, avoid the TA!"

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    Former Employee - Transfer Agent Associate in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Former Employee - Transfer Agent Associate in Rancho Cordova, CA

    Pros

    Good work/life balance (full time is 37.5hrs), good benefits, and 401k matching is one of the best out there. Learn a lot about the industry.

    Cons

    Transfer agency is brutal, but just a stepping stone for many. That being said, it can be tough to move around within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Felt like employee feedback was solicited, but never truly heard.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Overworked but underappreciated"

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    Current Employee - IT - Infrastructure Services in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - IT - Infrastructure Services in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, including 401 contributions

    Cons

    Poisonous culture and work environment caused by a micromanager CTO. The CTO want to be involved with every project, which is fine, but he makes everything so much harder than it needs to be by his micromanagement. Most projects are delayed because of him but everyone is too afraid to tell him the truth. He is also not very professional at times and can become verbally abusive during meetings. I would not recommend working for this company…

    Advice to Management

    Be truthful and tell the CTO how much of a damage he is causing to the work culture and employee moral.

  8. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Former Employee - Intern in Saint Petersburg, FL

    I worked at Franklin Templeton Investments (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very laid back, good people

    Cons

    Not a lot of motivation


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Toxic Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation and 401k plan. Bonus pool used to be good but has been cut for the workers NOT in management over the past two years. Some management understand working from home is an excellent way to get more productivity out of workers, however many others in management do not.

    Cons

    Company is technologically behind. Silos of business and technology teams. Management does not cooperate with each other- they are divided. No clear technology blueprint for teams to use in making decisions on projects. Management avoids making decisions and pushes responsibility down to the lower levels. There is a lot of the blame game going on. Very high stress. Top heavy with management personnel and not enough resources to actually get the work done. No career path. Management has their favorites in management and those are the ones getting the promotions and the money while the workers remain stagnant. Management is not supportive and does not mentor the team members. Management wants to keep the knowledge and control in order to suppress the workers and not risk their position of control. Very toxic environment where people become beaten down and demotivated.

    Advice to Management

    Take a long hard look at the reality of your culture and change it before all of your talented people leave and the only ones remaining are those who can't get things done. Applying pressure to your management to contain costs has meant the workers are being abused. Management is not taking this opportunity to improve the environment to become more productive, they have simply increased the workload for non-management and created a demotivating and toxic environment which is counterproductive.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Big company but still a great family business"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Franklin Templeton Investments (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Company that cares.

    Cons

    In IT, sometimes long hours, as to be expected, but still can accomplish work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    Thanks!


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