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Franklin Templeton Investments San Mateo Reviews

Updated May 18, 2017
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San Mateo, CA

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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. "Great employer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "FTI as employer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (6)

    "Overworked but underappreciated"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. "Great culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Senior Consultant in San Mateo, CA
    Current Contractor - Senior Consultant in San Mateo, CA
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Franklin Templeton Investments as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture and people. Office in San Mateo headquarters is very nice.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic and slow. Feels like family shop with Johnson family running the show.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Toxic Environment"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. "Good company to work for with great benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great fellow employees and management is good.
    The benefits are great.

    Cons

    Can get pretty stressful and fast-paced during times of market volatility


  8. "Middle Office Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Middle Office Analyst in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Middle Office Analyst in San Mateo, CA

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

    Pros

    Good people...wonderful matching 401k plan....strong benefits

    Cons

    Pay is relatively low with respect to other investment companies....They are slow to make management changes. Hours can be long.....


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great work ethics and work culture. Difficult to get in but once you are hired, they will take care of you."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Franklin Templeton Investments full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company hires smart and intelligent people, great professionals. Some groups have a very warm team atmosphere. Career advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    There is a room to grow your career but you generally have to ask for it and prove that you are the right candidate for the job. No training for a people management level jobs, have to learn by experience.

    Advice to Management

    It would be great to establish some mandatory trainings for newly promoted supervisors and managers. Would help understanding company's expectations for people manager's role. Sometimes people with great technical skills may not have the skill set required for a good people manager but they can learn.


  10. "Senior Financial Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in San Mateo, CA

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

    Pros

    Captive organization - Good learning

    Cons

    Leadership should improve, must encourage creative and innovation


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Futures Program STAY AWAY"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Futures Associate in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Futures Associate in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not really given any work of true value or importance to your group or company as a whole because you are simply in each department for four months then have to switch groups. Hard to be trusted with serious work when you're just rotating around every four months. This is a PRO because it means the work you are given is EASY. There is also an opportunity to learn IF you get lucky with your rotations.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy. Bureaucracy. Bureaucracy. You are at the whim of HR. The program is out of HRs budget so at the end of the day who is your boss. At times this rep isn't even at your location nor do they know what type of job you're doing. They place you where they can place you so they can get home that night.
    Also, you're treated like a child doing internships in this program.

    Advice to Management

    COMMUNICATE


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