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Updated February 5, 2017
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  • career growth opportunity is limited (in 2 reviews)

  • Some technologies they are using are pretty old (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Quantitative Research"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Quantitative Research in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Quantitative Research in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at GMO (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company with very smart people and a flat structure.

    Cons

    It seems the firm is in transition and I hope they will find new consistent trading strategies, in line with current market's peculiarities.


  2. "Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    the benefits, those in higher positions were very willing to help out those early on in their careers

    Cons

    Company is downsizing so little room for long term growth


  3. "Business Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at GMO full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits - Unlimited Vacation, no medical premiums, Good compensation

    Cons

    It used to be a great small company feel, its getting more and more bureaucratic and political. Loosing AUMs and had the first over layoffs in 2016.

    Advice to Management

    Try to bring back the old small company feel.


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  5. "IT"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Attleboro, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Attleboro, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GMO (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work, great benefits

    Cons

    Many changes in management in the last few years

    Advice to Management

    look at what make this company great before


  6. "Company going through a rough time"

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    Former Employee - Investment Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Investment Analyst in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Employees encouraged to contribute ideas and start new projects
    Work environment is supportive except maybe at the top
    Lots of bright capable people
    Prestige of working for a well-regarded investment firm

    Cons

    Since investment performance has mostly been sub-par lately, profitability and compensation have suffered
    Currently the firm is operating with an interim CEO, creating some uncertainty about the future
    Regulatory environment and popularity of passive strategies are not favorable for active-management firms like GMO

    Advice to Management

    Focus on investment approaches where GMO has a competitive advantage. Don't try to be all things to all people. Insist on accountability at all levels.


  7. "Great work-life balance. Can do better on communication"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GMO full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible working hours as long as you have your work covered.
    Nice people to work with. People are willing to help if you ask.
    Nice location, lot of good restaurant nearby.

    Cons

    Lack of communication in terms of work flow and best practice between different teams in the IT department.
    Some technologies they are using are pretty old..

    Advice to Management

    More communication between different groups. There may be different methodologies taken by each group for the same work.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Experience varies depending on the group you are in"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great health insurance benefits, fully paid tuition up to 2 courses per semester. Benefits make it hard to leave thus the employee retention has been high thus far. If the benefits go away half of the company will quit tomorrow.

    Cons

    Lots of turmoil lately. Employees are not happy coming to work. Big vibe of arrogance and everyone seems to hate each other. People tend to work hard not smart

    Advice to Management

    Look at the big picture. Stop catering individuals and specific needs as that creates waste and adding to the cost.


  9. "A good place to be"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people at GMO are some of the best people I've worked with, not simply as workers but as people who are honest and who have integrity. Everyone I've met on the IT side seems genuinely client focused and to driven to see the firm succeed. I really cannot say enough how much I appreciate the culture and people I work with. There is more opportunity to have a direct say in what technologies you use and the architecture than you'd generally have at a bigger firm when working on new projects, but it can be hard to communicate the benefit for changing older projects.

    As others have mentioned, the benefits are great. The medical benefits are amazing in and of themselves. Generally you can work on a lot of different areas if you're willing to take initiative and ask to be moved around.

    Cons

    There have been a lot of shakeups, hopefully for the best. IT can seem disorganized and your experience is entirely up to whether or not your direct manager is good or bad. The firm itself seems to be undergoing some growing pains. The interview process can be agonizing for the interviewer(s) and the interviewee. It can be hard to gain insight in to what other groups are working on and why.

    Advice to Management

    Look to really centralize some of your IT offerings as well as set aside time for IT employees to keep up to date on the latest trends in tech.


  10. "Software Development Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Intern in Downtown Crossing, MA
    Former Employee - Software Development Intern in Downtown Crossing, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Team mates are friendly and encouraging

    Cons

    Steep learning curve . Not many development opportunities .


  11. "Great company great coworkers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very smart and motivated coworkers, learning a lot on the job

    Cons

    The firm lacks firm-wide direction, different divisions within the company doing the same thing without knowledge of each other (redundant projects etc)

    Advice to Management

    Have a better big picture look at the company as a whole, a lot of divisions and groups are doing the same thing and repeating the same projects here and there



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