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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging and rewarding work enviornment"

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

    I have been working at Harding Loevner full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    An excellent workplace with many long-term employees. Come here to make a career, not a quick profit. Colleagues are smart, ethical, and committed to the firm.

    Cons

    Some new staff haven't performed to expectations and have been let go, that's a natural part of the growth and development of any firm. Hence a few complaints you'll read here, which should be taken with a serious grain of salt. If you have a good attitude and perform with excellence you will be rewarded at this firm.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Bridgewater, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate in Bridgewater, NJ
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harding Loevner full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Laid back culture, everyone is very kind and friendly. Everyone is also very smart (50% literally seem to have CFAs) and serious about life. An eclectic group of multinational employees, which make the atmosphere quirky, but interesting. People genuinely want to help you out, and if you really try to make the most of it you can end up learning quite a lot.
    Good long term compensation...if you stay for 5+ years to experience them.
    They give you a phone, and some other standard perks, breakfast once a week, etc.

    Cons

    Pay is not up to par with other firms in the industry looking for the same level talent.

    Horrible location in suburban NJ.

    Some people are too serious. Almost everyone, even those 24-28 years old, were married or close to it. I found the older employees to be more relatable in many ways, as most of the younger people at the firm were 20 going on 40 in my book. It made for a rigid environment at times.

    I saw some serious micro-managing going on. Almost definitely due to the growing pains, of going from 20 employees and $2bb in AUM to 100 and $40 in just a few years. No flexibility in terms of working from home, and no intentions to change that anytime soon. I know people who work for big wall street firms that work from home once-twice a week, the only time you'll do it here is when it's a blizzard outside. I very much so got the sense that certain people competed amongst each other to give off the impression that they were working harder, sucking up to managers, coming in early just to browse the web, or other 'fake' behavior. It never seemed like many people at the firm were friends outside of work, and that's like due to some of the things I mentioned above.

    Make sure you like the fit before you take a job.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more flexibility, work from home, flexible hours etc. Have more structure in terms of training, and stop changing titles/departments/little things all time. It just makes management look bad.


  3. "Startup feel for 20+ year old asset manager firm."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Bridgewater, NJ
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Bridgewater, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harding Loevner (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Complete transparency. Almost every email is cc'd to everyone. If you have a good or bad idea, the group will know.
    Investment rather than marketing led organization. New products are few and far in between. The investment returns are discussed much more frequently than the firm's success.
    Cool new office renovation.
    Thoughtful and detail oriented in decision making.

    Cons

    Location Location Location. Very Suburban.
    There are a lot of managers and growing. On the cusp of losing the otherwise flat structure feel.

    Advice to Management

    We're growing a lot. Beware the bureaucratic creep.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Look for exits if you are a junior level employee"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Investment Associate/Portfolio Management Associate in Bridgewater, NJ
    Former Employee - Investment Associate/Portfolio Management Associate in Bridgewater, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good exposure to portfolio managers depending on team you end up in. Go for institutional.
    - Looks great on resume depending on what they change the title to, but title has drawbacks see cons.
    - Everyone is from an Ivy League school.
    - Free breakfast on Mondays.

    Cons

    - Misleading job titles & descriptions. You do not end up doing the role you were hired to do. For example, research associates are not helping with excel models or even doing actual research. I would be surprised if the research associates actually know how to build an excel model for the companies that the analysts cover.
    - You learn next to nothing at the firm. Either come in as an experienced analyst and be treated well or stay here for a year or so before you try to spin the position on your resume and get out.
    - Lack of growth opportunities within the firm. Small firm with low turnover in non-junior roles. Despite being a smaller firm there is a lack of flexibility to move between departments. There is no learning curve or training that would give you the ability to develop any semblance of a transferable skill set.
    - Bureaucracy and micromanagement is rife within the firm.
    - Leaving the firm is extremely hard. You are expected to have learned things during your job, the lack of transferable skills will come up during interviews and will hurt you in your search.
    - Compensation is not competitive and does not ramp up if you stay.

    Advice to Management

    Please consider the careers of junior level employees before offering them jobs that will not prepare them for future success. The turnover in junior employees for a firm that size should be enough of evidence that there needs to be a change in what new hires are promised and what Harding Loevner delivers.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to start career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Associate in Bridgewater, NJ
    Current Employee - Investment Associate in Bridgewater, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harding Loevner full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - small teams, good exposure, ability to maintain ownership of work and projects, work with intelligible people

    Cons

    - location (quite a journey from NYC)


  7. Helpful (2)

    "A Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgewater, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgewater, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Harding Loevner (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great respect for individual thought, encouraging a process of collaboration without consensus. Has an investment process that works, and helps people achieve good results.

    Cons

    Located a bit out from big cities, though close to Newark airport


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Small Company - Little Incentives"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somerville, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somerville, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Very entreprenurial type mindset - pushes employees to take initiative and implement changes

    Cons

    No structure (management structure), non-exisitent training program, salary pay is inversely related to amount of hours worked (pay too little, work too long)

    Advice to Management

    place some structure within the firm (i.e. training programs), management should take initiative to treat all employee's fairly and respectably


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Portfolio Management Associate"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Portfolio Management Associate
    Former Employee - Portfolio Management Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked at Harding Loevner for about half a year, and left after I discovered it wasn't a good personal fit, however I think if you click with the culture, it's a great place. Free breakfasts on Mondays, a gym on site, and a fairly lax dress code make for a very balanced environment. I was able to grow out a beard and no one batted an eye, to give you a sense of the informal atmosphere. It is a small firm and so you get to know everyone quite quickly. Pros include great exposure to the portfolio managers, very smart people, and great hours. They pay for your CFA exam which is also a perk.

    Cons

    You need a long term commitment to the firm, and your role may be different than what you envisioned. There is a large emphasis on earning your way to more relevant duties, however this could be said of many places.

    Advice to Management

    Consider a rotational program that will foster the interests and intellectual curiosity of your hires. Make sure people see a clear path to the top, or at the very least, a dynamic and rewarding long term trajectory.