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Updated January 12, 2018
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Highland Capital Co-Founder and President James Dondero
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  1. "Great Company for Internships!"

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    Former Employee - Intern Marketing in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Intern Marketing in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Highland Capital (More than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone at the company is very energetic so it makes it fun to go to work every day! You really do learn a lot while you are there and they treat you like a member of the team and not an intern.

    Cons

    Just wish there was an opportunity for me to stay and work full-time!


  2. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Highland Capital full-time

    Pros

    Nothing, this place is awful

    Cons

    Horrible, absolutely terribly run and operated

    Advice to Management

    Go down gracefully

  3. "Highland"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Highland Capital full-time

    Pros

    Free food all day
    Great building
    Good benefits
    Smart people

    Cons

    Compensation is often way below market.
    Management makes questionable decisions. I worked in the hedge fund industry for a long time and this is the highest turnover I have ever seen. They are consistently firing people and hiring less adequate people.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Mixed Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Highland Capital full-time

    Pros

    - Highland is a big name (whether it's desirable is another matter) and you have access to whatever resources you need because of it. You can get whatever research or support you need to get your job done.
    - Coworkers are generally very smart and hard working. There are a couple of bad apples, but by and large, people are pleasant to be around.
    - Beautiful office in the Crescent, with plenty of free food and drinks
    - Good benefits plan, but nothing too out of the ordinary for buyside finance

    Cons

    - Culture feels paternalistic and overbearing at times. The firm has a bunch of odd rules that make it feel like the average employee can't be trusted to do his or her job without being forced. These include minimum weekly hours (need to log in and out every single day), highly blocked/restricted internet (with an insulting "quota" system that allows you to browse for 15 minutes a day), must share hotel rooms while traveling, no ability to work from home, frowned upon to leave the desk to get coffee, go for walks, etc.
    - Compensation is meaningfully below similar roles at other firms
    - The firm is constantly involved in lawsuits / scandals which gets pretty distracting. Due to legal issues with certain investment banks, deal flow is impacted as well.
    - Opportunities for advancement / promotion are very unclear
    - While they're all great people, the firm seems to have an unncessarily large back office, probably to deal with all the legal and ethical problems.
    - While active managers generally are doing poorly, HCM in particular has had issues with heavy withdrawals / shrinking AUM


  5. "great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Highland Capital full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - people complain about the work life balance but this is no different than any other financial services firm
    - take great care of employees with dining options, 401k, healthcare, generous vacation
    - very collaborative environment, if you need to get something done there are not many road blocks, everyone is working together

    Cons

    - no cons as of now

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work it's a great firm and excited to see the continued growth


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Financial Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Highland Capital full-time

    Pros

    dynamic asset management firm that provides employees with the opportunity to work hard and develop professionally, motivating office environment - coworkers are all highly skilled/qualified, diverse investment portfolios with a history of generating above-average returns for investors, great 401k and benefits

    Cons

    no cons from my perspective

    Advice to Management

    unique company - keep up the good work!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Phenomenal Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Highland Capital full-time

    Pros

    A unique and special work experience in Dallas. Your co-workers are legitimately smart and will help you learn. The work is interesting. The pay is strong and grow quickly if you do well. The benefits and perks are generous.

    Cons

    Like other high-end jobs, it remains a pretty intense workplace.

    Advice to Management

    Continue focus on growth

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Regional Sales Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Highland Capital full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits and pay when the Market is doing well

    Cons

    Not a great place to work when the market takes a hit


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Not a good experience"

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    Former Employee - Senior Regional Sales Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Regional Sales Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Highland Capital (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Get lunch every day

    Cons

    Minimum of 60 hour work week


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really good culture. Great people

    Cons

    Not anything worth mentioning. There will be idiotic coworkers anywhere.


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