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Highland Capital Reviews

Updated January 12, 2018
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Fund accountant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free lunch, very high bonuses comparatively, smart people, great office, promotes often, exposure to a lot of different sectors/investment types/people, ability to transfer to different departments

    Cons

    Firm growth stalled a little for the last few years. Past PR issues hurt the firm's reputation but that has been healing.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps focus on a specific investment vehicle type centered around what the firm is best at, CLOs & maybe secondary CLOs. There is a lot of growth potential and ability to continue to strive when focusing on an area of expertise.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Rewarding place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Credit Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Credit Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Autonomy to diligence research ideas
    Intelligent colleagues
    Young and driven research team
    Access to top management
    Compensation tied to performance
    Great benefits
    Firm encourages entrepreneurship
    Hard-working but fun environment
    No paper pushing

    Cons

    Minimum weekly hours (averaged out over the year)
    Compensation structure (deferrals)
    Fewer opportunities to travel for research diligence
    Lack of diversity in backgrounds across the research team

    Advice to Management

    Continue to communicate firm strategy and direction to keep employees focused on goals
    Seek out diversity in job applicants
    Sunset timekeeper

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Eh"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Highland Capital full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of perks- free lunch, great health care, casual dress and lots of happy hours. Good location and building. Overall good

    Cons

    No work life balance. You live and breathe highland. No real lunch breaks, required work on nights and weekends. Forced overtime


  4. Helpful (4)

    "AVP"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great group of people. Flexible work time. Good benegits.

    Cons

    Technology may be a bit behind.

    Advice to Management

    Ask the employees for feedback more. Most employees are passionate about the company and want to be involved.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Best financial firm I've ever worked for"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Highland Capital full-time

    Pros

    You'll learn a lot, and have incredible exposure to upper management. There's no limit to the opportunities you'll be given, provided you have the competence and drive to make good on them.

    Cons

    None that I can think of - but if you're not 100% dedicated to what you do, you won't survive.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to express emotions from time to time. No one will think less of you if you take the time to congratulate people for doing a good job, or make them feel valued. It sounds cliche, but giving those out from time to time can go a long way.


  6. "contract"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits and opportunities available.

    Cons

    long hours and interview process too long


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Regional Sales Consultant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fast paced, intelligent group of individuals looking to succeed in the investment industry. Great opportunity to move up in a company that is poised for growth, and gain knowledge straight from the portfolio management team

    Cons

    There are longer hours, but you definitely see the success in the amount of effort you put in.

  8. Helpful (8)

    "Impressive"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    I have worked in the financial services industry for over seven years in New York, New Jersey, and Texas. I am the most impressed with the employees at Highland Capital Management, L.P. ("Highland"). The people that work at Highland are motivated, intelligent, helpful, and know what they are doing. The teams are kept pretty lean so everyone has an important role in helping the firm meet its goals. There is also room to transition into other areas. The benefits and perks are outstanding - free healthcare, generous 401(k), free gym membership, free parking, free lunch every day, fully stocked kitchen, etc. Highland also holds firm events and quarterly team events so you get to know people outside of your immediate team.

    Cons

    The floor plan is open concept so it can get pretty loud, which makes concentrating and phone calls difficult at times.


  9. Helpful (10)

    "Highland Capital"

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

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

    Pros

    One of the greatest things about Highland is that you get exposure to upper management no matter what your level is in the company. The work environment is challenging but rewarding and pushes you to learn and grow in your position. This allows for many opportunities for advancement in your career. The benefits offered at Highland are top-notch! The office is very open and inviting which makes me happy to come here every morning.

    Cons

    Highland has very high expectations for all of its employees and their work. This isn't exactly a con but it something to be prepared for when looking to work at the firm.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Leave your morals at the door"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Highland Capital full-time

    Pros

    free health insurance, lunch, parking, gym membership & cell phone plan

    Cons

    Incestuous place where everyone is having office affairs & no one cares, including HR! Step on others to get ahead. No ethics shown by leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Don't treat your employees like servants. Reward them with a carrot instead of beating them with a stick.


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