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Highland Capital Reviews

Updated March 16, 2018
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  1. Helpful (7)

    "Plenty of Opportunities / Talented Employees / Great Pay & Benefits"

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

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

    Pros

    Highland has been an outstanding place to work. I've been able to work with very smart, energetic people - it is a motivating environment to work in. If you perform well you will have the opportunity to take on additional responsibility and leadership. It's a flat organization with easy access to senior management. The firm is nimble and makes decisions quickly without getting bogged down in bureaucracy.

    The comp is very hard to beat and the benefits are world-class (free medical and dental insurance, free daily lunch, gym, cell phone bill paid, generous vacation days, etc.)

    I'm proud to work here.

    Cons

    It is an intense work environment and the pace isn't for everyone...a work hard, play hard type of place. Very high standards.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Highland Capital was the best company I've ever worked for"

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

    I worked at Highland Capital full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    This firm was to me the perfect job. The people here are outstanding, intelligent, motivated, the perfect blend of talent. I only left because they spun off my department into a separate company and I no longer worked directly for them. And I have missed working there ever since. It's the longest I've ever been with a company.

    Cons

    For some people the hours might be a con, but for me once you got used to putting in your time and you knew everyone else was else, by design, putting in their hours or more you felt everyone was contributing equally.

  3. Helpful (8)

    "Toxic, Controlling, Aloof - A facade or a mirage!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Damn! Free delivered lunch everyday and dinner if you're burning the middle night oil. A flat organization, meaning you get a lot of responsibilities and great experience and exposure to execs. Your peers are typically nice, cordial and courteous. Although people are not every open and friendly. Everyone seems to have four computer monitors. Well, that's how you make money. Its takes a little to make a lot.

    Cons

    With the exposure to many execs, you get a first hand look at the idiosyncrasies that these egotistical, butt clenching neurotic insecure overpaid strong-arm soldiers do. Wanna succeed? Follow their lead. If not, and many do not, you are out the door. This place has got some turnover and low tenure. Most people have only been with the company for less than 2 years. I guess, that what happens when you have integrity and expect truth and honesty.

    Advice to Management

    Man up! Open your eyes! Quit always thinking about spending your six or seven figure bonuses or listening to yourselves talk. No one is listening, not even yourself. Either you are an unprincipled moron, aloof or a frat boy or a combination.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "High expectations but a very rewarding place to work."

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

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

    Pros

    Exposure to senior management
    Ability to work independently on own research ideas
    Good work/life balance
    Fun work environment
    Ability to take on new responsibilities, entrepreneurship encouraged
    Great compensation and benefits
    Casual dress code

    Cons

    Time quota (just the concept, it's not really hard to meet expectations)
    Limited travel to companies and conferences

    Advice to Management

    Continue to grow the business and communicate that vision to the firm


  5. Helpful (5)

    "dysfunctional management"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    decent pay, decent benefits, free lunch

    Cons

    poor working atmosphere, disappointing advancement, lunatic middle managment

    Advice to Management

    shed the inept middle management


  6. Helpful (11)

    "Great Company To Work For"

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

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

    Pros

    A lot of financial firms get a bad rap but Highland Capital Management is not your typical finance firm. Everything from the interview process to the culture is unique. The interview process was quick, efficient and painless. The Recruiting Manager was there every step of the way: from the initial call to signing my contract. Highland has a great culture: not everyone is always suited up and while it’s fast pace and everyone works hard, there is a laid back feel. Upper management has an open door policy. I have never worked at a firm where a Co-Founder takes the time to really know their employees. More importantly, there is access to incredible knowledge. I am a recent grad and new to the finance industry. Having the ability to learn from more experienced professionals and industry leaders in invaluable. The retail side of the business is growing exponentially, so there is definitely opportunity for career growth.

    Cons

    My only “con” is not really a con. While the work hours are long, the pay is great. In sales, you definitely see a direct correlation between how much you put in and how much you get out of it.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Depends on your personality, it could fit you or destroy you"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Investment Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Investment Analyst in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Highland Capital full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pays relatively well, good benefits

    Cons

    lack of trust from management, mandated working hours (lower limits)

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Great company with attractive advancement opportunities"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Senior leadership is very strong and has positioned the company for growth. Wealth of advancement opportunities for those that seek them. Excellent benefits and pay. The culture is very strong; everyone is friendly and seems to really enjoy being at the firm and part of the industry.

    Cons

    The hours can be long; however, as mentioned in the "pros" section, you're compensated for the commitment.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to do what you're doing!


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Mixed bag"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Some of the brightest people work at this firm. The pay is great.

    Cons

    The "big brother' atmosphere is stifling. Mandatory hours of 60+/week leaves little opportunity for work-life balance.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "One of the best places I’ve had the privilege of working for. Very unique company culture and values."

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

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

    Pros

    Plenty of learning opportunities, great firm reputation, and friendly colleagues. Fairly horizontal organization structure that rewards initiative and constructive input.

    Cons

    Requires strong work ethic – minimum number of hours for each employee. Also need intellectual horse power and strong problem solving skills.

    Advice to Management

    None


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