Janus Capital Reviews

Updated Jun 17, 2020

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Janus Capital CEO and Director Richard M. (Dick) Weil
Richard M. (Dick) Weil
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Pros
  • "great benefits, good people, great location(in 19 reviews)

  • "Work/Life Balance, PTO, Health Ins(in 16 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "If you like to have a work/life balance, this is not the department for you(in 5 reviews)

  • "Senior management goes through a revolving door(in 5 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Client Service

      May 1, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Work Hours, Flexibility, Great teammates

      Cons

      401k Match not full vested

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    2. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      The Armpit of Equity Analysis

      Jan 13, 2017 - Equity Analyst in Denver, CO
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      Pros

      Biggest investment shop in Denver. The nicest pro I can give is that there is free soda.

      Cons

      Janus may seem impressive on a resume but the organization is completely dysfunctional. New senior analysts are hired based on business school pedigree, or more importantly, ability to effectively gossip and socialize within the office. Promotions never materialize because experience/hard work doesn't matter here. The investment team consists of ideologues whom struggle making active investing decisions which is pretty evident when looking at historical returns. I have never worked for a company with lower morale. At least in equity research, the best way to gauge whether management is lying to you is when they open their mouths. The ongoing merger was formed to benefit top executives while bonuses declined and no raises were given to most employees. Many people join Janus to live in Denver and I would caution against this. Management will lure you in only to trap you in a city with limited competition. Please exhaust other options before accepting a position with Janus. It is impossible to break through the bureaucracy of this organization. Women and minorities need not apply here. Most women have left due to the non-welcoming environment and there are no minorities. The only viewpoint here is one of a white, Ivy League male with a stay at home wife and country club membership. I am shocked there hasn’t been a lawsuit yet.

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    3. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      This once was a great company to work for.

      Apr 16, 2013 - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
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      Pros

      - Good benefits package - Nice location - Decent training and development department

      Cons

      - Overpaid Managers and Directors and incompetency throughout the organization - Ineffective HR department - Nepotism and Favoritism is extensive - Lack of accountability at ALL levels - Your opinions are only valued if they are in agreement with your department head - You are rewarded and promoted based your networking (sucking up) skills, not your talent and ability to actually get things done. - Lack of any type of manager assistance or encouragement towards career development.

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    4. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Janus cares about its employees.

      Mar 15, 2009 - Project Manager in Denver, CO
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      Pros

      Janus really does put an effort in assuring employees have a healthy work/life balance. They have a generous bonus program and great benefits. One of the really bright spots for me was the opportunity to advance I was given by my manager and the VP of my department. I had every opportunity to turn my job at Janus into a career. The company cared about my personal life and allowed me to put my family first.

      Cons

      Not all departments respect the Janus corporate stance on work/life balance. Many long-standing members of the company are completely disinterested by new ideas or thoughts on new ways of doing things. I was very frustrated by the old-guard who didn't understand how to properly use the internet to their advantage. Working on internet projects for Janus was like going back in time. And no one there seemed to understand why their internet strategy was failing.

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    5. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Happy but...

      Feb 22, 2017 - Marketing Manager in Denver, CO
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      Pros

      - Great Benefits - Great Diversity Initiatives and Professional Development - You can tell the EC really cares about the employees - The people - Work / life balance

      Cons

      - There is constant change happening there. From PM turnover, to mergers, to restructuring. We would always joke "never a dull moment" which is an unsettling feeling to employees. - Sales / Marketing misalignment - The "new" CMO is from the old school thought of marketing - Constant random acts of marketing and no real research of what is performing well and what isn't. Employees create so much collateral that doesn't even get utilized. Not for lack of effort, but the market has changed. 92% of content in general doesn't ever get used. This is not an efficient use of the marketing folks time. They would really benefit from more BI and more modern approaches to marketing. - A limited amount of people make the decisions and if you don't abide by their way of doing things, then you are ousted. -

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    6. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Great first job because you won't know any better.

      Jan 4, 2013 - Trade Operations Representative in Denver, CO
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      Pros

      - Nice location in Cherry Creek - The benefits are similar to but not better than other financial services companies in Denver. - If you like doing the same repetitive work every day and not being challenged mentally this is a good place to work. - If you like the status quo, this is a great department.

      Cons

      - If you're not good at playing politics, this is not the department for you. - If you are a professional and know how to behave in an office, this is not the department for you. - If you like to have a work/life balance, this is not the department for you. - If you expect your manager to help you develop and grow as an employee, this is not the department for you. - If you expect the department to have the same rules for every employee, this is not the place for you. - If you don't like to be micromanaged, this is not the place for you. - If you think you may want to eventually get a promotion, this is not the place for you. - If you think management in the department should be transparent, this is not the place for you. - If you would like to work for a department that has a good reputation and isn't viewed as romper room by the rest of the company, this is not the place for you.

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    7. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great Investment Management Company. Not so good people

      Oct 25, 2016 - Financial Analyst in Thornton, CO
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      Pros

      The work you perform is very rewarding, it has sound and immediate impact to the company's overall objective and mission. People are friendly and willing to go out of their way to help you. Great software tools they are using for their trading. You are surrounded by people always pushing the status quo and going above of beyond, not settling for the simple answer and analyzing more than necessary.

      Cons

      Management isn't always forward thinking. Very bureaucratic. Can be extremely political, you do have to kiss butt to the right people to move up the ladder, which is extremely slow. In the headquarters, in North Cherry Creek, the culture and climate is good but people do act like their poop doesn't stink. This is also noticeable in the company holiday party and summer socials/ happy hours. Compensation lags a bit behind what other competitors pay for the same position in the Denver metro area. Cublics are on every floor, which is extremely outdated, with the size of their AUM you would think they can get better desks for the lowest level employees. There is also no kitchen in the headquarters to eat/ mingle during lunch hours.

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    8. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Associate

      Jan 4, 2017 - Associate in Denver, CO
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      Pros

      Very laid back environment for a financial firm. Lots of great people work here. It is not unusual to leave the building for a coffee and meet half the firm doing the same thing. It is easy to have a work/life balance.

      Cons

      Being "social" is far more important than being knowledgeable and hard-working. It can be very hard getting things done as there is not a sense of urgency and a lack of professionalism by employees at all levels of the firm. It may seem great that you can grab a coffee or get lunch whenever you want, but after awhile the lack of structure and lack of passion/drive gets on your nerves.

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      4 people found this review helpful
    9. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Best company I have ever experienced

      Jan 20, 2011 - IT Professional in Denver, CO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - benefits package is outstanding. the best I have seen out of dozens of companies I consulted in the past - people are fabulous in this company. energetic, helpful, play team. At least that's how I feel at IT and the business units I support. I think that covers a fair wide range of the company - pay at IT is pretty good

      Cons

      - you don't really have a whole lot of chances to move around in the company. they will rather hire from outside than transitioning an employee from one role to another with some training. These employees ended up getting let go or they will just quit eventually once they find their jobs are dead ends.

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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Pretty good company to work for

      Jan 14, 2014 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great benefits, good location, salary is fair, nice extra employee perks i.e. holiday party, employee appreciation day in the summer, etc.

      Cons

      Continually overhauling existing processes whether it's needed or not, too much "high level" thinking without realizing the impact on the day-to-day processes. If it isn't broken, don't fix it! It's expected that people are involved in or contribute to special projects as part of their job nowadays regardless of the level of competency or interest.

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