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Janus Capital Reviews

Updated August 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Great place to be, healthy work life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • great benefits, good people, great location (in 19 reviews)

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

  • totally useless middle management (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Associate in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.

    Advice to Management

    Expect more from your people and create a more structured environment. Pay attention to who is getting promoted and why. Do they really have the best credentials or do they spend a lot of time being social with their boss? While I was there the top roles seemed to go to white middle aged men with stay-at-home wives. Many women who were more qualified got overlooked for men in promotions. It is amazing to me that there hasn't been a huge lawsuit (maybe there has been but we don't know about it?).


  2. Helpful (10)

    "The Armpit of Equity Analysis"

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    Former Employee - Equity Analyst in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Equity Analyst in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.

    Advice to Management

    My advice would be to treat employees fairly and give opportunities from within. Stop chasing the new, exciting Ivy League grad with little life and no life experience. Listen to employees equally. Stop forcing top down ideas. Allow for diversity.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Soul sucking"

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    Former Employee - Nla in Cherry Creek Highlands, CO
    Former Employee - Nla in Cherry Creek Highlands, CO

    I worked at Janus Capital full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Team members were all seemingly cool people.

    Cons

    Sucked into a job through a staffing agency, paid well below the amount of work you were putting in. Had no drive, and no incentive to do better than an extremely average job every day.

    Advice to Management

    Find people that actually want to work in finance instead of using a staffing agency that way they want to actually work their way up your hierarchal system


  4. Helpful (1)

    "traditional firm"

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

    I have been working at Janus Capital full-time

    Pros

    good benefit, good place for retirement

    Cons

    no growth inside, need build international development plan


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great Investment Management Company. Not so good people"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Thornton, CO
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Thornton, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Janus Capital (More than a year)

    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.

    Advice to Management

    Quit acting like your poop doesn't stink


  6. "Great benefits, awesome culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    Pros

    generous PTO
    +1 to company events :)

    Cons

    Lack of growth
    Job can get repetitive


  7. "Solid company, good management practices"

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

    Pros

    The company had a good HR department, that helped managers and supervisors provide appropriate leadership and feedback

    Cons

    The company sometimes went through times of turmoil, with top leadership and PM changes. The changes affected the external reputation of the company more than directly impacting employee tasks.

  8. "Great place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Janus Capital full-time

    Pros

    Friendly, challenging, results driven, meritorious, forward-looking, socially progressive working environment full of exceptionally smart professionals.

    Cons

    The building lacks a cafeteria, or any place to gather socially or to brain sort mans the interior decor is very dated and depressing, and conducive to creating silos by cutting you off from colleagues.

    Advice to Management

    Spend some money updating the decor and interior spaces to produce a more vibrant, creative environment and build a space where people can gather and interact socially.


  9. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Solution Services in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Solution Services in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People you work with are great! They train you for 2 weeks before putting you to work with real customers. Paid training with a raise once you've completed it.

    Cons

    Supervisors always seemed to be changing


  10. "Too many cooks in the kitchen"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great PTO and benefits. Some very forward thinking and smart people at the grassroots level of the organization. CEO has done a great job leading the organization.

    Cons

    Lots of internal politics and self preservation concerns to deal with at Director level and above. The organization would be better off if teams worked better together and were interested in what's best for Janus and not what's best for their year end review.

    Advice to Management

    The recent leadership change in Operations has shown potential for improvements across the organization, but it's still early. Hopefully Rich Tyson is the leader that the Operations teams need and he can impart real and impactful change on the organization.


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