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PIMCO Reviews

Updated June 19, 2018
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  • "Not much work life balance as far as wfh" (in 27 reviews)

  • "no work life balance, understaffed" (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture is intense but cooperative. There a plenty of opportunities for top performers. The culture has become more inclusive with more of a focus on work-life integration over the last few years.

    Cons

    The environment can be a bit intense. There are definitely some people who lack strong interpersonal skills


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good company, but extremely limited growth opportunities for junior staff across the board of different departments"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Newport Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Very strong brand name (esp. in finance and asset management)
    - Nice NB headquarters
    - Opportunity to work out of global offices on demand
    - Pays for CFA (all levels) and other certifications

    Cons

    Worked in one of their front-office non-portfolio departments at the most junior level
    - TERRIBLE management (can't emphasize this enough) -- management is absolutely disinterested in transferring skills to junior staff as they expect their juniors to leave for b-schools within a few years or move to startups
    - Very limited access to any type of client-facing work or more traditional finance work
    - Very limited growth opportunities for junior staff (with the exception of CFA)--juniors are discouraged from taking on new projects or showing initiative as management prefers to micromanage all levels of juniors (analysts/associates/sr. associates)
    - Very limited differentiation from analyst to associate to sr. associate-type of work (no growth of skills)
    - Almost impossible to get promoted past sr. associate without an MBA (lots of sr. associates in the role for over 5 years with no promotion to VP)
    - NB location--not many opportunities to network outside PIMCO or PAAMCO

    Advice to Management

    Please allow juniors to grow and take on more responsibility instead of stagnating their professional growth. A brand name can only go so far without having actual skills to back it up.

  3. "Lots of opportunities, smart people"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PIMCO full-time

    Pros

    - Smart, hard-working people
    - Great exposure to some of the greatest minds in the financial industry (internal and external)
    - Lots of opportunities if you get involved in different aspects of the PIMCO community

    Cons

    - Not necessarily a con, but you will have high expectations placed on you to deliver an excellent product

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on people who are adding


  4. "Account Associate"

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

    I have been working at PIMCO full-time

    Pros

    Amazing culture that is at the forefront of thought leadership and rewards performance.

    Cons

    Difficult to move departments laterally


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to start"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PIMCO full-time

    Pros

    -Great exposure to markets and PMs
    -Given responsibility early

    Cons

    -Had a focus on internal politics and busy work rather than actual areas of growth
    -Need an MBA to continue career advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Provide career growth opportunities for associates without requiring them to go back to school.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Great Place to Have Worked"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - BDS Associate in Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - BDS Associate in Newport Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great training, education, resume builder. You get to work with the smartest people in the world, bar none. Access to information about financial markets and geopolitics is incredible and the overall professionalism is world class. Competitive pay.

    Cons

    The culture can be very intense, competitive, and is even described as "Constructive Paranoia". Hours can be quite long.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Product Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PIMCO full-time

    Pros

    Good Salary and good benefits for employees

    Cons

    Too much office politics and hard work

  8. "Fair compensation"

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    Former Employee - SQL Developer in Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - SQL Developer in Newport Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and beautiful office

    Cons

    A lot of office politics

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to the hard workers


  9. "Senior Admin Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary, great health benefits, competitive end of year bonus structure. Good growth potential.

    Cons

    Long hours, ultra conservative corporate culture, co-workers are smart but present themselves as extremely entitled.

    Advice to Management

    Management seems to be actively working to fix the corporate culture by allowing more flexibility in work hours, location, and breaking up the office monotony but more could be done to push that through to all areas and departments.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PIMCO full-time

    Pros

    very talented people and great location

    Cons

    too political
    horrible HR department led by poor leadership

    Advice to Management

    please get new leader in HR


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