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Phillips, Hager, and North Reviews

Updated March 22, 2017
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  1. "Product Manager"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Bensalem, PA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Bensalem, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Phillips, Hager, and North (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly & Warm working environment

    Cons

    Micro management by Owner at Phillips Corp (MD)


  2. "Great Company to work with"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great work life balance, christmas party, bi-weekly tea time

    Cons

    Do not have a lot of opportunity to interact with other department


  3. Helpful (4)

    "A Lesson in Office Politics"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Phillips, Hager, and North full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Good parties
    -Good benefits (if you can make it past the contract period)
    -Easy work
    -Good hours

    Cons

    -Really low salaries for their technology department
    -Dated and very old code/technology with an unwillingness to update or develop anything new
    -Very hierarchical
    -Project management team in the technology department is among the worst I've ever worked with
    -People working in the technology department on technical teams that are not technical and know nothing about technology
    -Way too political

    Advice to Management

    Honestly.. I'm not even sure what I would do. The problem people are so ingrained into the technology department it would be like removing cancer with a chainsaw. They were allowed to take management positions and hired more people who think like them and act like them. I would start by monitoring how many coffee breaks the server team goes on, how much work the manager in charge of operations actually does, and sit down with the project management team and have them explain their roles, because they seem unsure. The entire team i was there the upper management preached transparency and teamwork, but the lower management never followed through. Our entire department was a boys club where it was more about how well you played the politics than how well you actually performed. We had meetings to discuss meetings and started huge projects without a plan. I remember going to technical meetings and having to watch two managers shout buzz words at each other for an hour. Some companies technology departments move slow because they have a huge staff, but PHN's moves slow because they are 80% dead weight.


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  5. "Great culture, great place to work"

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

    Pros

    PH&N has a great culture. It is fun and challenging place to work.
    There are opportunities for promotion in Vancouver, but also to move to other offices like Toronto and London

    Cons

    Base salary growth has been limited in recent years
    More decisions are being made in Toronto and not locally

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the great culture in the Vancouver office. Promote from within.


  6. "valued member"

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

    I have been working at Phillips, Hager, and North full-time

    Pros

    good culture, fun environment, free juice

    Cons

    poor a/c regulation in office

    Advice to Management

    fix the a/c


  7. "Good people, not much room to progress"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Phillips, Hager, and North full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, awesome company parties

    Cons

    low pay, no room to grow within, office politics,


  8. "Great culture, few opportunities for women/visible minorities"

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

    I have been working at Phillips, Hager, and North full-time

    Pros

    The culture at PH&N is amazing. These people know how to put together a great fundraiser with incredible passion. The opportunities for those who don't fit the "boy's club" culture are limited. Still, a good place to work and full of innovative, engaging people.

    Cons

    If you don't fit a certain model (white male), you will be faced with challenges in every step you take. Upper management is definitely approachable and keen to do better, but the proof isn't in the pudding - i.e., being played out in the firm. Actions speak louder than words.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on getting a more diverse workforce. You'll be rewarded for it.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Learned from many amazing leaders"

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

    Pros

    Filled with intelligent, inspiring and unassuming people at the senior level.
    Friendly environment with many social events.

    Cons

    There's a pressure to attend all the social events, becomes a bit of a popularity contest. Slowly losing its culture after being bought by RBC

    Advice to Management

    Continue to foster the PH&N culture treating employees as family.


  10. "Technologist"

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

    I worked at Phillips, Hager, and North full-time

    Pros

    Working with some of the best portfolio managers and analysts you'll come across.
    Reasonably good work/life balance.
    Strong business leadership.
    Exposure to surprisingly current technologies considering the industry.
    Very open to furthering careers, including mobility from IT to the business.

    Cons

    The strong leadership and caliber of colleague sometimes doesn't make it beyond the business.
    Possibly institutionalized issues with IT hiring.
    Lack of strategic direction means they're just not achieving their potential.

    Advice to Management

    Spend the money on some fresh, highly experienced lynchpins in technology.
    Don't expect to train everyone up from scratch and in the process miss the value of work experience.
    Lead technology from the front, not by committee.
    Demonstrate the value of (and cost of misusing) technology to the business.


  11. "Cliquey"

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

    Pros

    Brand name
    Good intern wage
    Good activities

    Cons

    No one will want to help you. Groups stay among themselves.
    Sexist attitude and behaviour.

    Advice to Management

    Actually make the mentorship programme work


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