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Standard Life Aberdeen Reviews

Updated Aug 14, 2019

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3.0
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Keith Skeoch
17 Ratings
Pros
  • "There are still so many great people there(in 17 reviews)

  • "Flexible working, good benefits package, lovely offices(in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • "limited opportunities at senior management level(in 11 reviews)

  • "Complete cultural shift since the merger with Aberdeen, too many people now competing for position at the expense of the firm's overall success(in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Fund accounting manager"

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    Current Employee - Fund Accounting Manager in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Standard Life Aberdeen for less than a year

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, great benefits, really can't say anything and. They have a great team and great hours. They like to do things outside the office as a group which is very nice and a great way to get to know everyone. Very flexible work wise as well and everyone is very helpful and there if you have questions.

    Cons

    Really can't say there are any cons. I haven't been able to come across any so far. I'm sure for people who have been around longer they may have some but not for me yet

    Standard Life Aberdeen2017-10-03
  2. "Used to be a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Business Development Analyst 

    I have been working at Standard Life Aberdeen full-time

    Pros

    The company offers great healthcare benefits

    Cons

    Company culture has diluted through too many acquisitions and mergers. Mergers are never handled smoothly. Management is poor at communicating leaving employees extremely uncertain and nervous. Corporate structure is far too flat and makes it nearly impossible to move up in the ranks unless someone from the company leaves and opens up a spot. Extremely below market salaries. They say they invest in their employees but...

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    Standard Life Aberdeen2019-07-19
  3. "Many changes, but now looking at the future"

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    Current Employee - Investments 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Standard Life Aberdeen full-time

    Pros

    Big company, good long-term opportunities

    Cons

    A merger is rarely smooth.

    Standard Life Aberdeen2019-06-09
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Your Mileage May Vary...."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Standard Life Aberdeen full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    • Fantastic Benefits • Generous vacation time • Flexible working environment, you can work remotely as needed. • UK culture that promotes work / life balance. This will certainly vary team by team. • Good people.

    Cons

    • Leadership needs to get their heads out of the clouds. Maybe focus on employee morale first instead of the next mediocre acquisition. • Company grew way too fast for it's own good. This includes rapid fire acquisitions that made/makes life hard for employees. Rather than building a strong foundation that is able to support expansion, they continued to pile on more. Outdated systems, processes, etc. Someone in a "leadership"...

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    Advice to Management

    If the company benefits were reduced, as in something more comparable to a US company, there would be a MASS EXODUS of people. The reason why so many continue to stay is because of the benefits. How many employees have you lost over salary disputes? What was the cost to the company in finding a new employee, paying a finder's fee, and waiting for that new employee to get through the learning curve? Don't forget the impact...

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    Standard Life Aberdeen2019-06-12
  5. "Used to be a great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Standard Life Aberdeen full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There are still so many great people there

    Cons

    A lot of changes and uncertainty

    Standard Life Aberdeen2019-04-17
  6. "Great benefits, terrible upper management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Standard Life Aberdeen full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fantastic 401K match Fantastic Benefits and you don't pay a dime Great vacation time Great employees Flexible working hours/work from home Amazing work life balance

    Cons

    Terrible management from upper management They portray to like their employees, but they really don't care for their employees Not transparent Below market value salaries Not much room to move upward

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent and honest. Put some real effort to show that you care for your employees. Would be nice to have better pay, even having great benefits, pay is still something that doesn't have to be sacrificed to keep good employees. Maybe stop buying out companies and invest in your current employees to grow the firm. Lot of chaos and too many softwares being used, which causes issues when interacting with different...

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    Standard Life Aberdeen2019-04-11
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Changing culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Standard Life Aberdeen full-time

    Pros

    Great people, generous benefits package, great corporate sponsorships and beautiful offices

    Cons

    Changing culture with no room for future growth

    Advice to Management

    Continue to take care of your people, they are the ones that helped you get to where you are

    Standard Life Aberdeen2019-04-04
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Potential is there, but needs new leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Standard Life Aberdeen full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Distinct Scottish culture with engaging and sociable colleagues -Exceptional benefits and profit sharing program -Nice offices

    Cons

    -Bureaucratic pace but with no structure or process -No career development whatsoever -No investment in people unless you are in the front office or sales -Below market compensation -Dated technology and infrastructure -Constant acquisitions create disruption and bad morale -Extremely UK-centric

    Advice to Management

    The company has the potential to be great, because of its distinctive culture, team-based ethos, and large global footprint, but it has to get a serious management team in place to unlock that potential and propel the business forward. Stop buying bolt-on companies and invest in your people instead. Three concrete steps that would dramatically improve the company's outlook are: 1) Develop a real career model like...

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    Standard Life Aberdeen2019-03-22
  9. "good but advancement is lacking"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Standard Life Aberdeen full-time

    Pros

    nice people, solid work/life balance

    Cons

    going through tough times and advancement is limited

    Standard Life Aberdeen2018-12-17
  10. "Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Standard Life Aberdeen full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, PTO and work life balance.

    Cons

    Unfortunately with the acquisition many individuals were either laid off or quit. Those remaining in higher roles remain due to their popularity to clients. Those individuals are truly not great leader. Rather they are arrogant. I’m sure once the dust settles, they will return to their unbecoming behavior.

    Advice to Management

    Really look at individuals who produce but lack any leadership qualities.

    Standard Life Aberdeen2018-11-01
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