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Vanguard Reviews

Updated December 8, 2017
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Pros
  • Work life balance, excellent benefits (in 326 reviews)

  • Great Benefits (401k match, plus bonus pension) (in 210 reviews)

Cons
  • Also there is a high turnover rate because it is more of a call center position once you get through training (in 137 reviews)

  • Pay is lower then the average but it is a trade off for the work life/balance (in 48 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Current Financial Advisor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Financial Advisor in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, a true fiduciary, great work-life balance

    Cons

    Take-home salary seems low because overall benefits are great, you may have to go through some call-center roles before you can do anything truly impactful

    Advice to Management

    The PAS arm does a great job of allowing crew to have an impact, and other business areas could learn from this.


  2. "Get onboard with Vanguard"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Malvern, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vanguard full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance, Decent benefits, Culture

    Cons

    Calibration Standards for performance reviews.

    Advice to Management

    TBD

  3. "Vanguard"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vanguard full-time

    Pros

    Vanguard treats its crew like family.

    Cons

    It's cold in Valley Forge!


  4. "Client-centered company, great reputation"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Associate in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Financial Associate in Scottsdale, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vanguard (More than a year)

    Pros

    High focus on client service

    Cons

    Pressure can be high for certain roles


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Professional in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Investment Professional in Malvern, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vanguard full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company Mission, Great Benefits, Retirement Savings, Support with Continuing Education, Career Opportunities, Senior Management, Strong Culture, Work & Life Balance

    Cons

    It’s a huge company, so you have to deal with the bureaucracy. Good coffee would go a long way with the crew.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "PI Brokerage Investment Professional"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vanguard full-time

    Pros

    Onboarding/training process was very well thought out, benefits were great, culture was good if you enjoy a corporate lifestyle

    Cons

    Series 7 and 63 studying/testing were not enjoyable, but were needed for the position


  7. "Retail Supervisor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vanguard full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great developmental opportunities with trainings, certifications, upward/lateral movement. Phenomenal benefits including paternal leave, tuition reimbursement, school loan reimbursement, great pto, bonuses, significantly subsidized health costs, unbelievable retirement benefits. Also great emphasis on diversity in all aspects -cultural, gender, orientation, thought, etc.

    Cons

    Huge organization which narrows scope of work significantly to capitalize efficiency.

  8. "Love working at Vanguard!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Service Administrator
    Current Employee - Service Administrator
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great PTO, great 401k plan, awesome work life balance, 37.5 hour work weeks.

    Cons

    Sometimes slow to make change

    Advice to Management

    Decrease the bureaucracy


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Operations Associate"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Associate in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Operations Associate in Malvern, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, successful company, great co-workers, healthy breakfast and lunch menus, nice landscaping,

    Cons

    Working under a "mentally pressured" environment i.e. must process a minimum of 30-40 work objects/day no matter how complicated or difficult the work objects are...Not enough training on new processes. too many daily updates/changes on the processes, too many manuals to review.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on providing the clients with assistance in opening new accounts, making financial transactions/transfers and completing the lengthy forms.


  10. "Great work environment and helpful coworkers"

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    Former Intern - IT Intern in Charlotte, NC
    Former Intern - IT Intern in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vanguard as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great food, interesting and fun intern events, laid-back atmosphere, helpful coworkers on every level, open-door policy

    Cons

    Sometimes the communication is a little jumbled, or you are thrown into situations you weren't aware you'd be put in

    Advice to Management

    Better communication to interns and employees in general


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