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Vanguard Reviews

Updated May 23, 2017
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  • Also there is a high turnover rate because it is more of a call center position once you get through training (in 124 reviews)

  • Pay is lower then the average but it is a trade off for the work life/balance (in 46 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (21)

    "Purpose driven company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Strategist
    Current Employee - Marketing Strategist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A virtuous mission backed by a truly unique structure, significant investment in employee training and continuing education, best-in-class retirement and benefits package, generous time off and work-life balance, collaborative relationship-based culture, lots of rotational and promotional opportunities for top performers, improving at weeding out low performers and cultural cancers

    Cons

    Compensation could be greater, culture can be too nice and conflict averse, people can rise/fall based on a few or old impressions with influential people

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a way to better engage middle management and longer tenured employees.


  2. "Fantastic company to work for, Vanguard is built on high integrity, strong moral values and always puts the client first"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Tredyffrin, PA
    Current Employee - Manager in Tredyffrin, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The training that they provide to each employee is fantastic. The core purpose and mission is always at the forefront of all decision making.

    Cons

    In honesty I don't have any, but I'm looking to relocate and Vanguard does not have an office in Nashville.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. I feel that by focusing on paying for performance like you are will ensure the crew are engaged and retained.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Employee and Client Centric"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a company with a strong sense of purpose and a mission that permeates every group. They go to great lengths to engage employees and focus on developing talent and promote achievement.

    Cons

    As with any large financial institution, they are very risk averse and slow moving. If you are a specialist, you may have a tough time advancing as they tend to favor generalists who get experience in all aspects of the business.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing! Keep the org flat, keep developing people, but let them do what they do best.


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  5. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Vanguard is a great place to work. I was a member of the Defined Benefits Services department that was closed in 2016. Vanguard found new jobs at Vanguard for all of the Defined Benefits Services staff who wanted to continue at Vanguard. In my experience this kind of care and support for employees whose jobs have been eliminated is unprecedented. Way to go, Vanguard!

    Cons

    Vanguard is a company with lots of bureaucracy. Vanguard works hard to help employees find their way through the structure but the bureaucracy can still be challenging at times.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  6. "Analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity for advancement and development

    Cons

    The company is very large

    Advice to Management

    Continue to develop young employees


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Awesome company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Retail Processing Associate in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Retail Processing Associate in Scottsdale, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome company to work for.

    Cons

    Not really any cons I can think of.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Company with Admirable Mission"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Organizational Effectiveness Consultant in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Organizational Effectiveness Consultant in Malvern, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Vanguard has an amazing structure and organization that allows it to provide more value for its customers and its competitors. It is an honor to be apart of an organization that has helped shaped the industry as a whole.

    Cons

    The organization could be more nimble.

    Advice to Management

    Reward failure to increase crew risk taking and innovation.


  9. "Great work environment, plenty of opportunities within the company to move both laterally and vertically."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Administrator in Valley Forge, PA
    Former Employee - Project Administrator in Valley Forge, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities within a strong organization. A place you can spend your career. They want you to move within the organization to continue to learn and grow.

    Cons

    Typical challenges with any large company that has a lot of layers of management. It would be nice if there was more of an opportunity to work remotely.

    Advice to Management

    Make a stronger effort to identify high achievers that are early in the career, specifically those that don't enter the organization in an excellerated program.


  10. "Honest business"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Pros

    Takes care of their employees
    Potential for growth
    Benefits

    Cons

    Inititially lower paying within the industry


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Good company, employment security, but pay will be frustrating."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Communication Consultant in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Communication Consultant in Malvern, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Complete benefits package and opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    Conservative company and pays below national average wages for most positions.

    Advice to Management

    Raise the pay scale across the board. 3% should not be target for annual merit increases.


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