Vanguard

  www.vanguard.com
Work in HR? Unlock Free Profile

Vanguard Reviews

Updated 13 August 2014
Updated 13 August 2014
949 Reviews

3.2
949 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Vanguard Chairman and CEO William McNabb
William McNabb
601 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance is a priority as you don't work crazy hours and get a lot of vacation time (in 106 reviews)

  • There are great benefits and opportunities to build your toolbox in your chosen career path (in 58 reviews)


Cons
  • site locations offer very little job growth opportunities outside of basic call center positions (in 44 reviews)

  • Good work/life balance for some people, but not if your on the phones (in 13 reviews)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    UI Developer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    A lot of technical and leadership training available. Gives you access to multiple functional roles outside of just being a developer.

    Cons

    Just like any well established company, growth may be hard to come by at VG. However, they try their best to elevate ppl. But there is only so much you can do when you have so many employees but only a select few leadership roles.

  2.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Valley Forge, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Valley Forge, PA (US)

    Pros

    Mobility and Job opportunities for those who are motivated. Culture is extremely strong and supportive.

    Cons

    Decisions are made by committee. That gets frustrating at times. Some leaders care more about their own career than those that work for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees. They are the experts.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Technical Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great company. Benefits are very good. Most managers are concerned about the people working for them and try to give a good work life balance

    Cons

    Salary package is not competitive as compared to other companies
    But considering the benefits and other incentives the over all package is not bad at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotions are very difficult. Many youngsters in IT department have left the company because they got better offers in different companies. Vanguard needs to reward the hard working people and appreciate them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5. 10 people found this helpful  

    15 years down the drain

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Client Service Associate  in  Malvern, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Client Service Associate in Malvern, PA (US)

    Pros

    PTO policy is decent for starting out, plus you can deduct from your weekly pay in order to add time. 401k matching investment plan is good

    Cons

    After 15 years of doing everything that was ever asked of me (quite well at that - I regularly received awards from management and coworkers), I was nitpicked and harassed to the point that I took advantage of the early retirement. The abuse was so bad that on several occasions I needed medical attention for anxiety. (My supervisor KNEW that I was suffering PTSD from a car accident).
    Vanguard might be an ok place for someone starting out, but if you're and older person who's been there for years, you will be driven out in favor of younger (cheaper) new hires. They get around their no layoff policy by treating people like dirt to make them quit.
    I wouldn't recommend anyone staying at VG more than 5-6 years. After that, take your skills where you'll be appreciated.
    When I received my 'retirement' gift in the mail, I sent it back to them.That's how disgusted I am with them, but I'm sure they really don't care. They didn't while I worked for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop giving kids just out of college management positions! One of my managers admitted that it was her first real job. How could anyone think this is a good idea? Inexperienced, immature, pulling the same kind of games that don't belong in junior high school, let alone a professional corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Vanguard

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Problem Resolution Associate  in  Charlotte, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Problem Resolution Associate in Charlotte, NC (US)

    Pros

    Pto..benefits..fitness center. Academic reimbursement. First shift hours only

    Cons

    Limited flexibility and call center related jobs. Some team leader s micro manage.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Fund Financial Associate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fund Financial Associate  in  Malvern, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Fund Financial Associate in Malvern, PA (US)

    Pros

    Corporate Culture, Work-Life Balance and a Positivie Learning Environment

    Cons

    Pay - You could be getting paid a lot more for your skills

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Best to place to work in IT

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Developer  in  Malvern, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Malvern, PA (US)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, leadership and lot of opportunities to learn new technologies

    Cons

    Low pay and not many promotions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Stable & strong

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good place to start a career in the finance industry

    Cons

    Not one to air dirty laundry.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Company , AWESOME Pay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Communication Associate  in  Charlotte, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Communication Associate in Charlotte, NC (US)

    Pros

    I loved working for Vanguard... They company is awesome and advancement was easy

    Cons

    It was difficult for me to pass my series exams at first.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great company for the right fit

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Analyst  in  Malvern, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Investment Analyst in Malvern, PA (US)

    Pros

    Big company that doesn't lay people off. Work/life balance is a priority as you don't work crazy hours and get a lot of vacation time. They provide a lot of resources if you know how to take advantage of them.

    Cons

    Job postings are very competitive and it can be tough to move up. You must learn to navigate the corporate culture very well. Benefits are great but salaries for loyal employees are downright insultingly low. It's also a very conservative work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your loyal and tenured employees with more competitive pay. Stop putting so much weight into interviews and do more research on job candidates. Make yourself more available to the employees that follow you

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

Worked for Vanguard? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.