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Vanguard Reviews

Updated 16 Jan 2020

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3.2
51%
Recommend to a Friend
73%
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Vanguard CEO Tim Buckley
Tim Buckley
299 Ratings
Pros
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  • "call center, hard to find time for self development(in 202 reviews)

  • "That is all that you will be doing in the entry level role(in 69 reviews)

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  1. "Product"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vanguard full-time

    Pros

    Great culture and client driven mission

    Cons

    Nothing that jumps out

    Vanguard2018-12-07
  2. Helpful (8)

    "Worst career experience"

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    Former Employee - Solutions Developer in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vanguard full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nothing I can think of besides the few interesting perks but is optional

    Cons

    Experiencing bullying and unrealistic demands from the manager. No proper training provided for the first month except for some short briefing. Expect you to be in solo most of the time. Expect new joiners to be multitasked. Poor leadership and management.

    Vanguard2020-01-10
  3. Helpful (3)

    "Investment operations"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vanguard full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance was great

    Cons

    Cult culture, treat us like robots

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating this job like it’s a religion

    Vanguard2018-09-12
  4. "Well meaning, but very conservative"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Vanguard full-time

    Pros

    People do come first, no idea is shut down

    Cons

    Sometimes there's more talk than action, salary caps

    Advice to Management

    Pay for talent retention - you can't expect alignment with organizational vision to pay the bills

    Vanguard2017-07-25
  5. Helpful (19)

    "Client services rig"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Scottsdale
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vanguard full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Nice people to work with. Decent benefits. Nice campus. Good training to get a foot in the door for the industry.

    Cons

    No raises for individual contributors over 2%. Company broke my spirit after being there over 15 years with good reviews. After a certain age management will pick you apart to break you down forcing you to quit for your own sanity.

    Advice to Management

    Quit treating people as non human's with no feelings or ambitions.

    Vanguard2016-08-09
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Capital Markets"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Vanguard full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, great environment, good opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    Remuneration should be higher for these roles.

    Advice to Management

    Pay competitive rates.

    Vanguard2016-02-10
  7. Helpful (4)

    "Retirement services"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Scottsdale
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vanguard full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Nice people nice office etc. Good training and benefits

    Cons

    Once your over a certain age forget it

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate mature associates

    Vanguard2014-10-19
  8. Helpful (77)

    "Sadly, driving my high loyalty and engagement down, starting to fall out of love"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Malvern, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Vanguard full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    -Corporate structure (owned by clients) -Firm mission and investment philosophy -Benefits, particularly PTO -Great people, team environment -Strategic thinking / direction of firm (advice) -Product and service lineup (although could be broader)

    Cons

    -Doesn’t value the workforce like the past, particularly the people who have the knowledge and have driven results for years -Too much deadwood and 20+ year bureaucrats or inexperienced new leaders from rotational programs in senior positions -Expecting more of people, yet not changing compensation enough to reflect that -Being pennywise / pound foolish with spending, particularly on tech, CEOs relentless push for expense reduction is concerning, and people don’t feel like they can challenge

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    Advice to Management

    1. You’re killing the spirit of your Crew, culture isn’t moving in a promising direction despite messaging on founder’s mentality and new ways of working - you can’t just announce these things and not change at the top - you have to walk the talk and lead the way, which means change in your own mindset and behavior, if you aren’t willing to step away from command and control then don’t talk about these changes 2. Take a hard look at the M5 and above to senior staff (senior management) group and really ask yourself who are the people there that really make a difference and drive results, how many are just followers versus leaders, who has really done something of value and displayed grit, who are the people Crew enjoy working for, there are senior officers who need to move on, break up the clique...you can’t do this analysis on your own because you have bias, it needs to be 360 or led objectively 3. Invest more in the leaders you have that display the right attitude and grit versus thinking you always have to go to a consultant or external hire, for all the talk about development the follow through isn’t there

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    Vanguard2019-09-07
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Not much opportunities for minorities in general and non-Ivy school students"

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    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Vanguard full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Pay and benefits is fair.

    Cons

    Office politics consumes ones energy and time. If you are not white, your first 120 seconds will always be about proving yourself knowledgeable and capable.

    Advice to Management

    A college title does not determine ones performance, just the added knowledge not potential.

    Vanguard2020-01-16
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great company and culture"

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    Former Employee - Consulting Hardware Engineer in Malvern, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vanguard full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    . Laid back environment. . Friendly / supportive / co-operative colleagues. . Good work / life balance. . Job stability / security.

    Cons

    . Not technologically challenging . Paperwork needed for everything. . Use of old technologies. . Not open to adapting new technologies promptly. . Salary structure is poor.

    Vanguard2020-01-13
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