Fidelity Investments

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Fidelity Investments Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
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3.4 1,717 reviews

89% Approve of the CEO

Fidelity Investments Chairman and CEO Edward C. “Ned” Johnson, III

Edward C. “Ned” Johnson, III

(716 ratings)

72% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • GOOD work-life balance: very rarely expected to work overtime(in 146 reviews)

  • Being a privately held company has great benefits as well(in 183 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance can be tough given OT expectations 55-65 hours per week(in 42 reviews)

  • Lot of high level (senior management) politics played in a dirty manner(in 67 reviews)

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    5 people found this helpful  

    Good people, Good environment

    Project Manager (Current Employee) Kingswood, South East England, England

    ProsGood people, Good environment, reasonable work life balance. Comparative level of success with offshore teams. Performance review process was reasonably clear as work had been done to improve on better linking this with the bonus to differentiate between staff.

    ConsPay could be improved, transport links to office were not good, if you missed the private coach slot due to a late train then you had to pay £20 for a taxi to the office.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPut more effort into Talent management and talent retention by providing increased opportunities for rising stars to grow their career within the company rather than moving on.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very strange setup at Oakhill House

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Tonbridge, England

    ProsPleasant, secluded offices set at the edge of an estate in a converted mansion.

    ConsStaff are locals, who want to stay forever and are not really interested in advancing, just happy to get their City salaries outside of the City.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't put different and unrelated silos together, as the resultant lack of crossover means there is no dynamism, development, sense of coming together...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Managers are two faced

    Client Service Associate (Current Employee) Lower Kingswood, England

    ProsGreat work mates, big company, good food, good pension

    ConsLong hours, weekend working, poor training,two faced managers, unqualified managers, no progression, very high turnaround.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop being such two faced. Offer help to those who ask for it, and when an employee comes to talk to you in confidence, make sure it stays that way.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Fidelity

    UK Institutional Team (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsLarge, well known company so good on your CV.

    ConsLots of back stabbing, fake people, bad bonus, hardly any pay rise, very political, doesnt have a smooth working process and getting data is hard as there are so many sources. You have to know people to be able to get data!

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease look after your staff more instead of brown-nosing the whole time.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good benefits, poor pay, constant management change, little respect for employees

    Financial Analyst (Former Employee) London, England

    ProsUsed to be a good company to work for, still a good brand on Resume, colleagues at the Analyst & Fund Manager level were smart.

    ConsPoor pay. Management constantly changes the strategic direction - every 6 months the investment team is presented with a new plan. Get the impression they are constantly in fear of losing their job as performance is pretty bad, so get out of jail card is a new 'plan'. Building fiefdoms is a key activity of middle-management, especially on the DOR team. HR just seems to follow management around to see what they are required to do next - no strategic direction at all, 'yes-man' mentality. Fidelity pays so badly that it really is not a long-term career option - benefits to your Resume after 1 year are more or less the same as after 5 years and even 10 - so makes sense to leave after 3-4 years. However, the most disappointing thing about this company, is that there is no concern for employees, you are just a cog in the wheel.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThis used to be a great company before 2005. There is probably still a chance to turned it around.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A little big and bureaucratic but you get to work with some of the best people in the industry.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsStrong brand name, career development, you can work anywhere else after being at Fidelity Investments. Growing the business even now.

    ConsMuch politics, senior management seem very remote due to number of management layers, left hand doesn't always know what the right hand is doing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure the workforce are all driving in the same direction, cut down management layers and costs that go with them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Company better recognised than the employees

    Research Analyst (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsExtremely well recognised in the City and a lot of sway with companies and brokers; great opportunities to learn. A lot of freedom to run your own diary and pursue ways that you think will add value to the research process.

    ConsMost of the fund managers and other analysts have their own agenda and so it can be quite fragmented in terms of communication, and accordingly recognition, unless you really make an effort.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBecause of the size of the company, it seems that there is not much meritocracy at the lower levels of the organisation, with not much difference in pay or recognition for those that put in the extra mile.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Administrative Intern

    Administrative Intern (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat culture, competent colleagues, and impressive facilities.

    ConsBusiness units are in silos, and facilitating discussions between them can be difficult.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Baltimore, MD (US)

    ProsPay is good and there is free parking

    ConsNo room for advancement but I am sure things might change in the future

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proswork-life balance
    good people
    ofice culture
    Company Values
    Extremely focused on customers
    good pay

    Conspersonal growth is slow
    politics
    lots of managers
    large organization and at times people going for same position.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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