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Our people have always been our most important asset. We have over 4,000 talented individuals worldwide committed to not only putting clients first but also continually delivering the right outcome for their financial needs.
Attracting, retaining and developing a deep pool of talent is a key part of our strategy. We are dedicated to providing our employees with the opportunities and fulfilling work experiences they need to achieve their potential, whilst growing their knowledge, skills and capabilities.
The diversity of our people globally is a key strength of our firm, reflecting not only the background of our clients and the communities in which we operate, but also strengthening our local market knowledge that serves our clients’ needs across our global network.
As a global firm and one of Europe's largest asset managers, we play an important role in helping a broad range of investors meet their financial goals.
From supporting institutional and retail investors, financial institutions and high net worth investors around the world, to engaging actively with the companies in which we invest to help them achieve their growth ambitions, good conduct and client-centric behaviour are inherent in our values and culture.
We are committed to acting responsibly, supporting our clients and making a wider contribution to society.
We have built a diversified business across client channels, asset classes and regions.
We invest in a broad range of asset classes across equities, fixed income, multi-asset and emerging market debt, commodities and real estate. In addition to institutional segregated mandates, we manage over 590 funds in 19 countries.
All our investment strategies are actively managed with the objective of outperforming a benchmark or target agreed with the client.
We believe that active management can generate significant incremental value over the long term by compounding returns in excess of what can be achieved by matching a benchmark index. In making investment decisions, our starting point is to think long term, to gain a deep understanding of a company’s strategy and to support management, where possible, in the delivery of their strategy.
Equities includes single country, regional and global funds, small and mid-cap funds, growth, value and quantitative strategies, and defensive strategies to reduce market risk.
Fixed Income employs fundamental and quantitative approaches and is based on research-intensive, globally-integrated credit and macro capabilities.
Multi-asset offers a comprehensive range of customised solutions, pooled products and advisory services. We specialise in providing a consultative, solutions-based approach for clients.
Emerging Market Debt, Commodites & Real Estate
We manage emerging market debt, commodities and agriculture funds. Our Real Estate business manages a wide range of open and closed-end funds.
Wealth Management offers portfolio management, wealth planning and specialist banking services, including liquidity management and lending services, to high net worth individuals, family offices, intermediaries and charities.
Our largest business is in the UK, with significant businesses in the Channel Islands and Switzerland. We also have a Wealth Management presence in Frankfurt, Gibraltar, Milan, Madrid, Hong Kong and Singapore. As the global mobility of high net worth individuals increases, this model allows us to ensure we can meet the service expectations of our clients.
We are one of the UK market leaders in investment management services for charities, with a specialist team in this area. We provide a personal service tailored to meet the needs of charities and charitable trusts.
I have been working at Schroders full-time (More than 5 years)
Nice sized asset manager with a good range of investment products. These are often supplemented with small product acquisitions. The flat structure means employees aren’t too distant from the CEO.
The levels of staff turnover are low so there is not much knowledge of working differently or changing working practices. Little flexible working is offered to employees so balancing two working parents with childcare/school may not be easy. Little pay increases in recent years.
Advice to Management
The flat hierarchy and nice culture are edges versus American companies. Remuneration could be more competitive
I applied online. I interviewed at Schroders (London, England) in July 2017.
Very, very strenuous application process which took around three months to complete. From applications forms to online testing to online interviews to delayed responses for invitations to face to face interview and assessment day. Assessment day had a typical group study (formal board room meeting in main conference room with around 14 assessors) and a face-to-face interview and a work-specific test which required the prioritisation of activities.
As soon as entering the firm, very, very hostile environment. which i don't believe allowed me to perform at my best