Hermes Investment Management Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated 26 Sep 2019

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  1. "A firm with ESG in its DNA"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hermes Investment Management full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great colleagues, interesting work, work life balance

    Cons

    Need to be more risk aware to stay ahead

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  2. "Accountant"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accountant 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hermes Investment Management full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work life balance can be available

    Cons

    Not great with staff retention


  3. Helpful (7)

    "Low morale workplace in need of strong leadership and restructuring"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investment Analyst in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hermes Investment Management full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work life balance, new office, a US parent company, contrived ESG reputation for what its worth

    Cons

    I agree with many of the negative comments below. Too many of the PMs here have no experience raising AUM and junior analysts are hired through nepotism or from back office positions. The investment teams carry too much deadweight from the days of BT ownership and are in desperate need of restructuring. The workplace has, sadly, become more political and unmeritocratic here, with teams now entrenched with underperformers who turn up to say their pleasantries and do the bare minimum. Not surprising once you meet some of the petulant, thin-skinned senior managers who encourage this culture. The lack of professionalism displayed by certain desk heads is astounding and has no place at any asset manager.

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Increasing professionalism"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hermes Investment Management full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I have a hard time believing some other reviewers worked at the same firm, but I expect the company is emerging from a period of difficult change. Although I am relatively new to the company, it appears that an increasingly professional management team is embracing greater scope and ambition to try new things and stay on strategy, teams are composed of intelligent and friendly colleagues, and a move to a very attractive new office space has considerably improved corporate culture. I am very pleased with the intellectualism and challenge of my job, a respectful, supportive and engaged team which is invested in the work they do, and a healthy work-life balance and remuneration package.

    Cons

    Some aspects of strategy and execution need to professionalise further and there may be a lack of strong strategic thinkers and well-resourced projects and project managers. The company's efforts to communicate internally could be improved, and external communications are substandard compared to competitors. Serious investment in thought leadership, compelling communications and consistent brand and reputation building would go a long way in "opening doors" and putting teams on a better footing against larger asset managers. The company lives its values better than most in financial services and should leverage this asset.

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  5. "Constantly making changes"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Hermes Investment Management full-time

    Pros

    Good atmosphere and work life balance

    Cons

    Too far behind the competition

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    "A company that's lost it's way"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development in City of London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Hermes Investment Management full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The friendly culture is just about still there. Good staff entertainment programme. There isn't a culture of excessive working hours, so generally you can have a good work-life balance, although management had said they would like to change this.

    Cons

    Incredibly political - boutique structure means that all areas of the organisation are working against rather than with each other. Some people over-promoted due to cosy relationships with senior management. High turnover of staff. Bonus system heavily in favour of investment staff, with central services staff left with pretty meagre awards. Lack of proper oversight and management wtihin the company - team leaders left to their own devices, resulting in a "do as I say not as I do" culture, and money wasted on expensive white elephant projects and excessive internal entertaining (particularly for the Sales team - fine when they're entertaining potential clients, but not when it's just them).

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