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PIMCO Reviews

Updated 15 October 2018
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Pros
  • "Really smart people, entrepreneurial environment, great energy in the Austin office, opportunity to contribute and make an impact at all levels" (in 28 reviews)

  • "Work-life balance is reasonable" (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "Not much work life balance as far as wfh" (in 29 reviews)

  • "no work life balance, understaffed" (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Passionate Employees"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PIMCO full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Experts in Fixed Income
    Good Work Life Balance
    Good Pay
    Good benefits of employment
    Fantastic offices
    Huge emphasis on teaching

    Cons

    Steep learning curve
    Demanding work environment
    A lot of expectation of learning and getting CFA
    A lot of responsibility for a junior

    Advice to Management

    Great support from upper management


  2. "Analyst-Associate London MO"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Compliance Analyst in London, England
    Former Employee - Compliance Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PIMCO full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Strong emphasis on qualifications. Opportunities available to up skill e.g. CFA and other quals if you dig deeper. Nice, very-capable, approachable colleagues and managers. Nice offices (up/down desks as standard). Good location (London), away from City. Ability to take on more responsibilities if capable and willing to work long hours (you may/may-not be rewarded for it). Normal hours (middle office) reasonable. Pay is acceptable, nothing to write home about. Great in-house IT support.

    Cons

    Reluctance to allow regular WFH schedule. Limited networking culture compared to other places I've experienced. Very routine work. Knowing Germany will help. Culture, doesn't feel like there is one.

    Advice to Management

    Does everyone really need to be in the office everyday? Filter down a clearer macro, strategic outlook.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Senior investment professional"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PIMCO full-time

    Pros

    Great investment process, very skilled professionals, global in nature, strong leadership, strong client base, widely reckonized brand, head quarter in california

    Cons

    Very us centric, focus on education, lot of junior staff, seniors are overpaid, one size fits all culture, not global in the way the firm thinks, has lost some of the spark

    Advice to Management

    Do not overpay senior staff, look to create healthy rate of turnover, create a more inclusive culture, diversity should be a key focus, invest in growth markets


  4. "Strong macro shop"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in London, England
    Current Employee - Vice President in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PIMCO full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You can get good exposure to multi asset classes. The firm has a lean structure. Pretty strong influence across markets globally.

    Cons

    Tend to be a bit political. It takes long to be in charge of a fund and its difficult to foresee the future career trajectory.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Very political, people spend more time managing their careers than clients money"

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    Former Employee - Associate in London, England
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PIMCO full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You can learn a lot, as generally people there are quite smart

    Cons

    Very cliquey, very political, almost no chance of career progression, people spend more time managing their careers than clients money

    Advice to Management

    Change the work toxic work culture


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PIMCO full-time

    Pros

    Colleagues are smart and talented

    Cons

    Salary is low, career progression slow

    Advice to Management

    None


  7. Helpful (6)

    "I did not enjoy my time there."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PIMCO full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Picked up a few good skills and some product knowledge. Made a few good friends. The salaries are quite good, but they take your pound of flesh in return for it.

    Cons

    No culture. You are expected to work all hours under the Sun and the Moon. PIMCO's brand is nowhere near as strong as it was. They invest heavily in sales, account management, and product development, but not in support functions, such as marketing.

    Advice to Management

    Build a better culture by encouraging stronger collaboration and career growth and a at least promote a better work-life balance.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PIMCO full-time

    Pros

    excellent learning curve in the first year, they pay for CFA, if you love coffees and meaningless catch ups this could be a good fit for you

    Cons

    Politics, US centric company, lack of career progression, lack of energy, incapable managers, the concept of perceived value is valued higher than the actual contributions of employees, if you are an associate you have zero career progression as the company has a clear preference for hiring new MBAs with zero knowledge- tragically the associates are better trained, more knowledgable than new hires and are required to train their managers

    Advice to Management

    Overhaul completely the business structure, promote and develop internal talent


  9. "Good opps, terrible culture and management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunities after a few years. Pay is good.

    Cons

    Terrible culture, oppressive workers, ego-maniacal colleagues - AVOID

    Advice to Management

    Remove associate promotion ceiling


  10. "Why work at PIMCO"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at PIMCO part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Stong Investment driven culture
    a great place to learn
    Meritocracy
    People

    Cons

    Politics
    Transition periods
    Fixed Income house in a low yielding environment


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