Vanguard Reviews

Updated 13 Aug 2020

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3.3
50%
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73%
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Vanguard CEO Tim Buckley
Tim Buckley
370 Ratings
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  • "Call center environment can be draining(in 220 reviews)

  • "It's not good when an entry level can hear that on the directors got their job from favoritism(in 76 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company, Great Culture, Great Benefits"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fund Financial Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vanguard full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Pension contribution, great benefits, culture is great, management want to see you develop, flexible

    Cons

    No cycle to work scheme, salary reviews and increases are quite low.

  2. "Mission focused company"

    4.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trader in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vanguard full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Relatively 'safe' company with good growth opportunities Nice work environment

    Cons

    Slow to keep up with industry in work perks/performance

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  3. "Good"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in London, England

    I have been working at Vanguard full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Plenty of chance to get involved with other departments.

    Cons

    Very little negotiation power in terms if remuneration.

  4. Helpful (7)

    "Beware"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Specialist in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable US parent supporting the UK business

    Cons

    Not a good place to start your career many managers lack domain expertise and/or inte rest to mentor junior employees so you run the risk of not learning much. Vanguard seriously needs increased levels of domain expertise as the company has matured (e.g. technology is shocking and investment expertise not appreciated. Business in Europe seems to be struggling. Lacks stable management team with local market knowledge (many are from USA) to develop a successful strategy. If vanguard want to survive in Europe, they need to change the culture as good employees want to work with the highest quality people, the smartest people and the most fun people, not play politics Current uk leadership team have created a country club atmosphere (it is all about "offsites" in fancy locations and expensive dinners) while cutting costs in areas that affect more junior employees (such as mobile phone allowances) and in the process they risk losing the hearts and minds of employees.

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  5. "Generally a great place to work if you fit the profile"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Specialist in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vanguard full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, modern office with great amenities, friendly colleagues, loads of internal training/learning opportunities, senior staff/directors are accessible, open plan office, ability to buy additional holiday days, very clear company values and mission

    Cons

    It takes forever to make a decision, can feel like you're a small part of a big ship that's being navigated out of the U.S., slow to move on client requests, some IT systems are ancient, can feel a bit corporate at times (the formality didn't suit me at all, but some people prefer it)

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  6. Helpful (6)

    "Not the best place to start your career"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Personal Experience Associate in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most people are friendly Great pension

    Cons

    No clear path for development - particularly for the young population at the company. Things do not move quickly at this company and there is a clear role of favouritism when managers are selecting who they'd like to promote.

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  7. Helpful (9)

    "Mediocre"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Vanguard full-time

    Pros

    Nice office Flexible People are nice

    Cons

    European business is struggling Strategy keeps changing Work is boring Career progression is slow

  8. "Senior Manager"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work/life balance, mission driven, great people

    Cons

    US centric senior leadership culture, limited opportunities outside of US headquarters.

  9. Helpful (1)

    "Generally a good place to work but can be a lot better with flexibility"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vanguard full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Overall a good place to work with good people

    Cons

    A Corporate atmosphere, which does not work for all types of people. To attract the very best, you must be flexible in your approach. Not everybody is a Robot!

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  10. "Good company"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst 

    I have been working at Vanguard full-time

    Pros

    Great culture and work flexibiltiy

    Cons

    Low pay and slow decision making

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