Poor middle management, archaic technology, behind the times
Senior Associate (Current Employee) – Philadelphia, PA – November 26, 2018
Janney is not bad, but it is not good either. Middle management has little-no training which is my biggest gripe. This includes people management skills, even basic ones. This is the first place I have ever worked where I feel there is no one for me to look up to. Some people who are managers literally do not know how to talk to people or lead in any way.
Data systems don't talk to each other, technology is poor for the for-profit sector. Getting someone on the phone in IT can take 30 minutes, no matter who you are. Large (900k+ rows in Excel) of data housed on one spreadsheet. I have one spreadsheet with literally over 100 tabs because management doesn't want to invest in applications or software and would rather track and calculate things manually. Large amounts of operational risk, no set or written provides, at least not in my group.
The worst is probably how bad behind the times they are in terms of 'work/life balance.' Hours acre actually good, but everything else is poor. No jeans on Friday or before a holiday. No working from home unless you have special permission (and there seems to be no rhyme or reason,) and leaving early the day before Thanksgiving or 4th of July doesn't really happen - and I am in a very back office function.
If you just need to pay the bills, Janney is okay for a little while. But if you're coming from another firm, you will be sorely disappointed.
High deductible health plans