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Vanguard

Valley Forge, PA
Founded in 1975
Status: Active

Company Stats

Expertise:
Financial and investment services
Headquarters:
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
Tax Status:
For-profit
Founded:
June 12, 1975

Address

PO Box 2600 Valley Forge, PA 19482
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A Look Inside
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Valley Forge, PA
Founded in 1975
Status: Active

Company Stats

Expertise:
Financial and investment services
Headquarters:
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
Tax Status:
For-profit
Founded:
June 12, 1975

Address

PO Box 2600 Valley Forge, PA 19482
A Look Inside

From a scenic patio overlooking a bright blue-green quarry, a diverse group of Vanguard technologists spend their days inventing new products to help customers affordably save for the future.

For being one of the largest investment companies in the world, Vanguard has cultivated a uniquely tight-knit community of engaged “crew members” (a nod to the 18th-century vessel after which the company was named) who are passionate about growth and giving back to the community.

Giving back begins right on Vanguard’s own soil, where crew members can pick peppers and tomatoes from the community garden and donate them to nearby food pantries like Philabundance. Benefits like Volunteer Time Off and Vanguard-sponsored Days of Service provide opportunities for the crew to donate their time and talents to the community throughout the year.

Crew members can fuel their personal and professional growth through hands-on, in-house specialty programs like Vanguard’s Technology Leadership Program geared towards grads who want to develop their technical expertise, and resources for continuing education and reducing student loan debt.

And in an age when “diversity” and “inclusion” have become workplace buzzwords, Vanguard’s Crew Resource Groups provide actionable support and awareness for the experiences of Women, Black, Asian, Hispanic/Latinx, and LGBTQ professionals, as well as military veterans.

But if you thought “crew members” was the only ship-related wordplay on campus, you’d be astern. Perks can be found port and starboard, such as ”galleys” (cafeterias), an employee gym called “Ship Shape,” the “CrewCare” onsite health clinic, as well as working nooks, walking paths and even intramural sports leagues.

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Culture Q&A

What’s uniquely challenging about building Vanguard products?

Applications and systems directly related to investment management require Vanguard crew members to have both business and technical skills. They need to have soft skills in order to listen to clients’ needs as well as hard skills that will translate those needs into technical requirements that deliver results.

What is the pace like at Vanguard?

The technical team at Vanguard works in an agile work environment, so they work quickly and intelligently. Over the last couple of years, Vanguard has enabled a robust continuous delivery system where folks can get new feature updates into production in less than 15 minutes to begin testing in live product environments, where in years past it would take months to get something into production.

What features is the team working on at the moment?

A tool for our portfolio managers to analyze client and market data and make better trading decisions. In addition, the team is engaged in moving legacy applications to the cloud.

What qualities does Vanguard value in an employee?

Vanguard values passionate individuals who are open-minded and always looking to improve themselves, their community and the products offered to clients.

What can new employees expect?

In addition to a thorough one-day corporate orientation, new employees can expect to enter into a supportive, welcoming work environment where they will feel appreciated and valued.

How do Vanguard employees stay connected and engaged with each other?

From the annual employee 5K run and community service campaigns through “Vanguard Gives Back” to happy hours, board game nights featuring D&D-style games like Gloomhaven, beverage clubs and barbeques, there are ample opportunities for Vanguard crew members to connect with each other throughout the year.

Jobs Here are some details behind the employee experience here, including highlighted perks and benefits and notes on the tech they work with.

Perks & Benefits

Health & Wellness Benefits
  • Dental
  • Disability Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Onsite Gym
  • Vision
  • Wellness Programs
Other
  • Travel
  • Work from Home
Parental Benefits
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Flexible Work Schedule
  • Generous Parental Leave
  • Mother Rooms
Perks & Discounts
  • Company Outings
  • Special Discounts
Professional Development
  • Online Trainings
  • Tuition Reimbursement
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
  • 401K
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
  • Generous PTO
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Days

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