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.
"In IT, you are enabled to work on your own schedule. The managers have a desire to see results as opposed to constant stress, and they demonstrate this really well in their own work style. They trust us. They know we’ll get the work done. You feel supported."Kyle Ceffaratti AI Engineer
"When I got to Vanguard and saw all of the different social resource groups, I was really happy. I love that we actually foster diversity and inclusion, versus just talk about it."Smita Ghosh Environments Configuration Analyst II
"When interviewing for tech jobs out of school, Vanguard was so different. The team didn’t ask me to code on the spot, they just wanted me to talk through how I solve problems. They cared more about critical thinking than technical thinking. I thought, ‘This is a company I want to work for.’"Christina Tamay Analyst in Client Experience
“The people on my team want to give a world-class client experience to our customers so my job is to move everything out of the way that might impede them.”Dennis Becton Senior Architect Manager
“I wanted to work at Vanguard because I liked that there was an emphasis on volunteering and helping people. I never thought I wanted to end up a financial company… the fact that people is such an important part of Vanguard’s mission statement really made me want to be here and makes me want to stay.”Alexa Cain Investment Systems Developer II
“The culture at Vanguard is really supportive. When I was new, everyone went out of their way to help me acclimate as quickly as possible… they’d answer all my questions, point me to resources I didn’t even know I needed, and just go above and beyond for me.”Carolina Blanco Technology Leadership Program - App Development
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.
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