Highland Capital Employee Reviews about "free lunch"

Updated 15 Mar 2019

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Highland Capital Co-Founder and President James Dondero
James Dondero
37 Ratings
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  • "Lots of perks- free lunch, great health care, casual dress and lots of happy hours(in 8 reviews)

  • "There are some extremely smart people working throughout all levels of the company(in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Company is a disaster internally . Sinking ship"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Highland Capital full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Free lunch, average benefits for hedge funds / asset management.

    Cons

    Morale very low, leadership is poor and dishonest. HemorrhagingAUM. Constant lawsuits and headline risk. Mistreat clients and employees alike. Unqualified, inexperienced leadership below founder level.

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  2. Helpful (3)

    "Fund accountant"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free lunch, very high bonuses comparatively, smart people, great office, promotes often, exposure to a lot of different sectors/investment types/people, ability to transfer to different departments

    Cons

    Firm growth stalled a little for the last few years. Past PR issues hurt the firm's reputation but that has been healing.

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  3. Helpful (6)

    "Eh"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Highland Capital full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of perks- free lunch, great health care, casual dress and lots of happy hours. Good location and building. Overall good

    Cons

    No work life balance. You live and breathe highland. No real lunch breaks, required work on nights and weekends. Forced overtime

  4. Helpful (8)

    "Impressive"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    I have worked in the financial services industry for over seven years in New York, New Jersey, and Texas. I am the most impressed with the employees at Highland Capital Management, L.P. ("Highland"). The people that work at Highland are motivated, intelligent, helpful, and know what they are doing. The teams are kept pretty lean so everyone has an important role in helping the firm meet its goals. There is also room to transition into other areas. The benefits and perks are outstanding - free healthcare, generous 401(k), free gym membership, free parking, free lunch every day, fully stocked kitchen, etc. Highland also holds firm events and quarterly team events so you get to know people outside of your immediate team.

    Cons

    The floor plan is open concept so it can get pretty loud, which makes concentrating and phone calls difficult at times.

  5. Helpful (7)

    "Interesting Place"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Highland Capital full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits. Free lunch. Healthcare. Great exposure to everything - you will get more responsibility than you are ready for and need to figure it out. Sink or swim type of deal.

    Cons

    Not much to say that people haven't already mentioned. Lots of forced hours even when it is slow. Awkward culture and personal relationships. Politics wins the day.

  6. Helpful (7)

    "I love Highland"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
     in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Highland Capital

    Pros

    Benefits, bonuses, learning opportunities, cool desk set ups, free lunch

    Cons

    Poor corporate image due to recent PR

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  7. Helpful (9)

    "Great experience"

    5.0
     
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Highland Capital

    Pros

    The very flat organizational structure and variety of investment vehicles provide a great amount of responsibility right off the bat and allow you to take on virtually any investment idea or project, getting anyone's ear from your peers to the CEO. There's also a real sense of growth at the moment with AUM steadily climbing and plenty of new hires, setting a great tone for the team. Everyone here is incredibly bright and, at least in my group, everyone is someone I'd be happy to go grab a beer with. Other good HR perks are zero cost healthcare, a generous PTO package, free drinks / snacks all day, free lunch, a very nice office at the Crescent, etc.

    Cons

    Out of principle, tracking your hours via Timekeeper is obnoxious and sets the wrong tone, but it practically doesn't matter. Work / life balance, while far better than investment banking, is no different than any other investment fund (~55 hours / week), and it's not hard to clear your requirement. The one positive thing about tracking your hours is that if you're above your minimum requirement, you can basically take half-days on Fridays without taking PTO. Free lunch is great most of the time and is always good for the bank account, but it'd be nice to go out to lunch with coworkers every once in awhile to help build camaraderie. Not that much of a con, I suppose, and partially offset by fairly frequent company happy hours and group outings.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "dysfunctional management"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Highland Capital full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    decent pay, decent benefits, free lunch

    Cons

    poor working atmosphere, disappointing advancement, lunatic middle managment

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