Operations Consultant (Former Employee) – Cape Town, Western Cape – 24 July 2018
Starting salary bracket for entry level positions have been the same for very long and not adjusted to inflation. The company environment is very competitive and you can go far if you apply yourself but live to work hard.
Allan Gray is a great plan a work and has help me grow into the person and manager that I have become.
Senior Business Analyst (Current Employee) – Cape Town, ZA – 8 January 2019
I see myself as an internal consultant at work. I work on various projects at a time and I see the internal employees as my client. I work on several projects at a time and take them from analysis to implementation stage.
Allan Gray has moldered me into the authentic leader i am, through various courses as well as leading from example. I have had many influential managers that has shown me respect and how to achieve the most form employees.
I enjoy my role, I deal with great people and the organisation cares for its employees
Depends on which department you will be working in
operations consultant (Former Employee) – Cape Town, Western Cape – 15 August 2017
Most graduates start of working in either the client service department (the call center), the life department (retirement savings department) or the unit trust department.
The work being done in these three departments is very mundane, although it is quite challenging since the workload can be quite intense and you are competing against several other graduates trying to move to somewhere more exciting in the company. You will probably learn more by working at a different company. Allan Gray would like to convince you that you learning a lot by staying with them, but the truth is you will only be learning to capture the data of some other product. You will be a glorified administrator with some fancy title, but you will still be doing administration work.
Allan Gray is a terrific company to work for IF you join as part of the institutional side of the business or the investment team or something in the legal/risk/compliance or accounting or IT side of the business. But joining client service or unit trust or life department will mean that you will work very hard and learn limited skills that can be used outside of the administration side (glorified data capturing) of the retail investment industry (which is really a boring industry for someone with ambition).
Do not make the mistake of thinking that by working in these three departments you will be able to move into the investment team. Ananlysts for the investment team gets recruited from outside of the company and it is very very competitive to get into the investment team.
Some positives are that themore... company treats its customers with respect and integrity. The perks are that you are working in the V&A Waterfront and you will get free lunch.
To some up, it is a great company to work for dependent on which department you will be working in.less
Free lunch, You will be working in the V&A Waterfront
You will be working very long hours, You will be a glorified data capture learning very little
Work Coordinator (Former Employee) – Cape Town, Western Cape – 18 January 2017
I joined Allan Gray Pty Ltd as an intern. The company values its employees, one can see that staff aren't just seen as a resource to be utilised but as humans who have needs that need to be met in order to help boost their productivity. The company enjoys a very competitive environment and this means employees keep on their toes and learn to show initiative and go the extra mile in order to ensure a successful and progressive tenure within the company
Support Consultant (Former Employee) – Melrose Arch – 2 May 2013
A typical day is filled with hard work yet a fun place to work in. I learned the art of patience, perservernace and to work with various types of individuals.The management style was professional and driven, whilst being approachable and supportive to the individual and team needs. Co-workers were like family. The hardest part of the job is hard core constructive critiscm which was the springboard for internal inflection and outward changes. The most enjoble part of the job was having completed a task and getting the desired results and client satisfaction. Retention of clients.
Great incentives, company provided meals for staff
Highly competitive environment with a great company culture and values
Adviser Service Consultant (Current Employee) – Cape Town, WC – 5 March 2015
A typical day involves follow ups on client transactions and assisting advisers with information to give superior financial advice, which can range from been administrative to technical and generating various management reports from our systems. The best part of my day is when I get a problem solving scenario which I provide a solution to that leads to an adviser being able to provide the best service to their client. I enjoy these type of scenarios as I feel intellectually stretched and I also feel a sense of achievement in empowering someone. The hardest part of my day is having to send forms, statements and other documents which are readily available online.This means our financial advisers are not becoming self sufficient. This time could be use to focus on initiatives that have a more significant impact on the end client. My day is very real time and pressurised, but there is good management to provide strong leadership and support. I also work in an environment with great co-workers. Each day I am amazed by the people I work with, their resilience, enthusiasm and passion for our clients and financial advisers. My co-workers have had a positive impact on how I perform my job which is important to even a self motivated person.
Free lunch, gym and overall employee wellness, amazing co-workers
Inflexibility in current role and annual leave issues, limited type of roles versus company size
Allan Gray was a great company to work for, hence me being there for over 10 years.
My duties within the company changed as I fulfilled different positions whilst being there. My main responsibility was building relationships with clients and financial advisers. Seeing to their needs by providing product information or marketing material. Assisting with transactions telephonically or online. As the company expanded, so did my knowledge of the company, their products and the legislation.
Management in certain departments it could have better. In a role of management one expects leadership. Situations where management is able to take leadership, control and address the issue(s) upfront and honestly before it festers.
My last position was within Call Center where I worked for the past two years. I worked in an open plan environment and being part of a busy call center environment one does not have the time to get acquainted with all of one's colleagues.Those that I got to know or sat close to, I built good and lasting relationships with.
The hardest part of the job was not being able to get up and move when needed. Being in an extremely busy call center permission was always needed.The interaction with the clients I enjoyed thoroughly where I was able to do what I do best, being assisting and providing exceptional client servicing.
Knowledge of products / legislation
Extremely fast pace where one feel you chasing numbers.