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Vanguard shines as a top employer

In recent months, Vanguard has been recognized across multiple communities as an employer of choice. In this blog, the Diversity and Inclusion team is excited to highlight accolades that Vanguard is proud to have received.

College students praise Vanguard’s summer internship program

Vanguard is ranked No. 4 for 2020 Best Financial Services Internships among 40 companies in the industry, and Vanguard is ranked No. 40 for Best Overall Internship among 135 participating companies representing all industries. This contest is sponsored annually by, and results are based solely upon feedback from the undergraduate students that participated in our 2019 summer internship program.

The scoring and final ranking is based upon several aspects of the summer internship program:

  • Career development.
  • Full-time employment prospects.
  • Compensation & benefits.
  • Diversity.
  • The interview process.
  • Overall quality of life.

Maintaining a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2020 Corporate Equality Index Survey

This is the fifth consecutive year that Vanguard has been recognized in the 2020 Corporate Equality Index report. Published annually, the survey evaluates a company’s corporate policies, practices, and benefits with respect to LGBTQ+ employees. It’s the global standard for benchmarking corporate policies and practices for awareness and inclusion in the workplace.

The 2020 survey is divided into three key criteria areas of focus:

  • Nondiscrimination and inclusion policies across business entities.
  • Equitable benefits for LGBTQ+ workers and their families.
  • Support of an inclusive culture and corporate social responsibility.

Chief Diversity Officer Crystal Hardie Langston shared, “At Vanguard, we believe our culture of inclusion is essential for each of us to fully thrive in our careers and provide superior value to our clients and communities. It’s a business imperative for Vanguard’s success in the future, and that’s why we are committed to providing a trusting, supportive environment in which all crew members worldwide feel a sense of belonging.”

Continuing to climb in IT

Vanguard rose to number three among large organizations (5,000 or more U.S. employees) in Computerworld’s 2019 survey of the Best Places to Work in IT, up from number nine last year and number ten in 2017.

The rankings are based on both employer and employee surveys. About half of the scoring was based on crew member responses, and the other half was based on a survey of several HR areas: career development, retention, benefits, diversity, and training.

“This is an incredible endorsement for our organization, for Vanguard, and for our clients,” said John Marcante, managing director for IT. “This recognition is a reflection of all the crew at Vanguard who work daily to make this place a special community.”

Vanguard embraces veterans

Vanguard was also recognized as a Top Veteran-Friendly Company in 2019 by U.S. Veterans Magazine (USVM). The magazine’s annual list evaluates a company’s policies, practices, and career recruitment efforts with respect to veterans. Its mission includes finding employment and other opportunities for transitioning service members, disabled veterans, spouses of veterans, and veteran business owners.

USVM selected about 200 names after polling hundreds of companies, including many on the Fortune 1000.

This year’s evaluation recognized excellence in three focus areas:

  • Sponsorship of veteran career events.
  • Career opportunities.
  • Success in seeking, hiring, and/or retaining veteran candidates.

“Together we work to establish a strong crew network of service-minded military veterans and friends,” said Sean Gardner, senior manager in Global Risk & Security and a member of the VetsConnect leadership team. “Our objective is to enrich the sense of community for crew with past military service and all others interested by providing engaging ways to connect, assisting new veteran crew to Vanguard, and reflecting the esprit de corps of our military heritage.”

Most admired in Arizona

Vanguard was among 50 chosen as one of Arizona’s 2019 Most Admired Companies by AZ Business Magazine and BestCompaniesAZ for the fifth straight year.

The selection was based on Scottsdale crew’s demonstrated distinction and excellence in multiple fields: client experience, innovation, leadership, social responsibility, and workplace culture.

“This is a significant accomplishment for Vanguard,” said Deborah Akinsipe, HR site lead for Arizona. “We could not have achieved this milestone without the commitment of our crew. Their dedication to client service and unwavering support to our local community are just some of the reasons we received this award.”

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