When it comes to caring about crew, Vanguard is unmatched. With amazing health benefits, on-campus gyms, and even pet insurance, it’s hard to dispute that Vanguard is one the best companies to work for. One of the benefits I want to focus on today is Vanguard’s annual Volunteer Time Off, or VTO day. Every year, crew members get to take a paid day off from work to volunteer, sometimes with their team or on their own with their favorite charity. Many teams organize group activities at non-profits like Cradles to Crayons, while some crew go off on their own to volunteer at a local charity that needs help.
Here at Vanguard our work revolves around the three Cs: Clients, Crew and Community. Our clients differ based on the different divisions at Vanguard, but as crew we are always dedicated to serving these clients in the best way possible. The Retail Investor Group (RIG) is our largest division, serving approximately 7 billion clients and small businesses with over $1 trillion in assets under management (AUM). These clients are individuals who trust Vanguard with their savings because of our low-costs but also the way we treat them in every day interactions.
Karin Risi, the Managing Director of RIG, has been at Vanguard for 20 years. She reports directly to Vanguard’s CEO and has a large team with six different subdivisions in RIG. Each of these business areas work together in creating an engaging and positive environment for our clients.
Last but not least, Vanguard strives to make communities stronger in many different ways through a variety of activities. One unique experience I was able to have through the internship program was being placed on a team within Vanguard Charitable where we specifically analyzed ways to positively influence high impact philanthropy. The goal is to better assist donors in making long term contributions to 501c3 organizations of their choice, whose missions align with the type of impact they hope to make with their charitable donations. Supporting Vanguard Charitable clients and making an impact in the community at the same time was a great experience.
The idea of serving others before self has been ingrained in our culture and is why our third “C”, community, is so important to everyone here at Vanguard.
Rounding out our seventh week in the internship, a quick step back allowed us to realize how Vanguard’s campus is unique. With a list of amenities that make Malvern feel like home, each of our blog members selected his or her favorite location on campus. Read on to find out more.
With three gyms located around the main and west campuses, Vanguard provides its employees with every opportunity to stay healthy and live a balanced lifestyle. Branded as ShipShape, these gyms include top of the line equipment and trainers that you would find in a full sized gym, with the convenience of being located just a short walk from your desk. Whether you’re a serious weightlifter, training for a marathon, or simply trying to get into shape, ShipShape has it all. Accessible to interns as well, it’s a great opportunity to meet up with a friend outside of work and cool down after a long day. If you’re lucky, you might even bump into Vanguard’s CEO on the rowing machine.
Stephanie H.:Quarry Ridge
The view of Quarry Ridge blows me away on 425 Old Morehall Road. This location presented an opportunity for Vanguard to work with designers and establish a more innovative control system than ever before! Walking into the building and overseeing the quarry through the windows is a beautiful sight, with views of open water and greenery extending into the horizon. This space offers a relaxing change of scenery, which I love utilizing to clear my head on busy days. It’s also excellent for having lunches with other interns or crew members and catching up on different projects and initiatives that they are working on.
Maddie S.: Morgan Galley
My favorite spot on campus is the coffee cafe located in Morgan Galley (Vanguard’s main cafeteria). In addition to brewing great coffee, the galley is the perfect spot to catch-up with fellow interns and other crew members. Whenever I go over to grab coffee in the morning, I always end up running in to someone and chatting with them for a few minutes. It’s definitely an awesome spot to network with crew from all different areas of the company.
Divesh O.: Top floor of Quarry Ridge
I love the view of the Quarry from the top floor. It’s tranquil and peaceful. I love working at a place with such dedication to a great work environment and scenery. Perhaps this is the poet in me, but I feel as though the scenery mimics the culture. We are focused, diligent and passionate about serving our clients. I compare the deliberation and questioning of designs and initiatives to the waves in the water. They are slow, precise and practiced. I enjoy following a ripple develop from the shore to the rock’s edge. It takes its time, building for about two minutes until it reaches the end, accomplished. I see this pattern in our initiatives; they develop with great care and detail and finally deliver satisfaction and value to our clients.
Matt P.: Collaborative Work Spaces
Most of my time spent at Vanguard is spent in a collaborative working environment like this one. While it may look like a first grade classroom, our sticky notes all have value and help us to work together to plot out and solve business problems. As an intern, working in a collaborative space allows me to feel confident in my work because should I get stuck, there are 8 other developers in the room that are happy to assist me. Working in this kind of social environment may seem distracting at first but after a few scrums (agile framework for completing complex projects) and collaborative problem solving sessions, you begin to see its’ value.