The giving season is upon us, and many Vanguard crew are making it their mission to give to the less fortunate. In this video, crew speak specifically about one very special campaign and why brightening a child’s holiday means so much to them.
Vanguard has a wonderful tradition of recognizing crew service milestones; every 5 year anniversary is marked with a certificate and a gift. This year marked my 30th anniversary, which meant both another milestone gift and a chance to take stock of my career when a few of my best friends at work hooked me up with a special celebration.
As I said to my friends and colleagues that day, it is because of the mission and values of Vanguard and its people that I have stayed 30 years. Without those ethics, I wouldn’t have lasted 30 days. It’s pretty remarkable that 30 years later I feel as connected to the mission as I did that first year.
And why not! I’ve worked with so many different types of clients – individual investors, small and large employers, manufacturers and their employees, hospitals and universities, each with unique goals and circumstances. In each case, Vanguard was there to help and I was a part of the team. During my time serving Vanguard’s nonprofit investors I came to realize I may have the skills to give back to my own community. So while I was meeting with treasurers and investment committees during the day, I spent a few evenings and weekends a year serving on a nonprofit board for an organization serving families living in poverty. The boards I have served on benefit greatly from the skills I learned at Vanguard.
Over the course of 30 years, personal and professional accomplishments overlap and Vanguard becomes a partner as well as an employer. I earned an MBA while working at Vanguard and was reimbursed for the cost with the help of an academic assistance program for crew. At some point, I also managed to get married and adopt two children. (Vanguard helps offset the cost of adoption too!)
The other great part about a career at Vanguard is that you are empowered with financial literacy. You will save money in your 401(k) plan; you will know the difference between a Roth and Traditional IRA. And if you decide to raise children, you will fund a 529 plan with regular contributions. And along with all those accomplishments, you’ll work with great people, take some interesting vacations and wonder at your great fortune.
And if you have friends who plan a party for you when you hit your 30th work anniversary, you might get a VIP visit – including the newly named CEO, CIO, or Vanguard’s Global Chief Economist, Joe Davis, who also happens to be a great boss and a great person… AND get a personal note from our founder Jack Bogle. I was happy to share this celebration with many amazing people from all points along my career.
Did I forget to tell you what I picked out for my milestone gift? It was a kayak!
If you’re seeking an environment where you can make a difference and develop professionally, check out our career opportunities at www.vanguardjobs.com.
We are family: Vanguard Charlotte celebrates 20 years
After arriving in Charlotte almost five years ago, it didn’t take long to see that the office had something special. Our crew are genuinely friendly, offer diverse perspectives, and foster deep connections. We work hard but also know how to celebrate accomplishments and milestones, both for Vanguard and our clients. Everywhere you look, every day, the crew are investing in our clients, in each other, and in the community. These personal, almost family-like connections have been part of the tapestry of Charlotte since the very beginning and remain true today.
Since I haven’t been at the Charlotte office since the beginning, I decided to catch up with a few colleagues who were directly involved in standing up this Vanguard location.
Michelle W. was one of the first HR team members on the ground tasked with getting the site up and running. She handled a multitude of responsibilities including facilities, recruiting, crew benefits, and implementing crew services on par with our offerings in Malvern. It was the ultimate definition of the HR Generalist. With the goal of hiring 700 crew members that initial year, Michelle and another HR colleague recruited around the clock from their bank of tables and telephones on an otherwise empty floor in our building. It was an incredible challenge but also rewarding. Michelle shared she remembers the personal touch most and that it stays with her even today—being able to greet folks by name, know their families, celebrate successes together, and support each other through disappointments.
Chrisa F. also shared her early memories of Vanguard Charlotte with me. Our Charlotte office was a budding site, full of energy and excitement. Crew were eager to learn new things, and everyone was ready to lend a hand. After spending almost four weeks coaching new Retail Services crew, she was so impressed with Charlotte that she decided to permanently relocate in 1998.
Fast forward 20 years. We are now 1,600 crew occupying four buildings and more than 324,000 square feet of office space. So much has changed in twenty years, yet the Charlotte office remains a unique and special place. It feels every bit a family, but stronger. Happy 20th anniversary, Vanguard Charlotte!