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CPP Investment Board Reviews

Updated Oct 18, 2019

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CPP Investment Board CEO Mark Machin
Mark Machin
52 Ratings
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  • "Limited budget for support functions, making it harder to get hired full-time(in 6 reviews)

  • "Extremely toxic office politics with fake smiles(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work, with great people!"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at CPP Investment Board full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Wonderful place to work -- with interesting colleagues, who together are all united by a compelling public purpose.

    Cons

    The organization has seen some change in the last few years -- though this lends itself to creating opportunities (vertically and laterally) for employees.

    CPP Investment Board2019-08-22
  2. "Toxic environment"

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    Former Employee - Associate Portfolio Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CPP Investment Board full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good brand name company that had a lot of talented people - many of whom have left since

    Cons

    constant reshuffling and clueless management

    CPP Investment Board2019-10-11
  3. "Terrible politics"

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    Current Employee - Investment Analyst 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CPP Investment Board full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - interesting work for the most part - better hours than banking - (slightly) better culture than banking - international opportunities - no face time - pretty sweet job if you're a senior

    Cons

    - really bad office politics. promotions and special assignments are not based on merit, you have to dedicate significant potion of your day to sucking up to seniors - no real training or mentorship. the seniors really dont care about you - working with global offices means that you get treated as an outsourcing facility - huge turnover at the analyst/associate level - below market pay

    CPP Investment Board2019-10-03
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Toxic culture driven by new IT management from NYC"

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    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CPP Investment Board full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    1. Compensation is decent for Toronto 2. Great benefits 3. Lots of smart people, good business partners

    Cons

    1. New IT management is toxic, letting go of good managers and directors while bringing their own clique of people and managers 2. New MD is forcing overnight on call and overtime monitoring for overnight jobs (think midnight - 5am) 2. Hard project deadlines causes inefficient designs and solutions

    Advice to Management

    Treat your people like how you want to be treated, the NYC bank culture does not work in Toronto. If this continues, turnover in IT will skyrocket very soon

    CPP Investment Board2019-10-18
  5. "Particularly great place for a deep education in the industry of pension plans"

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    Current Employee - Portfolio Manager in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CPP Investment Board full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work with some of the best talent in the GTA area, including a lot of foreign nationals who relocated from top firms elsewhere. Very research focused, rigorous and striving to be ahead of the curve. Ability to spend significant time pursuing ideas that might not ultimately work but benefit the edification of all. A strong corporate culture. Plenty of sharing across functional areas. Ability to do secondments... in other areas to cross-train and widens one's knowledge. Many learning opportunities and meetings opened up to a wider groups.

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    Cons

    As with many corporate cultures, there are still problems with competing egos and personalities that led to cliquish politics at times. There didn't seem to be much follow through at the mid-senior level to squash this apparent breach of the corporate ethos particularly when it was breached by the mid-senior level.

    CPP Investment Board2019-09-04
  6. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Director 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at CPP Investment Board full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work, growing organization with exciting opportunities

    Cons

    Can sometimes be slow to adapt to a changing environment

    CPP Investment Board2019-09-01
  7. "growing organization"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer 

    I have been working at CPP Investment Board full-time

    Pros

    an organization that is growing very fast

    Cons

    not a lot of opportunity to move up

    CPP Investment Board2019-09-11
  8. "Lots of variability and sort of a toss up for who you get as your manager"

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    Former Employee - Analyst 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at CPP Investment Board full-time

    Pros

    The salary was decent for Toronto, lower than market but not bad? You get some interesting exposure from early on

    Cons

    Zero mentorship, experience is very manager based

    Advice to Management

    Think carefully about what you are trying to promote and build as a culture... Sure promoting people based on "merit" is good but also think about what it means in terms of what personality you are fostering and building

    CPP Investment Board2019-09-24
  9. "High Performing People, Work-Life Balance could be better"

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    Former Employee - Analyst 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CPP Investment Board full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Reputable company with talented colleagues

    Cons

    It is normal to work overtime and extra days

    CPP Investment Board2019-08-26
  10. "Good environment for young people"

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    Former Employee - Analyst 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CPP Investment Board full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good place for very young employees - can obtain relevant experience and build meaningful relationships over short period of time

    Cons

    Slow promotion, bureaucratic, not real investment work

    CPP Investment Board2019-07-16
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