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CPP Investment Board Reviews

Updated 23 May, 2017
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Pros
  • great work life balance, awesome culture, (in 11 reviews)

  • Great place with awesome people (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Unfortunately a lot of byrocracy and not very smart people in the back office which contrast heavily with the front office drive (in 3 reviews)

  • Small shop, not as many opportunities to move around (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Co-op"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Co-Op in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Co-Op in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CPP Investment Board (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Really strong team collaboration. All members of the team were always involved and the team was engaging overall. Work was also meaningful. Flexible hours (for a financial firm).

    Cons

    Restrictions on interns made starting and the initial learning curve more difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Place less restrictions on interns so that they can do more and contribute even more meaningfully.


  2. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CPP Investment Board full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great leadership, amazing org culture

    Cons

    Career path - not many opportunities for advancement


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Not a good place for IT"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CPP Investment Board (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Better pay in general than most of Toronto for IT roles
    - Work life balance is seen as important
    - Great place to work if you want to get into finance

    Cons

    - Terrible growth opportunities as an IT employee
    - IT people are second class citizens here and not respected by business
    - IT is managing their maturation poorly, IT Managing Director is not a nice person
    - All talk, no action
    - Career planning is talked about but not implemented
    - Politics are common and poorly managed
    - Don't work here if you want to do exciting IT work, terrible place for developers to learn and grow
    - Personal investments are controlled and require approval of the firm

    Advice to Management

    Get with the times, software is critical to running a modern investment firm. It's time to treat IT people with the same level of respect as your highly paid "investment" profesisonals. When I can take my money and shove it all in an index ETF and earn higher returns than you, you guys need to rethink your strategy.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "IT Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Analyst in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CPP Investment Board (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and package. Good working environment.

    Cons

    Complicated process to get things done.


  6. "Awesome Place to work!"

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

    I have been working at CPP Investment Board (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place with awesome people! The learning curve has been very steep and I love it

    Cons

    The process sometimes could be slow


  7. "Tech moving in the right direction"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CPP Investment Board full-time

    Pros

    A lot of modernizing initiatives are taking place that is moving the fund in the right direction from a technology perspective

    Cons

    Still a lot of legacy software, very siloed on the tech side, little knowledge sharing of technology best practices

    Advice to Management

    Continue to push to modernize the way that CPPIB builds software.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Not what it use to be"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CPP Investment Board full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Located downtown on subway line
    - Compensation package

    Cons

    - Highly political environment with top heavy, overpaid execs
    - Technology department has turned into a hostile "wall street" corporate environment with the new IT execs
    - False sense of open-communication
    - Un-professionalism and harassment are tolerated
    - Blatantly lazy full-time employees are untouchable lifers


  9. "CPPIB"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Toronto, ON
    Recommends

    I worked at CPP Investment Board (More than a year)

    Pros

    -generous benefits and career training
    -nice people
    -recognized name

    Cons

    -bit of an old boys club
    -not as progressive in approach towards doing things in a new way


  10. "Could be better with better management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CPP Investment Board full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - A lot of opportunities/responsibilities for junior staff
    - Friendly people
    - Good benefits and good pay for a Toronto company

    Cons

    - Too political
    - Very risk averse, and lacks creativity
    - HR also has way too much power over promotions
    - Lacks direction and clarity


  11. "review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Intern in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CPP Investment Board (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Well-Established financial institution
    Work-life balance
    Smart colleagues, strong team spirit

    Cons

    Group/team projects may not be very efficient.


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