CME Group Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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CME Group CEO Phupinder Gill
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Pros
  • Strong focus on work/life balance (in 29 reviews)

  • Great benefits, work life balance depending on the position you hold (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • no work life balance , no respect to employee time off (in 6 reviews)

  • Little chance of advancement unless you know how to golf with the senior management or you turn your life over to the company (in 7 reviews)

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    Current Employee - Associate Market Risk Management in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Market Risk Management in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at CME Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Market leader, opportunity to impact or influence in many roles, pay is decent

    Cons

    Still evolving from a privately owned to a public traded company, highly political, human resources have no idea what they are doing, very very bad travel policy for a company that has over 50% profit margins (all employees required to stay at Club Quarters)

    Advice to Management

    think before you act on internal management decisions, learn to quantify the value of necessary but non-revenue generating areas


  2. Helpful (1)

    CME Review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CME Group

    Pros

    There are good people in the organization.

    Cons

    They are a bit disorganized. Most of management is powerless to implement change.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Software Developer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CME Group

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company has a lot of intelligent, hard-working people. Interesting and challenging work.

    Cons

    Lack of clear work priorities; sometimes feels like there are too many managers and architects and not enough hands-on "do-ers". Increased regulation has also increased process and bureaucracy. This is to be expected, but it seems like some teams in the technology division have gone overboard and a software developer has to deal with a lot of red tape to get work done.

    Advice to Management

    Actions speak louder than words, so if you're not supporting a project with budget & staff, don't say it's one of the company's highest priorities and most important projects.

    Go through the same processes you're subjecting developers and other staff to so that you fully understand the overhead being added and productivity being hampered.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Software engineer

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    Current Employee - IT Senior Engineer
    Current Employee - IT Senior Engineer

    I have been working at CME Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pto, bonus and wfh. Salary is industry standard. It was a happy place once. Close to metra.

    Cons

    No growth. Don't think hard work only gets you promotions. Lay off when market was good so think about bad days.

    Advice to Management

    Talent resources are leaving. Try to focus on retaining experience employees instead of just focusing on pleasing only share holder.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Operator

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    Current Employee - Heavy Equipment Operator in Covington, GA
    Current Employee - Heavy Equipment Operator in Covington, GA

    I have been working at CME Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The work I like, New equiptment.

    Cons

    Inexpierienced help,lack of organizational mngmnt.

    Advice to Management

    Hire qualified employees


  7. Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at CME Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Potential for great bonuses

    Cons

    It will take over your life. Work is piled on and no one cares.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Interesting industry, heartless company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CME Group full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    For those interested in financial services and with a lot intellectual curiosity, this company provides many opportunities to satisfy the need to learn. In-house training is abundant, and the derivatives industry in general is dynamic and evolving.

    Bonuses are usually paid out in full. Merit increases are standard.

    Cons

    In a financially well year, the company laid off many talented people. Scary to think what might happen in a down year.

    Promotions are very difficult. Don't expect only hard work to get you there. The most successful promotion strategy is to threaten to quit.

    Advice to Management

    During the last town hall, the question was asked about how to attract and retain young, bright-minded individuals looking to make a career at CME, and the response was that everyone is replaceable and it is encouraged and even celebrated when people leave the company for better opportunities. Make your employees feel more committed to the company by committing to them!


  9. Helpful (1)

    Summer intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CME Group

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Helpfulness
    Learn a lot through just paying attention

    Cons

    Everyone is busy during market hours
    Can't ask too many questions


  10. Helpful (1)

    above average

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CME Group

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    employee benefit is good, encourage employees to learn and use new technologies. not very strict working hours. encourage employees on healthy activities, exercise.

    Cons

    company hierarchy, bureaucracy, most developers will need to do Saturday testing and support. working with offshore teaming is not efficient.


  11. Helpful (2)

    The company is fine. Boring. Safe. Easy to join and easy to leave.

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    Current Employee - Investigator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Investigator in New York, NY

    I have been working at CME Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work life balance, relaxed atmosphere, good benefits and pay, strict 8-5: staying late is unheard of. The job is easy to relax in and collect a paycheck without doing much work

    Cons

    The company feels complacent. It is a monopoly basically in the futures industry. Very little drive to streamline or improve processes. Virtually no communication between departments. Little advancement opportunity, management is old and entrenched. Days become boring for lack of work. Only good for those without real ambition. Actively discourages ambition and dynamism.

    Advice to Management

    Shake off complacency in operations. Be more transparent internally to your employees. Give more broad ranging autonomy and responsibility past "leadership team." Hire and promote more women: there are very very few in executive roles.



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