FactSet Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
458 Reviews
3.8
458 Reviews
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Pros
  • Perfect work-life balance for example you will get mentor when you are on boarding (in 66 reviews)

  • very good work life balance; nice coworkers; no pushing; soft deadline; free lunch (in 97 reviews)


Cons
  • The company seems to balance out the work/life balance very well (in 11 reviews)

  • No career path defined and joining diffeent teams is riven with red tape (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Software engineer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FactSet

    Pros

    Work life balance in the company

    Cons

    There are no opportunities for location change

  2.  

    Good company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FactSet for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Free lunches, laid back atmosphere, surrounded by really smart and motivated people. FactSet is a great company for new graduates and experienced professionals alike.

    Cons

    FactSet is an engineering company with content, sales and development adjuncts. As such, these other areas are de-emphasized. At times project management and application development can become overly bureaucratized. Overall, it is still a great place to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Flexible, good starting place.

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    Current Employee - Research Specialist  in  Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - Research Specialist in Norwalk, CT

    I have been working at FactSet full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, great culture and people. Free lunch! Good benefits. Easy going culture.

    Cons

    Lower pay than competitive companies. Freedom and flexibility at times leads to lack of structure.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    solid company, good software development environment, best idea didn't always win

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    Former Employee - Software Engineering Manager  in  Norwalk, CT
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Norwalk, CT

    I worked at FactSet full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    very good benefits package, competitive salary, responsive middle management, some strong leaders in upper management, quality was a primary focus in lots of areas

    Cons

    plenty of inertia, some middle managers lacked stomach to report problems up, product development function lacked innovative aspirations, suffered from feature-itis, in general the primary product is facing pricing pressure as a result of a lack of innovation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look into unorthodox mechanisms for fostering innovation esp. amongst entrenched long timers with lots of old options, consider investing in alternative investment data/markets

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great first job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Development Intern  in  Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - Product Development Intern in Norwalk, CT

    I have been working at FactSet as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Most management is fantastic - very willing to help, and open to conversation regardless of what your job position is. This company is a great first job, but unless you're planning on staying for the duration of your career, upward motion is slow.

    Cons

    Promotions seem to be given based on how long someone has been employed by FactSet instead of being based off of performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start basing promotions on merit

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer  in  Norwalk, CT
    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Norwalk, CT

    I worked at FactSet full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good place to start a career as they make you feel like you're part of a team... very collegiate feeling. There are some very smart people that work at the company, but a number of them are on their way out fed-up with indecision in some areas of the company.

    Cons

    Technology choices are old (VMS for example) and while they're trying hard to update, it's taking FOREVER. They will also make you fight for a top salary... you can get one, but they're not going to give it to you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Indecision can be worse than the wrong decision.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great opportunities for College graduates

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Management  in  Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - Project Management in Norwalk, CT

    I have been working at FactSet full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Opportunity to gain experience and grow professionally. Excellent training

    Cons

    Company growing pains. Transitioning to a larger company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Fun atmosphere, smart people great environment to learn and flourish.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Norwalk, CT

    I have been working at FactSet full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    free lunch, community events, nice office park location

    Cons

    not really anything that comes to mind

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Rewarding work, too much politics

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at FactSet full-time

    Pros

    Good work / life balance, internal training opportunities. Company has a fairly flat structure, so opportunities for advancement are somewhat limited. Smart growth strategies are paying off.

    Cons

    Compensation is probably less than industry average. Need to better incentivize highly productive workers. Company has followed industry trend of offshoring many operational functions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to better incentivize highly productive workers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great People, Tough Environment

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II  in  Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Norwalk, CT

    I have been working at FactSet full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The culture is great, you are treated like an adult and given plenty of leeway. If you do your work and meet your deadlines then you'll be very comfortable at FactSet.

    Cons

    You'll have to deal with very old, obscure, poorly-documented code and procedures. Project deadlines are often unrealistic in regards to dealing with this fact and overtime is often needed in order to meet your goals. There is also a lack of advancement opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve coding standards, project specs, documentation, and development tools. Provide better paths to advancement for engineers so they don't feel pressured into management positions for which they are not qualified.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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