ICAP plc Reviews

Updated May 27, 2015
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ICAP plc Group CEO and Director Michael A. Spencer
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Pros
  • Good salary; good work-life balance; great people to work with (in 3 reviews)

  • good working environment and unique crowd of people (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • you face tough competetion from electronic broking (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Market Data Support Manager

    Former Employee - Market Data Support Manager in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Market Data Support Manager in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at ICAP plc full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Energetic environment to work in

    Cons

    Extremely fast paced to work in


  2. Company in transition

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ICAP plc full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Potential exposure to a broad range of financial instruments and markets.

    Cons

    Eat what you kill culture permeates support areas with little training, career advancement, or succession planning making advancement opportunities after joining unlikely.

    Advice to Management

    Continuos communication of direction and goals is important as the business is changing.


  3. Good Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ICAP plc

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good technology. Easy working environment

    Cons

    It was a long commute

    Advice to Management

    None


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  5. Dynamic environment, good team, however company future is uncertain

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Jersey City, NJ

    I have been working at ICAP plc full-time (More than 5 years)

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting work; flexible time, dynamic

    Cons

    Future is uncertain since brokerage (and especially voice brokerage) industry is going down

    Advice to Management

    Bureaucratization is growing up and chocking, ICAP is not a behemoth like Morgan Stanley or Goldman, and cannot afford so many middle people


  6. Full of IB Rejects

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at ICAP plc as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Job security is pretty good here.

    Cons

    Full of people who just couldn't quite make it to investment banking.


  7. Wolf of Wall Street personified

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Junior Broker in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Junior Broker in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at ICAP plc full-time

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

    Pros

    Lots of dinners and drinks - fun crowd. Connections throughout the city. Glamorous New York City life.

    Cons

    No real fulfillment. All about bottom-line and the commission. Women are objectified. Not for the introverted/not cut-throat.


  8. Anonimous

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ICAP plc full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Nice people - Good benefits - Easy Commute

    Cons

    IT Management - Micromanagement


  9. lukewarm Linux trading application support engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Linux Trading Applications Support in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Linux Trading Applications Support in Jersey City, NJ

    I have been working at ICAP plc full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    The work was easy, there were some days that I did not do anything but surf the internet all day. Actually - sometimes I did not do anything for days at a time. It seemed like one big inside joke. Congenial work environment - alot of old people, and for finance that is refreshing. I liked alot of the people there - once you get in you are like family. If you are of Indian descent - you have it made (I am Russian).

    Cons

    The work was easy, there were some days that I did not do anything but surf the internet all day!
    I woked in the voice dept. I think that the money and the action is in the Electronic department. The guys in the voice team don't have anything to do - but they like it that way. So it has been my experience where there is not enought work to go around, politics fills the void. So it you are politically savy, dont like to work hard or grow this place is for you !

    The manager and the senoir support guys in linux technical support know that they have a cushy job, and they know exactly how to protect it from change, improvement or efficiency.

    Advice to Management

    Don't change a thing - linux technical support at ICAP is the best job in finance.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Smart People

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in Jersey City, NJ

    I have been working at ICAP plc full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Smart group of people
    - Opportunity to contribute
    - don't sit on your back

    Cons

    - not much loyalty to employees

    Advice to Management

    give notice to full time employees


  11. Nice working environment but management needs to be more engaged

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at ICAP plc

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Majority of people are very nice, hard working and knowledgeable about the business they're in. It can be a fun and relaxed environment because the firm still has a feel of a start up, even though the firm has grown quite large in the last few years. Depending on the immediate manager's philosophy, the company can offer flexible work arrangements and time off, when necessary.

    Cons

    Company has grown a lot and it's beginning to feel like a big corporation with its beauracracy and expectation of face time from employees. Senior management only cares about highest producing individuals, the rest get treated as nobody's. Support areas also don't get much management attention or support. As a result, there are many unhappy employees especially in support functions who do not bring in major $$ for the firm.

    Advice to Management

    Treat others how you would like to get treated. ICAP is not an investment bank although I had that feel at times.



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