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Updated August 20, 2015
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NASDAQ Chief Executive Officer Bob Greifeld
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Pros
  • Good benefits package (health and dental insurance) (in 7 reviews)

  • Good benefits, laid back work environment (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • senior management has no direction (in 11 reviews)

  • There is are to much upper management that is just bloat (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Not a great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great coworkers, nice travel perks

    Cons

    Not staffed sufficiently, overworked. Not managed well

    Advice to Management

    Fix the broad operational issues


  2. Helpful (1)

    Well, what can I say. Really quite bad.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at NASDAQ full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits including 6% 401(k) match, but no public transportation stipend. Decent hours, but they are inflexible. Office is in the Financial District and the commute is easy.

    Cons

    Base salary is too low for San Francisco. The Thomson Reuters acquisition process was a complete disaster...trying to integrate a larger team into a smaller one in the way they tried just didn't work. Trying to integrate the legacy TR and NASDAQ products together isn't working either. Clients are very unhappy and are canceling left and right to go to competitors. Five sales people have left in the past month alone to get off of the sinking ship. Communication between sales and service is so disjointed that management thinks using Excel spreadsheets is the way to go. There are processes in place just for the sake of having a process. This company is probably great for you if you are looking to plod along in the same position for 5+ years. Other employees aren't driven and are content with 'stability' over growth. Do not come here if you prefer working in a start-up environment because, contrary to what NASDAQ might tell you, they are not an 'aspiring technology company' and cannot possibly compete with smaller, more nimble competitors.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better. Stop cutting costs at literally every corner and start treating us like it's your employees that make the company. And stop making life for clients difficult just because you can.


  3. Helpful (5)

    Lean Business Model

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NASDAQ full-time

    Pros

    The compensation and bonus is generous.

    Cons

    Management has a very poor "lean" business model in place for their workforce. Employees feel overworked, pressured, stressed and resentful. I don't have much faith in upper management and their decision-making or goals for future growth. Cost savings on workforce will end up costing the business in other ways in the long run.

    Advice to Management

    Try back-filling positions when people leave the company, instead of dumping the extra work onto the people who stick around. A company is not just desks and computers- it's people. The best talent won't stick around if this pattern continues.


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  5. Poor leadership at all levels-worked to death

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at NASDAQ full-time

    Pros

    Good company name on resume, use it to get out and find a better company to work for, decent health insurance

    Cons

    Poor leadership at all levels, over last few years have consistenly piled on more and more work to the little people. Should be hiring due to more and more work coming in,new contracts being won, instead they are laying people off. They are suppose to be a market for technology and their technology is horrid, look at the day of the Facebook IPO and those issues, that was the tip of the iceberg. Regular workers are fed up and just trying to hang on until they can find something better. The GCS division is incredibly low-staffed, if clients only knew their jaws would drop.

    Advice to Management

    When business is way up in certain areas, and staff are feeling incredibly over-worked, don't ask them to do more with less and lay people off, hire. Take a pay cut like the rest of us


  6. Helpful (1)

    Forget about flexible working.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at NASDAQ full-time

    Pros

    Nasdaq is a technology focused company and focuses to implement and maintain cutting-edge solutions, so if you like working with the latest technology, then some projects can be intresting..

    Cons

    Are a supporter of workshifting and the future of work? Do you believe that social media is no longer just a leisure activity but a big part of how companies are doing business and raising brand awareness? Do you believe that flex time is becoming more common, that if employees need to come into work later, or work from home on Fridays, they can. Do you appreciate companies that are recognizing your work and completing tasks on time are more important than meeting your 8-hour mark each day? Then Nasdaq is not the company for you. I found it very hard to maintain a working work/life balance, being used to perform certain personal task to keep up with day-to-day family issues, like having a shared personal calender in Google calendar, or communicate with my wife with Gmail. Nasdaq is using webfiltering to censor particular content Categories. Personal mail is not allowed, so access to mail providers like gmail.com, hotmail.com, outlook.com and Office 365 are blocked. Certain Personal Cloud storage providers are not blocked, however, bandwith are throttled, so access to sites like Dropbox is going painfully slow, making it useless. Among the categories and content blocked are Sex Education, Social Networking (Facebook is whitelisted), Chat (IM), Email, Gamling, Games, Abortion, Dating, Weapons. The company doesn't not encourague homeworking and criticize people not showing 100% facetime, not recognising family and caring responsibilites. There's a lot of internal politics hindering a dynamic and progressive work environment and managers tend to micromanage you. There are two types of career advancement: Progression (Moving to another job at the same or lower level) and Promotion (Moving to a job at a higher career level) Successfully meeting the skills and requirements for a career level does not necessarily entitle to a promotion. There must be either an open position, or the role’s depth and impact has had to increase in scope. The department must have a need and requirement for a higher level role. All workspaces are typically located in the open landscape and there's a fitness center with a gym that can be used free of charge. (classes cost money)

    Advice to Management

    Middle management need to practice company values. Senior Management need to open up for the future way of working.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Represents everything that has gone wrong with the corporate world

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Current Employee - Associate in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some colleagues are nice and motivated, benefits offered are not bad. Work-life balance is good for financial services sector. The food in the canteen is decent.

    Cons

    Do you remember the film Office Space? Well, here is a place you can re-live it. LACK OF TEAMWORK: The culture is non-existent, people don't collaborate, don't share information. Everyone plays for themselves - team is an strange word in this company. Information is power is what I have been told. LACK OF SKILL: Middle-managers are lazy and totally uninterested in any development of those who report to them. People don't read and/or answer their emails, seriously. LACK OF MONEY (or just being stingy?):Everything is about saving costs. This results into staying in shabby hotels when travelling, unsubsidized cantine, having to use outdated technology...and slowly but surely decline in talent and performance....so sad. Of course there are teams that handle this better than others...

    Advice to Management

    1. Please create a company culture - I know you tried, but failed. 2. Instead invest in your people, systems and the environment. 3. Stop trying to save cost - it gets a bit embarrassing.


  8. Helpful (1)

    What would you like: Job security or Growth- Nasdaq is 1st one.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The Brand name is good

    Cons

    No growth opportunities for employees.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Poor Management, Information sharing etc

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Analyst in Rockville, MD
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good brand to have on a resume, good benefits, colleagues are nice, decent pay depending on which department you work in.

    Cons

    No guidance from upper management, lack of information sharing, rewards and promotions aren't given fairly, lack of internal mobility, lack of resources. NASDAQ OMX likes to spread themselves too thin in order to reduce expenses, no training programs at all. NASDAQ OMX rewards people based on how much money they bring to the company regardless of their effort, and they overlook the people that actually do all the work behind the scenes.

    Advice to Management

    look at the resources you have and don't take on too many projects at once, more recognition for the employees that work hard.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Their idea of motivation is to use scare tactics

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Relationship Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Client Relationship Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent salary, easy commute, opportunity to experience different roles

    Cons

    Scare tactics used by management, not a lot of motivation or training provided, seen many people fired on the spot even after reaching their targets, acquire companies, but dont know how to integrate them successfully


  11. Good co-workers bad managers

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Operations in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good co-workers who will help you in a pinch.

    Cons

    Most managers clueless and should not have their jobs, just look at what happened with the Facebook IPO. Most of what you learn is by yourself or from a co-worker. No help from Management. Low pay, long hours and micromanagement.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to rank and file employees



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