National Futures Association – Why Work For Us?


National Futures Association (NFA) is the self-regulatory organization for the U.S. derivatives industry, including on-exchange traded futures, retail off-exchange foreign currency (forex) and OTC derivatives (swaps). NFA has developed and enforced rules, provided programs and offered services that safeguard market integrity, protect investors and help our Members meet their regulatory responsibilities and has done so for more than 30 years.

Investor confidence is crucial to the success of the derivatives markets, and the best way to gain investor confidence is to demand the highest levels of integrity of all market participants and intermediaries.

Membership in NFA is mandatory, assuring that everyone conducting business with the public on U.S. futures exchanges and in the retail forex marketplace must adhere to the same high standards of professional conduct. NFA membership also is mandatory for swap dealers and major swap participants. NFA's membership currently numbers approximately 4,100 firms and 57,000 associates.

NFA is a non-profit, independent regulatory organization. We do not operate any markets. We are not a trade association. We operate at no cost to the taxpayer. We are financed exclusively from membership dues and assessment fees.

NFA has been recognized by a number of organizations for being a leading employer. The following are some of the awards we have won:

National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For — National Association for Business Resources (2012 - 2013)

Best Places to Work in New York — Crain's New York Business (2010 - 2011, 2013)

Best Places to Work in Illinois — Best Companies Group (2007 - 2014)

101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in Chicago — National Association for Business Resources (2006 - 2014)

Top Work Places — Chicago Tribune (2010 - 2013)

10 Best Companies for Employee Financial Security — Principal Financial Group

100 Best Adoption Friendly Workplaces in America — Dave Thomas Foundation (2007 - 2013)

These awards reflect NFA's commitment to provide its employees with a work environment that encourages collaboration, efficiency and mutual respect. In other words, NFA will provide you the opportunity to pursue excellence at work and in life!

NFA is the premier independent provider of regulatory programs that protect investors and safeguard the integrity of the derivatives markets. Employees are proud to work at NFA because we serve a public good. A healthy derivatives market benefits the economy, and our work gives investors confidence that they will be treated fairly when they trade in these markets.

Our Culture

NFA understands how important culture is to an organization, and we strive to pursue a culture of excellence in which every employee has the opportunity to succeed. From our comprehensive benefits package to the interesting work to our flexible work schedules, we've placed significant focus on creating an outstanding work experience.

We are confident that if you ask employees why they work at NFA, the majority would say, "it's because of the talented people I work with." NFA employees provide excellent opportunities for professional development, a collaborative work environment and a friendly place to work.

At NFA, we firmly believe that it is the quality of our employees that sets us apart and enables us to achieve our goals. That's why we offer a generous and flexible benefits package that allows employees to easily balance work and life and can be tailored to address their needs. Please scroll through the slides below to learn more about some of the benefits offered by NFA.

Wellness: For a company to be successful, it must have healthy and productive employees. Therefore, we offer comprehensive medical and dental plans to both our employees and their eligible dependents (including domestic partners). Employees may choose the coverage that fits their circumstances from a number of options. Coverage begins on the first day of the month following their start date. We also offer free flu shots, annual health screenings, numerous other wellness events and discounts to nearby fitness centers. Additionally, our employee assistance program provides confidential counseling sessions to discuss personal or family issues, and can help with child or elder care issues.

Retirement: We strive to ensure that our employees meet their retirement goals. In doing so, we offer a robust retirement savings plan that incorporates both a 401(k) savings plan and a defined contribution retirement plan. Employees are automatically enrolled in the 401(k) savings plan. We will match 100 percent of an employee's 401(k) contributions up to 6 percent of their pay. Through our defined contribution retirement plan, we may also make a discretionary retirement contribution annually to all employees in an amount determined by our Board of Directors. In previous years, the contribution has been 5 percent. Participation requires no employee contribution. Employees become eligible for the defined contribution plan after their first full year at NFA. Employees will be fully vested in both of these retirement plans after three years of service.

Transportation:Commuting to work each day can be expensive. To help ease this burden, we offer a $55 monthly transportation subsidy to employees who use public transportation.

Work/Life Balance: We understand the importance of promoting work/life balance for our employees. Because of this, we offer generous paid time off including vacation days and nine holidays. New employees are entitled to 10 to 15 vacation days, and all employees can use flexible benefit dollars each year to purchase up to five additional vacations days beyond their allotted number of days. NFA also allows employees the opportunity to take advantage of flexible work arrangements to help employees make the most of all aspects of life.

Continuous Learning: Our overall success as a regulator depends on the ability of our staff to continually learn and develop new skills. We offer onsite professional development and access to external seminars and online learning programs. We also recognize the importance of continuing education and provide tuition assistance up to $12,500 per year to eligible employees for advanced degree programs. Our staff also can receive educational assistance for professional certifications and financial services industry licensing examinations.

Community: Beyond meeting our mission of helping to safeguard the integrity of the derivatives markets and protecting investors, we care deeply about giving back to our community and fostering a friendly, active work environment for our employees.

We keenly support a number of philanthropic initiatives throughout the course of the year. Once each month, we raise money for the Susan G. Komen foundation by collecting employee donations when they wear jeans to work. We also participate in a companywide United Way campaign where employees can contribute a portion of their salary in return for an extra vacation day. To help those affected by tragedies, we match employee donations to relief programs and encourage employees to promote their own charitable fundraising endeavors. We also regularly send groups of employee volunteers to help at food banks, schools and tax preparation efforts, among other activities. Our employees also generously contribute to holiday toy and book drives to help children who may otherwise go without during the holiday season.

Outside of work, we sponsor a variety of athletic teams and events. Our employees regularly participate in annual softball, basketball, volleyball and kickball leagues. We also assemble groups to partake in the American Heart Association's Heart Walk, the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle and a host of other events.

Insurance and Disability Coverage:

We have life insurance coverage to help employees plan for their survivors' financial security. We provide a basic life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance to all eligible employees at two times their annual salary. Additional life, AD&D and dependant life insurance also is available for purchase. Furthermore, we provide all eligible employees with business travel accident insurance at no cost. Our disability plans provide you with protection for your earnings should you become disabled. Employees are covered under the short- and long-term disability plans on the first of the month following their date of hire. We also offer voluntary long-term care insurance in our employee benefits portfolio.


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    I applied through college or university. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at National Futures Association (Chicago, IL).


    I applied through my university and accepted an on campus interview. The on campus interview was with a former student/ new hire, and the second on-campus interview was with a compliance manager. On-campus interview was straightforward and they wanted to know why I wanted to work for the NFA.

    I was invited to an on-site interview a few weeks later. This involved a case-study analysis designed to evaluate your problem solving skills and writing style. After the case analysis, two managers took me out to a nice lunch where the real interview. I liked both managers and they seemed equally impressed with me.

    Now, onto their downside. After the interview, I was told I would hear back in about two weeks time. After the initial follow up with the recruiter and interviewing managers, I followed up after two weeks to check on the status of my application. They kept telling me to wait, and it took them nearly THREE MONTHS to tell me they proceeded with other candidates.

    This process proved highly unprofessional, and frankly rude. All in all, I'm glad I'm not working for the NFA, it seems like a comfy place to work where you're subjected to mundane work.

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National Futures Association Awards & Accolades

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101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in Chicago,, National Association for Business Resources (NABR), 2013
Best Places to Work in Illinois (Large), Best Companies Group, 2013
100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, 2013
Top 100 Workplaces, Chicago Tribune, 2013
101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For (National), National Association for Business Resources (NABR), 2013
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Headquarters Chicago, IL
Size 150 to 499 Employees
Founded 1982
Type Nonprofit Organization
Industry Finance
Revenue $50 to $100 million (USD) per year

NFA is the premier independent provider of regulatory programs that protect investors and safeguard the integrity of the derivatives markets. Employees are proud to work at NFA because we serve a public good. A healthy derivatives market benefits the economy, and our work gives investors confidence that they will be treated fairly when they trade in these markets.

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