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You will feel like you are back in high school...and NOT in a good way!!!

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

I worked at FXCM

Pros

Some flexibility to work in different departments/ locations - employees are able to apply to/ change departments relatively easily and some also have the opportunity to travel/ transfer to different office locations.

Cons

Nepotism/ favoritism will determine your $/ promotions not how hard you work or your actual productivity.
Salary VERY low for industry, dental & medical plans are mediocre at best, 401K here will NEVER be matched.
Arrogant managers that are usually a few years out of college, they would barely be qualified to work at staff level positions at other companies.
MD/VP level positions are allowed to laterally transfer to other departments so in many cases entry level staff has more knowledge of that area of business than their manager.
Co-workers are miserable and act like zombies, most would not even speak to each other in breakrooms or elevator and live w/ their ipod headphones on - employee morale is non-existant!!!
Very dog eat dog, no one here can be trusted, every employee out for themselves not a unified working environment.
HUGE turnover in the past few months of long time employees (6+ years w/ company)
The only employees who have any job security here are related to the partners...
Disconnect between departments since they are managed by many different partners - feels like seperate businesses not a unified company.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

You once prided yourselves on being a "mom & pop/ family oriented" company, since the IPO that has ALL gone out the window, maybe focusing on those beliefs and realizing that your employees ARE your company will help resolve some of these issues - although most managers are too busy micromanaging to notice the bigger picture!

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Take a position at your own risk....Be careful before selecting this company as a long-term employer

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

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

    Pros

    *A good place to learn some basics as a new college graduate;
    *If you were a quality student, you will likely have more experience than your manager;
    *Based on your department and manager, an opportunity to obtain information quickly over a short period of time prior to moving on to a more professional company;
    *There are some good people working for the company, very few, but some;
    *The medical and dental plans are okay, but you will never see matching 401K! Forget it!

    Cons

    *The company is corrupt, especially on the upper management level; lacks ethics and integrity;
    *The management staff lacks experience and does not have the opportunity to train with other professionals to know that their experience level is below average;
    *The inexperience trains the inexperienced, a combination that does not produce top talent that is competitive outside the company;
    *The culture and vision is poor, as nepotism is extremely, extremely, high....meaning, mostly all persons in top level positions are related to the partners, friends of the partners, possibly intimate with upper management, in the partner's religion group, or connected to the partners;
    *Over 90% of employees will never reach their true goals/potential while working for this company; if you accept a position, only remain for 1-2 years at max for resume purposes and move on to a company that will compensate you fairly, treat you fairly and respect you professionally;
    *The best advise, do not trust anyone in this company, not even legal, as there is no real camaraderie....whenever a company is corrupt from top down, you should only trust people as far as you can see them; as soon as your back is turned, your trust level should be at 0;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    *In most cases, the management at FXCM are in denial and they have requested for employees to list positive feedback on this site; and they are in denial about the posts on Glassdoor, but from personal experience, almost 100% of the posts have some or all true statements....learn from the feedback, make improvements, and actually care about the employees working for your company. In most cases, upper management could care less about the people working for them, but remember, the people are the company, a company's greatest asset, and without them, FXCM is nothing!

    *In addition, to those that believe they are really upper level management (meaning not promoted by a family member), unless you take measures to inhance your career outside of FXCM, (ie. networking, outside training, upper level degree, etc.), your career path outside of FXCM will be very limited, as you are being fooled to think that you are actually VP's/MD's, while you are really, maybe, supervisors, managers, customer service supervisors, and in some cases, regular employees that need additional guidance. If anything, access yourselves and ask yourselves, did I really have enough experience/education to be in this role? In most cases, you will not be truthful because FXCM's management tend to be full arrogance and deceit, so maybe a true 360 assessment done by an outsourced company (someone not related/friends with the partners or employees) will allow you to gain a true insight.

    Advise to the employees....if you hear a little voice in your head telling you something is wrong, you cannot trust it, and you feel that you should start looking for another career/company...well, you are 6 months behind and should start looking immediately. This means that you have a conscious, ethics and values and FXCM is certainly not the company for a person that possess those characteristics!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    FXCM Response

    Mar 7, 2013Human Resources

    Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your experience working at FXCM. We greatly value the opportunity to utilize this information constructively so that we may capitalize on the ... More

  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Inevitable learning curve for the young management / firm, as result everybody below must suffer along

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    - if you are a good boy and can show competency, opportunities be opened to work across departments/roles of your interest

    Cons

    - unable to speak your mind and have some kind of satisfactory of candit conversation before a young manager shoot u down for erratic behavior
    - lower your expectations, there is already too many mouths to feed so don't expect a raise for increased responsibilities/expertise work, at least communication wise....i never get this!
    - throws around title promotions like its out of style, result: lower credibility of that title
    - micromanage practices: either a)management is not confident of the subordinate b)manager is arrogant and need to feel good about him self
    - both is true: a)if you are not confident why is that subordinate working there for 4 years already and still asking the same question b) I know you think u are not getting paid fairly because this is the first job you've had out of college and you are at senior management already
    - rather hires a stupid one than a smarter one to save on money i suppose, result: a chronic culture of feeling of injustice whereby standards always seem to come short, not just relative to perceived industry standards but specially within the departments and ranks
    - not much of a culture, low morale, and you wonder why! we all like to think that everyone could just get along. but the truth is professionally there is little room for those who don't meet the standards. hey it is a business right
    - so if you demand high standards and discipline, you will have hard time reconciling with yourself there
    - compensation is not just compared to industry, but also prominently compared within the firm and ranks. you have those get paid too much, and those not enough based on the work they do

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lets look back at all the decisive changes made recently. Deliberate changes happen because the current form is not fitting, as you would agree. Your business model, no dealing desk, has not change that much overall. That leads to the presumtion that most changes made are for existing operating conditions. Lets keep working on those conditions.

    FXCM Response

    Mar 7, 2013HR Generalist

    Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your experience working at FXCM. We greatly value the opportunity to utilize this information constructively so that we may capitalize on the ... More

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