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Engineer-driven culture with a strong emphasis on work-life balance and directly rewarding performance.

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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 (more than an year)

Pros

-Strong commitment to recognizing individual excellence. If you do something worth being proud of, the higher ups will be aware of it, and you will be rewarded.

-Healthy work-life balance. Working 8-hour days is the norm and your career will not suffer if you don't put in 60-hours.

-Engineer-driven culture. I'd have to go all the way up to the COO before I found someone above me who isn't from an engineering background. Even the executive team and product developers respect the software development process and will allow the engineers to set and re-set their own deadlines.

Cons

-Some people seem a too comfortable with FactSet's work-life policies, taking the relaxed environment and flexible deadline schedule for granted.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

-Make 'Hack-a-thon' style projects part of the normal work-flow. Similar to Google's 20% projects (or is it 10%?). Basically, there are a lot of engineers that come up with really cool ideas all year round that they're really excited about but most of those ideas will be forgotten by the time the next Hack-a-thon rolls around. Giving the engineers an outlet for these ideas would benefit everyone.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
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    Good, laid back, a bit of mis-management

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at FactSet full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    food, work, take initiative, management

    Cons

    less interesting projects, upper management not good.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Generally Good People, Can Develop marketable skills, Poor management and poor at retaining good people.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA

    I worked at FactSet full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Young ,energetic group of people.
    -Free Lunch/Snacks/Drinks
    -If you can stick it out for 2-3 years, you'll probably get promoted...Likely into Sales.
    -Develop technical skills to move out of the support/software side and into the research/investment side of the industry.

    Cons

    -Serious Office Politics- it's a game of CYA, and making it seem like you're working harder than everyone else (whether you are or not).
    -Lack of experienced leadership/management on the consultant level. This leads to poor handling of people and problems.
    -This is not a job in finance. It is customer/technical support for software that investment professionals use. Essentially a call center for support from sometimes very angry finance professionals for the first 6 -12 months of the job.
    -Seemingly random raises. They say you are not supposed to talk about compensation, but with a young, generally amicable group of people, they obviously do.
    -Limited career opportunities outside of Sales Team.
    -People recognize the company for what it is...a good place to become a salesperson or get experience and leave. In my 2 years there, over 10 people both junior and senior level left to go elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a better job of recognizing/promoting good people, and stop promoting people trying to just get by after 2 years.
    Put experienced, responsible managers in place. You can't just promote consultants and expect them to have the managerial and people skills to handle difficult situations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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