Fidelity Investments
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www.fidelity.com Boston, MA 5000+ Employees

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Mixed bag - very political

Senior QA Engineer (Former Employee)
Research Triangle Park, NC

ProsIf you are lucky enough to land with a secure, mature manager you will have many opportunities to exceed at your work. Confident managers excel at training, advancing, promoting their subordinates into better positions. They advise, challenge, critique, encourage and correct your work and presentations in a productive, positive manner. They look for opportunities for their subordinates.

ConsIf you are unlucky and land on one of the insecure manager teams you will go nowhere. Expect no directions, no clarifications, no assistance with projects and tasks assigned to you. Expect no contact from these managers until your yearly review, then expect the worst possible annual review where you will be blamed for all of this manager's short comings. You can write a rebuttal to the BS in your review, but that rebuttal will never get looked at and you're left with a tarnished reputation, no raise, lousy bonus but - gosh - at that moment, your manager sure looks happy!

Advice to Senior ManagementQuit reorganizing your department and reporting structures. You have effectively killed all communications on all your projects. How can you expect projects to complete on time, at budget or under, if every 9 months or less you reorganize your departments so that half the project players get moved off the projects, being replaced by newbies that know nothing and leaving you with broken communication lines in every critical direction for the project. This is usually done more than once on any given project, then because of delays those projects get dropped effectively throwing away all the good work done by too many disconnected folk.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It's not quite the Borg, but it is an intense place to work. Not for the squeamish.

    Director, Operations (Former Employee)
    Marlborough, MA

    I worked at Fidelity Investments full-time for more than 8 years


    Pros: Diverse business lines present opportunities for internal movement Many smart, customer-focused, collaborative professionals Compensation including bonuses is lucrative, depending… Cons: Extremely siloed, due to the diverse business lines and operational complexity Constant, relentless organizational changes at all levels, with entire groups being relocated, realigned or disbanded… Advice to Senior Management: Strive harder for transparency. When strategic direction is changing, remember that Fidelity is an ocean liner, not a rowboat. If you want your best people… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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    Great Place to work if your comfortable with pay

    Vice President (Current Employee)
    Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Fidelity Investments full-time for more than 5 years


    Pros: Once your into management and make connections , you see many… Cons: Politics politics politics Takes about 2 or more years to get into the… Advice to Senior Management: Allow your more junior players some oppurtunity and involvement Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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