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FINRA Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
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3.0 154 reviews

68% Approve of the CEO

FINRA Chairman & CEO Richard G. Ketchum

Richard G. Ketchum

(71 ratings)

52% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • In terms of the non-exempt life, the work/life balance is great(in 30 reviews)

  • gt; Great Benefits, including 401(k) of 4% to 6% match each year and Pension for Employees of 1(in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • I am greatly dissatisfied with the lack of encouragement and opportunity for advancement(in 8 reviews)

  • Not a lot of room for advancement but it did look good on the resume(in 5 reviews)

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    Stable job

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat benefits, decent pay. Stability is there.

    ConsNot much room for advancement.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Micro-Managed by District Management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsInteresting work and friendly peers.

    ConsNo appreciation for work done unless the managers can use it to make themselves look better. No opportunity to have opinions recognized by management. Their way is always the better way! No opportunity for advancement. Managers display a bias towards long term employees by placing a higher value towards new, often inexperienced staff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop hiring "Yes" men!

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

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    Death by Micromanagement and Outdated Tech Stack

    Senior Developer (Current Employee) Rockville, MD

    ProsGood pension plans
    If you're part of the inner circle, its a cushy job
    Location

    ConsIf you're just starting your career, FINRA may be a good place to learn. They have good training programs and generally take good care of their employees.

    If you're an experienced professional, stay out.

    High levels of micromanagement
    Backstabbing galore
    Limited career opportunities
    No work from home policies
    Prima donna middle managers are out of touch with technology or people management
    Distrust, low morale, every person for themselves
    Most teams are waterfall, the Agile ones are at best Rupperfall
    People are treated like disposable resources

    Advice to Senior ManagementWake-up and change the culture of the place

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great benefits

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Rockville, MD

    ProsTheir benefits and compensation packages are really nice and, for the most part, the co-workers are great.

    ConsSome (not all) of their management is more focused on making themselves look good to the detriment of staff morale.

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    Good place to work.

    Analyst (Current Employee) Rockville, MD

    ProsSolid company, good people to work with, very good benefits, and most departments offer a good work/life balance.

    ConsCareer opportunities are lacking in many departments and there is a high turnover ratio in some departments.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe company is well run, but there should be continued focus on retaining top-tier talent. It seems like there is a lack of upward mobility and long-term career growth.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great organization

    Executive Assistant (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGreat Benefits. Company seems to have the employee in mind when make policies.

    ConsWashington office space is outdated. Sometimes the work space is messy or small.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Looking to Leave

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsInteresting work. Co-workers very nice. Felt as if I was making an impact on industry.

    ConsManagers have no people skills and only care about statistics. Micromanage subordinates.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay attention to what is going on. Speak to the people who are leaving

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a place for the aggressive or entrepreneurial

    Director (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsTremendous work life balance, decent pay and benefits

    ConsRelatively weak management and a workforce with a limited understanding of the industry they regulate. Innovation and creativity are not an accepted part of the corporate DNA and the pace can be excruciatingly slow.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmbrace change and recruit aggressively from the outside. The insular culture has fostered an environment where very little linkage between performance and reward exists. Outsource IT immediately.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Senior Examiner (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGood work life balance and industry recognition.

    ConsPeople are hired at higher grades than others despite that having no examiner experience at all.

    Some managers are fantastic and some have unseen amount of turnover and this is overlooked by senior management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay people what they are worth and not based on what they were paid at their previous company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Ok if you work in NYC or Rockville

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsCompany at least gives lip service to treating their employees well. Benefits offered are good compared to other industries (but sub-par compared to the financial services industry). Retirement benefits are the exception, as the match is generous and early retirement packages are offered regularly. Jobs here are a good springboard to better jobs with member firms. Great place to gain knowledge and experience, but frustrating after you have been here awhile.

    ConsIf you don't work for the ROOR group in NYC, or HQ in Rocville/D.C. you are treated like a second class citizen. The Chicago office is especially bad since the effects are compounded by inept management who resists change and treats their employees like they are incapable children who know nothing. Bonuses, raises and promotions are given based on time put in, not on merit. Management only wants to hear what you have to say if you agree with them, and innovation is stifled.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour policies make it where those who want to do only the bare minimum stick around and everyone else leaves. Challenge the status quo when necessary, stick up for your employees, and reward those who actually strive to go above and beyond. Bring your ideas on management and the industry into the 21st century, and treat your employees like professional adults instead of treating them like inept children.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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