FINRA Reviews

Updated September 21, 2014
Updated September 21, 2014
164 Reviews
3.0
164 Reviews
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FINRA Chairman & CEO Richard G. Ketchum
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • In terms of the non-exempt life, the work/life balance is great (in 32 reviews)

  • gt; Great Benefits, including 401(k) of 4% to 6% match each year and Pension for Employees of 1 (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • limited opportunity for advancement and limited career paths (in 9 reviews)

  • Although the organization advertises its work/life balance culture, it is 100% dependent on your manager (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Graduate Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at FINRA as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great working atmosphere and provides lots of opportunities for one to grow. And have a work life balance.

    Cons

    At least in my group, you may focused on a certain field, if you love it, that would be great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the management is great, employee has chances to talk with them frequently.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent place to work in

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FINRA

    Pros

    Very good environment to work in

    Cons

    Sometimes work schedule is a bit stressful esp. with releases

  3.  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Examiner in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Examiner in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at FINRA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice Coworkers, small friendly environment

    Cons

    limited opportunity for advancement and limited career paths

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    trust your employees. Continue to do what you are doing. Management isn't doing a bad job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Wonderful place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FINRA

    Pros

    The Boston office is a collegial and somewhat small office. Everyone seems to enjoy what they do and they do their jobs well. The work (from the enforcement perspective) is varied and always interesting.

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for promotion and growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great, stable company to work for in the financial services industry.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at FINRA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I like working here for the stability and the quality of life. It's located in Rockville, MD, a suburb of DC, so it's possible to live and work in suburbia with no commute. I enjoy all of the vacation time I'm given and the flexibility to be able to attend events for my kids. I like the people that I work with. Great matching 401K.

    Cons

    I don't feel like I'm paid enough. Sure, I have a pension and a great 401k program, but I was originally hired at too low of a salary and while I have been promoted and have increased my salary, I still feel that it is in the low-end of the spectrum from where it should be. I didn't know about Glassdoor.com and had no idea about what to ask for regarding my salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please listen when I say that I feel that I'm not being properly compensated, and try to do more about it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Enforcement Director

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC

    I worked at FINRA full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Good pay and bonuses. Opportunities to advance for those that are in the right click.

    Cons

    Senior Management is a good ole boys and gals network. People get promoted by who they know not what they now and how good they are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide promotion opportunities for people that have potential to be good executives and not just because they know the right people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great Benefits and Worklife Balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Manager in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at FINRA full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    FINRA has great benefits. Pension plus 401k, great medical coverage and liberal leave policies. The bonuses are nice too. Great Worklife balance. Flexible schedules, I come and go as I please and nobody cares as long as I get my work done. Work demands are reasonable. Management talks a lot about "the mission" but the truth is that the vast majority of employees could really care less about the mission. People stay because it's an easy place to work and the bonuses and benefits can't really be beat.

    Cons

    Salaries could be higher for sure. Very difficult to get promoted unless you are friends with the right people. Impossible to move between functions. Once you are in one department you'd better get used to the idea that you will be stuck there for the rest of your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop focusing so much on what the press says. Your obsession with avoiding bad publicity is crippling the creativity of the staff. Take a risk once in a while and it might pay off.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Nice start right out of school

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Management in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at FINRA full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    4-6% 401k match. Great for your resume. Not a good salary, but they tell you that up front.

    Cons

    You're supposed to love the "mission" more than the pay. If you are married, you won't be for long if you keep working there: it takes that much toll on your personal life.Top-down management. Not open to new ideas or change. Fear of risk. No work/life balance. HR used to be helpful, but all of the people who would speak for employees have left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's 2014. Get with the program.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    FINRA Surveillance Director

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

    I worked at FINRA full-time

    Pros

    Job security. Regulatory field is growing.

    Cons

    Work environment tends to be bureaucratic.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Unorganized and Poor management skills.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FINRA

    Pros

    Was able to get a feel of the corporate IT world.

    Cons

    Managers were very unorganized and broke the terms on the contract.

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