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FINRA Reviews

Updated February 28, 2015
Updated February 28, 2015
185 Reviews
3.2
185 Reviews
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FINRA Chairman & CEO Richard G. Ketchum
Richard G. Ketchum
90 Ratings

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.  

    Overall good

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

    I have been working at FINRA

    Pros

    Great work life balance, and they help you develop the skills necessary to be experienced in the market and move laterally.

    Cons

    Boring work, does not really let you get a chance to take on different roles you are very pigeon holed in the position and it can be drudging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Challenging, yet low-stress environment.

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

    I worked at FINRA

    Pros

    Good benefits and hours; friendly work atmosphere.

    Cons

    Similar to government, sometimes lack of motivation; resistance to change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    OK place to work

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

    I have been working at FINRA

    Pros

    good people, GREAT work life balance

    Cons

    Salary, growth potential, the line between upper management and the rest of the Firm

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to the analyst

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Examiner

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

    I have been working at FINRA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Light Workload. Very stable job. Traveling

    Cons

    Little opportunity for advancement. Not merit based.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find the real good people and keep them happy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Very Frustrating and Exhausting

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

    I worked at FINRA

    Pros

    Good Benefits and other perks

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy and every major release or project was rushed in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your employees the same way as your stakeholders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Stressful, waste of time.

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

    I worked at FINRA

    Pros

    Good salary & retirement package.
    For employees with a good manager, they are employed here for years, but over time the benefits have decreased and they are dissatisfied with that change.

    Cons

    Health insurance could be way better.
    Do not offer metro benefit/reimbursement, just payroll deduction.
    Seriously behind on technology which makes work very stressful and long.
    No work life balance unless you get lucky and work for the right manager.
    Poor managers in certain departments that seem like they are out to make your life miserable instead of trying to work with you. Inconsistent practices & guidance from managers.
    Seriously do not recommend this company to anyone. Not worth trying to get lucky with the right manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    FINRA needs to identify characteristics of strong managers and only hire those that meet the criteria.
    FINRA needs to evaluate all of their current managers and get rid of ineffective managers.
    Poor training and managers in some departments is making you lose great employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Change is still needed

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

    I worked at FINRA

    Pros

    If you're looking for 9-5 job with benefits, but with little room for overall improvement - this is for you.

    Cons

    Little drive for self- improvement. Software meets bureaucracy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More focus on quality - not just metrics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Regulatory Analyst
    Current Employee - Senior Regulatory Analyst

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

    Pros

    Great working environment. Hard work is rewarded. Managers give opportunities to diversify your knowledge base if you ask for them. Pay and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Not everyone seems to be happy with their jobs. Overall happiness seems to be highly dependent on the manager you work for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to work on improving retention policies to keep the best and brightest at FINRA.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great working environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Rockville, MD
    Former Intern - Intern in Rockville, MD

    I worked at FINRA as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    People seem to like working there, good for learning, lots of independent and meaningful work early on, apparently very good pay

    Cons

    All the way out in Rockville

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company

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

    I have been working at FINRA

    Pros

    Great company, good benefits. training and work life balance

    Cons

    limited personal growth. Need to work with employees to improve growth oportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to improve personal growth opportunity

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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