FINRA
3.0 of 5 152 reviews
www.finra.org Rockville, MD

FINRA Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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3.0 152 reviews

                             

67% Approve of the CEO

FINRA Chairman & CEO Richard G. Ketchum

Richard G. Ketchum

(70 ratings)

52% of employees recommend this company to a friend
152 Employee Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "In terms of the non-exempt life, the work/life balance is great"
    in 26 reviews
  • "gt; Great Benefits, including 401(k) of 4% to 6% match each year and Pension for Employees of 1"
    in 16 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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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat place to learn. Decent benefit and work-life balance.

    ConsThere is more politics in FINRA than DC.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great introductory experience to financial industry. As long as you get your work done, management is easy to please.

    Senior Regulatory Analyst (Current Employee)
    Rockville, MD

    ProsGreat work-life balance. You have the opportunity to get exposure to a lot of different ares of the financial industry

    Cons9 to 5 mentality, inefficient workflow, minimal room for growth between analyst position to management, management reluctant to use technology to its fullest capability.

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

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    Easy work, Good environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThe people are usually there for a long time, I happened to work with lots of younger people, so the atmosphere was always fun. Everyone was willing to teach new hires.

    ConsPeople seemed stagnant. Most did not plan on working at FINRA or just ended up there. Most not enthusiastic about the work.

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

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    Could be a great place to work

    Examiner (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsStrong Foundation
    Learning Program is great
    People were good

    ConsLack of Decision Making from Management
    Lack of Consistency
    Travel could be a bit much

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more consistent with your decisions and treat your employees like people

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    It is a ok company to work in computer science

    QA Tester (Current Employee)
    Rockville, MD

    ProsPeople in the company is really nice to work with.
    Work and life could be balanced since it is non-profit organization.

    ConsIt is slow pace for young people.
    The tech team is kind of new and small

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe compensation for contractor is not that good

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

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    Great benefits, lackluster environment

    Market Regulations Examiner/Shared Services Operator (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsWhile I was only an intern, I did work here for two summers. There is strong pay (even for interns) and flexibility. My coworkers seemed very happy with their flexibility and benefits and management was always relatively reasonable. I learned a ton about the finance industry from the regulatory prespective.

    ConsI worked in market regulation and then shared services and neither could be described as rivetting work. The environment seems beurocratic at times, and many of the cases are boring and seem tedious. There also seems to be a lack of growth oppurtunity

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Some good and some bad

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Rockville, MD

    ProsGood opportunity for growth, great benefits, decent pay, great opportunity to interact with other regulators.

    ConsManagement can set the tone for the entire department which can be negative, HR does not support the staff, can be very cliquey, and easy to hit ceiling in your department.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the staff that performs the work and support them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Company, Very Limited Growth Opportunities

    Examiner (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsFINRA is a great company to work for if you a recent college graduate or someone who is in the retirement age bracket.
    Humble motto (of Investor Protection. Market Integrity) that they try their best to fulfill.
    Excellent benefits package (with a pension and full 401k vesting on day one) and a decent work life balance.
    Endless opportunities to connect to various levels of people within the Financial Industry.
    Tremendous exposure to different products and aspects of the securities industry.

    ConsVery limited career growth
    Favoritism- Unbelievably apparent
    Little or No opportunity to voice opinions (Penalized if done)
    Lack of Communication within departments. Seldom call backs
    Aristocracy
    Examining staff almost always penalized for managements action or lack thereof.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote the right people at the right time. Don't wait too long. Create an environment by being inclusive not exclusive. Make people accountable- including management.
    Please pay well. If you don't, others will. And you WILL lose talent.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Rockville, MD

    ProsLove my coworkers. work life balance is great as well.

    Consno assistance to contractors whatsoever. no benefits, personal days, and helpful programs are only available to FINRA employees. My account manager has also made zero effort to meet me.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to employees more. many ideas that come down from management look great on paper, but do not actually work.

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

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    The review are correct

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsMoney, many good hard working people

    ConsToo many in management trying to keep you from working

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