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FINRA Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
168 Reviews
3.0
168 Reviews
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FINRA Chairman & CEO Richard G. Ketchum
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.  

    Full of Surprises

    • 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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Benefits and work-life balance are excellent. A+!
    - Most departments are flexible about transferring.
    - Average employee sticks around for 7 years.
    - Employees are knowledgeable and experienced.
    - Mid-level managers are very caring and organized.
    - There is a shift to retain new and young talent.
    - Standard industry base salary.

    Cons

    - Senior leadership out of touch with employees.
    - Few promotion opportunities and bureaucratic.
    - Too many meetings without objectives.

    Overall, the good outweigh the bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talented people will flock elsewhere if management continues to be stingy about bonuses, promotions, and even the little things like travel expenses and holidays (usually a departmental problem).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Intern Review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FINRA

    Pros

    Interns are treated as expected.

    Cons

    Not there long enough to notice any.

  3.  

    Cautious

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and the company values

    Cons

    CAREER GROWTH IS NON EXISTENT

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    DIVERSITY IS NON-EXISTENT

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Interesting job, no advancement unless you move to Washington DC or NY

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

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

    Pros

    The job is fulfilling and interesting

    Cons

    They only have certain functions in the district offices, and run the company as if the NY examiners are the only ones that matter

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring other jobs other than examiners and management to the district offices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Don't Work Here Unless You Intend to Leave

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regulatory Analyst I in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Regulatory Analyst I in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at FINRA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The benefits, "40 hour" weeks, and some of the people make it tolerable. The brand name looks good for your next job

    Cons

    The pay is bad and management is weak. Zero career advancement opportunity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't know if management can control advancement opportunity and salary increases but please start trying. The workplace morale is terrible and everyone wants to leave. I'd also want management to manage and lead, not act like regular staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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

  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    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

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