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FINRA Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
177 Reviews
3.2
177 Reviews
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FINRA Chairman & CEO Richard G. Ketchum
Richard G. Ketchum
86 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.  

    Great working environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - 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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    General Review

    • 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

    Great people, noble cause, interesting technology

    Cons

    a little slow to implement change

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    "Great people, great experience"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people
    Great training
    Had a really good culture
    Most people love what they do and are passionate about it

    Cons

    Sometimes it is slow to finish your projects especially when other groups need to get involved
    Medium Pay

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Experience

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

    I worked at FINRA

    Pros

    Great senior management staff and awesome atmosphere.

    Cons

    Little room for advancement and older staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A comfortable existence.

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

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

    Pros

    You can learn a lot about different aspects of the industry. You are given a large amount of responsibility as well as independence - so the work and timelines are solely up to you.

    Cons

    There is the potential to feel 'isolated' in your work, and the independence could lead you to feel aimless, and it appear that management has no interest in your development and career path.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more to show a personal interest in staff's development and career path other than signing them up for web training sessions. Talk to them, in-person, and talk with them about potential opportunities to work on special projects, and invite them on certain calls or meetings so they may gain valuable knowledge and experience outside of sifting through reports.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Leadership lacking

    • 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

    Benefits can't be beat. Nice 401k match.

    Cons

    poor leadership. watch your back.

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

    Stable with lots of beauracracy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Slow moving, high pressure job with good benefits but low pay

    Cons

    Low pay, slow promotions, tons of meetings without any decisions. Lots of turnover. Upper management has no incentive to reduce turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your people. Make them feel like you care whether they stay or go.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Chicago Equities Surveillance - Good Co-Workers / Management Not Working

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

    I have been working at FINRA (more than a year)

    Pros

    The work is interesting if you like finance and trading/markets ... You'll actually like and become friends with some of your co-workers

    Cons

    Management seems disinterested in working, but they always have time to chat you up about non-work ... pay is ok, but could be higher ... Loss of key regulatory surveillance contracts puts long-term viability of CES in jeopardy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop surfing the Internet and talking to people about non-work related things and review people's work-product and perform your actual job functions ... take pride in your work because if you don't why should we?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    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

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