FINRA Reviews in Rockville, MD

Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
164 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    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
  2. 1 person 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
  3.  

    Great experience, but dreadful middle management.

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

    I have been working at FINRA full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work. Exceptional senior management and young talent.

    Cons

    Senior management keeps the young lawyers sane. Base salary is low initially but increases quickly, plus juicy bonus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shake up middle management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

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

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It is a ok company to work in computer science

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The compensation for contractor is not that good

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Some good and some bad

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

    I worked at FINRA full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Management 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 ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the staff that performs the work and support them.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Contractor

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    no 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Highly bureaucratic and inefficient ; Very poor leadership

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

    I worked at FINRA full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The Benefit plan is good.

    Cons

    Very poor leadership. There is no concept of "what is the right thing to do". Some of the management always cut the corners and show case something to the business for survival or to make annual bonus. If you speak up on any issue and come up with a solution, then you will be treated like a second class citizen. Managers and their incompetent teams produce ton of flak and nobody cares about them. Because management only cares about their year end bonus. Some managers takes unilateral decisions with out building consensus.
    Too many managers and very less people who can do the work. Lot of talk and no action....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage the people who has attitude what is the right thing to do. Implement 360 degree review, employee should be able to give feedback on their managers well. Look closely each manager's area and see what value they are adding to the firm and how they are doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great benefits

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

    I worked at FINRA full-time

    Pros

    Their benefits and compensation packages are really nice and, for the most part, the co-workers are great.

    Cons

    Some (not all) of their management is more focused on making themselves look good to the detriment of staff morale.

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Death by Micromanagement and Outdated Tech Stack

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

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

    Pros

    Good pension plans
    If you're part of the inner circle, its a cushy job
    Location

    Cons

    If you're just starting your career, FINRA may be a good place to learn. They have good training programs and generally take good care of their employees.

    If you're an experienced professional, stay out.

    High levels of micromanagement
    Backstabbing galore
    Limited career opportunities
    No work from home policies
    Prima donna middle managers are out of touch with technology or people management
    Distrust, low morale, every person for themselves
    Most teams are waterfall, the Agile ones are at best Rupperfall
    People are treated like disposable resources

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake-up and change the culture of the place

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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