FactSet
3.7 of 5 429 reviews
www.factset.com Norwalk, CT 5000+ Employees

FactSet Reviews

Updated Jul 11, 2014
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90% Approve of the CEO

FactSet Chairman and CEO Philip A. Hadley

Philip A. Hadley

(315 ratings)

79% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Perfect work-life balance for example you will get mentor when you are on boarding"
    in 63 reviews
  • "very good work life balance; nice coworkers; no pushing; soft deadline; free lunch"
    in 95 reviews
Cons:
  • "The company seems to balance out the work/life balance very well"
    in 11 reviews
  • "No career path defined and joining diffeent teams is riven with red tape"
    in 9 reviews
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    Great Place to Work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros-A lot of freedom
    -A lot of responsibility
    -Great People
    -Superb benefits
    -Eligible for raises/bonuses every 6 months

    FactSet hires creative, technical and sociable people, so be prepared to like your co-workers, minus a few rare exceptions. They give quite a bit of responsibility off the bat, so you can sink pretty easily, but the people around you will help if you are motivated. Also, roles tend not to have strict definitions, so it's not uncommon to wear multiple hats and juggle responsibilities. The environment is pretty relaxed so managers are not far removed. They also have a tendency to promote from within, which makes opportunities for advancement high. Few companies can match their perks (insurance, 401K/IRA, ESOP, lunch, etc.).

    Cons-Tend to spread resources thin
    -Too many simultaneous "goal" campaigns which are distracting
    -Goals can sometimes be unrealistic, even for Pollyanna types.
    -Either they jump into things or are slow to move
    -They monitor markets and costs closely, so needs can go from just knocking on the door to running laps over your forehead before action is taken. Can create opportunity dry spells for both client growth and employee growth.
    -Salaries tend to be just high enough to make it annoying to leave without becoming a banker, but low enough that you want something slightly higher and know is available if you actively looked.
    -They don't provide raises for promotions, per se. Comp is reviewed every 6 months. You are eligible for a raise when comp is reviewed.

    Advice to Senior Management-Allow for adjustment period with changing the way goals are met and systems are calculated.
    -Be clear about priorities. Too many "goal" campaigns force people to check a box rather than produce.
    -Communicate corporate changes before they go into effect, so employees will have time to become familiar with them.

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

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    I love FactSet!

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Norwalk, CT

    Proswork & life balance, interesting projects

    Conscan't think of any right now

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

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    Great place to grow!

    Product Developer (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsAfter a year or two, you have a host of career growth opportunities if you're willing to work hard. Free lunch.

    ConsPace of action from senior management can sometimes feel slow.

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

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    Great Place to work

    Internship (Former Employee)
    Norwalk, CT

    ProsGreat environment. Amazing work-life balance

    ConsThere were no cons that I encountered

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

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    Some of the most genuine people to work with. Work hard; play hard.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Norwalk, CT

    ProsCommunity, great pay, good locations, lots of benefits.

    ConsNone that I have experienced

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

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    Great benefits, people, and culture

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Norwalk, CT

    ProsDecent salary, good internship program, employee stock purchase plan, free lunch, Norwalk is a decent and small town with accessible shops and food but more importantly NYC is easy to get to by the metro north. In general the people are very friendly and intelligent -- the HR department is good at weeding troublesome employees out.

    ConsFor engineers there are a lot of proprietary technologies, such as the infrastructure and OS to deal with. Some of these will eventually go away with the porting they are doing, and it largely depends on your team. Many engineers never even have to use those environments in the first place, so it is something you can clarify before taking your position at the company.

    My new manager and I had problems communicating effectively for the three years we worked together, and again your experience will vary greatly depending on your team and your coworkers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work .... less salary

    Software Developer (Current Employee)

    ProsGood work / family balance. Nice people.

    Conspays low. Work is not appreciated.

    Advice to Senior Managementvalue your employees. Pay is too low.. do not low ball

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    excellent company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prostake great care of employees, full-stocked pantry, good salary

    Consneed to be top-drawer technically, active weed-out process

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    Very good cooperate values and good work/life balance

    QA Analyst (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    Pros-Company values its employees
    -good work/life balance
    -free lunch and snacks

    Cons-Not enough internal career opportunities

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

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    Software Engineer Unspec Level (Current Employee)
    Norwalk, CT

    ProsFree lunch in the cafeteria. Indoor parking. Norwalk is a pretty cool city.

    ConsOnly $8/day stipend for lunch in the cafeteria. Does not rollover when not used. No free lunch on fridays. Food is mediocre. Only 3 weeks vacation that doesn't rollover. Hi co-pays and deductibles on health insurance. Bare minimum of holidays off; Thanksgiving day, xmas day, New Years day, for example. No satellite days. Florescent lighting everywhere. Too bright and uncomfortable. Doesn't use cutting edge software technologies and practices. Salary is below area average. Mostly hires straight out of college software engineers, so not a lot of experience in the talent pool to draw from. Overuse of C++ design patterns makes very unreadable code. ZERO policy for documenting code.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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