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FactSet Reviews

Updated Jul 26, 2014
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3.6 435 reviews

90% Approve of the CEO

FactSet Chairman and CEO Philip A. Hadley

Philip A. Hadley

(318 ratings)

78% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Perfect work-life balance for example you will get mentor when you are on boarding (in 66 reviews)

  • very good work life balance; nice coworkers; no pushing; soft deadline; free lunch (in 97 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

    Lead Software Engineer (Former Employee) Norwalk, CT

    ProsGood place to start a career as they make you feel like you're part of a team... very collegiate feeling. There are some very smart people that work at the company, but a number of them are on their way out fed-up with indecision in some areas of the company.

    ConsTechnology choices are old (VMS for example) and while they're trying hard to update, it's taking FOREVER. They will also make you fight for a top salary... you can get one, but they're not going to give it to you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIndecision can be worse than the wrong decision.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great opportunities for College graduates

    Project Management (Current Employee) Norwalk, CT

    ProsOpportunity to gain experience and grow professionally. Excellent training

    ConsCompany growing pains. Transitioning to a larger company

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

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    Fun atmosphere, smart people great environment to learn and flourish.

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Norwalk, CT

    Prosfree lunch, community events, nice office park location

    Consnot really anything that comes to mind

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

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    Okay place to start your career, not great to stay long term

    Content Specialist (Former Employee) Norwalk, CT

    ProsGood benefits, free lunch 4/5 days of the week, increased responsibilities given to you if you are able to prove abilities; work life balance was ideal as most of the work days was by and large 9-5.

    ConsCompensation is below market; it is apparent that some people have been in their roles for years (and perform poorly/flat trajectory), but over the years have just been parked in one role and will never move out of that space for the rest of their tenor with FDS; career growth can take years as it is more political than any thing else (as management structure is not flat, and promotions can not happen until end of fiscal year and need to be approved by upper management).

    Advice to Senior ManagementScale compensation to the value your teams are delivering, and train managers to focus on how to grow their people (not just making sure they get their stuff done for the day).

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great first job, nothing after that...

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIt is pretty hard to get fired from FactSet which can be frustrating for top performing employees.

    ConsFactSet has a great way of hiring entry level employees right out of college and manipulating them to think this is the best place to work on the planet where they have no perspective on how other companies will operate. They distract them with things like happy hours, free lunches, vitamin water in the fridge, etc. where the hardest workers continue to get pushed harder and are significantly underpaid relative to competitors. They can also easily be distracted by internal politics for advancement opportunities meaning they will promote the more senior employee instead of properly staffing positions where qualified people with proven track records should be considered. Promotion decisions are generally decided before the opportunity presented to the general pool of employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt is time for a change on how compensation is structured and a significant reorganization of account managers, sales people, support teams, etc. is required. Senior employees continue to grow more and more frustrated until a mediocre opportunity comes around with another company and they leave considering the amount of 5-10 years of experienced employees that have left in the past several years.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Best Software Engineering Company

    Software Engineer Intern (Current Employee) Norwalk, CT

    ProsExtremely nice people, very knowledgable team of guys that are always willing to help you learn and achieve more; great free lunches Monday-Thursday; relaxed environment; feasible deadlines. There are numerous different areas to work under so that one may become familiar with many diverse technologies.

    ConsThe company is relatively new and therefore it is smaller than competitors like Bloomberg, so sometimes it may feel a little too casual... but this is a plus for me.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf possible, try to train more specifics of certain jobs - that being said, you guys do a great job of holding learning sessions for specific lanugages, libraries, and frameworks!

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

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    Rewarding work, too much politics

    Senior Product Manager (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGood work / life balance, internal training opportunities. Company has a fairly flat structure, so opportunities for advancement are somewhat limited. Smart growth strategies are paying off.

    ConsCompensation is probably less than industry average. Need to better incentivize highly productive workers. Company has followed industry trend of offshoring many operational functions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to better incentivize highly productive workers.

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

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    Good place to gain experience and start your career.

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGood work-life balance, most people leave by 6:30

    ConsCareer advancement tappers off once you reach a certain level.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more transparent with employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Mediocre, not exciting company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWork life, given a ton of freedom

    ConsPay, pay and pay again. Promotions based on tenure not qualification. Company would rather see employees leave than break their rules of no advancement within the company unless you've worked x amount of years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed a shakeup, same old managers running the company since the 90's and have no perspective.

    Take on some debt and make a real acquisition to compete with Bloomberg.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A lot of hours, a lot of travel - good people

    Consultant (Current Employee) Boston, MA

    Prosmost of the people are great to work with

    Consibanking model - work you until you drop to you burn out quickly

    Advice to Senior Managementif you are going to have the ibanking model, pay the ibanking model

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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