FactSet Reviews

Updated August 4, 2015
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Pros
  • Work life balance in the company (in 81 reviews)

  • Free lunch 4/5 days a week (almost free stipend in (in 105 reviews)

Cons
  • The company seems to balance out the work/life balance very well (in 11 reviews)

  • No career path unless sales, Motherly management unable to face tough problems head on (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Great company to start at straight out of college

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FactSet full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great co-workers with lots of diversity Great support / mentoring

    Cons

    Work isn't that "sexy" unless you like financial markets


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    software engineer

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Norwalk, CT
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Norwalk, CT

    I worked at FactSet full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great Work/Life Balance Awesome co-workers Great job right out of school

    Cons

    Work can become monotonous The complacency can get scary

    Advice to Management

    Meaningful work makes better engineers


  3. Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwalk, CT

    I have been working at FactSet full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    some great people, minimal politics (considering the size), friendly work atmosphere, decent work/life balance, good benefits, at least tries to be fair.

    Cons

    Pay seems opaque and arbitary. As a manager, hard to reward top performers without punishing the 'merely' decent. Metrics are important but so is the story behind them. Sometimes feels like 20% of the people do 80% of the work. Increased willingness to cut corners to get product out the door.

    Advice to Management

    with growth coming back, compensation adjustments should follow suit. whilst the market helps, its the current employees that are helping capitalise. Be open about pay structures across different departments. The secrecy only leads to rumours and wrong perceptions. More professional training; in-house can do the basics and product training, but bring in specialists for more focused training.


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  5. Great place with good people

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FactSet full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people who are team-oriented - hard to find better people Workday never looks the same Plenty of mid level leadership opportunities Work can be challenging and complex Sense of independence Benefits

    Cons

    Compensation - you only get paid to do your job not excel, which is disincentivizing Sr managements ability to set goals, transition processes, then follow-through Forced ranking seems like a way to not recognize employees and doesn't show that management values ther employee's achievements Lack of company and leadership diversity When changes are made, everyone is thrown in the fire right away, no adjustment period Company goal setting can be vague, unrealistic, and there is difficulty with measuring performance and providing clarity for employees

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be more diversity within senior leadership When people excel, pay them, don't just give a pat on the back and say thank you. There are a lot of high achievers so one way to distinguish given the disparity of goals is based on the impact of the achievements to the company Forced ranking and male to female opportunity disparity and recognition need to be addressed Sr Management can be out of sync with market and times and are not "on the floor" enough to be in touch. Work life balance is cited often, and FactSet has a lot of flexibility but sometimes the lack of support resources can make people feel overworked. Treat employees like clients whose expectations have to be managed properly and whose concerns matter and will be address. Show that you are listening


  6. Consultant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FactSet

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great place to start career

    Cons

    limited room for growth however it is a great place to learn the industry

    Advice to Management

    na


  7. Consultant

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    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at FactSet (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Free lunch 4/5 days a week. Get to meet face to face with clients a few months in. Young group and great place to start right out of college.

    Cons

    There is no clarity on career paths and compensation growth. There is also no consistency between offices, divisions, groups and then teams. It almost seems unfair if you are in the wrong group or office and compare yourself to the others.

    Advice to Management

    To retain your employees, create consistency between groups and pay them a competitive salary.


  8. Consultant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FactSet full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great training program, management is really supportive and active in your success. Really fun people to work with and fun work life balance

    Cons

    Taking calls on the helpdesk gets old very quickly. There aren't any real opportunities to move into investment management. Pay is slightly below industry rate

    Advice to Management

    More opportunities in research, higher pay will keep top talent, quicker transition periods between internal roles


  9. Great Entry Level Position

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Orange, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Orange, NJ

    I worked at FactSet (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Young, competitive, efficient atmosphere with knowledgable management

    Cons

    Tight office space area could use expansion


  10. Sales Director

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FactSet full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, benefits, and work/life balance. Awesome culture and fun place to work. Growing company with a lot of career opportunities.

    Cons

    Starting to feel like a big company, not as nimble as it once was. Can be run a little too conservative at times.


  11. Research Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at FactSet full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - great benefits, people very helpful, opportunities to learn

    Cons

    - low starting salary, older workforce



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