FactSet Reviews

Updated March 22, 2015
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  1. great work life balance

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at FactSet

    Pros

    culture is awesome, compensation is grand - they really take care of you, and values are fully shown in their actions, way they treat employees

    Cons

    can be boring at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Great place to start

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in New York, NY

    I have been working at FactSet

    Pros

    FactSet has a good corporate culture and they try to provide great benefits. Starting your career here can be great and is a fun place to work. You'll get free lunch 4 days of the week.

    Cons

    FactSet is going through a lot of changes and it's not as easy to grow as it used to be. You also won't make much money unless you're in Sales.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Solid place to start your career

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Specialist
    Current Employee - Product Specialist

    I have been working at FactSet full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people, good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Don't bother working harder than your colleagues - you won't be rewarded for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the way

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Great company, constant growth

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

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

    Pros

    Best company I have ever worked for, they treat employees very well and value their work
    Plenty of room to move upwards
    Salary is on par with the street

    Cons

    The company is highly selective in all position and there is a lot of competition, I have tried to refer a number of friends and none have been hired

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep offering stock and treating employees how they deserve

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Great work life balance, salary on the low side

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at FactSet

    Pros

    work-life balance
    challenging work
    laid back culture
    good health insurance and other benefits

    Cons

    Salary not as high as competitors
    Could have more engineering training opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As the company is growing, the feel is changing. It's not as friendly as it used to be. Also, there are a lot of management reorgs going on, which is changing the feel a lot, and not for the better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful

    Great place to start a software engineering career, beware the politics

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Norwalk, CT

    I have been working at FactSet full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - A very young culture in Software Engineering (most hires are straight out of undergrad)

    - Great opportunities to develop yourself at the start of your career

    - Talent at FactSet is actively recruited by companies like Google and Facebook.

    - The cons won't directly affect the early portion of your career at FactSet

    Cons

    - The company is transitioning into a large company, and is struggling with how to manage the transition

    - Upper management doesn't know how to handle employee feedback. Speaking up about problems can lead to negative consequences, especially if it points out issues your management chain is trying to hide.

    - There is some resentment of software engineers by the non-engineers at the company (who make up most of FactSet's workforce). The resentment stems from the fact that the engineers are paid more despite having lax dress standards and flexible hours. Software Engineering's management doesn't know how to deal with this problem.

    - Complaints about the "old boys club" from other reviews are still valid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very high level managers outside of Software Engineering would do well to talk to the low level developers of problem projects to get their impression of what's going wrong.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. Consultant

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    Current Employee - Investment Management Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Investment Management Consultant in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, good people, great client exposure, location and perks

    Cons

    Steep learning curve, lot of responsibility fast

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Good place to start after graduation, not a place for a long time

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    Kind people to work with, great work/life balance, great benefit and free lunch.

    Cons

    Don't have many opportunities to work on challenging projects, so it is not good for career development.

    Although benefit is good, base salary is low, and there are no bonus and stocks.

    Great performers are not well rewarded. Their annual salary raise is only 2%-3% higher than ordinary people.

    Immigration policy is disappointing. You usually need to wait for more than 3 years to start green card application after you start working, and you might pay money back if you leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Great First Job (Consultant), Sales = great learning opp, comp isn't there.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant

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

    Pros

    FactSet offets undergrads a great first job out of school.
    - Interact with jr analysts all the way up to c level execs
    - plan your own travel schedule as a consultant
    - little to no micromanagement
    - free lunch, collegiate atmosphere, free snacks and drinks
    - Interesting work with smart clients - as long as you take the initiative to go above and beyond

    Cons

    - Feels like account executives are babied for a year or two with little responsibility before moving to real sales ($)
    - Comp is certainly below industry standard, especially when compared to smaller companies in the industry
    - Promotions seem to set you back to square one instead of further build up your credentals in terms of company's internal ratings system

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop spending so much money flying consultants 1000 miles away to visit a user paying 2k per year for a workstation (use a webex!). Get T&E under control then focus on hiring where there are clear gaps in the organization (specialty products, general sales, etc...)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. Good to contractors

    Former Contractor - Editor in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Editor in New York, NY

    I worked at FactSet as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Regular, predictable work schedule with plenty of work available during busy times.
    -Pay is reliably on time at the same time each month

    Cons

    -Company is moving many operations overseas (this is a good thing for the folks over there though)
    -Contractors don't seem to have avenues to become full-time if they want to

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