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FactSet Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
488 Reviews
3.7
488 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is a great work/life balance and there is a general nice feel around the place (in 81 reviews)

  • very good work life balance; nice coworkers; no pushing; soft deadline; free lunch (in 105 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 10 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mediocre, not exciting company

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

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

    Pros

    Work life, given a ton of freedom

    Cons

    Pay, 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 ManagementAdvice

    Need 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    most of the people are great to work with

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if you are going to have the ibanking model, pay the ibanking model

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great People, Tough Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Norwalk, CT

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

    Pros

    The culture is great, you are treated like an adult and given plenty of leeway. If you do your work and meet your deadlines then you'll be very comfortable at FactSet.

    Cons

    You'll have to deal with very old, obscure, poorly-documented code and procedures. Project deadlines are often unrealistic in regards to dealing with this fact and overtime is often needed in order to meet your goals. There is also a lack of advancement opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve coding standards, project specs, documentation, and development tools. Provide better paths to advancement for engineers so they don't feel pressured into management positions for which they are not qualified.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unbelievably dead work environment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Low pressure environment that lets you work 9 to 5 if that's your only priority

    Cons

    Unbelievably dead environment, low morale, no dynamism, high turnover, very distributed globally so 99% of interaction is by IM email etc

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 7 people found this helpful  

    Great company to work out of college, gain experience and move on.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

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

    Pros

    FactSet used to be a company that people would stay at for years, but things have changed. It has grown and does not have the same small company feel or growth. Management is more concerned with satisfying the market and stockholders over investing in the long-term future. If you are out of school, it's a great place to get a job, learn, gain exposure to great clients, take your CFA and move on (don't stay more than 3-5 years regardless of what you are promised). Life/work balance is great as are benefits (lunch, insurance (keep in mind if you don't have a family the insurance isn't as valuable), CFA payment, vacation. People are also nice though you don't always get a sense of what is really going on, very hush hush and no one is direct.

    Cons

    Management is very keen on quick fix to keep profit over any big changes that will help the company long-term. Pay is below market. Middle management is a mere messenger, they do not have the power to really do anything else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's probably time for a major shake-up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    software engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at FactSet full-time

    Pros

    Very good exposure to financial domain and challenging tasks

    Cons

    Not a place to have long term relationship

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Office Manager

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

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity have a lot of chances to grow within the company

    Cons

    I have nothing bad to say

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great organization

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

    I have been working at FactSet full-time

    Pros

    Excellent culture and benefits, great deal of responsibility early in career

    Cons

    Starting to lose small company feel with growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great

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

    I have been working at FactSet full-time

    Pros

    We get paid lunch 4 days a week

    Cons

    The fact that it is in Norwalk, and the commute is aweful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More money

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Overall great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Institutional Salesperson in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Institutional Salesperson in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, acceptable pay, good benefits and perks. Great coworkers at all levels. Fun and energetic work environment. Offers incentives to take the CFA and pays for all expenses.

    Cons

    In a transition period, lots of reshuffling. Unorganized management. Management priorities can be a little off at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a business plan before rolling out pieces of plans and creating confused/frustrated employees.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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