FactSet Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
455 Reviews
3.8
455 Reviews
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FactSet Chairman and CEO Philip A. Hadley
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    excellent company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FactSet

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Very good cooperate values and good work/life balance

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    Current Employee - QA Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - QA Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    -Not enough internal career opportunities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Content Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Content Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at FactSet full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    1. No micromanagement
    2. Varied project assignments
    3. Treated like an adult

    Cons

    1. Not enough room for advancement
    2. Upper management sometimes does not consider new collection areas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a more varied path for promotion

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company to learn and grow

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment where hard work is rewarded

    Cons

    Everyone is a little too close at times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Not happy

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer Unspec Level  in  Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Unspec Level in Norwalk, CT

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Only $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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Always a great business model; almost always solid management; but recently a tough industry segment

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    Current Employee - Middle Senior Management  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Middle Senior Management in New York, NY

    I have been working at FactSet full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Culture is overall strong and positive but varies by office. The people are extremely nice, rather smart and collaborative. Like everywhere, if you are really good you can kill it here over the long haul. Middle pack performers probably lag industry peers and the bottom gets flushed maybe a little too slow. Benefits are very good, cash pay is OK, but stock options are the key driver of wealth creation here. And that takes time.
    Senior Management is very capable and aided by a solid revenue model.
    Overall, great risk/reward career opportunity.

    Cons

    Process transition from small to mid-size company still under way. Slightly less investment decision delegation than ideal. Not a get rich quick kind of place. Fairly competitive industry. Hard to explain to your Mom what we do here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Delegate just a little more. Trust a layer lower. More faith in those closest to clients.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good experience and Good Compensation

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at FactSet full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Challenges, Compensation, and Community. I really loved working with the people there and overcoming tough technical challenges.

    Cons

    "Slow and steady wins the race". I fell like senior management doesn't take enough risks to stay relevant in a highly competitive market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more aggressive

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Current employee - Senior Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Norwalk, CT

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance.
    Great opportunities for professional grow if you are in the right team/product.
    Good medical and dental insurance.
    Good corporate culture.
    Good perks, free lunch in cafeteria on Mon-Thur, snacks, sodas and so on.

    Cons

    Some products/groups are using very outdated technology and many others are using just outdated.
    Too much emphasis on 'loyalty' - time with company, it's blocking career opportunity for experienced engineers from the 'industry'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open for outside influence.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    A culture of non-productivity, where hard work is rarely rewarded

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at FactSet full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    * Good benefits: 401k, healthcare, free lunch four days a week.
    * Good location in Midtown.
    * Quiet office. You get your own cubicle with lots of space.
    * The technology stack, while antiquated in some areas, is very well organized.

    Cons

    * The work gets boring very fast. There is often not enough work to do. You will see people surfing the web most of the day.
    * The office environment is very awkward. Everyone is separated into cubicles, with managers in offices far away. You rarely interact with your co-workers. I've gone days without speaking to anyone. Collaboration with your team is minimal. Everyone is given their own project and sent to work on it by themselves.
    * Don't expect to be challenged here. After one year, I had only ever worked on one project.
    * Working harder/faster gets you no where. All that ends up happening is you'll have lots of free time to sit around doing nothing.
    * Year end bonus is zero.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Challenge your employees and keep them busy. Foster a more collaborative environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Awesome company to boost your career if you are a new boogie !!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at FactSet full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great work life balance.
    Free Lunch.
    Opportunity to work with smart coworkers.
    Casual clothes are allowed.
    They know how to keep their employees happy.

    Cons

    I'm waiting for this one yet.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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