Fidessa Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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Fidessa CEO Chris Aspinwall
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Pros
  • Although the salary is less than what you would be making at a bank, the work life balance is much better (in 13 reviews)

  • Nice working environment, generally 9 to 5 (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Lots of pride / ego (middle management exist for no apparent reason) (in 6 reviews)

  • senior management can be totally clueless about what's actually going on (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Production Analyst.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fidessa

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment. Perfect for learning and growing. They offer many different opportunities to branch your career into different areas.

    Cons

    The only bad thing about Fidessa, in my opinion, is they didn't pay market rate.

    Advice to Management

    Pay better and you will keep your better talent.


  2. good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fidessa

    Pros

    decent pay and benefits; decent work environment

    Cons

    some offices are small; can be disorganized


  3. SAP Implementation Consultant

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SAP Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - SAP Consultant in New York, NY

    I worked at Fidessa (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great laid-back working environment. They paid well and were a friendly group. No one was micro managing your work. You knew what you had to do and were expected to deliver.

    Cons

    Not sure if it was the same in other areas of the business as I was a consultant...


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  5. Senior developer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Fidessa full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good work life balance, good benefit

    Cons

    Salary much below market value


  6. Good company, good people, demanding clients, fun environment

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

    I have been working at Fidessa full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    The people who work at Fidessa are for the most part hard working and well-motivated, and make working at the company a real joy. The work itself is demanding, especially in terms of meeting client requests, but this is definitely offset by working in such a collaborative environment.

    Cons

    Fidessa is getting back into growth mode, and that transition is causing some pains around the structure and people’s roles and responsibilities, but those pains should be resolved over time.

    Advice to Management

    Be willing to take on more risk. Fidessa appears to be well placed to grow rapidly these next few years if we take some chances.


  7. Past Employment Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fidessa

    Pros

    This is an excellent company.

    Cons

    I cannot write anything non-supportive about this company


  8. Overall Good Company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Fidessa

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

    Pros

    Overall the company is very good to work for. Salary is competetive and they have very pro employee benefits. The company is very stable with a great product suite that is well received by the marketplace and considered to be best of breed.

    Cons

    There seems to be a lack of consistency in how policies are applied and enforced across various departments and decision making at the management level is often slow and disjointed when looking at the companies' core mission and strategic objectives. There is also no official work from home policy and the company frowns upon it. Senior Management also does not always lead by example or follow their own rules.

    Advice to Management

    Afford employees the opportunity to work from home and have more flexible hours when in the office. Also ensure that policies are being followed firm wide and that managers are subject to them as well. Lastly, ensure that the strategy is followed and is not just lip service.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Really nice people who are very overworked

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Support
    Former Employee - Support

    I worked at Fidessa

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Solid compensation and benefits. Lots of opportunities to make friends within the company and go out for drinks. Recently they set up a lounge, and there is reasonable effort being made at senior levels to improve work/life balance.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the improved work/life balance is not applied equally to Support. The constant barrage of issues to deal with makes it difficult for things to be done carefully, or for people to share knowledge, or improve processes.

    Advice to Management

    Develop better information sharing within teams. Hire enough people for support, so people aren't constantly overworked. Become comfortable/ put processes in place that allow support to say 'no' to unreasonable client requests.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Great place to work if at the headquaters

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Systems Specialist in New York, NY

    I worked at Fidessa full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    I worked at Fidessa and it was a nice place to work. They had a great benefits packaged, there was quality of life, and some problems were interesting

    Cons

    The training period was way too long and repetitive. Also some of the customers asked for non-sense and even thought working at the headquarters was great, being on-site was a nightmare.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that working conditions on-site are acceptable and clearly indicate customer that we are Fidessa's employees and not the client's to avoid misunderstandings.


  11. A company in transition

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Fidessa full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Good learning opportunities for the business of equity and derivatives training. Fairly good work/life balance. Excellent benefits, including health insurance, vacation, etc.

    Cons

    The U.S. division is in transition, though it's not clear to employees where they're going (other than to be more lean). There have been many lay-offs, especially of well-tenured personnel. The HR process for evaluating employees was completely overhauled, but then the HR person who championed this change was laid off. Very strange message to employees. Beware of promotions to low-middle management, as it may ultimately be a death sentence. Compensation is no better than average, and certainly much lower than Wall St banks. Raises have been hard to come by in the previous few years.



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