Fidessa Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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  1. Still a relatively small company with great opportunities for growth

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

    I have been working at Fidessa full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits. Lots of comradery. Have gained many friends at Fidessa. Lots of attention to quality of life. Lots of potential for promotion, though results may vary by department. Many opportunities to travel. Constant, fantastic activities. Plenty of opportunity to learn and mold the direction of the company, which is something you can't do at a giant company.

    Cons

    Difficult but rewarding industry to be in. Financial institutions are expecting more and more, with less cost. Some areas of the technology need refreshing and the company is beginning to show a genuine interest in them.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that the best and brightest are challenged and motivated. Perform 360 appraisals to judge managers. Improve recruiting.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Come here to learn how trading technologies work then leave for a better job

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good benefits, great gym reimbursement. Nice people to work with

    get standard 9 percent bonus

    Cons

    as most people have stated there is No ROOM for advancement
    Pay raises are 1 percent.
    Get a standard 9 percent bonus regardless how hard you worked
    Boston office is tiny. You feel like you are working for a start up but place been there for over 10 years. This is sad because it gives off a perception that the company is making no money

    Telecommuting is enforced differently per department. You would think that in such a small office environment telecommuting would be encouraged

    Advice to Management

    See my Con list above


  3. Helpful (2)

    Positive Environment Overall

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

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

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

    Pros

    -Very positive work culture, without the politics
    -Open minded management
    -Hard work gets you ahead...lots of opportunities for movement within the company
    -Great benefits (vacation time, medical, dental, etc)
    -Opportunities to work in other offices/regions

    Cons

    -As the company keeps growing, starting to see restrictive policies and procedures coming into place
    -Not enough rewarding for staff staying for the long-term

    Advice to Management

    -Need to hire more staff
    -Need to move forward with some of the technology within the company (smartboards, software used, etc)


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great for getting into the financial industry

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The medical benefits are outstanding. Salaries are decent, and the yearly bonus is almost guaranteed. Although the salary is less than what you would be making at a bank, the work life balance is much better. It's a great way to get into the financial industry and learn about different markets.

    Cons

    The technology is a bit outdated in service delivery roles. The flexibility you have regarding hours and working from home completely depends on the manager you end up under. It's not easy to move up, and there aren't a lot of women in technical roles. Communication is lacking, and requirements are non-existent in many areas.

    Advice to Management

    Spend less energy going after people that leave the company for the banks, and spend more time retaining the employees you have. Improve communication, and get experienced employees to share their knowledge and experiences.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great people, low salaries

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great people, working environment and work/life balance

    Cons

    Salaries are far from competitive and management is either clueless on the issue or doesn't care

    Advice to Management

    In the past you have rested on the fact that people were drawn to the company for the great environment, and it is a collaborative, low key and fun place to work. However, that is not enough anymore. Invest in your people and look at your salary policy!


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great people

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fidessa

    Pros

    Great people, culture and projects

    Cons

    Lack of flexibility to work from home

    Advice to Management

    Need more leadership


  8. Helpful (4)

    Unappreciated at Fidessa

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

    I have been working at Fidessa full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fidessa is has an overall fun atmosphere and is filled to the brim with really smart motivated people. The executive (C level) suite is very accessible and is generally open to listen to any ideas or thoughts.

    There's a horrendously skewed male to female ratio but that's to be expected in a technology firm. (That could be interpreted as pro or con)

    Cons

    Zero upward mobility. Middle management bullshits quite a bit in their attempt to retain staff. The truth is, they have no power and cannot get passed the red tape that is constantly laid out by the middle aged British boys club.

    Departments compete and ate abrasives to each other instead of working together to promote innovative solutions. I reckon it's kept this way so management can keep legacy procedures and technology in place.

    They do not merit hard work or extra effort. This place is not for the ambitious. If you want to check out and coast then apply!

    Advice to Management

    Our C levels are great! They need to fire all their "senior" / "middle" management and replace them with folks who can actually execute Fidessa's vision of being a fun, innovative, technology company.

    Currently the red tape is reminiscent of my days at a BD except there, if you were willing to step up your efforts would be appreciated and rewarded financially. At Fidessa, "senior" / "middle" management want to be in the lime light and in order to do that they oppress staff and take undeserved credit.

    Cleanse your senior managers and watch the retention rate increase!


  9. Good company to work for

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

    I worked at Fidessa full-time

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

    Pros

    challenging work environment, team oriented. great work/life balance.

    Cons

    compensation needs improvement. 401k plan not as good other companies.


  10. Solid sales organization with top standing in the industry

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Pays fairly well
    - There's typically lots of loyalty in the Sales group
    - Company stock options
    - Decent benefits
    - fair amount of flexibility with your time; long leash

    Cons

    - middle management can be childish in sales; you must suck up to the right people
    - senior management can be totally clueless about what's actually going on
    - very political environment in sales
    - teams that are supposed to support you in sales can have alternate agendas

    Advice to Management

    Senior management should get involved with what's going on culturally as the moral can be very low due to the cliquish nature of the sales group. Force teams that are supposed to support the Sales team to do that instead of pushing their own agenda.


  11. Helpful (5)

    Do not work here if you want to do software development

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Implementation Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Implementation Specialist in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers
    Nice office views (of outside)

    Cons

    This review is from the point of view of a Service Delivery/Implementation specialist. Your mileage may vary.

    If you have your CS degree and you want to do programming / software development, this is not the place to be, especially an implementation specialist. As a Service Deliver specialist, a CS degree is required, but you will only be working in Tcl (unix scripting language) and EE (a proprietary language), and you will not use anything you learned in college. After 4 years of grueling CS coursework, you'll put that all to use and write a for loop in an outdated language (seriously, the version of Tcl they use is from 97, even though the language has been getting updates with support for more modern features up through 2012). Hey, it not like you were looking forward to using an object oriented language. And for a department that requires you to have a CS degree, the "code" that gets written...well...let's just say you will be raking in the karma from /r/ProgrammingHorror (points if you can find the procedure with the 10+ nested if statements).

    Coworkers are unmotivated to better themselves or the product. Work is more of a "I don't care, I'm getting paid, how can I get this off my plate" attitude. They've pretty much resigned themselves to the fact that this is their job and there's nothing out there that's better for them. If you stay more than a year, odds are you will become like this too.

    Conversations with your Team Lead or Manager will more likely be about why you're late, or why 1 of 20 rollout steps was missed, or why a rollout failed, rather than what cool automation tools can we make, or how can we speed up this script. Speaking of upgrades, you will be talking to clients (even though you're not first line), and they get mad sometimes. Just accept that at some point you will be yelled at.

    If you're into computer science, talking about algorithms, newest languages, then you will have no one to talk to. Someone commented here about how there's no one to look up to for inspiration. That person was wrong. People leave and find awesome dev opportunities elsewhere. They are inspiring.

    Final note about pay. Yes it is low. But to be honest, the work isn't the same level of difficulty as typical software developer jobs out there. It doesn't require the same level of analytical skills to solve problems or create new features as other dev jobs do. You'll basically be writing some if statements to set a flag on an order, or change some configuration setting from YES to NO, or integrate a bunch of files across code lines. How much do you really expect to get paid for that? The boredom is strong there, and most days I would just zone out and start reading random blog entries from Joel Spolsky or Jeff Atwood.

    Advice to Management

    No real advice - the company is too large and slow moving to make any real improvements.



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