Fidessa Reviews

Updated June 22, 2015
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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. Trading Support Analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trading Support Analyst in Woking, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Trading Support Analyst in Woking, England (UK)

    I have been working at Fidessa full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    35 hr week, any overtime voluntary and paid 1.5 Very supportive environment Shift work extra paid Opportunities to be posted abroad (NYC, Chicago, Hong Kong, Sydney, Singapore,...) Good private medical insurance Various regular treats, free breakfast, free cafeteria drinks (teas and coffees) Excellent graduate scheme Relatively easy to move across teams Great HR team

    Cons

    Pay limitations of a software vendor. Although you can move geographically or across teams, not many progression opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Management has been supportive, engaged, encouraging, consistent. Not sure what to suggest to improve this. Very flexible accommodating annual leaves, doctor appointments, shift swaps,...


  2. Helpful (1)

    Product Specialist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Surrey in Woking, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Surrey in Woking, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good company and good product. The team was focussed on delivering a quality product and we worked well, despite of poor leadership at the lower levels.

    Cons

    All but impossible to move internally. Once in a job, that defined your place and the only way to move was on a direct line through dead man's shoes. Any wish to evolve or change tack was ignored.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage job changes to keep the good staff and prevent boredom setting in.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Not perfect but really is trying

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

    I have been working at Fidessa full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great office space makes nice working environment. Believes in its software products and invests in improving them as well as extending to new areas. Almost always promotes to senior positions from within the company.

    Cons

    Real leadership and decision-making is confined to a pretty small group of long-term Directors. While that's obviously right for big/strategic things, it dampens down growth of middle level leadership and innovation.

    Advice to Management

    I'm working there so obviously I think more is being done right than being done wrong. But looking to the future, there is a need to grow a proactive and empowered leadership middle layer.


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  5. People are friendly. They try to keep you challenged and listen to your concerns.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fidessa

    Pros

    people are friendly, good place to work, listen to your concerns and fix it best they can.

    Cons

    Below par salary, a bit more proactive approach to product enhancements would be good.

    Advice to Management

    Market survey on salary to be done and should be brought up inline.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Deeply political

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

    I have been working at Fidessa

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

    Pros

    Good café and office space Not much else

    Cons

    Intimidating office culture with a constant threat from above. Lack of opportunity to acquire new skills or advance career Thankless job, with little recognition from above. Management solely focussed on pushing staff for more and more output No flexibility

    Advice to Management

    It used to be a friendly, respectful and fun culture. We need to get back to that


  7. Helpful (1)

    Good as a career starting point

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Implementation Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Implementation Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Fidessa

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

    Pros

    Good people Teamwork ethos Nice workplace environment Learn about Finance

    Cons

    Compensation Limited technical challenges Sometimes may struggle to keep you occupied.


  8. Amazing environment, great work life balance, perhaps lacking career progression

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Fidessa full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing work environment, employing motivated, intelligent fun individuals who just want to get on with their job and have a good time doing it.

    Cons

    Senior management can sometimes be happy with the 'status quo', whilst those younger, more enthusiastic individuals are still keen to make their mark and progress.

    Advice to Management

    Try to promote more inward mobility and help define a clear career track for talented individuals


  9. Helpful (1)

    bad pay

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woking, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woking, England (UK)

    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

    Good work environment Free drinks not ridiculous hours for finance company great for learning for 1-3 years, dont expect to stay after that

    Cons

    low pay outside london (in certain roles) very little progression (in certain roles)

    Advice to Management

    sort out pay, at least market rate try and keep good/experienced employees


  10. good place to start but not many opportunities to grow

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fidessa

    Pros

    friendly, good as a first job,

    Cons

    stagnant, no opportunities to grow


  11. Helpful (2)

    Overall a good place to work, but the pay is.....

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Support Analyst in Woking, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Support Analyst in Woking, England (UK)

    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

    Great benefit (not including salary), great people, great office environment

    Cons

    The pay is super below market

    Advice to Management

    Rise the pay



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