Fidessa Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
85 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance is quite reasonable, although this benefit has been losing ground (in 13 reviews)

  • Great people, working environment and work/life balance (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • middle management can be childish in sales; you must suck up to the right people (in 6 reviews)

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

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  1.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    bad pay

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

    I worked at Fidessa full-time (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    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

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  5.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The pay is super below market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rise the pay

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to work for

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

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

    Pros

    Collaborative, challenging and cohesive environment. Good work/life balance. Very team oriented. Very sociable. Chance of a great career within the industry.

    Cons

    Not many apart from salaries but they have been addressing this for the last 2 years. Like all Companies they have negative points but the positives far outweigh the negatives. They do need to work globally rather than silo'd country by country,, especially for shared service functions..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let a Snr HR representative sit in on board meetings

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Ever increasing workload

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

    I have been working at Fidessa full-time

    Pros

    Fidessa has a general atmosphere of helping others and a friendly culture. There is a good range of training available - if you have the time.

    Cons

    The workload has progressively increased as management try and get more out the workforce. This has started to impact the company culture and reduce job satisfaction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Comfortable place to work but needs a shake up

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Fidessa full-time

    Pros

    - Nice working environment, generally 9 to 5.30 in the London office
    - Friendly and professional colleagues
    - Opportunities to move abroad if you're vocal enough
    - Good, low-stress intro to finance wihtout some of the typical drawback (long hours, high pressure...)

    Cons

    - Not much opportunity for real advancement in the company - staff turnover at lower to mid levels is huge, non-existent at higher management levels
    - Senior management are invisible and inaudible except for the yearly speech about "tough market conditions" affecting pay rises...
    - Falling behind technologically : all products are still built on core components that were originally conceived in the 90s. Admittedly it still works... but the chance to work in tcl is not going to attract the best talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Find a way to motivate talented younger emplyees to stay. For example, devolve some decision-making / responsibilities (not just the boring bits!).
    - Freezing salaries and cancelling bonuses to prop up dividend payments will hurt you in the long term.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good enough for 2-3 year stint

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woking, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woking, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Professional and friendly working environment. Very client focussed. Good technical training especially for graduates.

    Cons

    Career progression is limited so if you are looking to move up after 2 years the opportunities are minimal. Salaries are below market averages and recognition of top performers is generally quite poor - always seems to go blame 'poor economic climate' which gets tiresome especially when the company is doing fine on paper.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Enjoyable and interesting company but career progression is limited.

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

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

    Pros

    Good training programme. Friendly atmosphere. Opportunities to travel in Europe for client business. Promote career progression by providing office moves across the globe. One of the few jobs in the city that provides a 9-5 lifestyle/balance.

    Cons

    Non competitive salary once in the company. Little impact or involvement on the bigger picture. Limited career progression if not willing to move offices.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good family oriented company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Woking, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Woking, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Stress free
    Good people
    good training

    Cons

    Average pay
    skills are not transferable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people more reasons to stay. Reward people individually depending on their skills rather than paying everyone the same

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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