Financial Engines

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Financial Engines Reviews

Updated October 11, 2014
Updated October 11, 2014
42 Reviews
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42 Reviews
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Financial Engines President and CEO Jeff N. Maggioncalda
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  1.  

    Good company for talented engineers and product managers

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

    I have been working at Financial Engines (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It feels good to build useful applications that help people plan their retirement.
    CEO and EVPs believe in the mission of the company and work to make it a success.
    Very flexible work environment.
    Nice office environment in Sunnyvale.
    Good opportunities for promotion for those with the talent and inclination to move into management.

    Cons

    Too much reliance on ancient legacy code that should have been rewritten years ago.
    Management appears to think passing tests = good code quality; not much interest in emphasizing maintainability, understandability, etc.
    We've been slow to adopt new practices and frameworks.
    The transition to Agile was brutal. Project deadlines were decided top-down based on business requirements same as before, but with a ridiculous amount of time wasted in Agile meetings.
    Pay and benefits are probably average or might be below average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give us the time to clean up and modernize the code base.
    Do more to emphasize and reward best practices.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Growing Company, Great Benefits & Super Smart, Nice People

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

    I have been working at Financial Engines full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I've been here three months and find the work interesting, challenging and rewarding. The benefits are top notch; health, dental, vision, PTO, 401(k), etc. Although there's no free lunch, the break room is always well stocked with every beverage a worker could want, healty snacks and fruit. I'm working with the latest technology at a stand-up ergo desk and my manager ensures a weekly 1 to 1 meeting just to be sure we are communicating. You don't find that very often in today's workplace.

    Cons

    The brand name is not well known. Although a huge player giving financial advice to millions, it's a shame none of my former colleagues, friends or neighbors know anything about Financial Engines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hard to give since I've only been here three months.

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

    Great mission. Focus customer benefits. Lots of new strategic initiatives to focus on employee engagement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Financial Engines full-time

    Pros

    1. Great company mission. One of the very very few financial services company that actually want to do good for the individuals. Helping them retire with peace.
    2. Good strategic changes to focus company strategy on customers and constantly improving customer experience.
    3. Lots of initiative to modernize the technology stack.
    4. Value the employees and focus on empowering and engaging employees.

    Cons

    1. Lots of legacy code
    2. Numerous legal implications and rigorous approval process slow down the speed of development.
    3. Not very competitive compensation.
    4. No free lunch.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. Increase the compensation if you want to retain top talent. Free lunch can be a nice perk.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Internship Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Analyst in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Network Analyst in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Financial Engines as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Co-workers are very helpful and knowledgeable people. I had lot of hands on experience on technologies related to network and security. Got to know practical aspects of theory learnt in classes. Learnt analyzing and evaluating network tools. Did some interesting research related to certificate authorities, network management tools, hardware and software network devices. Internship actually gave an opportunity to expand my professional network.

    Cons

    No, I love my company..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expand internship program also it will be nice to work in multiple team. I request you to visit career fairs at schools.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Connected -> Interviewed -> Got an offer. All in < 3 weeks !!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Financial Engines full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Interview process is super fast!! Talked to recruiter over phone couple of times.. He quickly scheduled a phone screening with hiring manager and with the architect on the following day.. Called for an on-site in the following week!! Got the final offer in 2 days .. Negotiated on the same day and final offer letter on the next day.

    Everything happened in less than 3 weeks (No exaggerations). The Recruiter (Ronny Greer) was super fast in going through the process. No old school email exchanges. Directly call and text ! Also, Have not met a recruiter before who knows technical stuff required for the position in such details (and not just the names ;) )

    Company has a bunch of products which help people to retire with better financial position. To me it is important to work for a initiative to help people in some way through my work. Company has great past and promising roadmap ahead. I am really excited and eager to join :)

    Cons

    Cant find any at this point and hope I dont find any :)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None at this point.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great Mission, fabulous company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Financial Engines as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    highly motivated, visionary and cooperative team.
    Managers are friendly and nice
    Free breakfast and lots of drinks
    working on cutting edge technology
    team members are very friendly and helpful
    No pressure
    scrum methodology help to get frequent feedback from everyone.

    Cons

    should give more benefits to inters specially travel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should give some more compensation and benefits to employees like travel etc.
    especially to the interns.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Product with Great Vision

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

    I have been working at Financial Engines full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I feel it's a great product that can help people in their planning of money savings, that will help them in future.
    It was a great & quick interview process. Team and Recruiter very very supportive during the process of H1b transfer and shifting the joining date based on my availability.

    Cons

    Giving people tool for that future planning is a great responsibility.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Environment, Great Team

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer Intern in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Developer Intern in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Financial Engines full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good work environment.
    Good balance between work and life.
    No micro-management

    Cons

    None as far as I know.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Stable Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Good Product and Services
    Management has a future vision
    Great Work life balance
    Family oriented company

    Cons

    Salary less than market rate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work just increase some salaries please :)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Can you find heaven on earth in a job? Well, YES!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Portfolio Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Portfolio Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Financial Engines full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    FE has a wonderful balance of academic theory and real life application. It's wonderful to have a job in finance where you know the organization is really trying to help people (small or big account). You can sleep well at night. There are high standards here, great managers, top management is really accessible, incredible work life balance, and you don't have to wear a suit to work. The work is engaging and the culture is just plain happy. No big egos here. FE is the best place to work at.

    Cons

    The main office is in Sunnyvale.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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