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Fitch Ratings Reviews

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
104 Reviews

3.1
104 Reviews
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Fitch Ratings President & CEO Paul Taylor
Paul Taylor
20 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance; transferable skills; most co-workers are helpful (in 42 reviews)

  • stable company, clock in, clock out, if you have no ambitions, great place to hang your hat (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management does not effectively communicate strategic goals of the company (in 15 reviews)

  • some departments are not flexiblewith work-life balance (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    experience sharing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Director  in  Taipei (Taiwan)
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Taipei (Taiwan)

    Pros

    Good life balance. Good learning platform as the working environment is quite international where employee has the chance to have regional portfolio research coverage, and to exchange ideas with colleagues from different offices/countries

    Cons

    The package is lower that of investment banking. If you are young and ambitious professional looking for very high salary, this job may not be ideal for you

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    low salary with no growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Credit Analyst
    Former Employee - Credit Analyst

    Pros

    work life balance is very good

    Cons

    low salary
    very slow growth
    toothless HR
    no transparency in appraisal process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    u have missed the bus

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Talent not rewarded

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Relatively laid back, congenial environment

    Cons

    Talent not really rewarded, a lot of mediocre people

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  5.  

    IT at Fitch Ratings

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Moscow (Russia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Moscow (Russia)

    Pros

    Friendly company, serious position at market

    Cons

    Non clean stategy of development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop strategy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to be when financial market heads south

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Good place to learn
    Good work environment, friendly colleagues
    Good exposure to market, nice to expose your views

    Cons

    Low comps
    Mixed bag in terms of competence
    Rating shopping issue still not solved

    Recommends
  7.  

    Great work balance.......nothing else!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager/Business Analyst  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager/Business Analyst in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Great work life balance
    Management (especially IT) very flexible about work hours
    No stress

    Cons

    No ambition to do things correctly
    No desire to embrace new process or technology
    IT team (UK) is trapped in time warp....they have no desire or makes any attempt to update systems.
    US IT is too greedy and hoard all interesting project hence UK IT has very little options.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get grip and share work evenly between US and UK
    Empower and end courage your staff.

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you enjoy financial analysis, it will be hard for others to understand that you actually like your job.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst

    Pros

    -Great people to work with, who are social, willing to explain things you may not understand, and are confident enough in their opinions and colleagues to defend their point, but also see the point of view of others.
    -The educational and continued-learning benefits are substantially greater than other companies I have worked for.
    -Very accommodating between work and personal life, as I've come to understand it and have come to infer from others. There will be times when you have to work your butt off although it never feels forced, and other times when coworkers will be asking "Why haven't you taken a vacation yet?"

    Cons

    Compared to the workflow in other industries, there aren't a whole lot of downsides, but there are definitely busier portions of the year. Depending on which industry you cover, expect to be a little overwhelmed during year end and quarterly financial releases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're doing a great job, and it's refreshing to work in a setting that bolsters both career and personal growth. Not many places nowadays that instill loyalty to your company, but Fitch is one of them.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Very good work-life balance and interesting job with responsibility

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Director
    Current Employee - Associate Director

    Pros

    Excellent work-life balance, very interesting jobs, good access to top management at clients, very good internal and external training support, high degree of responsibility even at junior level, independence, virtually no mobbing, very nice and well educated colleagues, good compensation compared to a corporate banking job, 20% travel, very international team atmosphere, junior to mid level staff get significantly higher degree of responsibility than at Moody's or S&P but significantly lower compensation

    Cons

    Incompetence of some senior managers in acting as responsible staff managers, no real team work, no significant benefits except pension contributions, long work hour in some departments (e.g. FI, SF), annual bonus on low side, performance reward not in line with effort undertaken

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Overhaul/New Approach Needed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The benefits are not too bad

    Cons

    The technological infrastructure is one of the worst I've seen for a company of this size. Lack of direction by senior management. Lots of ideas float around but the focus is ONLY on the present instead of envisioning the effect of decisions made now on the long term future. On the technology side instead of revamping the systems in place completely, the action taken is mostly a "band-aid" approach.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of having the same people come up with the same ideas that clearly does not work, try to have a more open approach to ideas made by others even if they are not on the senior level. Thinking outside of the box is what gets a company ahead. Look back in history and you will see that innovative out of the box thinking is what catapulted some companies to surpass their competitors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you aren't in the right clique you are bound to be mistreated and underpaid

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

    Pros

    Fitch has a great work life balance. I didn't know anyone there who worked more than the required 35 hours, and many of the analyst work substantially less if they are in the "In Crowd." The health insurance is fabulous and is on a sliding scale and they do a decent match on the 401K.

    Cons

    Management is awful, no direction is provided and promotions are based on popularity not abilities, so they tend to promote people way past their level of incompetentness. Management will NEVER let you know the criteria you need to meet to get your bonus and you will likely find yourself shaking your head at review time. After the fact they will say "well your numbers were low in this area so your bonus is going to be low" but that number most likely is something you have no control over. Then when you have a really good number in that area, they change the measurement to something else. So you are always chasing your tail but never know by what you will be judged at year's end. Then people who rarely even bothered to work will get bigger bonuses simply because they are more politically connected. Even though I loved my actual job, most of the people there were just downright unpleasant to work with. There are a few good people who take pride in their work and are respectful to others, but they are hard to find.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting based upon brown nosing and promote based upon proven ability to LEAD.

    Disapproves of CEO

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