GFI Group Reviews

Updated August 13, 2015
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  1. Great place to be

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GFI Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Most people have been with the company for 10+ years. Great people. Feels like a family. Great work life balance. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Have experienced some layoffs, but to be expected. On the upswing now!


  2. Product Specialist

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    work here is comfortable, and the colleagues treat each other very kind

    Cons

    dealing with complicated FX option pricing knowledge, and satisfy our clients


  3. Amazing experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, short and intense trading. Good for anyone looking for a thrilling challenge.

    Cons

    No challenges. I would have stayed longer if possible. Market conditions did not allow it though.

    Advice to Management

    Don't sell the company!


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great place to work, if you are not particular about career growth

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work is challenging, and you are allowed to experiment with technology (within limits). Get to wear multiple hats during SDLC and found majority of the colleagues to be very technically competent. Overall great environment to work in.

    Cons

    As with any other small company, opportunities to move up the corporate ladder are slim to nothing.

    Advice to Management

    Should move away from flat structure, it's not working. I don't think upper management recognizes this fact. Team leads need to be specified explicitly and recognized, rather than hoping for someone to raise-up and take charge.


  6. Helpful (1)

    great environment and learning

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, perks and environment to work at. Great place to learn and have your first position and establish yourself.

    Cons

    lots of traveling, none defined training so it depends on your manager if youll move up. The person that trains you might be a moron and you still have to listen to them.

    Advice to Management

    have a better training program, 401k and more integration amongst employees. Also have the cleaning staff really clean the place.


  7. Quality people and fun place to work

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    Former Employee - Vice President - Cash Equities in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President - Cash Equities in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you have many client contacts, the pay is very competitive and better than some of the peer BDs you will encounter. The People & Work Environment are great. It is a fun place to work

    Cons

    Research, Professional Development, Cross-Training/Exposure to multiple desks and products

    Advice to Management

    More exposure & understanding traders have to other products the more knowledgeable they are when talking to their existing clients which could lead to cross selling or new GFI business across multiple desks


  8. I loved it

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GFI Group full-time

    Pros

    My schedule was flexible and I really enjoyed all of the people who worked there. It was a fun atmosphere.

    Cons

    No raise after a considerable time working there and I didn't like the way I was laid off


  9. The work environment is great like a family, not so much politics.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    friendly people and management, no need to worry about the office politics

    Cons

    not big enough for a long term career development


  10. Was a great company, been getting worse

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Developer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxed fun environment, reasonable flexibility and freedom with technologies that can be used in projects, few late nights, relaxed dress code

    Cons

    Bad health benefits, no 401k match, after acquisition by BGC all IT was moved to a new location that isn't as nice as the previous one, feels crammed, no kitchen. Constant rumors of layoffs after the acquisition which causes stress

    Advice to Management

    To new BGC management: don't be cheap about simple amenities. It has a huge effect on morale. Old, used up desks in the new office are ridiculous; designate a kitchen area with basic things like a fridge, microwave, a decent coffee machine. See GFI office for examples of how its done.


  11. Not bad!

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    Former Employee - E-commerce in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - E-commerce in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Its fun, good location close to Liverpool St, possibility to move through the different products and learn, big investment and technology. Good salary and holidays.

    Cons

    Brokers don't like screens, some management only supports it from when it starts to be profitable.

    Advice to Management

    Comunicate more with middle management. Some of you have to look at the bigger picture, you have to sow before you collect the fruits...



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