GFI Group

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GFI Group Reviews

Updated July 24, 2014
Updated July 24, 2014
23 Reviews

3.4
23 Reviews
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  1.  

    Fun in the good times...but aren't they all

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    Current Employee - Broker
    Current Employee - Broker

    Pros

    Family-like, casual environment that is highly competitive - being a broker is great if you're into thinking on your feet and making good money, while being able to socialise with colleagues and clients.

    Cons

    Upper management is disconnected and middle management is generally useless. Company has cut corners with reduced benefits and perks over the last decade, and morale is at an all time low. High staff turnover in the last few years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop spending time on your personal entertainment (and pretending it's for work) and start paying attention to how your middle managers are running your business. There's a reason why talented people keep leaving.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Junior Consultant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Junior Consultant  in  Lisbon (Portugal)
    Former Employee - Junior Consultant in Lisbon (Portugal)

    Pros

    Nice place to start your career, they give you a nice support and point you the right way

    Cons

    higher management is too much disconnected with everyone else, middle management is ok, but it's hard for them to actually change anything,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should be more honest, direct and piratical.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  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 ManagementAdvice

    Don't sell the company!

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  5.  

    Fun during the good times.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Good work life balance and an entrepreneurial spirit when the business was moving the right way. Atmosphere like a family, so great as long as the relationship is sunny.

    Cons

    Markets and trading environment moving against firm. Morale has declined given lay offs and challenges to core business. Power too concentrated in relatively few hands. Management would benefit from a wider range of opinion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to embrace technology and a more sophisticated product range, which can't be so easily replicated by technology. Firm already doing some of the right things but need to do more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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

  7.  

    ok

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY

    Pros

    high salary high pay high OT

    Cons

    no personal life, bad office enviroment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more time for employee

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I loved it

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Was good.

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

    Pros

    Most people are good. Sometimes flexible.

    Cons

    Way too laid back. Not much growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Quality people and fun place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President - Cash Equities  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President - Cash Equities in New York, NY

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Fenics Employee

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There's a lot of great things about working under GFI. Particular, I love my coworkers, the benefits (health,dental,life, commuter discount, company teams, pizza parties) and the area that I work it. I also like that the upper management tries to keep you in the loop of what's going on in the company.

    Cons

    Like mentioned in other reviews, salary isn't that great, and upper management seems more concerned about miniscule things, such as making sure you stay the full 8.5 hours a day. I want to say a good portion of my meetings involved matching our timesheets to GFI's timesheet, but nothing was really said or done to fix it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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