GFI Group Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
24 Reviews
3.4
24 Reviews
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  1.  

    Accounts Receivable Analysis

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accounts Receivable Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Accounts Receivable Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at GFI Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The benefits are great. Human Resources department were very helpful and informative. Easy commute to the nyc office. Peaceful location for outdoor breaks. When you need time away from your computer. Company provides a full stock kitchen with tea, coffee, and water.

    Cons

    Inconsistent training and rude attitude from trainer. As well as discouraging comments from co-workers. Want you to learn everything in a few days or a day. Turn over for this department is extremely high. Once you get to know the atmosphere you will learn why workers leave on bad terms. There is no work/personal life balance. If you are new you will be blamed for the poor training. When in reality you are only as good as the training that is received by the person teaching you. In addition, there is no growth potential in this department. Look for another company instead of working for GFI. The salary offered is not worth such unpleasant environment. You are not even allowed an hour lunch. Half hour breaks are the rule and that's not long enough for such a busy area. Save the stress and frustration for a company that will give you proper training and workers are pleasant. If i could give this department zero stars i would. I wasted my time and energy with this A/R Department. But never again will i make the same mistake twice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get someone that is organize and knows how to train others. Stop trying to micromanage every single element of the job. Be open minded to knew ways of teaching and being productive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

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

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    Current Employee - Broker
    Current Employee - Broker

    I have been working at GFI Group full-time for more than 8 years

    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
  3.  

    Junior Consultant

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    Former Employee - Junior Consultant  in  Lisbon (Portugal)
    Former Employee - Junior Consultant in Lisbon (Portugal)

    I worked at GFI Group full-time for less than a year

    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
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  5.  

    Amazing experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GFI Group

    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!

  6.  

    Fun during the good times.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at GFI Group full-time for more than 5 years

    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
  7.  

    Product Specialist

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GFI Group

    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

  8.  

    ok

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    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at GFI Group full-time for more than a year

    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
  9.  

    I loved it

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Was good.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GFI Group

    Pros

    Most people are good. Sometimes flexible.

    Cons

    Way too laid back. Not much growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    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

    I worked at GFI Group full-time for 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 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

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