IFDS

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IFDS Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
38 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Co-op

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Desktop Support Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Desktop Support Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at IFDS part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Teams are welcoming, very helpful
    Great organizational structure
    Pay for co-op was above minimum, while teaching you. Made for an experience I would go back to

    Cons

    Management seems stale
    Needs to have some changes at the top level, or hire more competent individuals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn the direction of the company rather than applying basic managerial tactics.
    If something aint broke, dont fix it... Upper management seems to always want to change something for no reason

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    A mannequin could do a better job leading this company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Toronto, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Toronto, OH

    I have been working at IFDS full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Office location in downtown Toronto

    Cons

    The President needs to be put out to pasture. Her inability to inspire her team, and her complete lack of business knowlege and experience leaves the company rudderless. The turnover in the senior leadership points to her. Comments such as "I would crawl over dead bodies to get my bonus" directly attributed to the CEO clearly show the tone and calibre of her leadership. DST and State Street, if you're listening, save yourself the high cost of placing an expat in Toronto and replace this leader by a wooden mannequin. You would achieve about the same level of leadership, and probably improve your ROI.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace your HR department. No one in the company respects this collection of unskilled and abrassive misfits. There are some good people working in HR, but they're drowned out by the cacophony and maliciousness of others on the team. Again, look at the HR leadership and the leadership of the company to understand why the group is the way it is.
    Consider investing money to replace the core system. iFAST is about 10 years beyond its best by date.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great potential

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IFDS

    Pros

    This is an international company, with offices abroad that I was fortunate enough to visit.

    Cons

    There seems to be a lack of communication both between departments, and with employees who are about to start, as I wasn't given an official start time until less than a week before I started work.

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  5.  

    Good job progression, but only if you really want it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    The benefits are good and they match your RRSP contribution to 3.5%. The people there are fantastic to work around. Good career growth and the career growth potential are available.

    Cons

    Wanting to pursue a job outside your role can be difficult as it is hard finding people to back-fill existing roles. Salary is not that great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try your best to keep and promote the talent you have.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very happy with my experience so far at IFDS - Those I have worked with are extremely suportive of my profesional growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Dealing Senior Associate in Basildon, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Technical Dealing Senior Associate in Basildon, East of England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Excellent development within the right teams - Eager to progress those who wan't it.

    Cons

    Pay does not reflect employed role - can be justified by location.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Happy with management - No issues.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Not impressed by the interview process and unorganised HR

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at IFDS full-time

    Pros

    The only good thing working iwwht IFDS would be getting key experience required in IT Finance.

    Cons

    The package advertised is not inline with offered. I haven't received feedback since my interview and was promised to get outcome within 2 days and its been 2 weeks now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    can be more organised in terms of interview.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    IFDS Response

    Oct 10, 2014Head of Resource Managament

    We are very sorry to hear that you are not happy with your interview experience with us. Have you now received a decsion / feedback? If you haven't please drop me a line ahamilton@ifdsgroup.co.uk and ... More

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    From Baby to adult

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Risk & Control Manager in Basildon, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Risk & Control Manager in Basildon, East of England, England (UK)

    I worked at IFDS full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    oh it is so busy and fulfilling.....I have met and maintained so many beautiful friends and guess what passed all my exams first time around which was a huge boost for me.........Loved finding new things to challenge and support This list is endless......Was so proud to recieve my employee of the quarter awards even knowing I could not have done that without huge support from Management,training,support from IT and my dedicated staff

    Cons

    There will always be challenges, the Company growth,the new systems introduced,the huge learning curve involved with each new Company serviced,the huge support with outsourcing and always ensuring that if there are any problems that they are corrected to avoid any breaches of service level agreements and more importantly ensuring all staff are aware of the rules that conduct our business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know that the current working conditions will make it hard for any senior management to handle.....I wish you well with what you have always been so good atxx

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A good place to start

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

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

    Pros

    Nice environment, work shift, benefits

    Cons

    Not well paid. They still have a lot of of technologies

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

    Great place to work and I gathered a wealth of experience and knowledge.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Administrator in Basildon, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Administrator in Basildon, East of England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Management and colleagues were very pleasant to work with and as long as you work hard and show potential, there are opportunities for you to progress within the company. The management team I worked for showed a high interest in personal development; training was always provided and qualifications available to work towards.

    Cons

    Depending on which team/project you work for, the work life balance could sometimes be difficult with varying amounts of overtime required however, it did seem to be appreciated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall, I fully enjoyed my experience working at IFDS. I could only suggest adding more of a focus to projects that aren't doing so well, in a bid to ease the strain on staff that are working a high amount of overtime to keep it going.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Overall good experience. You need to be able to adapt to the many changes changes in upper management and processes.

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

    I have been working at IFDS

    Pros

    Good structure . Nice people

    Cons

    Lots of changes in management and processes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More communication

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