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IFDS Reviews

Updated January 5, 2015
Updated January 5, 2015
40 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great experience so far

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

    I have been working at IFDS

    Pros

    Good training
    Opportunity for working abroad
    Good work ethic

    Cons

    Unorganised HR
    Poor facilities in Brentwood

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All good

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves 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.  

    Misleading job descriptions.

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

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

    Pros

    Absolutely no pro's as the advertised job never existed and I feel tricked into doing another job that nobody else wanted so have always wanted to leave.

    Cons

    The job description used for advertising and interviewing does not match in any way the job they actually want me to do. The job is one somebody of my skillset can do but often chooses not to so I would not have joined had I known the truth. I was told to do it or leave - but I gave up another job to do this so must stay until I find another. They recently fired someone who was recruited this same way and who didn't comply and at least five other managers have been fired in the last few months. Turnover in management is extremely high. There are a lot of people doing jobs that they didn't join the company for, nor that they want to or qualified to do but have been told they must and this is creating a very bad work environment. Processes are so bad that some employees are expected to work well outside ESA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update your technology and you will find there are lots of skilled people available. Rather than making people do what they don't want to do is a sure fire way to failure. Why not update the technology and stop treating employee's like you own them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company to work for IF you're in the right team. Salaries often don't reflect roles and responsibilities.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Team Lead - Business Operations
    Former Employee - Team Lead - Business Operations

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

    Pros

    The people. For the most part the company is full of friendly, helpful people who are happy to share their knowledge and support.

    Some of the teams are well run, actively engage their staff and have managers who genuinely care about more than just getting the work done.

    Cons

    Company has expanded far quicker than it's IT infrastructure can handle. This has created an obvious friction between the operational and IT areas of the business.

    Staff are promoted / given more responsibility without this being reflected in their benefits.

    During my time at IFDS I experienced teams which were poorly run, had a worrying lack of controls and a culture of blame.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    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.

  7.  

    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 a 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
  8.  

    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
  9. 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 a 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
  10. 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
  11.  

    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 a 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

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