Interactive Data

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Interactive Data Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
143 Reviews
2.6
143 Reviews
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Interactive Data President & CEO Stephen C. Daffron
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • People are down to earth in general, good work life balance for a financial firm (in 17 reviews)

  • The work environment at Interactive data is pretty laid back (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • No room for growth and pay is subpar compared to many companies (in 7 reviews)

  • There is no room for growth so if u plan on getting to the top get ready to kiss some frogs to get up there (in 8 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Manager created hostile work environment by making highly offensive racist and sexist comments, & by using employees to

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parsippany, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parsippany, NJ

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

    Pros

    There are no good reasons to work in IDC's tax department..clueless mgrs no training poor system

    Cons

    Managers protect their jobs by refusing to share certain aspects of process with employees who never see whole system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice is useless.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Politics, Politics, Politics

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    A generous vacation day policy, decent benefits including gym reimbursement and mobile phone discounts.

    Cons

    Favoritism everywhere you look. It is not uncommon to see someone who is friendly with a manager to suddenly receive a promotion. Hard work, creativity, and a drive to improve the company are ignored in favor of personal connections. They create a series of "lateral" moves that have minimal increase in pay or incentive, but an exponential increase in workload, responsibility, liability, and stress. Micromanaging runs rampant, and many manhours are wasted documenting statistics that should be tracked automatically. Morale is low. Versatility in employees is abused and never rewarded. Top performers are "rewarded" the same as mid and low performers, so there's no incentive for improvement or excelling. Promotions often hinge on the departure of an existing employee—unless you are friends with (or in bed with) someone higher up, in which case a position will be created for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop factoring personal relationships into your promotions. Stop taxing your best performers with extra work and start rewarding them for exceeding expectations. Stop dangling promises that never come to fruition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good company, good work, poor management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Interactive Data full-time

    Pros

    Great and exciting work, great people, mediocre benefits

    Cons

    Middle management has no idea what they are doing, they don't want to keep their employees happy but they want to make them work extra for the sake of "having a job",

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are only as strong as your weakest link, if you can't keep your employees at all levels happy your success will be very limited

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Small team environment. Could be over whelms at times.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Hayward, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Hayward, CA

    I worked at Interactive Data full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice and friendly working environment. Good people.

    Cons

    Deal with real time exchange information, could be hacked at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None at the moment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Perfect case study of an aging, dysfunctional organization

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Interactive Data full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Competitive compensation. Friendly, comfortable work environment. Open to telecommuting. Good name to have on your resume.

    Cons

    Be wary about agreeing to unconditional, unpaid overtime, cause you'll be working a lot of it. Ancient, poorly maintained internal infrastructure, most of which was barely in the planning stages for updates, causing endless headaches and long hours. Several individuals, teams and business partners in desperate need of tough love just weren't getting it. Tendency to promote based on seniority rather than competency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Keurig machines were about the only thing in the entire organization that consistently worked. Dysfunctional software and hardware results in frustration, which results in stress and low morale, which results in high turnover, which results in more dysfunction, and the cycle repeats.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Solid company with good benefits.

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    Former Employee - Director in Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Director in Bedford, MA

    I worked at Interactive Data full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Profitable, stable employment. Generally pleasant coworkers. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Chaotic management - low interest in core business processes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Passionate, intelligent people who want to bring the best financial products to market

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    Current Employee - Recruiter in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Recruiter in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The company takes a very macro managerial styled approach. Empowering their employees to bring their skills & ideas to the table in order to be mutually successful.

    Cons

    Our company puts candidates thru a lengthy hiring process to ensure that the "right" candidates are brought on board. This sometimes gives the wrong impression to potential applicants as they may have heard about our detailed interviewing process.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Where private equity doesn't work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Interactive Data full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Decent work/life balance
    - Ability to work at home when needed
    - Fairly laid back and also a relaxed dress policy
    - Benefits are pretty good

    Cons

    - Private equity has taken a really good company and squeezed every possible penny out of IDC
    - Lack of direction from management causes a lot of confusion and a lack of focus
    - Senior management has not communicated a real direction
    - HR should look closer at why highly qualified people are leaving the company within 6 months of being hired
    - Little room to be promoted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with the masses. It's nice that they are having a quarterly global town hall but it makes sense to go and meet with the people that support the business. The company has some great people that you are going to lose because they are simply forgotten or not taken seriously. The CEO stated that he asked his direct reports to go out to talk to their subordinates. I haven't seen one in my area. Lastly, IDC should look at promoting internally rather than hire people from the outside. There are a lot of experienced people that would stay with IDC if there was a path to be promoted.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor growth opportunities

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    Current Employee - Research Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Specialist in New York, NY

    I have been working at Interactive Data full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent life and work work balance; and healthcare

    Cons

    No room for growth and pay is subpar compared to many companies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    No Mobility

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    Current Employee - Senior Evaluator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Evaluator in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good work Life Balance, time off policies, benefits are good.

    Cons

    No loyalty or mobility. People who work there have been there forever and there's not much room for advancement

    Disapproves of CEO

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