MarketAxess Reviews

Updated February 19, 2015
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  1. Great company to work for.

    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at MarketAxess full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Smart genuinely good people, great environment, they compensate people well.

    Cons

    It's finance. If that's not your cup of tea, MarketAxess isn't for you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!

  2. Summer Internship

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Sales Internship in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Sales Internship in New York, NY

    I worked at MarketAxess as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great teaching programs. Movement between different departments.

    Cons

    Sometimes monotonous tasks such as data entry.

  3. Small Fast learning

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    Current Employee - Intern
    Current Employee - Intern

    I have been working at MarketAxess

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fast learning
    Small
    Friendly managers and supportive
    GREAT hours 9-5

    Cons

    Not enough social events but hey you are here to work.

    Advice to Management

    None

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  5. Scrappy Company with Talented People

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

    I have been working at MarketAxess full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great compensation and benefits. Lots of opportunities to learn. Nimble software development cycle. CEO is down to earth, fairly accessible and knows the financial trading services industry very well. 401k matching. Lots of flexibility for doctor appointments and personal matters. Fairly pleasant, aesthetically pleasing work environment.

    Cons

    Work-from-home arrangements are generally not allowed. As with any company in midtown Manhattan, you'll either pay very high rent or mortgage to live nearby, or have a significantly longer commute.

    Advice to Management

    Clearly define, document and distribute roles and responsibilities to avoid ambiguity and disputes regarding who is responsible for what. And to avoid the changing of roles and responsibilities, whenever there is a change of management.

  6. Lots of freedom to use newly acquired skills to solve problems

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Support Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Production Support Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at MarketAxess full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Open management and infrastructure teams, cutting-edge technology, and a positive environment.

    Cons

    Not enough analytics/math was seen on my side (although this is probably not true across the firm). Also less European presence than would have been preferred. I enjoy the prospect of working in Europe.

    Advice to Management

    I honestly liked the management to the extent that I couldn't "recommend" that they do something different or better.

  7. Good experience, limited growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Developer in New York, NY

    I have been working at MarketAxess full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Work-Life balance, good pay

    Cons

    Limited career growth, limited base salary

  8. Helpful (1)

    Great Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at MarketAxess full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Full of intelligent people who are great at what they do. The culture fosters learning and growing, while still keeping the organization relatively flat.

    Cons

    Different departments are somewhat isolated from each other. The company could use more events to get people from different departments to meet each other and un

    Advice to Management

    The company could use more events to get people from different departments to meet each other and understand how they all contribute to the overall mission.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Decent Place to Start

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at MarketAxess

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Salary
    Ownership of tasks aka freedom to work without much supervision

    Cons

    Little career progression, feel like I need to move companies to progress
    Business/Sales force favored over IT too much for a 'tech company'

    Advice to Management

    Give stock awards to younger/new hires as incentive to stay with/work hard for the company. Market research may help innovation as opposed to reacting to market needs after the fact.

  10. Good Place to Work

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

    I worked at MarketAxess

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Competent Staff
    -Market Visibility
    -Good Technology

    Cons

    -Tough Economy for Fixed Income
    -CDS Platform flop

    Advice to Management

    Hope the economy gets better for you / Volumes

  11. Company Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at MarketAxess

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance, save for IT
    Competitive compensation

    Cons

    Change averse, fear of bold initiatives..."what if the clients don't approve?"
    Myopic viewpoints, thinking in the short term
    Culture of distrust
    Very little knowledge sharing, and feedback is scant
    Willing to entertain new ideas and talk about innovation, but action is rarely taken to support it.
    Focus is on minutia, and not critical matters

    Advice to Management

    Make communication more bilateral, especially on the strategic level. The C-level open door policy seems to be more of an espoused value rather than one that is enacted.

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