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Updated August 19, 2015
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  1. it's a nice place to launch a career in finance but you'll have to move on for 'real' success

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nasdaq OMX has quite a bit of dedicated, bright and interesting employees. Morale is pretty good even through trying times for the financial sector. If you're good at what you do, job security is almost guaranteed.

    Cons

    Former management was far more cerebral. The company seems to be more interesting in acquiring companies than perfecting its existing organization. Managers don't seem particularly dedicated or concerned about developing talent or career mobility for better employees.

    Advice to Management

    Start to invest more in the employees. Ensure that there is more consistency across departments in the ways that workers are treated, evaluated and compensated.


  2. Need a stronger senior management team.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Big company with global appearance. Strong competitor in the industry. Strong products with steady portion of market shares. Good benefit package.

    Cons

    Senior management lacks of leading skills especially in the technical department . Too much overhead costs. The merge with OMX did not go well.

    Advice to Management

    Reorganize the product line. Trimming the overhead cost, especially the senior management and VP level management. Emphasize the client-oriented business model.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Bumbling company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Laid back culture, thats about it

    Cons

    Big visions ungrounded in reality

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to live down Facebook IPO blunder


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Overly political and much backstabbing goes around.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NASDAQ full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Before my company was acquired by NASDAQ, It used to be quite fun to work here with all the facilities like free milk, free use of DIY coffee-maker, fussball table and free BBQ every Fridays. There's also no time policy, you come in whenever you like and leave about 8 hours later. Also, mostly no dress-code, so you can come in your t-shirts and jeans

    Cons

    When the takeover occurred, the American corporate system starts to be enforced. It's easy for someone to talk behind somebody else's back. For some reason, the HR is more powerful and has more influence than the directors. Report someone to HR and that person easily gets a warning letter for some minor issues. No empathy at staff's well-being. Weak leadership considering this situation has caused greater turnovers the company has ever seen since its early days.

    Advice to Management

    The start-up spirit is no longer there. Focus not only on training, but on principles, values and integrity. A lot of conversation dissing clients occurred during company meetings and this clearly shows a lot of disrespect towards loyal clients. If the leadership diss clients, it is impossible for employees to show respect or to go extra mile towards clients.


  6. Helpful (2)

    A company in search of a purpose

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Apparently they have a reputation for paying above market - but this wasn't my experience! I endorse the focus on driving true business performance with full transparency

    Cons

    This is essentially and organization that doesn't pretend to be motivated by anything other than the profit motive. It has no real purpose, other than to create the infrastructure whereby rich people and companies can make themselves richer. For either new grads who want to change the world or old hacks who no better but still need a purpose - cross this one off your list

    Advice to Management

    Stop focusing on financial engineering to achieve meaningless margin targets and start running your business as it should be run: customers first but also for the true benefits of shareholders and employees. Shareholder value by the way, is built on the twin pillars of long-term financial and business discipline.....not the tyranny of the quarterly EPS increase.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Too much politics

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at NASDAQ full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very good office location. Pretty flexible working hours. Very good private health insurance paid by the company. Some good people.

    Cons

    Too much politics. Lots of favoritism. Absolutely unclear management decisions (or lack of those). Very little chance of growth due to hard work. Pretty outdated technology. Parts of company are outsourced to "less costly locations", which does not make people happy. Lots of ballast - a lot of job is done by a small number of employees.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of ballast.


  8. Some bugs to work out, but not all bad.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Developer in Trumbull, CT
    Former Employee - Developer in Trumbull, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They spent a lot of money on brand awareness, that could work in your favor when looking for a new job. Seriously though, it's a good place to start out and definitley a place where change can happen. The company is very dynamic and open to cultural change, you just need to have the fire in you to go and initiate change.

    Cons

    Long hours for one. Two is that sometimes you'll finish a project on time, and it works well, but the sales side can't figure out how to sell it and it will die on the vine. I also wouldn't classify the company as Entreprenurial. The technical support staff leaves a lot to be desired as well. I was alsways dumbfounded at the lack of familiarity the support staff has with the product lines that customers are calling in for. In one case someone actually anwsered the phone with the greeting, "INET NASDAQ how can I help you?" Is that the standard greeting for tech support for market makers? Does that guy even know what company he works for? Is there any standardization at all going on with call scripts?

    Advice to Management

    I would try and untangle the data products business line from the market data side. They, by design of the organization, have been placed directly at odds with each other. As a result, there is fierce competition between the two groups to the point of duplicated efforts, poached sales lists, and anti-productivity. I've even gotten the notion on some calls that one line will intentionally not release a product even if it's a good idea and has a solid business case just because they don't want to deal with the other. In my opinion, one solution to this problem would be to merge the groups. The marketing group also may need to be decentralized but controlled by a small group to ensure that the efforts from each product line adhere to branding starndards and a unified marketing message. What's going on now is that it's so locked down and centralized that it's almost impossible to get a both accurate and creative market message out regarding a new product. The marketing area should also be responsible for the analysis of the statistical data generated from the marketing vehicles that are being used. There is pretty much no standardization of the way market collects this data across the marketing vehicles to judge things like response rates to certain types of advertising, visits and user data from the various websites (and there are many). Again, this is only my opinion, but there doesn't seem to be a solid handle on all of the market data points coming into the company from all of the marketing venues. This is severely hindering the cross sellability of all exisiting gproducts as well as the impact of getting new customers roped in. There is also a lot of money being spent by the marketing team to outsource the creation of a lot of the verious ad materials and not enough time spent talking to the customers/business lines/technology side to get a handle on what the product actually sells to the customer so an effective marketing piece can be created. This area needs to be revamped. Technology is also a little dicey, but not nearly as bad as it could be. It's biggest threat is (and probably always will be) that there is a culture of "my way is the right way" and it centers around job security. If there was a reward system in place for rewarding innovation rather than empire building, that may help. Also, there is a clear tactic that seems to have gotten a lot of traction (right before I left anyway) which was used by some senior managers on the technology side This tactic would be to create a crisis and then solve it in order to remain visible. It seems that visibility is where the pot of gold lies for the management and staff. This leads to stress on the empployees (which could account for the low morale in some way and wasted money in the form of hours spent solving problems that are blown out of proportion. In my opinion, this type of crisis management can never lead to a smoothly running operation where innovation and actual capitalism can allow the business to grow.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Nasdaq: Captalisms shining beacon of ho-hum

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Wouldn't You Like to Know in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Wouldn't You Like to Know in New York, NY
    Recommends

    Pros

    There are few if any in this country who have a similar skill set who get to do what I do and get a decent salary with nice benefits and get a bonus on top o that.

    Cons

    Senior management are overall pretty human, but the select C-level have the attention span of rabbits when it comes to the common employee gripes. And it always seems like you are one mistake away from unemployment, eben when things are goin well for the overall company. Never a word of positive feednack, but loud criticism for the most minute of mistakes. Definitely micro-managing and reactionary managment.

    Advice to Management

    You set the agenda, but your employees are the fuel that fires the engine. Do more to ensure that morale stays high, Press your managers to be honest about who really deserves some recognition and stop allowing them to keep rewarding their flunkies.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Politics and legacy over performance and ability

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fair compensation and a global environment. Forward-looking senior management always keeps the company moving ahead and there are always many positive opportunities in the pipeline.

    Cons

    Fierce internal competition for little reason General lack of well deserved recognition Senior management is too busy to be engaged with those doing the work to understand the inner workings of their teams Extremely scarce resources are often poorly directed Many long tenured staff in middle management create an artificial glass ceiling for the next generation achievers and as a result they often leave because their superior contributions go unrecognized

    Advice to Management

    Take a good look at who is actually producing for you and take a chance on those people. Perpetuating legacy will not take the company to the next level. Sometimes the real leaders of a team are the ones being "managed." You should have the insight and courage to bring them up to the roles they deserve, regardless of how long their boss has been there or any other factors. You need to own your claim of having a performance culture.


  11. For a subsidiary of Nasdaq

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    Former Employee - Project Manager II in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager II in San Francisco, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The organization is relatively flat. Management can give a lot of freedom to employees.

    Cons

    Staff experience tends to be low and there are lots of infrastructure problems because people aren't clear on what they are trying to achieve. Competent people will probably find themselves over worked, but in the Nasdaq team these people also might have an advantage to rise quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in quality and reward quality work.



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