National Futures Association Reviews

Updated April 12, 2015
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  1. Featured Review

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Compliance Examiner II in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Compliance Examiner II in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at National Futures Association full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Positive environment, decent benefits, solid training, and a perfect work-life balance.

    Cons

    Salaries are relatively low for the industry

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing

  2. Market Regulation Intern

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    Current Intern - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Current Intern - Intern in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at National Futures Association as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Nice colleagues, good company reputation, good mentor from my supervisor, flexible working hours

    Cons

    The payment is a little bit low; Not able to provide sponsorship for foreigner

    Advice to Management

    To add incentives to the company, it is suggested to change the company policy on sponsorship

  3. Field Supervisor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Futures Association full-time

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

    Pros

    benefits are great, travel opportunities were terrific, light work load

    Cons

    Learned esoteric skill set, non-profit waste everywhere, management who work at home.

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  5. Great place to start your career and good work life balance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Futures Association

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

    Pros

    You get three weeks of training right when you start, and you'll use the things you learn during your audits. It's a great program if you have no experience in the industry. The audits and fieldwork itself can be interesting because you go to different firms on each audit, and you get to see many new things. With travel, the hotel points are yours to keep. There are other benefits as well such as flex time, work/life balance, etc. The people you work with are always willing to help.

    Cons

    It can take time to get used to the industry if you have no experience, and also the different preferences of the field supervisors.

  6. Excellent Company to work for!

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    Current Employee - Network Operations Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Network Operations Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at National Futures Association

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

    Pros

    Company is growing at a fast pace, excellent benefits, Strong Office Culture, Nice People to work with

    Cons

    None thus far, but i've only been here a month

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be open to new, innovative ideas from your employees

  7. Fantastic place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Futures Association

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

    Pros

    NFA offers an incredibly quality of life. Senior management truly values junior employees. Working at this company will give you a great opportunity to learn about the industry.

    Cons

    Compensation is a bit low, but it's important to remember that NFA is a regulator, and salaries tend to be lower at regulatory bodies.

    The firm, unlike the rest of the industry, doesn't seem to put much value on JDs.

    Advice to Management

    Stop starting college graduates and law school graduates at the same pay/title. It is insulting to the law school graduates and will hurt you in the long-run.

  8. Good Place

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Futures Association

    Pros

    Great Place to Learn as much as you can.

    Cons

    NFA is not taken seriously by many firms. Not much room for advancement.

  9. Okay Place to Start Career

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    Former Employee - Field Supervisor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Field Supervisor in New York, NY

    I worked at National Futures Association full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to learn and start a career.

    Flex time and tuition reimbursement are great benefits.

    Cons

    Promotions were difficult to understand and highly politicized. There was definitely favoritism in the promotion process.

    Low pay compared to the industry. They lost a lot of talent because of an unwillingness to pay someone their "worth". This was even mentioned in a Berkeley report after the PFG incident.

    There were also managers who did not work in industry lauded as experts.

    Often there is no recognition for people who bring up good ideas. Had a lot of lifers who were unwilling to change there way of thinking.

    Advice to Management

    1. Listen to your employees
    2. Promote your people when they deserve it
    3. Get better managers
    4. Praise your staff when they do something well.

  10. Def not your best career choice

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    Former Employee - Compliance Examiner in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Compliance Examiner in New York, NY

    I worked at National Futures Association full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    When they allow to use it, flex time is part of benefits package

    Cons

    swaps dept has poor, out of touch management, low salary, they pay experienced professionals nearly the same as they pay recent college grads, very political, nickle & dime every benefit, they give you a fixed dollar amount which is reduced at their whim to buy benefits from the nfa that they negotiate with third-party vendors causing you to be out-of-pocket from your net pay, they offer flex days but constantly threaten to take away flex days due to their poor management & lack of organizational skills, high attrition rate at about 30%, low morale, clueless managers, examination team members may have to pay for their own hotel since Travel policy is out of touch with reality.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so cheap with your staff that does all of the work, allow staff to review mamagers, change your travel policy for examinations team

  11. Good Entry Level Opportunity

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Futures Association full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good company to start your career. They offer excellent training and experience staff is always willing to help new employees.

    Cons

    Traveling has increased significantly during the past 10 months. Once people gain experience and get assigned more challenging work, will probably need to work extra hours and work from home.

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