SNL Financial
2.8 of 5 95 reviews
www.snl.com Charlottesvle, VA 1000 to 5000 Employees

SNL Financial Reviews

Updated Jun 28, 2014
SNL Financial – Charlottesville – “Headquarters”

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2.8 95 reviews

                             

63% Approve of the CEO

SNL Financial President & CEO Mike Chinn

Mike Chinn

(52 ratings)

40% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Never bored- definitely very challenging environment; co-workers are very nice; casual and flexible work environment"
    in 9 reviews
  • "There are a lot of good people working at SNL"
    in 6 reviews
Cons:
  • "There seems to be a genuine concern and focus on attaining a reasonable work/life balance"
    in 6 reviews
  • "There is only middle management in Arlington that reports to senior management elsewhere"
    in 10 reviews
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    Nice people, interesting opportunities but horrible Sr. Management

    Energy Product Operations (Current Employee)
    Charlottesville, VA

    ProsNever bored- definitely very challenging environment; co-workers are very nice; casual and flexible work environment

    ConsInconsistent vision, burnout central, unclear where the company is headed due to partial ownership of New Mountain Capital; too much outsourced globally to save money

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Senior Editor (Former Employee)
    Charlottesville, VA

    ProsFast-paced environment, intelligent and dedicated co-workers. The overseas writers in particular produce a prodigious amount of work under very tight deadlines. Quality of work produced is high.

    ConsWeird and humiliating performance tracking system that is easily gamed, and so many do. It's therefore worthless. Senior management is not open to new ideas or anything that's critical to the current system. Not much room for creativity--it's a word-processing factory.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBypass middle management and ask rank-and-file employees what they think, regularly. And don't punish them for telling the truth.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Charlottesville, VA

    ProsIf, and that's a big IF, you get on the good side of your manager, you'll be set. There's potential to make some money, but just get on your manager's good side.

    ConsWhere to begin. If you speak out or say anything contrary to management's position, start revising your resume. Micromanaging is a key trait in the management staff as well, so be prepared. Also, even if you surpass all the goals set before you, you can still receive a low performance score, because the measure on a bell curve....somebody has to be on the low end (heard that directly from a manager).

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement won't listen to this, because they're so mired in the way they've always done it. The majority of senior managers have been with the company since the mid 90's. It's honestly time for change at the top to bring in fresh blood.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Smart people, good opportunities, better than average work life balance

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSNL is a growing company and has a relatively young management team and young mid-level management, which creates a lot of opportunity.

    ConsAggressive bonus compensation system can create an overly competitive work environment. Company behind the curve in technology development and employee work tools.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCompensation can be good, but that doesn't trickle down enough to mid- and lower-level employees. Invest more money in technology and new work tools for employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience from applying, interview, follow-up, onboarding, and new employee training. Fantastic firm!

    Analyst (Current Employee)
    Charlottesville, VA

    ProsExcellent application, interview to onboarding process. Their recruiting and HR team are top. Excellent new employee training with approachable management that cares about its employees. Excellent space for personal and professional growth and opportunities and space to suggest continued enhancements both large and small impact.

    I truly look forward to connecting with SNL and being a part of such a forward and client (both internally and externally) focused firm. Nothing but a positive experience.

    ConsNone to date. There seems to be a genuine concern and focus on attaining a reasonable work/life balance. Time will tell.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Churn and burn; excessively long hours for not enough money.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsOpportunities to move to different roles within the company. Good Charlottesville office location on the Downtown Mall. Current technology/computers/software etc.

    ConsDon't expect to have a work life balance. Be prepared to be on email day and night. Observed that others will throw you under the bus faster than you can say "what just happened?" so be able and willing to handle that situation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue your employees and treat them fairly.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    If you have ambition and are entrepreneurial, don't apply.

    Industry Editor (Former Employee)
    Arlington, VA

    ProsGood work environment in Arlington with good people that are fun to work with.

    ConsIt is assembly-line journalism. The Arlington office is laid back and sort of low energy. Enthusiasm and good ideas are not rewarded at SNL, so everyone is just going through the motions with their heads down.
    You get assigned a story in the system and rewrite it. The more rewrites you do and the faster you do them, the more you get in bonuses (like a dog getting treats for obeying its master). Your industry and journalism experience has little value here because you don't have much opportunity to use it. In fact, if you stray from the assembly-line re-writes and try to do enterprise articles, you run the risk of being charged with an error, which will severely dock your bonus. Everything you do -- number of re-writes, words in them, supposed errors (you can be charged with an error even if it is not one under the establish criteria) are tracked by management.
    There is only middle management in Arlington that reports to senior management elsewhere. No chance of becoming senior management in Arlington, so working there is just a job, not a career. The senior managers that Arlington reports to are not qualified to be senior managers. They were promoted for their adherence to the company philosophy of (PAPOP) procedures are priority over people.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpend more time with staff at all levels in Arlington. Listen to and value their feedback.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Prepare to be treated as cattle, even if you're good cattle

    Software Developer II (Former Employee)
    Charlottesville, VA

    Pros* Friendly coworkers

    * Agile paradigm for programmers

    Cons* Horrible senior management - they don't give 2 sh*ts about their employees

    * Horrible benefits, not competitive at all

    * Horrible salary - they try to make up for it with Bell Curve bonuses. If you are one of the good cattle, you get a really good bonus, but a really good bonus just barely puts your pay at the same yearly rate as comparative companies

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo point in putting anything here, management is horrid and they won't be changing that any time soon (I've been away 3 years but keep in contact with some SNL employees, it hasn't changed)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great people & stimulating work, but poor management and bureaucracy.

    Technical Project Manager (Current Employee)
    Charlottesville, VA

    ProsGreat people to work with, casual environment, work is dynamic and keeps you engaged.

    ConsManagement and performance "incentives" are set up to discourage good workers and keep poor performers happy. It operates much more like a state organization overloaded with random bureaucratic restrictions than the agile private firm that it is.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPerformance review cycles reward small, incremental increases in performance and discourage and punish steady excellent performance.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Horrible - sweat shop factory!

    Content Analyst (Former Employee)
    Charlottesville, VA

    ProsNo dress code - that was the only good thing.

    ConsThis place is nothing but a sweat shop factory. They don't pay well. They expect you to work 16 hours a day sometimes. You have to find parking on the street! This place is cheap. Stay away!

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you all took care of your people instead of worrying about your next career move, your people will take care of your next career move!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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