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ActivTrades Reviews

Updated January 23, 2017
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  1. "Remuneration is ridiculously out of attach with the industry"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Compliance in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Compliance in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ActivTrades full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of little benefits, some useful, some less so: heavily discounted local gym membership, Xmas hampers with delicatessen (20 quid a month Fitness First, life insurance, free cinema membership, travel loan etc)
    That said, private pension contributions are pretty laughable compared to most other companies. BUPA cover is not so comprehensive, but that is fair.
    On the social side, staff parties are of reasonably high standard. Collegial spirit is pretty good overall in terms of going out together, team lunches.
    Company requires most employees to pass basic Financial Regulation Unit 1 exam, the first attempt of which is paid by the company.
    Colleagues overall are generally friendly and professional.
    Opportunity to travel overseas to the firm's 4 offices, although that is not offered to everyone.
    Quarterly bonuses are stable, although average. My main issue was that of pay (see cons) but hypothetically do not expect fantastic pay in lower to middle level jobs, and I would advise the to raise the issue as soon as one notices that the pay is not exactly competitive, and leave at the earliest opportunity if no pay rise is offered. Otherwise, you could wait for a year to get 2k offer, after 2 years of wait, if at all.

    Cons

    The main issue, which is why I have left personally is the pay and pay rise offered, which was, frankly speaking insulting. It is completely detached from reality of financial industry. Anywhere else, I would get easily 30 percent more, so not sure how the company expects anyone who is aware of salaries on the market to stay put longer than 6 months to a year. Additionally, due to its size. there is virtually no career progression or variety to the scope of work.
    Was not encouraged to take on any more training or courses, nor there was any need really as the scope of work is limited after first year or so. It is a dead end. That of course, would differ for different departments though.
    Management have been too busy to carry out appraisals, although to be fair, overall, I found management adequate and nice.
    Overall, if the remuneration was not so pathetic, I would give it 4 stars, given that it is essentially a smaller company so expectations should not be to that of a bigger one.

    Advice to Management

    If you expect to employees to stay longer than a year, pay rises and salaries need to be brought more in line. The job needs to offer one of the following: fair and competitive remuneration, career progression, interesting work or at least prospects of interesting work. I found that the job did not offer any of these personally in my case.


  2. "Atmosphere of fear"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice colleagues, fresh fruits and coffee for free

    Cons

    Only 20 days of holidays, the salary is low for finance and every step you make is controlled. You have to check in the office and when you are 1 minute late, you and your manager will get an email. There ara not a lot of chances to make a career there as there are no possibilities. The management is not very engaged, questions you ask won't get answered and requests ignored.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better and don't try to control them as it creates an atmosphere of fear. People are constantly scared when going to the toilet too long as it gets recorded. Don't show your bad mood so obviously as it seems a bit unprofessional.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "AVOID AVOID AVOID"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good, refreshments ok and most people nice unless they are in management or directors. Friday nights can be good if team goes socializing which is often but only small groups as lots of clicks. They are trying to be a bank according to my friends still stuck there so that might be interesting. if you become one of the ceo favorites he takes you for nice dinners and gives pay raises otherwise quite poor raises

    Cons

    camera over every desk and in every room including outside toilets and phone calls routinely monitored. sites like facebook blocked and if 1 minute late line manager gets email and calls you in for interview. if you work late no recogniton for it as it expected. if you sick wages is stopped. very high number of leavers and starts each year as noone happy. everyone i know that left was glad to leave and did not have a happy time in activtrades. told by at least 3 people still working there once brexit vote happened they will probably leave if uk stays in eu and they said lots will do same and go similar but better companys. not a happy place to work avoid avoid avoid unless you never want to see families and friends again. no chance of being a manager

    Advice to Management

    stop treating people so badly. it is no surprise every one is unhappy and no moral in any department. pay and benefits are good but are not everything. try being nice to people. they are people not slaves. monitor hours better and reward those who work hard for you not just your favorites


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "ESCAPED"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, enhanced a lot over the last 2 years or so and salaries good if you kiss up to management enough to get a pay rise and decent bonus

    Cons

    No progression, and if you are not in the good light of the board you can forget pay increases or a decent bonus. Yo yo mentality that 1 day considered a good worker next day you are at the bottom of the crap heap. No way can employees state when there is a problem otherwise forced out of the company. CEO claims bullying not allowed yet he and directors are worst bullys in company, leading with fear rather than professional leadership.

    Advice to Management

    I could not wait to leave, and soon there will be an exodus you are not expecting. You have time to stop it by treating people properly and communicating instead of rewarding rump kissers and sacking those strong enough to speak out when there is an issue. You need strong people not puppets. And stop micromanageing. Final comment let people go home on time, they have lifes outside the office. some employees only see their kids at weekends thanks to your dictatorship


  6. "Great place to work for!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ActivTrades full-time

    Pros

    Good salary and great benefits.

    Encouraging, stress free and international work environment. Company really cares for the wellbeing of its employees.

    Other benefits include a 1h lunch-break as well as free coffee, fruit and cookies in the office (which is in a great location).

    Cons

    Career progression, depending on the role, may be limited. Company is still not that big and people in senior roles tend to be quite young.

    Steep learning curve in the beginning which might flatten after 3-4 months.

    Advice to Management

    Create more advancement opportunities in the form of creating new subroles.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Nice to start, but no personal progress"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Client Services in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Client Services in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Nice people
    - Nice equipment
    - Gym membership
    - Free fruits (and before that biscuits)
    - Laid back environment
    - Are you in the favor of the owner, a good bonus

    Cons

    - Long hours, if you leave on time you will be watched
    - Senior employees are puppets without an own opinion
    - One man show, CEO does not listen to his staff
    - Back stabbing mentality
    - If you are in a bad light with the CEO, no bonus
    - If you tell your opinion, you will be asked to leave the company
    - Don't try to take parental leave longer than the minimal time, or you out

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff, be more flexible with working times, and finally create a better work/life balance for your employees. Last, but not least, stop being paranoid.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "ActivTrades"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You can be lazy and mediocre

    Cons

    Anarchy of an hierarchy
    Broken promises

    Advice to Management

    There is no management, just a guy.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Broken promises"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good coffee and nice juice

    Cons

    Punished for leaving on time. Ignored if you do extra work. Management have favourites, may as well leave if you're not one. Personal HR discussions can be heard on the office floor.

    Advice to Management

    Management needn't be so brainwashed and try to remember it's not a regime but just a job


  10. "Account representative"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Representative in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Account Representative in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ActivTrades full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -generally a very good company to work for, especially for those starting their career
    -once the training is completed the actual job is pretty straightforward and doesn't involve anything complicated
    -reasonable pay and a performance related quarterly bonus
    -business trips to fairs and seminars (varies depending in the desk)
    -young and friendly colleagues
    -gym membership

    Cons

    -the job might become repetitive and dull
    -limited opportunity for a career progression
    -notice periods sent even for 1 minute lateness, however should you stay two hours extra, no one would notice

    Advice to Management

    Develop more opportunities for he employees to grow


  11. "Very interesting company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ActivTrades full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great colleagues, reasonable pay and the company is evaluating from a small business to a larger company so you will learn a lot by being part of this process

    Cons

    CEO still tries to oversee every tiny detail and retail clients are not always the smartest or easiest people

    Advice to Management

    CEO still tries to oversee every tiny detail but the company is just getting too big



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