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CME Group Reviews

Updated September 21, 2017
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  • Poor work/ life balance and challenging upward mobility (in 17 reviews)

  • Frequent senior management changes (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Floor trading prop shop firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CME Group full-time

    Pros

    Good coverage and insurance. Decent vacation time.

    Cons

    Poor flexability with work hours. Bonus strictly dependent on market conditions, so very rare.

    Advice to Management

    Making money or not, negativity is contagious. Come in with a positive mindset and your employees will work harder. Plain and simple.

    CME Group Response

    Aug 17, 2017 – CME Group Careers Lead

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. With respect to your comments on bonuses, all employees are eligible for annual bonuses, with the level of the overall bonus pool determined by the company’s cash... More


  2. "Strong Industry, Financially Savvy company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CME Group full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, competitive pay, nice location -close to trains, highway and river.

    Cons

    Poor work/ life balance and challenging upward mobility.

    Advice to Management

    Need more diversity at senior management levels, improve workplace environment

  3. Helpful (9)

    "Mean and cutthroat technical people"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CME Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Prestigious in the industry
    Flexible work times and schedules
    Good salary and benefits

    Cons

    Hard to be promoted
    Technical workers have a chip on their shoulders
    Bureaucratic
    Very slow paced
    People are allowed to be lazy when they are at higher levels

    Advice to Management

    Do some work. Be more involved in projects, realize that people on project teams are working hard, and need positive reinforcement sometimes. There is an overall negative tone from above. People should not be promoted into management just because of a history technical skills; if you do not have people skills or are lazy, you should probably not be in management.

    CME Group Response

    Jul 10, 2017 – CME Group Careers Lead

    We appreciate you highlighting our industry leadership and competitive compensation, benefits and work/life balance programs in your review. With respect to your other feedback, we encourage you to... More


  4. "Overall a good company to start a career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CME Group full-time

    Pros

    Decent technology company and a good senior management team

    Cons

    Slow career progress beyond a certain point


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Bland"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CME Group full-time

    Pros

    CME is a US based central counter party.

    Cons

    CME is a slow moving organization.


  6. Helpful (10)

    "Director"

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    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CME Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work is broad based, tons of exposure to the industry. I am personally very proud to work here. It is a name brand and a great jumping stone for future jobs.

    Cons

    Executives consistently send the message that the average age is too high. They want young millennials thinking they will reinvent the wheel. They preach about wanting leaders but by leading they really mean following them and spreading their message to others. Layoffs are annual now and often secretive but everyone always finds out anyway. The company has been having difficulty growing revenue and so to please shareholders they lower expenses and salary is a large part of that. Many employees feel that they just have a job and not a career. We provide ample opportunities for growth to staff that are Manager and below but not to middle mgmt.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being phoney. Employees see thru it. You would be more effective if you were honest.

    CME Group Response

    Jun 5, 2017 – CME Group Careers Lead

    Thank you for taking the time to share your review. We couldn’t agree more with the pros you noted. As a leader in our industry, we’re focused on giving our employees the opportunity to do... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good benefits"

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    Former Employee - N/A in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - N/A in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CME Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and competitive salary

    Cons

    Constantly reorganizing, waves of lay offs which has created low morale

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CME Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Talented co-workers, great work/life balance, leading company in the industry and also very innovative, strong compensation package

    Cons

    standard challenges of a large organization. Sometimes politics can get in the way of higher performers getting promoted

    Advice to Management

    Pay closer attention so you can know which employees are truly making an impact

    CME Group Response

    May 17, 2017 – CME Group Careers Lead

    Thank you for the input. We’re always happy to hear positive feedback. We also appreciate you sharing your thoughts on how we can do even better.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Excellent employer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits of working at CME group include the compensation program, excellent benefit package, work life balance. It's an exciting industry with lots of great people.

    Cons

    Sometimes the promotion process in general can be slower than expected and slower than other organizations. For some this is not a negative but can be for others.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

    CME Group Response

    May 17, 2017 – CME Group Careers Lead

    Thank you for your feedback – we couldn’t agree more on the pros you highlight. Career development is a key commitment we make to our employees. When it comes to promotions, 15% of our employees... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Managing Director"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CME Group full-time

    Pros

    Innovative place to work and lots of new Technology.

    Cons

    Regulations causing some slowdowns and process.


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