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Updated August 11, 2018
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Investigator in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Investigator in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, great hours, good benefits, fair pay.

    Cons

    Location in Rockville is not convenient to D.C.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  2. "Principal Examiner"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FINRA full-time

    Pros

    Learning about various products and types of reviews

    Cons

    May not always get the opportunity to specialize in a particular product or review as expected to be a generalist

  3. "It was good when i started in analytics - and then it rapidly went downhill when leaders start leaving for other opp."

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    Former Employee - Principal Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Principal Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    it’s all tilted towards life. You’ll have a good time here, and it takes forever to get fired if you aren’t working out. Just don’t sign up as a contractor if you can help it.

    Cons

    Growth. Or lack thereof. You’ll need to be in the club - if you’re not part of the in crowd, then it wont work. Bad managers are left behind while the good people leave, and the work becomes more about doing basic queries than true advanced analytics...

    Advice to Management

    Consolidate your analytic teams and have a deep look at why the best all leave.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Counsel"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice people and good benefit.

    Cons

    While the revenue dropped, senior management like CEO can still bring home over $1 minion bonus, while cut off the shuttle from metro to office in order to save $200k, which could make 40-50 employees commute easier. In a for profit company, should it possible for management receive over 100% bonus when revenue dropped?

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to lower the high turnover rate. Pay more for employees.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Great place to work, but things have changed..."

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    Former Employee - Associate Principal Analyst in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Associate Principal Analyst in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FINRA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Compensation is average, but benefits are outstanding.

    Work hours are reasonable.

    Cons

    Largely due to changes in the regulatory industry, revenues have significantly dropped.

    Many Subject Matter Experts view many of the regulatory roles obsolete


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Great Company and Mission, Confusing Short-Term Plans"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Intelligent, dedicated people who are passionate about the company mission
    - Understanding and decent middle management
    - Flexible work arrangements and excellent work-life balance
    - Good benefits (low deductible medical insurance, 401(k) match, good maternity leave, etc.)

    Cons

    - Confusing growth potential; promotions are more based on time at company rather than merit or effort
    - Continual discussion about cost-cutting

    Advice to Management

    Senior management has been so focused on cost-cutting that it has actually removed water dispensers... Employee morale is low. Look into increasing revenues from products, exams, and other services, rather than driving away good talent from petty cost-cutting "initiatives."


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Look out below"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Basic management has some really good smart people

    Cons

    Upper management (VP / SVP) does not listen to managers. Technology is the worst when it comes to figuring out what needs to be done. Managers come up with answers that senior management has no idea about. Company needs to have a big sit down with senior management. Get rid of 3/4 of VP & SVP. No need for them. Waste! Looking at the pictures of FINRA, in NY they show 1 picture of the building, 1 of what looks to be the lobby and 1 that looks at the outside of the building. In Rockville, you see people. Is DC still around? Company will probably get swallowed up by someone eventually since Senior management is milking the company of all the money. The bonus pool is a stupid idea since VP & SVP take all the money first. They should get the least since they do the least.

    Advice to Management

    Get real. knock off 3/4's of VP & SVP. Too many. Too many good employees are leaving or have been pushed out. The time is running out.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Principal Examiner"

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    Former Employee - Principal Examiner in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Principal Examiner in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FINRA full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, exposure to varied firms and business lines/models, experience with a regulator will increase job/career prospects

    Cons

    Poor management, training, and work environment. Unpredictable business travel. Lack of accountability with staff and management.

    Advice to Management

    Invest heavily in training. Hold staff accountable, set clear deadlines. Communicate with the staff. Promote those who are leaders and managers, as there is a difference.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Falling Down the Charts..."

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work arrangements — if you’re in the right department.

    Passionate, committed staff.

    Time off is NOT out of a combined PTO bucket.

    Cons

    The culture has changed — and not for the better. I used to enjoy working here, but my enthusiasm is waning rapidly. Am now exploring other opportunities.

    Limited opportunities for advancement.

    Raises are minuscule, even with strong performance reviews.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to make your mark by “fixing” problems that do not exist. Listen to your teams — don’t just pay lip service.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Examiner"

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    Current Employee - Associate Principal Examiner in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Principal Examiner in San Francisco, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at FINRA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Co workers are great. Health coverage is good. They give you an ample amount of vacation time as well as sick days.

    Cons

    Revolving door. Management does not care if someone leaves, they just hire someone new to replace them. Once they hire you at a salary you are stuck at 0 to 1.5 percent raise a year. Everyone is looking to find a new career.

    Advice to Management

    Care enough to keep current employees happy.


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