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FINRA Reviews

Updated October 16, 2017
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FINRA Chairman & CEO Richard G. Ketchum
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Pros
  • There was some work life balance as well (in 81 reviews)

  • Great Benefits for the employees (in 43 reviews)

Cons
  • No room for advancement or growth (in 12 reviews)

  • Work-life balance, stressful work that stays with you beyond the work place (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company"

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

    I have been working at FINRA full-time

    Pros

    You can't beat the mission here at FINRA

    Cons

    Like many companies, we do suffer from the occasional clique or groupthink


  2. "Data Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good working environment and benefit

    Cons

    not too much space for promotion

    Advice to Management

    open-minded

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mission - protecting America's investing public and the integrity of the markets. Team attitude - people help each other, collegial environment, no backstabbing and climbing over each other as on the street. Diversity is high priority.

    Cons

    Budget constraints equals more work than our new staff can handle, so experienced staff are routinely overwhelmed.

    Advice to Management

    Explore ways to add more worker bees (i.e. examiners) to reduce the hours/examiner ratio. Quality will improve.


  4. "Business Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FINRA full-time

    Pros

    Team is very collaborative, people are helpful.

    Cons

    Slow career development, and less innovate projects to work on.


  5. "Must compare to what you get on the street"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FINRA full-time

    Pros

    Cooperation among co-workers. Very willing to help you get along.

    Cons

    Very unstructured work as an Examiner. You must know what you are doing from the start and have a lot of common sense otherwise you will have a hard time. Not recommended for those with less than 5 years work experience in the financial services industry.


  6. "Senior Investigator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FINRA full-time

    Pros

    Great experience in securities regulation

    Cons

    Limited career advancement within departments.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Admin"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not a good experience. Your system did not allow me to enter the correct year, which was a couple years earlier.

    Cons

    I was afraid of my boss and his threatful actions. I alerted human resource and the personnel that worked directly for him, (they were my superiors also) and was told: "don't feel special".

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Train the best leave the rest"

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    Current Employee - Examiner in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Examiner in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great training, there are opportunities for advancement up to management. Management has no plans of going anywhere

    Cons

    The same issues have been raised in numerous engagement surveys with no changes made to address the Staff's concerns. Everyone in the Chicago office is afraid of the director and is afraid to make decisions. Also the Chicago office cares more about quantity than quality, often is taking reassigned work before the beginning of the year.

    Advice to Management

    Use the engagement survey to actually effectuate change rather than lip service. For the director of the Chicago office, stop thinking you need to be involved in every decision and trust the management team you selected, hold them accountable.


  9. "Investigator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FINRA full-time

    Pros

    Lots of resources to learn.

    Cons

    Strict deadlines and quotas for matters.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Some SDET positions are actually Tester Positions."

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very laid back environment.
    Decent salary among DC metro.
    People in FINRA are all really really nice.
    WFH flexibility.

    Cons

    When the recruiter contacted me, she sent me the job description which said I will spend 70% of my time doing development work and 30% of my time doing testing work. As a matter of fact, I spend 80% of my time creating test data using Excel and 20% of my time figuring out how to work around some internal tools.

    Before going to interview, they sent me some information about SDET in Microsoft and let me thought that SDET is a position to write testing framework and that there will be testers to perform testing.

    During interview, they asked Java/SQL questions and I thought I probably will write Java/SQL. But in day-to-day work, I don't even get assigned to write SQL because I am a SDET in FINRA AKA Tester. (They don't have Tester in FINRA. SDET IS TESTER) During interview, I asked is there any difference between SDET and Tester; they said SDET will do both development and testing work. In reality, if you are proactive and lucky enough, you will spend 5% of your time to work on testing framework. I am basically a SQL tester in FINRA.

    Once I got into the company, I spent a week to work on a 4-year-old / out-dated orientation documents. There was no useful onboard training and on boarding can be really painful for some of the new hires.

    It is almost impossible to internally transfer to other groups or roles, though they say you can always switch to another group or roles during interview. That is not the truth. I have already worked as a tester for 3 years and talked with them a couple of times but I don't see any sign that they will convert me to real development role.

    They place developers in testing positions and call them SDETs. SDET in FINRA is not real SDET. If you are a developer. DON'T GO TO THEIR SDET POSITION. CAREER DEAD END FOR DEVELOPER.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest to your future candidates about what they will do. Good people will come and stay.


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