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FINRA Reviews

Updated May 23, 2018
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  1. "Good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    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. "Good place to learn"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FINRA full-time

    Pros

    Good coworkers, good benefits, learned a lot, was given opportunities to advance

    Cons

    Can get a little political and people who are hired at the entry level and move up in the organization will always make less than their counterparts who were hired with some experience

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great employer, but too many managers."

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    FINRA is extremely dedicated to remaining an open minded employer. The company is inclusive to LGBTQA and they are protected under FINRA's harassment and discrimination policies. They have a very good benefits and compensation package. You get a 6% 401k match as well. You also get seperate paid vacation and personal leave, as well as sick leave and volunteer days. It is not pooled together in one PTO catagory, which is nice.

    Cons

    If you don't want to be a manager, you have almost no upward mobility or career growth. The organization is EXTREMELY top heavy. Some managers only manage 2 people or so, but FINRA does not offer any promotions that aren't management.

    Advice to Management

    Create jobs that do not require becoming a manager just to advance your career. Not everyone wants to manage others.


  4. "Finance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FINRA full-time

    Pros

    most of the people are decent.

    Cons

    company is changing quickly. unfair for promos. all in who you know and kiss up to, not based on work ethic.

    Advice to Management

    provide career advancement opportunities. and treat your employees fairly. people are passed over for promos by persons less deserving.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Big Issues near the top, not at the top"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FINRA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, Work from home, salary for the most part

    Cons

    Poor communication. Really operate as 2 companies, North & South

    Advice to Management

    Many managers have no idea what they are doing. They do not like to relay on subordinates, but think they have answers There is so much financial waste going on. No trust with many managers.


  6. "Associate Principal Examiner - Sales Practice"

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    Current Employee - Associate Principal Examiner - Sales Practice in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Principal Examiner - Sales Practice in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance unmatched in Finance

    Cons

    Low yearly raises (1-3%), raises only come with promotions (10-15%) every 1 - 3 years


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Satisfying"

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

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

    Pros

    Respect and professionalism in the workplace

    Cons

    No room for advancement for me

  8. "Office of hearing officers"

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    Former Employee - Case Administrator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Case Administrator in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, benefits, leave allowances, overall corporate mission, metro accessible, close to many conveniences. Ability to telecommute from home.

    Cons

    There are micro managers in this office. They will lure you in telling you how busy the office is. There is no work for weeks then when there is work they micro manage and nit pick without giving guidance before, during or after the project, thus making you look bad. There is a cliquey culture that can be read as toxic and bullying. The office is also quite claustrophobic. Felt they hired me just to drive me out. Tread with caution.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest about the work, don’t bully new employees for having a learning curve. Provide mentoring and be helpful when new hires have questions about workplace processes.


  9. "Regulatory Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Regulatory Analyst in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Regulatory Analyst in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome co-workers, friendly environment, management seemed interested in us advancing our careers.

    Cons

    Not going to make millions there...


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Developer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    work life balance, low pressure

    Cons

    low compensation, poor management, senior tech management know little tech


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