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FINRA Reviews

Updated May 25, 2017
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  • The department I was in had little room for advancement (in 12 reviews)

  • Work/life balance is hard with very aggressive technology strategy (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting work; great work-life balance; good pay; merit-based promotions; good management.

    Cons

    The industry is going through some changes that may affect the landscape in the future.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to innovate and expand the brand.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Avoid or get out"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Regulatory Analyst II in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Regulatory Analyst II in Rockville, MD
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Other analysts, that are on the same level as you, are great to be around. Good vacation days. 40hrs sick leave and some personal leave too

    Cons

    Management is horrible. all they care about is the numbers at the end of the year, not about how hard you worked despite maybe lower numbers . different departments without finra have no cross over communication. PAY IS AWEFUL. if you ask too many questions or don't understand something then manager will give you less of a bonus and no merit increase. computers are old and slow but management expects you to be able to analyze billions of trades manually in minutes. if you sanction a firm and the settlement is huuugge, you still won't get any pay or bonus increase. upper management makes a huge bonus from those huge settlements. office layout is horrible, they have you starring at hallways. they're policy is that if you look for another job in the financial industry then you have to disclose it but if you disclose then your manager will find a reason to give you less work and therefore at the end of the year they will have a reason to let you go. MANAGEMENT IS HORRIBLE. you're yelled at if you have headphones in. you're yelled at if you're not constantly working even on lunch break. some managers even require you to work through your lunch break. and if you work through your lunch break then you still can't leave early, you have to be in the building for 9hrs. can't be sick more then 2 consecutive days or else you will need doctors note. Basically it's a labor camp.

    Advice to Management

    competitive pay with the firms we are regulating. Make us want to stay here instead of just getting a name on our resume. Make salary more transparent. Ask staff how morale can be boosted instead of using our deserved bonus money to pay ex CEOs retirement and pay for crappy renovation. EQUAL PAY FOR WOMAN!


  3. Helpful (4)

    "FINRA"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at FINRA (More than a year)

    Pros

    Staff is helpful and congenial

    Cons

    Ridiculous level of administrative tasks. Time keeping, logging of every little detail, uploading document and after document, calendaring, data entries of all kinds and the worst administrative support I've ever encountered. Too much stress on examiners and managers are all over the place in terms of expectations. Some are satisfied with the bare minimum, some are like college English professors. The back and forth between managers and examiners can drain the life from you.

    Advice to Management

    Get all the examination managers on the same page. Relieve the examiners of some of the administrative tasks. And please, stop it with the time entries. Treat your employees like professionals.


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  5. "Want A Steady Job That Pays Well?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Was based in the Rockville, MD office. Great environment, overall my department was always supportive and kind.
    Pays very well.
    People are respectful
    Benefits are amazing
    Training is available

    Cons

    Depending on your department, up-word mobility can stagnate

    Advice to Management

    Keep going in the direction your headed in.


  6. "Enforcement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Counsel in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Counsel in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, good mission, many good coworkers

    Cons

    Rockville location (bad for some, good for others)

    Advice to Management

    Too secretive about salary and incentive compensation.


  7. "Research Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Senior Strategic Research Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Strategic Research Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at FINRA (More than a year)

    Pros

    Diversity of Projects, Collaborative, Encourages free thought

    Cons

    Slow Progression, Slow Promotion Rate, Low pay


  8. Helpful (8)

    "Examiner"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Principal Examiner in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Examiner in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Good learning experience and great co-workers

    Cons

    Terrible work environment. Management constantly trying to cover their butts. Upper management use examiners until they burn them out. Upper management paid huge amounts. Examiners paid and treated poorly. Examiners top out at around $125K but Average FINRA salary $195K? Management way overpaid, there are a lot of them and they add little to the examination process except red tape.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of several layers of management. Pay the people who actually do the work and treat them better.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "FINRA"

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

    I have been working at FINRA full-time

    Pros

    - Challenging work
    - Wide variety of tasks
    - Long backlog
    - Opportunities to work on lots of different things
    - Opportunity to learn a lot about the industry

    Cons

    - Not a lot of collaboration between departments
    - There is a fair amount bureaucracy
    - Not the fastest moving organization

    Advice to Management

    - More support for career progression would be very helpful.


  10. "Regulatory Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regulatory Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Regulatory Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great work environment; dedicated and knowledgeable staff.

    Cons

    Compensation is below industry standard (vacation/salary).


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Salaries and Benefits are very good especially for Director and above. Great job security, good work/life balance depending on department. Could be steppingstone towards a job with a financial firm, much better pay than SEC

    Cons

    Very political, run by lawyers who get paid as if they were on Wall Street but wouldn't last a minute in a real firm, very much like working for the post office, only better paid. Log jam at the top for young workers trying to get ahead. Examiners are treated poorly, but young employees might enjoy travelling and staying at second rate hotels.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to hire people who actually know something about the industry


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