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FINRA Rockville Reviews

Updated August 12, 2017
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Rockville, MD

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FINRA Chairman & CEO Richard G. Ketchum
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Pros
  • Great people, strong values, great work life balance (in 78 reviews)

  • Great Benefits for the employees (in 42 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. "Regulatory Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regulatory Analyst in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Regulatory Analyst in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FINRA full-time

    Pros

    1. Market regulation works alongside member firms to protect the both, the investors and member firms (from each other and themselves)

    2. Learn a lot quickly and, if you're on the right team, you will be challenged

    3. Wonderful people with good intentions looking to to help people

    4. Pay is decent. Decent pay is necessary because you need smart people in order to stop other smart people from trying to find a workaround in the financial system

    5. Good work-life culture.

    6. Good benefits

    Cons

    Funds towards team-building activities are non-existent. We shouldn't be afraid to use our funds wisely.

    Shouldn't need to work there for a year before teleworking. This is 2017 going into 2018. Much of the work can be done from home, so employees should have more freedom to reduce their commute time.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let member firms dictate how we should run our business. Yes, we are largely funded by them in terms of memberships, fees and fines, but we are most protecting them from each other. They know it too.

    Don't be afraid to pay our employees up to industry standard or even more in terms of salary. It takes smart people to catch smart people. It takes really smart people to protect investors. This kind of work is not easy, so it requires good analysts. Finding, training and keeping good analysts requires decent compensation.


  2. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    company had great benefits and Work Life program depending on which department you worked for

    Cons

    Some departments showed a lot of favoritism toward some employees which prevented others from growing

  3. "SDET in FINRA == Tester"

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    Former Contractor - Software Development Engineer In Test in Rockville, MD
    Former Contractor - Software Development Engineer In Test in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FINRA as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    average salary in DC metro

    Cons

    SDET positions are actually Tester Positions. Don't go if you are a Developer. Almost impossible to transfer internally.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest to all candidates and don't soap them.


  4. Helpful (8)

    "This was a very disappointing experience over all."

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was close to where I lived

    Cons

    It is a very poorly managed company. That isn't in terms of ability but in it's corporate slavery attitude.

    Advice to Management

    Care just a little bit about your people and they will work for you because they care.


  5. Helpful (11)

    "Heading in wrong direction"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    No more pros. The company used to be very good about 3 to 4 years ago ( Good Benefits / work life balance ) before the senior management in technology changed. As per FINRA's website: FINRA's mission is "Our mission is clear—to provide investor protection and promote market integrity"
    The Technology management wants to take it to a service provider and make the compay commercial ( which is not FINRA's mission).

    Cons

    1) The management looks at older / loyal / senior employees as a burden and wants to get rid of them.
    2) The are running a theme caled tech skill set refresh where they are bringing in new college freshers and junoir folks and replacing the older employees.
    3) The technology office made a few very bad decisons which resulted in loss of big 2 projects worth Billions of dollars
    4) They are in a lay off spree.
    5) There is no clear certainity of the job or career here
    6) The management is not sure what tech diection to go after a big failure following the decsion to go to open source and a major reorg.
    7) The health insurance is getting worse year by year
    8) Extremely stressfull agile enviornment.
    9) No mid year performance feedback. You get shocked one time at the end of year when it comes to your ratings and bonus.
    10) HR does nothing to help.
    11) There is a sense of insecurity . Even the manager is scared that his subordinate may over shadow him if he is given opportunities that gives him visibility . You will be stuck doing your routine day to day task for atleat 10+ horus a day with no recongition for doing something that might have saved a very bad day.
    12) As a result of no career growth/no salary increase and an undeserved bad review lot of senoir employees are resigning.

    Advice to Management

    Borad of Directors : Please look at the last 3 years what the new technology management has done and what returns have they given with the changes implemented. Please audit the performance management process and take a look at root cause of of employee unsatiscation. The IT department is headed in the worng direction.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good Place"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Vice President in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Important work, good resources, good people

    Cons

    Management is uneven at times.


  7. "Great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pleasant Staff, friendly management, focused on corporate goals

    Cons

    Somewhat of a niche company. Not many others doing what FINRA does

  8. Helpful (1)

    "A little shaky lately"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great work environment. Good benefits. Competitive salary

    Cons

    Opportunities for advancement increasingly shrinking.

    Advice to Management

    You are letting good talent go to waste.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to learn tech"

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    Current Contractor - Contractor in Rockville, MD
    Current Contractor - Contractor in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FINRA as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great life/work balance. Usually get to office @10am. Nobody care how long you work as long as you get your job done. (unless you have a BAD manager)
    AWS all-in, great to learn all the cloud related stuff.
    Coworks are pretty friendly and knowledgable/smart though the bar is obviously lower than the time I joined(2012).
    You can choose to use osx/windows. used to windows only which is painful for developers.
    Location is great(not in DC/Tysons), good for commute if you live in Montgomery county.

    Cons

    a lot of red tape(typical in big company/organization).
    The lost of C.A.T program is a big NO for finra's future.


  10. "JUNIOR DEVELOPER INTERN"

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    Former Employee - Junior Software Developer in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Junior Software Developer in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FINRA (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There is a great work life balance, very innovative technologies are being used, flexible work timings and perfect location at Rockville

    Cons

    needs lot of experience to get considered . not really open to entry level positions


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