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FINRA Washington DC Reviews

Updated May 20, 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. Helpful (1)

    "Good Place"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "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.


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  5. "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


  6. 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.


  7. 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.


  8. "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


  9. Helpful (13)

    "Trending Down"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Director in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary, Bonus and Benefits are mostly it. Other than that, FINRA allows senior staff to really set their own hours which makes work/life balance better.

    Cons

    FINRA used to be a place of opportunity with a noble mission. Now, it's just a bunch of bureaucrats in management trying to protect their fiefdoms. The politics are out of control with definite favorites (Lucky for me, I'm one of them).

    Advice to Management

    If you want the relaxed culture of collaboration you claim, then start with yourselves. No one will act the way you want when what is rewarded is who can find the best scapegoat for their own failures.


  10. "Work at Finra"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in North Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in North Bethesda, MD

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

    Pros

    Good team members, people help each other.

    Cons

    Heavy workload. The manager wants people to finish everything at one time.

    Advice to Management

    Don't push that hard, fully understand the team's capacity.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Okay"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a job, it pays money, you get some experience.

    Cons

    Politics, politics, and politics. There is so much bureaucracy and management that it is almost impossible to make a difference.

    Advice to Management

    It be nice to develop for user instead of the whims of a manager attempting to impress another manager.


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