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Fidelity Investments Reviews

Updated October 20, 2017
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  • Work/life balance tough to maintain (in 150 reviews)

  • Standard call center console such as long night hours (in 186 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Defined Contributions Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westlake, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westlake, TX
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Monday through Friday hours. Weekends off.

    Cons

    Can be stresssful. For the past 6 months, you take an average of 85 -100 inbound calls a day. Assistance, when needed can be difficult to find.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Decent company, but is going through a lot of issues with technical transformation."

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    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Westlake, TX
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Westlake, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are nice and there are a lot of really awesome people to work with.

    Cons

    I have a lot of respect for the senior management and the direction that they want to take the company in terms of technology. That said, the middle and upper management is too busy fighting among themselves to actually make the company better. There is a lot of political in-fighting that seems to bleed down to the people on the ground floor that makes working with teams outside your own team a struggle.

    Advice to Management

    Technical transformation is hard and is always a struggle. If you actually want a team/group/product to succeed in creating advanced technology systems you have to give them time to change, cut back on business demands while the transformation is happening, and allow them to take on risks that could very well disrupt business as usual. Being afraid and/or unwilling to take risks only stunts the transformation process and ultimately works against you.

    In addition, there are a lot of political battles that continue to plague the company. More often than not there are VPs and SVPs making decisions based on what is best for themselves instead of what is best for the company. Almost all of these individuals are greatly lacking in technical skills and often make technical decisions based on buzz words or whatever they "heard was good". This creates an environment that enables these SVPs and VPs to push these technical decisions onto their associates in a blanket pattern rather than letting the teams decide what is best for themselves.

    An example of this are decisions like "everyone must migrate to and use Java or AngularJS" when some teams have already built product lines based in .NET or other technologies. Another example is "everyone must migrate to and use the same requirement, build, and deployment tools (Jira, Jenkins, and uDeploy)". While I understand a top level desire of wanting to minimize what tools and languages teams across the board are using, it is highly unrealistic and reckless to throw away work that has already been completed and talent that has been developed simply because it doesn't fit into the cookie cutter plan that a non-technical person came up with.

  3. "Software engineer"

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

    I worked at Fidelity Investments full-time

    Pros

    They are providing good opportunities to freshers

    Cons

    They are not providing much jobs


  4. "Senior Software Engineer Salary"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits. Horizontal job movement freedom.

    Cons

    Senior employees are laid off frequently when salaries increase.


  5. "Great workplace."

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    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Vancouver, WA
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Vancouver, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fidelity Investments (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great workplace. Easy to get promoted. Good management.

    Cons

    Worklife balance. More vacation time is needed.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "A Great Place to Work...for Most"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Merrimack, NH
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Merrimack, NH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work culture
    Good work life balance
    Interesting Projects
    Great Internal Mobility
    Friendly/Respectful Coworkers

    Cons

    Since Fidelity is so large, a few of my coworkers have had very different experiences. Unfortunately, some people get put on projects where there is not enough work to go around, or were the work they do doesn't feel meaningful. Fortunately, Fidelity prides itself on its internal mobility. If you are ready to try something new, you can always speak to your manager and they will help you move around.

    Advice to Management

    If you have an employee that works under you who isn't being fully utilized, please work with them to help them move internally and find something that works better for them.


  7. "Systems Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Student in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Student in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Its a great company to work in

    Cons

    It gets stagnant after a while

  8. "Fidelity Review"

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    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Merrimack, NH
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Merrimack, NH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work from home, bonus opportunity

    Cons

    Offshoring jobs, looking for younger employees


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Wonderful company to work for."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Westlake, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Westlake, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice work environment, awesome co-workers, good management, yearly bonus, profit sharing and an awesome benefits package

    Cons

    Layoffs, upper management fluctuates


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Transaction Processor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Transaction Processor in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Transaction Processor in Irving, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Complete 40 hour day work week, if work completed the choice of VTO if volume is covered.

    Cons

    possibly longer day depending on end of day cut offs.


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