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Fidessa Reviews

Updated May 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance we also get Friday treats (in 38 reviews)

  • Great office space makes nice working environment (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • I found you have to fight for career progression rather than being offered it so after a couple of years people tend to move on (in 8 reviews)

  • Old technologies, relatively low pay (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "senior developer"

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

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

    Pros

    nice colleagues, nice working environment, great benefit, great work life balance.

    Cons

    pay significantly below market level,


  2. "Great people. Poor focus"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Service Delivery Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Service Delivery Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Healthcare is better than most companies. Competitive 401k packages. Great people to work with. Nice office facilities. Managers are flexible with time off and hours. Stable company with cash in the bank

    Cons

    Too many ongoing initiatives is stretching staff too thin. Too much work for the number of people. Salary a little on the low end for the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Regain focus on your products which are most important. Slow down the number of initiatives until more people are hired.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Stagnant and boring, no upward mobility"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developer and QA in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Developer and QA in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Low pressure environment. Need to just stay on top of a few things but the margin for error is pretty wide. Decent pay, but what you get is what you'll pretty much be making for the next 5 years +. Benefits are very good. Its a 9-5er place if there ever was one.

    Cons

    Not a great place for a developer. Dated technology and no where near the skills you need to succeed outside Fidessa. No real training, poor disengaged management. Will be a waste of your time unless you are willing to do the same thing for years. Best to do some side coding to keep up with the latest tech trends, because you won't find it here.

    Advice to Management

    Management in the US particularly Chicago and NY doesn't really inspire us to come to work every day. No one is willing to talk about where the company is going. There's nothing exciting about this place. It just exists and will continue to exist until it is taken over and streamlined by 30%.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great environment for conformists - not great for over achivers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Former Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Former Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - lots of smart motivated people
    - successful company with good brand
    - great place to work if you want to be in status quo. You can fly under the radar pretty easily at Fidessa

    Cons

    - management is highly competitive amongst themselves and so employees are used as ponds
    - there is no communications between management and employees about direction of company / product. We're expected to blindly comply without any direction
    - no room for upward mobility
    - minimal pay increases or effort to ensure employees are paid fairly per the market value. There is always an excuse. I was with the company for 6 years and received increases only when I switched jobs.
    - are not innovative in their thinking. Fidessa is not a through leader and often gets stuck on re-creating the wheel. As a developer that can be frustrating since there are products out there that do the exact same thing, but more efficiently.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job at listening to employees and replace middle management. They're not performing their jobs. Managers should be good at their job but should also be able to manage their employees and ensure people are happy, challenged and motivated.


  6. "Delivery Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a lot to learn.

    Cons

    Too much work. There is a game room that nobody has time to even use.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more delivery engineers. We don't need so many project managers or delivery managers.


  7. "Intern Process"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    applied online and recieved hacker rank link

    Cons

    none that i can think of


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Stay Away...."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Training and Development Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Training and Development Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are at work at 5:01 people will make snarky comments about how late it is.

    Cons

    It is a bit like the KGB. You will be tried and hung if someone tattles on you. Sure, everyone says the culture is lovely, but really it is toxic. The problem is no one leaves and no one has ever worked anywhere else so they think that is normal to be treated like children, or worse. Millenials should not be fooled by the foosball and ping pong tables and instead think of your careers and more substantive work. Really, that goes for anyone of any age.

    Advice to Management

    Get some Americans in senior leadership roles and get new people in there. No one ever leaves. I know this sounds like a good thing but it creates stagnation and no new ideas are ever generated.


  9. "Data Entry Clerk"

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

    Pros

    Excellent training and spectacular benefits.

    Cons

    None that I am aware of.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work.


  10. "Sales Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fidessa (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay, good benefits, very strong management within the 'Sell-Side' of the organization. Opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    Lack of management on the 'Buy-side' of the organization. Questionable direction at times.

    Advice to Management

    Identify strengths, Identify strong employees/leaders and promote them, Focus on strengths utilizing the strong leaders


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Challenging, rewarding, intellectually stimulating and dynamic."

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

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

    Pros

    Fidessa is a successful, growing company with a strong set of products and high level of reinvestment in its product set and staff. The Fidessa service and its staff are viewed with high regard in the industry.

    Cons

    Fidessa supports trading firms' mission critical systems. The trading community can be very demanding, leading to tight timeframes for deadlines.


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