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Fidessa Reviews

Updated November 3, 2018
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Pros
  • "It also has a good work-life balance" (in 50 reviews)

  • "Relaxing spacious working environment" (in 29 reviews)

Cons
  • "no career progression, no development" (in 10 reviews)

  • "Senior management sold out the company to ION" (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "People first"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fidessa cares about its employees almost as much as it cares about its clients. Management and team leads will typically fight on your behalf to allow for you to have enough time to complete work, even when it's in high demand. Makes for a very relaxed atmosphere where (go figure) more work can get done.

    Cons

    Salary is perhaps slightly below industry average but they more than make up for it in other ways.

    Fidessa Response

    Jun 29, 2018

    Thank you for sharing your positive experience. We truly value our employees so thank you for recognizing this!


  2. "Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Customer focused, rewards proactive and driven individuals regardless of gender

    Cons

    Animosity between teams and regions.

  3. "Good company to work at"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fidessa full-time

    Pros

    Good people and work-life balance, decent benefits

    Cons

    Slow to innovate, salaries on the lower side of the scale


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Horrible experience but apparently now they're cleaning house."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's not as dysfunctional as the current White house. And they did just fire a long time manager that was likely the biggest soul sucker of a human being in the company. Anyone reading this who works there knows exactly who I'm referring to.

    Basically, join this company if you're interested to pursue a further career in finance tech elsewhere, where you'll deal with the same behavior but at least get paid handsomely for it.

    Cons

    Too many to list. But the biggest is no respect for employee growth. and no adequate training or learning environment (partially because the technology is legacy) Just as bad is there is absolutely zero communication between group members (of course this is because team leads just stare into a computer and type for 8 hours straight) Made to feel stupid if you ask questions, usually through passive aggressive comments made by Brits that have watched too much Monty Python.

    After my own leaving, there was a mass exodus of employees akin to rats leaving a sinking ship. I heard through friends that management made some paltry effort to "learn why this was happening" by polling the employees still there and asking what could be improved on. Of course these employees all had families and financial responsibilities, therefore couldn't be honest with how they truly felt.

    Also, unless you're white and hail in part from the UK, you have zero chance in management.


  5. "Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    very good working environment and people

    Cons

    Intern program has too few people


  6. Helpful (1)

    "consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fidessa full-time

    Pros

    friendly environment, flexible hour, good work life balance

    Cons

    no career opportunity, no innovation

    Fidessa Response

    Jul 18, 2018

    Thank you for your feedback. We encourage all employees to discuss their career interests with their team leader, our Learning & Development specialists or, any member of the HR team. Additionally... More


  7. Helpful (13)

    "Stay away"

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    Former Employee - Does Not Matter in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Does Not Matter in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fidessa full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance, competitive salary and great benefits. Provided you keep your head down and nose to the grindstone.

    Cons

    1. Office cliques (white, male, British/scottish/irish). Most managers fall into these cliques, keep similar employees of similar racial characteristics together. No diversity.
    2. Managers are unprofessional, micro managers, steal ideas/credit from smart people.
    3. Senior Management have no real leadership qualities. CEO down to VP level mostly got there by just "surviving" in the company for decades.
    4. Company had great vision and mission. But the so called "managers" don't know how to execute that mission. They don't listen to employees.

    Advice to Management

    This is a message for the ION group which is taking over this company. Fire all senior managers, especially the ones in the UK. They are simply useless. These are the people responsible for the downturn of this company. They don't listen to smart hardworking people. They form cliques based on race to protect themselves from others. If you want to get the $2 billion dollars back, just fire these people. The revenues will grow, you will reclaim your investment faster.

    Fidessa Response

    Aug 7, 2018

    It is unfortunate that you did not raise the concerns with either your manager or HR during the 8 years that you worked at Fidessa. We strive to offer programs which recognize contributions from all... More

  8. "Employment at Fidessa"

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

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

    Pros

    Very good work environment. Very challenging with the ability to get involved with cutting edge technology. Employees are well taken care of. Great place to work.

    Cons

    Lots of work and sometimes over whelming.

    Fidessa Response

    Jun 29, 2018

    Thank you for leaving your feedback- we appreciate your dedication to Fidessa and are happy we have provided a challenging and rewarding place for you to grow.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Software Developer (C++)"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer (C++) in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Software Developer (C++) in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance.
    Lot of free time.

    Cons

    Nothing to learn.
    Very bad HR department.
    Hardly any C++ based work opposing to the job description.
    Very low salary and hardly any benefits.
    No point of working here for long just get experience and leave.

    Fidessa Response

    Jul 16, 2018

    We are committed to creating a transparent and collaborative environment for all our employees. We encourage our employees to have open conversations with their managers or HR so we can improve the... More


  10. "Middle mgt"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    passionate people. Work environment is great. great benefits too. I have been here 8 plus years and learned a lot about technology and other platforms.

    Cons

    Sr management does not always trickle down ideas to employees the pay could be better. There needs to be better communication between London and US office employees.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better to their employees

    Fidessa Response

    Jun 29, 2018

    Thank you for sharing your feedback. We pride ourselves on having a positive work environment and hiring smart and passionate people. We are constantly looking to improve how we communicate. Feel... More


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