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Updated May 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance we also get Friday treats (in 39 reviews)

  • Relaxing spacious working environment (in 25 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. "Great experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Lovely people, good benefits, stable, care for staff. Lots of nice perks, not too stressful environment

    Cons

    can be risk adverse, need more cross team and geography collaboration. Leaders are more technologists than great people leaders

    Advice to Management

    Communicate as much as possible to staff; follow through on what you say you'd do, take risks


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good company to start career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Woking, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Woking, England (UK)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere, nice people, flexible working hours

    Cons

    Old technologies, relatively low pay


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Developer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management Accountant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Management Accountant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company provide excellent training for new recruits

    Cons

    Salary for Technical staff could be better


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Software engineer"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to start your career, had lots to learn and environment of company is really positive and creative

    Cons

    no lunch facility, also salary to freshers is very less

    Advice to Management

    should not take too many leaves, most of people in management are chilling and not working


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Overall a great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Woking, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Woking, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fidessa full-time

    Pros

    A great place to start your career
    Exposure to a broad aspect of electronic trading and the banking industry.
    Good training opportunities
    Nice work/life balance
    Friendly people
    Very relaxed environment, could also be a nice place to retire

    Cons

    Some will love it, some will hate it. Always depends on the team you'll join. Each team is using different technologies.
    Low salary for this industry and when taking into account how much Fidessa is charging it's customers (quite a lot!)
    Some old technologies are still there and used, but this is so hard to change especially in this industry
    No matter how motivated you are or how much work you're willing to do, you will still get the same fixed pay rise as everyone else.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more competitive salary. A lot of people tend to leave after some period because the pay is not competitive.


  6. "fidessa review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    hard working and serious minded staff. Good work/life balance we also get Friday treats.

    Cons

    may sometimes be difficult to grow

    Advice to Management

    keep being you


  7. "Great place"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Motivation for innovative people: the comoany is keen and active in supporting employees' ideas and suggestions. Good selection of modern tools available to get the job done. Good team work, latest technologies, friendly environment, goid work-life balance.

    Cons

    Sometimes, the deadlines are not clearly defined and we end up working in a rush.

    Advice to Management

    Good job, listen to your employees ideas, value people.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great exposure to a variety of trading technologies"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trade Support Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Trade Support Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fidessa gives you exposure to a broad aspect of electronic trading and the banking industry.

    Excellent class room based training and the freedom to enrol onto any scheduled training sessions.

    The potential to learn and succeed is unlimited if you are abituous and driven about your career.

    Cons

    Can be a very comfortable environment which could result in stagnation, however if your are focused, driven and ambitious this isn't a problem.


  9. "Good product and work/life balance but too corporate and not innovative enough"

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    Current Employee - Delivery Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Delivery Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Good perks. Very robust trading platform, one of the market leaders in the industry.

    Cons

    Not challenging enough (my role at least). Also too corporate. The company exists since the early 90's which means that they have a lot of established, strict processes which limits your freedom to develop new solutions.
    Not a client facing role and had to dress formal 4 days in a week. Very last century mentality

    Advice to Management

    Make the company more agile, more dynamic and more innovative technologically speaking.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Software"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Woking, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Woking, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fidessa (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Secure and comfortable place to work. Not sure how pay fares relative to financial industry, but better than other spheres such as web development and engineering. Free breakfast. Extra curricular activities and events.
    Flexible working, including option of some home working.
    Good place to start out as graduate, or if you have been here a long time and know of nothing else, but maybe not for more experienced personnel

    Cons

    Exposure to only a limited breath of the applications, and lifecycle. No standardisation of working practices amongst different teams. Software developed within fixed frameworks, with little opportunity for innovation.
    Little cross team communication.
    Some people abuse flexible working options where it is available, and in some teams it is not even an option.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage more cross fertilisation between staff and teams to expose employees to a wider spectrum of the business and processes.
    Standardise development methodology and flexible working options across all teams.


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