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Updated February 21, 2018
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Fitch Ratings President and CEO Paul Taylor
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  • Work/ life balance used to be excellent (in 15 reviews)

  • Do not pay much, career advancing is limited because senior management does not leave (in 19 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Great career path and opportunity"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fitch Ratings full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The longer I work here, the more I learn. Yes, there are challenges, but they are interesting. The leaders on my team are really invested in my career growth and have given me opportunities to learn and do more. One person in particular has taken me under their wing to not only ask what I'm interested in doing , but also making sure I get the opportunity, or am prepared for the opportunity when it comes up. He is transparent and clear about where I need to improve while also pushing me to do new things. As a woman in finance, I find this to be a huge benefit for me down the road.

    Cons

    There are times when technology seems to be a bit behind the curve, but even there Fitch seems to be putting more time and energy in investing in new technology.

    Advice to Management

    Keep growing and doing what you're doing, it's great to see the focus on women in leadership and I hope to be part of that one day.


  2. "Managing Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    A very flat organization structure ensures that talented people never get lost in the shuffle. It is likely the Group Head for your department will know you in one year.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is high as a result of Fitch’s efforts to comply with multiple regulators with different agendas.

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in technology

    Fitch Ratings Response

    Feb 7, 2018 – Director, Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on working at Fitch. Fitch’s success depends on the caliber of people who work here and the quality of what we produce. Once we find and hire talented people, we... More

  3. "Good Collaborative Environment"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good analytical framework. Work life balance. People are in general very nice. Senior management has good strategic direction.

    Cons

    Slow moving and bureaucratic at times. Regulation overkill. Below market pay.

    Advice to Management

    Try to lessen the burden of regulation on your analysts.


  4. "Test Automation Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Test Automation Engineer
    Current Employee - Test Automation Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fitch Ratings full-time

    Pros

    good place to work for

    Cons

    I have nothing to con about.


  5. "CMBS"

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

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

    Pros

    Great learning opportunities
    Work with very smart people
    Very interesting work

    Cons

    Pay is not great
    Limited upward mobility

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees more and provide better mobility


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Director"

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

    I have been working at Fitch Ratings full-time

    Pros

    Smart colleagues, collaborative and positive work environment

    Cons

    Compensation lower than some competitors, tiresome and frustrating government regulation

    Advice to Management

    Flat organizational structure has pluses and minuses. Many employees do not believe there is a path for advancement within the company. Even if there is a path, they are not able to see it.


  7. "Solid place at the beginning or near the end of your career"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fitch Ratings full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You will gain a great foundation of fundamental analysis that can be leverage to transition to another role (IB, etc.). The people are also very nice, but somewhat "sheepish" within the Chicago office.

    Cons

    Pay is not the best, resulting in high turnover as people are often poached by banks or the corporate finance departments within large corporations. There can also be a lot of administrative tasks given how strict rating agencies are regulated.

    Advice to Management

    Bump pay up closer to street level

  8. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fitch Ratings full-time

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, very friendly colleagues

    Cons

    Low salary, management does not pay attention to career development

    Advice to Management

    Improve salary


  9. "Great place to learn, definitely not for long term"

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    Current Employee - Credit Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Credit Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Fitch Ratings full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance, plenty of exposure to different sectors, great training programs, financial support for CFA and grad school

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy. One report needs to have one too many people look over it and then the MD could require a complete change to everything. Parent company has also been cutting costs for travel. Requiring superior approval if a hotel room goes over the limit by $5.


  10. "Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fitch Ratings full-time

    Pros

    Good people. Good work life balance. Opportunity for advancement. Flexible.

    Cons

    Compensation isn't great, but decent benefits and vacation time.


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