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Updated January 25, 2018
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GFI Group CEO Colin Heffron
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Pros
  • Flexible work environment, lighthearted coworkers (in 12 reviews)

  • Relaxed fun environment, reasonable flexibility and freedom with technologies that can be used in projects, few late nights, relaxed dress code (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Limited career growth potential if not on a booming product group (in 2 reviews)

  • tough business, regulation and technology make it hard for new brokers to get there feet wet (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "GFI Group Clerk Broker"

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

    I worked at GFI Group full-time

    Pros

    The trading floor is a great atmosphere.

    Cons

    Not always get a bonus


  2. "Co-workers Were A lot of Fun"

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    Former Employee - Senior Broker in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Broker in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The freedom to really build a successful brokerage business

    Cons

    Since the merger with BGC, it’s not the same family feeling

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and take risks - start desks with new brokerage products

  3. "Poor FENICS Group"

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

    I have been working at GFI Group full-time

    Pros

    Good vacation flex, flexible hours and accomodating

    Cons

    BGC, benefits, management scared of strong candidates under them


  4. "Fenics"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GFI Group full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, lighthearted coworkers

    Cons

    BGC, Cantor, lack of raises.

    Advice to Management

    You get what you pay for


  5. "Not your regular 9 to 5 job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at GFI Group full-time

    Pros

    Energetic pace and large degree of autonomy

    Cons

    Very pressured environment; you need a thick skin to work here


  6. "Broker"

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    Current Employee - Broker in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Broker in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, Great hours depending on your product, Casual dress, Good tech

    Cons

    Changing industry that is trying to be figured out by all broker shops (including GFI); More of a bureaucratic culture after merger with BGC.


  7. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GFI Group full-time

    Pros

    Used to have good people.

    Cons

    Lousy benefits, no 401K match.

    Advice to Management

    Need better managers.

  8. "Good Place to Start"

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    Former Employee - Junior Broker in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Junior Broker in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GFI Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, casual dress code, fast-paced environment.
    Awesome/fun people to work with, depending on product good potential to make money.

    Cons

    Limited career growth potential if not on a booming product group.

    Advice to Management

    Good brokers don't necessarily make good managers.


  9. "Institutional equities trader"

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    Former Employee - Sales Trader in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Trader in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GFI Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work, if you make money/ hit your monthly number, no one bothers you, essentially your own boss

    Cons

    Make sure you hit your monthly number or else your out- probably could go under the radar for a few months- but pointless if you have no $ coming in

    Advice to Management

    All good


  10. "Junior Broker"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GFI Group full-time

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, casual dress code, fast-paced environment

    Cons

    Opportunity to grow is hard, hard to see a long-term career path with new technology


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