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IFDS Reviews

Updated August 18, 2018
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  • "Senior management is pretty poor with some disastrous decisions being made in the UK in recent years which have wiped out any profits" (in 24 reviews)

  • "work life balance struggle and a lot of backbiting" (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "CRM"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IFDS full-time

    Pros

    Great people
    Industry leaders - SME

    Cons

    Pay/ bonus could be better
    Too many managerial levels in their structure

    Advice to Management

    New management since I left


  2. Helpful (4)

    "A mannequin could do a better job leading this company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Toronto, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Toronto, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Office location in downtown Toronto

    Cons

    The President needs to be put out to pasture. Her inability to inspire her team, and her complete lack of business knowlege and experience leaves the company rudderless. The turnover in the senior leadership points to her. Comments such as "I would crawl over dead bodies to get my bonus" directly attributed to the CEO clearly show the tone and calibre of her leadership. DST and State Street, if you're listening, save yourself the high cost of placing an expat in Toronto and replace this leader by a wooden mannequin. You would achieve about the same level of leadership, and probably improve your ROI.

    Advice to Management

    Replace your HR department. No one in the company respects this collection of unskilled and abrassive misfits. There are some good people working in HR, but they're drowned out by the cacophony and maliciousness of others on the team. Again, look at the HR leadership and the leadership of the company to understand why the group is the way it is.
    Consider investing money to replace the core system. iFAST is about 10 years beyond its best by date.

  3. "Great Place to Work (IFDS Canada)"

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    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing corporate culture
    Open door policy for high-level executives
    Transparent performance reviews
    Good bonuses, incentives, and raises
    Great benefits
    Well-rounded teams that work well with each other
    Great free coffee

    Cons

    Systems/software are a little out-of-date (Windows 7 + Office 2010)


  4. "It's a good stepping stone"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IFDS (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company is great at hiring great people to work with and it makes a huge difference coming to work every day.
    You will get the support that you need and help if required.

    Cons

    Training could be a lot better instead of being trained by your own colleagues.
    No training structure.
    Workload can be overwhelming at times.


  5. "Good first job"

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

    I worked at IFDS full-time

    Pros

    Good for first time job

    Cons

    No progression , little appraisal for hard work

    Advice to Management

    It’s not school


  6. "Please do yourself a favor and don't apply for a job here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at IFDS full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, Dream perks and a coffee machine with an assortment of coffee.

    Cons

    Poor management, excess work hours (no work/life balance), 3rd party service provider so your trying to please the customer service and the client.

    Advice to Management

    They know what needs to be done but nothing can be done as they are a 3rd party service provider.


  7. "Management"

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

    I worked at IFDS full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, location, “potential”, other departments, some people

    Cons

    Extremely micromanaging people. Do not care about employees. The smallest mistake they will make a huge deal and even fire people over it. Not my case but I saw it happen. Incredibly desorganized, unprofessional and secretive. One day they let go 15 employees the next day they announce there is a new big client. It’s a very toxic environment. I’m surprised no one has sued this place yet

    Advice to Management

    Really lookagain into Labour laws because you are breaking a lot of them. Your risk department would be surprised.

  8. "Needs many changes"

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    Current Employee - Finance Systems Analyst in Brentwood, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Finance Systems Analyst in Brentwood, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxed management and local for me

    Cons

    Unrealistic targets, no parking (which was promised)


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Stay away and avoid"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Downtown core.
    -Pay & benefits is competitive if you can negotiate hard.
    - Free coffee.
    - Some colleagues are genuine good folks

    Cons

    - high stress environment with rampant overtime
    - volatile business environment. Lost a big client recently and layoffs are frequent.
    - Unethical management & HR practices. Team was randomly "reassessed" and demotions were handed out, effectively grounds for constructive dismissal. New hires got their title bait and switched, while some senior employees had their titles stripped down to a junior level.
    - Very high turnover - whether it is people leaving or laid off.
    - Dated technology. Many alternatives downtown if you're in software development.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better. Enough with the smoke and mirrors. Mean what you say.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Poor Senior Leadership and Vision"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Downtown location is convenient. Descent benefits.

    Cons

    Company has no vision from the top, and senior management is weak with no clear strategy, direction for the company, and motivation for the employees. The teams don't work or get along well, and senior management lacks ability to manage its employees or drive the company towards common goal. Highly political environment, highly contractor based and people do what they want.


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