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MarketAxess Reviews

Updated November 14, 2018
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Business Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MarketAxess (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    MarketAxess is a great place to work. The company treats its employees extremely well. There are always people willing to help out and bring new employees up to speed. The work is fast paced, but that keeps things interesting! If you are dedicated and work hard there are great opportunities available!

    Cons

    Many employees have been there since almost the start of the company which can be very intimidating!


  2. "Intern"

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

    I worked at MarketAxess (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very friendly work environment
    Opporutnities for growth

    Cons

    Long hours
    Busy work passed around

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Not a great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MarketAxess full-time

    Pros

    small company feel, nice location.

    Cons

    the company, even at its small size, is bloated. Senior employees are quick to throw junior employees under the bus to save face.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to younger employees


  4. Helpful (2)

    "great company to work for."

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

    I worked at MarketAxess full-time

    Pros

    great company to work for. good comp.

    Cons

    less flexibility. too much internal politics.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Good place to work in"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MarketAxess full-time

    Pros

    Very nice environment to work in

    Cons

    All management and Sr. positions are occupied with people who are there for more than 10 years and they are not going to be available any time soon (years) .

    Advice to Management

    Good place start your career


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good HR, not too much management"

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

    Pros

    Great place to start your career.

    Cons

    Management not involved much. Team members sometimes not included in management meetings/decisions


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Very professional, enjoyable company to work for"

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

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

    Pros

    Location, office, people, compensation, professionalism , senior management is awesome, company has a bright future

    Cons

    Slightly older employees but a lot of younger employees the last year or two

    Advice to Management

    More corporate events

  8. Helpful (8)

    "They can't keep anyone lately"

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    Current Employee - Staff in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Staff in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pros
    - Nice office location
    - Free tea and coffee
    - Generally friendly employees (non-managers)

    Cons

    NY office morale is very low due to unqualified managers. They trust no-one. Managers expect you to quickly jump to demands and then belittle you in front of staff. High turnover at the company as employees leave and contractors leave. They try to hire people. They extend offers to people who then turn them down. Staff is over worked and not recognized for taking on the additional workload.

    Advice to Management

    technology group is a mess and needs to be cleaned up in order to have this company function in a profitable way.


  9. Helpful (20)

    "Don't Bother - you'll be gone in 5 months"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    it's in New York City and close to many subways and eating establishments. There are lot's of tourist attractions nearby and it's next to the Waldorf.

    Cons

    They have about 4 to 5 development cycles a year. A development cycles is basically this: their big clients demand changes and enhancements to the trading system, everyone scrambles to document and code the enhancements, they test the enhancements and then roll out the enhancements to their clients. That's it. That's all they do.
    Then if there is something wrong, that's when the finger pointing starts. If you are the newest person there then you will be the scapegoat.
    There is no direction in the company. This place was created by JP Morgan back in 2001 and then spun off. The people who run it did not create the company, they just have buds in the right places at JPM. The reason why the stock goes up is because they are in a hot sector - electronic trading. Since the banks are not allowed to hold inventory and have cut back trading, these little electronic trading companies pop-up up to fill that need. Bloomberg dominates this market. MA is just reaping the benefits of being in the right place.
    Management doesn't care what happens to the company, they are just trying to get the stock to increase as much as possible and then bail. (kinda like Enron).
    WARNING: a lot of the positive reviews for MA are posted by HR in order to protect the reputation of the company. Notice that those reviews are vague and overly enthusiastic. Don’t be fooled. There is an enormous amount of turnover – close to 75%. Managers hire people just to be scapegoats. If anything goes wrong, “it’s because the new guy didn’t know what he was doing” and “we’ll let him go and get someone better.” So that’s the game they are playing.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing, it seems to be working for you. Employees are just so much chaff, keep on churning.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great company"

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

    Pros

    The boss is really professional and you can definitely learn a lot from. People there are so nice to work with.

    Cons

    Not that I can think of


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