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Updated February 6, 2018
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Nasdaq CEO Adena Friedman
Adena Friedman
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  • Work life balance is also good as I was told often that I shouldn't bring woke home (in 27 reviews)

  • Good benefits, and lots of opportunities to grow your career (in 22 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Excellent culture, brilliant colleagues"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pricing Analyst in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Pricing Analyst in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is genuinely nice, without much politics. There is a lot to learn but colleagues are sincerely interested in helping new employees learn and succeed.
    Good benefits, and lots of opportunities to grow your career.
    Employees truly follow the company mantra of Lead Exceed Thrive!

    Cons

    None . Please don't change the amazing culture!

    Advice to Management

    Please keep up the good work.

    It might be a good idea to improve more local branding about satellite offices like Philadelphia, as they can sometimes be overshadowed by the New York Wall Street association.

    Nasdaq Response

    Jan 24, 2018 – SVP, Human Resources

    Thanks for your comments. Branding is surely on our agenda.


  2. "Challenging but a great place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Compensation and recognition.
    CEO transparency and vision for the company.
    Empowered to make decisions and be accountable.
    Investing in Innovation.

    Cons

    A demanding environment that requires commitment.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be willing to invest in new products and technologies.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Executive Assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    Great working environment. Always opportunities for new projects and growth. Senior management approachable and willing to help.

    Cons

    Fast paced work environment, a lot of emails, systems could be easier to use.


  4. "Great Long Term Comp"

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

    I worked at Nasdaq full-time

    Pros

    Fast moving and exciting place

    Cons

    You will eventually get laid off


  5. "High Impact and Challenging"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very interesting and challenging work with a huge impact on the global economy.
    Much more strategic direction in recent years--solid core business with growing new offerings.
    Lots of upward or lateral opportunity for those willing to take on new projects and responsibilities.
    Solid compensation and benefits programs including all employee bonuses and stock grants, stock purchase plan, generous health and retirement plans.

    Cons

    Lean organization, so employees have a lot of responsibility, which impacts work/life balance.
    Internal processes and systems are in the process of being upgraded--patience is needed.
    Recognition is limited due to fast pace and volume of work.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to clearly communicate strategic direction and expectations to direct people's work.
    Continue to invest in revenue growth opportunities to reduce heavy expense focus.
    Invest in infrastructure to free up bandwidth for people to expand their roles.
    Recognize great work regularly.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "LQ Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - LQ Analyst in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - LQ Analyst in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very friendly culture, emphasis on working as a team, constant flow of interesting work

    Cons

    Work can pile up quickly, not much room for growth - many stay in the same position for 10+ years


  7. Helpful (5)

    "HR Department is like “Game of Thrones” Come to Life"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Human Resources in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, dedicated colleagues; constantly new projects to learn from

    Cons

    HR management only cares only managing up, burnout, turnover, toxic work environment, lead by a culture of fear

    Advice to Management

    Working at Nasdaq is like working in a real-life version of “Game of Thrones”. The HR Leadership Team all hates each other, and consistently pits different parts of the department against each other to make themselves look good and their rivals look bad. Much like the show, the main cast changes, and loyalties realign, but the underlying connection is a constant jockeying for power.

    Turnover in the HR department is double the rest of the company. The two main causes are burnout and being packaged out as part of the seemingly biannual department restructures. Working late nights and weekends were the norm; there is no downtime because the HRLT overpromises results to the business that the department isn’t structured to carry out due to poor technology and insufficient staffing levels. You do learn a lot, but it comes at a cost as there is no work-life balance. Due to turnover there were higher workloads for the existing staff while the position was being filled, and that continued when the person came on board and had to be brought up to speed.

    All of this combined into a toxic work environment. You can see the turnover echoed in the Business Executives; this is where the culture of fear and managing up comes from. I gave Adena a neutral rating because it’s too soon to see if she can change this, or if she even has any desire to.

    Nasdaq Response

    Feb 5, 2018 – SVP, Human Resources

    Thanks for your comments, which we take seriously. As you mention, HR has gone through a transformation period over the past couple of years, which has been challenging and has resulted in... More

  8. Helpful (5)

    "HR comments are spot-on"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Recognized brand, benefits of the company

    Cons

    I can't top the last posting about HR- it's accurate and unfortunate

    Advice to Management

    For a dept that supports all other teams, it would be good for this organization to reward and develop their current HR professionals (who are all very good esp in TA). Leaders are not listening and are behaving reactively. Such lack of care is costly also.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Fast paced work environment. Heavy focus on revenue growth for company."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Services Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Client Services Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast-paced. Employees gain a lot of experience quickly. Management listens to middle managers. Decent and benefits and compensation offered to employees.

    Cons

    Company often adopts policies that are not client focused. Huge focus on increasing revenue and yearly revenue goals are set vert high.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "HR- high turnover and lack of good leadership"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nasdaq full-time

    Pros

    -Fantastic brand, benefits and 401K match sets the company apart
    -Fast paced with constant upgrades to technology and increase in individual responsibilities
    -Smart and hard working people throughout the company

    Cons

    -Staggering HR turnover so masterly disguised
    -Extremely low morale due to disrespectful and unethical behavior internally in HR that continues to go unaddressed due to the fact that HR is untouchable compared to other departments within the organization
    -You’ll only receive a promotion (or pretend "recognition") if you resign/threaten to resign but are needed for a specific project or during an understaffed time of year
    -You won’t be able to find one ex/current HR employee that would recommend joining the toxic HR team

    Nasdaq Response

    Jan 24, 2018 – SVP, Human Resources

    Thank you for your comments, which we review and take seriously. Nasdaq is fully committed to fostering a respectful and ethical culture; Integrity is one of our Core Values. Senior leadership... More


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