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Nasdaq Reviews

Updated May 22, 2018
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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 23 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Best Place I've ever worked. Great if you are a self starter."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    It's a very creative and fast moving environment. Nasdaq gives you all the tools to be successful, your job is to figure out how to make the most of it by pushing yourself everyday.

    Cons

    Many will focus on the lack of advancement in the satellite offices and that's true, but you could say it's what you sign up for when headquarters is in NY. It's not an issue for me, but is for others. There are pros to working from the regional offices too!

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your are doing.


  2. "Marketing Student Internship"

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

    Pros

    Internship experience at a large and high profile company.

    Cons

    So much is going on that its easy to forget about your interns.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Work hard, get sold"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nasdaq full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Health Benefits
    401k
    Stock (that gets taken away)

    Cons

    Sold division off without even a “thank you” or “good luck”
    Was given stock options that were taken away when division was sold off.

    Advice to Management

    Look for emerging talent internally. Don’t handout “rewrite tomorrow” gifts to employees that just got sold off.


  4. "Program Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are okay and moderate health plan. Ability to become familiar with a lot of the startups.

    Cons

    Terrible management. Management by fear. No respect for employees and always made to feel expendable. Very "stab people in the back to get ahead culture"

    Advice to Management

    Learn to listen to employees and foster an environment of trust.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Executive Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people in company, nice salary and working environment is beautiful

    Cons

    long commute and long hours need more opportunities for support staff

    Advice to Management

    more opportunities to work for home for all employees not just a select few


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Demos extremely well..."

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

    I worked at Nasdaq full-time

    Pros

    The benefits package is hard to beat - 4% 401k matching, excellent medical, good vacation allowance, equity grants and an ESPP.

    Cons

    Those benefits come at a pretty significant price. There's no such thing as merit salary increases, your career is likely to stall, there's little in the way of advancement and no impetus by management to move people around the company to build their skill sets.
    Nasdaq talks a good game about corporate responsibilty, about ethics and culture, but you don't want to look too closely. Even stuff as basic as recycling doesn't happen in their US offices, and fiscal responsibility doesn't bear close scrutiny. New products are not bought on the basis of "this is the right tool for the job" - rather you get whatever an issuer makes. That includes the products available in the vending machines, billing and invoicing systems, 3rd party vendors who supply data or components for in-house products - everything. If an issuer makes it, then that's what you get, whether it is the best tool or the most cost-effective solution or not.

    Advice to Management

    Start managing for the long term.
    If your sales team can't sell the product in front of them then do something about it - either build better products (and that means spending money) or find better salespeople.
    If your revenues are dropping off then making margin through headcount reduction will only go so far - at the end of the day, if you don't invest in the products that you want to sell then you're not going to have anything to sell - speculate to accumulate.
    Invest in your people - they're your greatest asset. Move people around the organisation, leverage what they already know and put them in positions that will stretch them.
    While the listings business is a cash cow, foisting listings relationships on other business areas ("you have to buy this service, they're an issuer") is a nonsense. If you need to buy a service (a CRM tool, perhaps) then do your due diligence and buy the best one that's out there. If your issuer doesn't make the best one, then don't buy it - sure, it keeps listings happy, but everyone else gets lumbered with a brick. If the only thing that Nasdaq has to offer to keep an issuer happy is the promise that you'll buy their product, then something is wrong somewhere.

    Nasdaq Response

    Apr 17, 2018 – HR Representative

    Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback, and I’m sorry to hear this has been your experience. We are very pleased with the competitive benefits we are able to offer our employees, and... More


  7. "Fantastic place to learn and grow"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Brilliant colleagues, latest tech stack. New age office amenities ( at least in Philly). Close, family type atmosphere. People are very generous with their time and want you to grow.

    Cons

    Bit more cross-team training might be beneficial to get a more holistic view of teams other than our own.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Be prepared to overworked & understaffed"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nasdaq full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some nice people actually help...

    Cons

    You have to do the job of 3 people because this "FINTECH" does not want to hire additional resources. There is this constant emphasis on how to use other department resources.

    Even in the firm's compliance department - you see the head of the department and his staff working 10-12 hr days every week...

    If you work for NASDAQ - Work in SWEDEN - they have easier hours.

    The U.S. portion of NASDAQ is just full of empty suits who wave a wand expecting everything to be done in under a day.

    Advice to Management

    Stop ignoring the pink elephant - HIRE MORE PEOPLE!

    This is why people quit faster than they can be replaced.

    Nasdaq Response

    Apr 17, 2018 – HR Representative

    Thank you for your feedback, and I’m sorry this has been your experience working at Nasdaq. We are a lean organization, but we are an organization full of self-starters, innovators, and hard working... More


  9. "Good company friendly culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Front End Developer in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Front End Developer in Rockville, MD

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

    Pros

    Nice pay/benefits
    Globally known company
    Good name recognition
    Professional atmosphere
    Company social and wellness events

    Cons

    Strict security policies
    Strict company policies
    Corporate bureaucracy
    Mandatory recurring training
    Personal restrictions on stock market trading


  10. "Senior Financial Analyst"

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

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

    Pros

    Pay above market rate, excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Sometimes manage isn't very good at mentoring for career development


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