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Updated February 20, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "I worked in Corporate Solutions"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great compensation and high quality devices, equipment and software. Generous annual bonus. Good people and solid teamwork environment.

    Cons

    Management was a mess. Many of the higher ups left or were asked to leave after an acquisition. I think I had 4 different managers in less than a year because of restructuring and team changes. I had one manager who had no idea what I did or how I did it. The best people to work with got smart and found other jobs, including me. Long work hours expected. No clear career path options. Lots of office politics.

    Advice to Management

    Figure it out and get some stability


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Need to move into the 21st Century"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Nasdaq full-time

    Pros

    Successful company with smart Senior Leadership. Lots of potential (if you are given the chance) pay is decent and great health benefits. Hire good people. Solid successful company. Spends money wisely if not a bit too frugally.

    Cons

    Doesn't have the infrastructure in place to support their continued growth. Working on it but not there yet. Doggy dog "old school hierarchical culture ". Highly competitive-don't encourage team work there is a lot of "I" and not enough "we". Most of the. VP group ( EVP, AVP, SVP AND VP) always looking to point out each other's deficiencies or their departments perceived errors or mistakes. Runs too lean and proud of it. Everything in writing to cover themselves. Too much paperwork and back and forth to get things done.

    Advice to Management

    Come down from the ivory tower and get real. Put aside your competitiveness between departments. Allow the talented people you hire to do their jobs. Stop spinning our wheels. Also, have a less impersonal onboardimg process. Streamline processes for your shared services team., stop offshoring jobs, hire your contractors as employees. Give more time off.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Getting there"

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The management in the Chicago office works so hard to support their teams through a very difficult acquisition. People in the office are what make the organization. They are hardworking and friendly.

    Cons

    Everyone is spread too thin. Their processes are not streamlined and it takes the focus away from selling. Industry is dying and the market is oversaturated. They need to understand what their competitors are doing and get ahead of the game. Marketing, marketing, marketing. The upper management is very out of touch with the day to day problems.

    Advice to Management

    Understand the day to day issues and fix it. It should be the number priority. This will shift the focus back to selling!


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Now Thomson"

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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

    Pros

    NASDAQ has good employee benefits including stock and option grants although those are heavily tilted to senior management.

    Cons

    NASDAQ acquired Thomson's IR unit in 2013. NASDAQ pretty much turned over its entire corporate solutions group and culture to the Thomson people, and gave and continues to give opportunities and advancement to the Thomson alum. Meanwhile the core IR unit has consistently seen revenues and product quality decline - this is masked in earnings reports by NASDAQ's acquisition of other companies in the space and allocation of those revenue to the market technology/corporate solutions unit.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck with that.


  6. "Steady decline in available work..."

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    Former Freelancer - Contractor in New York, NY
    Former Freelancer - Contractor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nasdaq (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Name recognition, former glory days.

    Cons

    Some of it's businesses are failing or losing ground. Lack of leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Spin off businesses that are draining your bottom line.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Entry Level"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good Benefits and Various locations

    Cons

    Management does not care for the well being of their employees

    Advice to Management

    Take time to look who your managers are.


  8. Helpful (7)

    "A case study for how not to manage a company"

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

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

    Pros

    Has a good 401K match. Has a nice ESPP. The benefits are pretty good. The work is not that hard and since there is no incentive to outperform, there is no reason to stay late at night or work the weekends. The associates and non management workers tend to be intelligent and hard working, but they leave after 2-3 years.

    Cons

    The opposite of an entrepreneurial firm. Management is deathly afraid of making a wrong decision, so every baby step forward has to go through committees and analysis. The company is also keen on diversity in senior management. So if you are incompetent but check a diversity box, this could be the perfect place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Change the culture and compensation so that management does not have a vested interest in keeping everything status quo.
    It might also help by replacing a lot of the dead wood masquerading as management.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "All Politics. Talented People Often Overlooked"

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

    I worked at Nasdaq part-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and interesting work.

    Cons

    The most political and non diverse culture. It's like a club where the only people that get ahead are those that play politics, know someone, or that the CEO personally likes (mainly men or women that act like men). A lot of dead weight and untalented people. Many unprofessional people.

    Advice to Management

    Shake things up. Get rid of deadweight. Recognize people for their talent and hardwork. Stop protecting and promoting people that don't add value or that should have been goon a long time ago.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Didn't value employees"

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

    Pros

    really good people who work very hard for little pay.

    Cons

    Salary and culture. Some members of the senior management are horrible.

    Advice to Management

    value your employees


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Survival of the Entrenched"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developer
    Current Employee - Developer
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Decent health insurance
    Most coworkers are collegial and cooperative

    Cons

    New manager with questionable ethics and poor communication skills
    Entrenched employees make it difficult for others
    Long-distance upper management meant poor communication
    No clear direction regarding projects
    Technical teams not cooperating

    Advice to Management

    Upper management should be in touch with employees in other locations. Communication should not occur only up and down the management chain. New managers are not ethical just because they took the online training or signed a piece of paper. Keep a close eye on what they are doing in locations with no upper management or HR presence.

    Nasdaq Response

    Sep 10, 2015 – VP Global Talent Management

    Integrity is a core value at Nasdaq, and our Ethics Team works hard to ensure that everyone, including upper management and new managers not only follow the rules but model them in their conduct and ... More



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