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Nasdaq Reviews

Updated December 27, 2017
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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 (1)

    "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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Not a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great coworkers, nice travel perks

    Cons

    Not staffed sufficiently, overworked. Not managed well

    Advice to Management

    Fix the broad operational issues

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Well, what can I say. Really quite bad."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Nasdaq full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits including 6% 401(k) match, but no public transportation stipend. Decent hours, but they are inflexible. Office is in the Financial District and the commute is easy.

    Cons

    Base salary is too low for San Francisco. The Thomson Reuters acquisition process was a complete disaster...trying to integrate a larger team into a smaller one in the way they tried just didn't work. Trying to integrate the legacy TR and NASDAQ products together isn't working either. Clients are very unhappy and are canceling left and right to go to competitors. Five sales people have left in the past month alone to get off of the sinking ship. Communication between sales and service is so disjointed that management thinks using Excel spreadsheets is the way to go. There are processes in place just for the sake of having a process.

    This company is probably great for you if you are looking to plod along in the same position for 5+ years. Other employees aren't driven and are content with 'stability' over growth. Do not come here if you prefer working in a start-up environment because, contrary to what NASDAQ might tell you, they are not an 'aspiring technology company' and cannot possibly compete with smaller, more nimble competitors.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better. Stop cutting costs at literally every corner and start treating us like it's your employees that make the company. And stop making life for clients difficult just because you can.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Lean Business Model"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Nasdaq full-time

    Pros

    The compensation and bonus is generous.

    Cons

    Management has a very poor "lean" business model in place for their workforce. Employees feel overworked, pressured, stressed and resentful. I don't have much faith in upper management and their decision-making or goals for future growth. Cost savings on workforce will end up costing the business in other ways in the long run.

    Advice to Management

    Try back-filling positions when people leave the company, instead of dumping the extra work onto the people who stick around. A company is not just desks and computers- it's people. The best talent won't stick around if this pattern continues.


  5. Helpful (11)

    "Terrible corporate culture; awful place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Nasdaq full-time

    Pros

    The health benefits are as to be expected for a company as large as this.

    The name Nasdaq on your resume.

    Reading THIS review and realizing you can get better experience elsewhere.

    Nothing else.

    Cons

    Where to begin? NEPOTISM reigns supreme in a place with the worst cut throat corporate atmosphere I've ever experienced. It's all about who you know, they could care less about what you know.

    You can expect 6 month contract consultants to get better treatment and some sort of cross training, you can also expect them to get the benefit of human decency and be told months in advance when they will be let go.

    As a full time employee you can expect incompetent managers who backdoor their personal friends in through shipping and internships to be promoted directly to lead positions with zero experience, you can also expect these people to train the new contractors, only to have these contractors held accountable for their lack of proper training.

    You can expect directors who could care less about their responsibilities, only to focus on what matters to them.

    You can expect an extreme cut throat team experience, to the point where there are Matchbox buses with the Nasdaq name on them because "throwing someone under the bus" is a daily occurrence (This is true, it is celebrated so much at this company these toy buses do exist).

    You can expect to show up for work on a Monday, to be instantly let go for weak reasons that don't pan out, that's what happens though when you've just hired your best friends brother (whom you've also hired and made a lead position), and need to make room for another "lead."

    Advice to Management

    Gut the management, get people who are managers, not opportunistic pipsqueaks who have managed to get by by how brown their noses are. Being good at paperwork doesn't make you a boss.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Collections"

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    Current Employee - Collector in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Collector in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers, nice facility, great parking, solid work flow

    Cons

    finance department management very unprofessional, cliquish and short tempered

    Advice to Management

    Be careful of negative personalities in power positions.

    Nasdaq Response

    Nov 18, 2015 – VP Global Talent Management

    Thank you for your feedback. We take employee feedback very seriously and recommend for you to speak with your HR Business Partner and encourage you to take the Nasdaq Employee Engagement Survey... More


  7. Helpful (3)

    "so so"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    you will make good money

    Cons

    zero job satisfaction and long hours.

    Nasdaq Response

    Apr 1, 2016 – VP Global Talent Management

    Thank you for your feedback. Nasdaq is committed to creating a positive and balanced work environment. We encourage you to speak with your manager and or Human Resources Business Partner.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Nasdaq MarketSite & Corp Client Group (CCG)"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Nasdaq full-time

    Pros

    Bonus is directly tied to business goals. During a good year, bonus can be over-achieved.

    Cons

    This particular business unit and location within Nasdaq is extremely disorganized and contentious. Everyone is out for themselves. Not a team environment. Management ignores formal complaints of employees and shows little respect or gratitude for staff. Low morale. understaffed, overwhelming workload.

    The physical environment of MarketSite is horrible - no windows, no privacy. Generally, the staff show a lack of respect and lack of professionalism shown to colleagues.

    Advice to Management

    Address the concerns of the staff. In my position, I work cross-functionally with other business groups within Nasdaq. I can say that other businesses are not so difficult to work with and people are much more collaborative and respectful of one another. Even other offices within CCG are much better to work with. The people in the San Francisco, Stockholm and London offices are a pleasure to work with.

    Nasdaq Response

    May 31, 2016 – VP Global Talent Management

    Thank you for your comments. Nasdaq and the leadership team is committed to creating a highly motivated and engaged environment. We encourage all employees to speak with their managers, Human... More


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Not All Departments Are Created Equally."

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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
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    6% 1:1 401k. 10% Salary ESPP @ 15% discount.

    Cons

    Regardless of the fact that many technology departments work together and are required to have overlapping skill sets, Nasdaq would rather retain only individuals they deem necessary to their bottom line or have big mouths. Junior/entry level hires are better off looking elsewhere for similar compensation while actually being allowed to have a life outside of work. Management expects you to work to meet deadlines without any initial input from employees about the fairness or even possibility of attaining such a deadline.

    Advice to Management

    Retaining employees should not revolve around their title. The learning curve for many technology departments is steep regardless of title/position and when a single individual leaves management is slow to replace them. This leads to a greatly skewed work-life balance that is unfair to entry level/junior team members who are not compensated like senior members but expected to pick up a portion of the slack anyway. The result is a constant churn of entry/junior level positions every 2-3 years where a department needs to finally reach critically low levels of resources before management sees it as a problem.


  10. "Poor leadership at all levels-worked to death"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Nasdaq full-time

    Pros

    Good company name on resume, use it to get out and find a better company to work for, decent health insurance

    Cons

    Poor leadership at all levels, over last few years have consistenly piled on more and more work to the little people. Should be hiring due to more and more work coming in,new contracts being won, instead they are laying people off. They are suppose to be a market for technology and their technology is horrid, look at the day of the Facebook IPO and those issues, that was the tip of the iceberg. Regular workers are fed up and just trying to hang on until they can find something better. The GCS division is incredibly low-staffed, if clients only knew their jaws would drop.

    Advice to Management

    When business is way up in certain areas, and staff are feeling incredibly over-worked, don't ask them to do more with less and lay people off, hire. Take a pay cut like the rest of us


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