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Nasdaq Reviews

Updated July 17, 2017
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  • Work life balance is also good as I was told often that I shouldn't bring woke home (in 18 reviews)

  • Good benefits, and lots of opportunities to grow your career (in 20 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Was great for a while then went downhill very rapidly after large acquisition that happened in June '13."

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

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

    Pros

    Very good benefits, base pay, high quality coworkers. Some legacy products are top notch. Good company name to have on your resume.

    Cons

    Management in place now with the Thomson acquisition that has absolutely no clue what they are doing. Misstep after misstep from product roll-outs to Facebook IPO, to exchange outage in August '13. CEO will not accept any responsibility (buck does not stop with him), but will quickly place blame on internal technology issues or blame outside factors.

    Constantly in fear of losing your job regardless of your loyalty/tenure or how well you are doing. Employees looking to leave like rats off a sinking ship. Meetings that are typically a complete and utter waste of time. Mandate from CEO is to constantly cut costs and increase margins (like a broken record), but eventually there is no more meat left on the bone to cut. CEO is surrounded by "yes" men/women and if you're liked by executive management you'll have a job forever at Nasdaq.

    VP level on up is too concerned with ladder climbing.Too many fiefdom's that don't communicate well and are all selling into the same accounts which creates confusion for the prospects/clients.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people vs giving yourselves raises...training benefits everyone and adds to your bottom line via increased sales. Also, learn to treat your employees with respect vs. treating them like cattle. Remove yourself from your ivory towers and get out with your divisions to better understand their challenges. Last but not least, please stop the old school 'rule by fear' method...it doesn't work to motivate people.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting."

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

    I worked at Nasdaq full-time

    Pros

    Talented people, good salary & benefits, interesting work

    Cons

    Understaffed to the point of always putting out fires; difficult to catch up. Lack of transparency particularly in HR matters. Little to no investment in employee development. Micro-management by CEO and executive team. Management structure very hierarchical. Focused on the numbers and the money with little regard for anything else.

    Advice to Management

    Leave the executive area and get to know your employees. Hold all businesses to the same standards.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Poor leadership that has no strategy for generating revenue going forward"

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

    I worked at Nasdaq full-time

    Pros

    - New office space
    - Low expectations (easy to coast)
    - Good junior level people

    Cons

    - Terrible leadership
    - Lots of turnover
    - Multiple layoffs in the past two years (more likely)
    - No longer growing revenue
    - No future direction

    Advice to Management

    Hire smarter
    Treat junior people better


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Could be worse but..."

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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst Specialist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co workers try to make it a fun place to work. The pay is pretty decent. Relatively flexible hours when needed.

    Cons

    Systems used are outdated. Went backwards with ticketing systems which are managed in Sweden. Because of this outdated system, simple tasks are made monstrous which is counterproductive. Sometimes isn't worth the pay.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people. Don't do all the talking nor assume you know what's going on. Slow down and listen. PLEASE.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Do you like chaos?"

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

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

    Pros

    Pay is fair. If you like being paid the same salary forever.

    Cons

    No structure. No strategy. Completely reactive. Political. Backstabbing. Nepotism (a whole LOT of nepotism). No investment in brand. No money to spend on anything. No career advancement. I myself have literally not had a manager for 3 years.

    Advice to Management

    Business is more than the stock price. Invest in people and quality products and your numbers will match, eventually.


  6. "Good co-workers bad managers"

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

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

    Pros

    Good co-workers who will help you in a pinch.

    Cons

    Most managers clueless and should not have their jobs, just look at what happened with the Facebook IPO. Most of what you learn is by yourself or from a co-worker. No help from Management. Low pay, long hours and micromanagement.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to rank and file employees


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Their idea of motivation is to use scare tactics"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Relationship Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Client Relationship Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent salary, easy commute, opportunity to experience different roles

    Cons

    Scare tactics used by management, not a lot of motivation or training provided, seen many people fired on the spot even after reaching their targets, acquire companies, but dont know how to integrate them successfully

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Bipolar"

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    Former Employee - Test in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Test in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    IT vs Finance - If you come in with a few years of experience the salaries are fair but banks and other institiutions are better.

    Cons

    If you're in IT and want to learn about finance, forget itt, and if you have no or little experiance they will exploit you.

    Advice to Management

    Hire experienced people with good mentoring skills and let people do their jobs, don't make it feel like a dead end right off the bat. and please let creative people create. People in upper management have lost sight of fun, fast and friendly.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great Colleagues, but be expected to be worked to the bone"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The workforce is relatively diverse, including a fair number of women in relatively high positions and are generally smart and fun to work with. Employees generally work well with other departments. Nasdaq permits many employees to work from home either part or full time.

    Cons

    The amount of work that is expected and the amount of pressure put on emplyees to complete that work can result to some very crazy working hours, often with no compensation provided. Their is an expectation that everything should be done perfectly, but management is not will to pay for the time it takes to achieve that goal. Employee turnover is relatively high because of the mismatch of expecations. Nasdaq expects their employees to be on call and on-line more or less 24/7.

    Advice to Management

    Managment should be more realistic with their employees and the amount of work they are expected to do and compensate them appropriately. While the bottom line is always the focus of any corporation, treating employees unfairlly is not a cost effective strategy. The high turnover alone and avoidable crisis due to lack of staff could be easily balanced by running the firm in not quite so lean and mean business model.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Unfufilling"

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

    Pros

    Excellent industy networking opportunities are at your fingertips.

    Cons

    If they could run the company with 10 people they would. Automation over relationships is the mantra.

    Advice to Management

    People matter. In the end it is they that are responsible for growth. Automation does not bring in business on its own.


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