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National Futures Association Reviews

Updated November 29, 2018
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Pros
  • "work/life balance is best i've seen in a work environment" (in 56 reviews)

  • "Great benefits, environment, work-life balance" (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • "Many people stick around NFA for much of their careers (certainly a good thing), but this trend brings some office politics along with it" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Majority of upper management have been working there for their entire career lives" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Manager"

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

    I have been working at National Futures Association full-time

    Pros

    Great work/life balance and benefits. Can learn a great deal from working on examinations and the internal operations of the members.

    Cons

    None at this time.


  2. "Nice place to work overall"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Futures Association full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance and exposure

    Cons

    Pay is average but fair for the role

  3. "Too political"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at National Futures Association full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work to coast to retirement if you can hang on for the ride

    Cons

    Too political, management micros you too much


  4. "Compliance, Staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at National Futures Association full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Opportunity to learn a lot.

    Cons

    Management plays CLEAR favorites, and if you're not one of the lucky few... good luck. Very little extrinsic motivation, if any at all (keep in mind it's a non-profit company). Promotions minimal, no bonuses, and half the time you cannot even take advantage of the benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Consider the directors, and how their complacency might affect the experience of their supporting staff.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Information Systems"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Futures Association full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are probably what makes working at NFA okay, otherwise, the rating would be 1 star.

    Cons

    Working in IS
    -Bad leadership and they play a lot of favoritism
    -You need to put time in to get a promotion. If you're a favorite, you'll get fast-tracked for a promotion.
    -There is little to no team work or communication within groups
    -Some managers or directors yell in order to get their point across
    -Some groups within IS have too much power and influence
    -If your ideas are based on best practice, they are shot down or they don't believe you know what you're talking about.

    Advice to Management

    Not everyone was made for management and we work in IT: Working in IT means you constantly have to adjust, adapt and make decisions based on what's best for the company and the team based on best practices and not practices from 2002.


  6. "Great Place to Start and Grow Into After College"

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    Current Employee - Compliance Examiner in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Compliance Examiner in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Futures Association full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    NFA has a great company culture and promotes a learning environment. You'll work with kind and helpful coworkers and have opportunities to travel to cool places. Beyond that, the hours are pretty flexible, especially compared to more traditional accounting firms, and the business casual dress code is more casual than business. Overall, coming to work each day is a fairly pleasant experience which you don't find often.

    Cons

    There is a learning curve, especially with the regulative environment and industry. However, over time, you'll catch on pretty easily and everyone's willing to help, regardless of job title or seniority.


  7. "Examiner"

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    Current Employee - Investigator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Investigator in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Futures Association full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Travel experience is nice when you’re young

    Cons

    Old school thought processes rule the office

  8. "Never thought I would like this place this much!"

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    Current Employee - Compliance Examiner in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Compliance Examiner in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Futures Association full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent training, generous benefits and the opportunity to work with smart, talented people. Plus, it looks great to have NFA on your resume. High integrity all around, leadership is accessible. Collaborative work environment. Colleagues are supportive. NFA provides you with the room to thrive personally and professionally.

    Cons

    Would love to see more opportunities to work remotely. One need not be there every day to do quality work.

    Advice to Management

    Create avenues for staff feedback and keep up the good work!


  9. "Great company to work for!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Futures Association full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and great work life balance. Work is challenging and opportunities for promotions.

    Cons

    There are not a lot of opportunities to work remotely.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great place for your career"

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    Current Employee - Senior Compliance Examiner in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Compliance Examiner in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Futures Association full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    NFA offers incredible growth opportunity and a great work-life balance. NFA is a place where hard work gets rewarded, and the experience makes you highly marketable in the industry. The benefits package and 401k contribution is also very good.

    Cons

    Maternity/paternity leave can be better.