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National Futures Association Reviews

Updated September 11, 2018
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Pros
  • "work/life balance is best i've seen in a work environment" (in 55 reviews)

  • "The benefits are great, good work life balance and the staff is nice too" (in 16 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)

  • "Limited perspective (majority of upper management are "Lifers")" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Like working with a family"

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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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The work-life balance is off the chart; the benefits are exceptional; and the culture is one of a kind.

    Cons

    Resources could be limited given the non-profit nature of the association, but it is a small price to pay for a good environment.

    Advice to Management

    Hiring external applicants when qualified internal resources are available could be a turn off for current employees.


  2. "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.

  3. "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.


  4. "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


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

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    • Senior Management
    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!


  6. "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.


  7. 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.

  8. "NFA"

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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

    Work is challenging and satisfying. People are wonderful. Professional and friendly place to work. Flexibility and work life balance are very important to management and staff alike. Standards are very high and achievable.

    Cons

    There are no cons about working at NFA.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up. This place is a great place to work.


  9. "Great culture and rewarding work"

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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

    Fantastic low pressure work environment. Work is rewarding, yet challenging. work/life balance is best i've seen in a work environment.

    Cons

    Salaries can be lower than achieved at a for profit organization.


  10. "one of the best places to work in Chicago"

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

    I have been working at National Futures Association full-time

    Pros

    I have had a very positive experience working at NFA so far .My coworkers and manager are smart, talented and they helped me a lot to adapt my new position .
    I have been working in Information Systems for years and I would say this is the best company I have ever worked . The benefits are great ,friendly work environment and ongoing training opportunities for your position in the company . I have an excellent life/work balance and am challenged daily in my job .

    Cons

    So far , I don't have really any cons to include about NFA

    Advice to Management

    Keep up what you are doing !


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