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Ria Financial Reviews

Updated Aug 22, 2019

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Found 79 reviews

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Ria Financial CEO Juan C. Bianchi (no image)
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35 Ratings
Pros
  • "Flexible working hours, minimum supervision, great staff and amazing year end parties(in 5 reviews)

  • "(in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "No place is without its cons, Ria is no different(in 5 reviews)

  • "No room for promotions or career growth in most positions(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to gain experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ria Financial full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and feels like family

    Cons

    Lack of technology in many areas

    Advice to Management

    It would be great to bring the salaries up to par with market rates

    Ria Financial2019-05-24
  2. "Ria"

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    Current Employee - Teleria Specialist in Buena Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ria Financial full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very friendly environment, a lot of fun perks, they accommodate your schedule fun place to work

    Cons

    pay can be better

    Advice to Management

    higher pay

    Ria Financial2019-08-22
  3. Helpful (5)

    "Cheap Company That Doesn't Care About Quality"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ria Financial full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Ria has a global presence and deals with some complicated and interesting compliance issues.

    Cons

    Refuses to upgrade to newer technologies. Management wants low quality software pumped out quickly with no regard to quality or testing.

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing political games and treat your employees like people and not machines.

    Ria Financial2019-07-04
  4. "Incredible Cultire"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Ria Financial full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I've been in the Software Engineering industry for 20 years and I've never worked in a more fun culture. Many people often spend a lot of time together outside of work and don't talk about work! The company cares about its employees and its a fun, flexible working environment.

    Cons

    No place is without its cons, Ria is no different. There are some technical hurdles we face day in and day out but nothing unique to Ria. Cons*5 word minimum

    Ria Financial2019-05-03
  5. Helpful (5)

    "Terrible unless you're a developer..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ria Financial full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I work in the technical side of the downtown Denver office, it's a beautiful location and there are some truly great people there. Culture is decent but no what it used to be. Free lunches and breakfasts on Friday's is a nice little touch.

    Cons

    Unless you're a developer this place is terrible. The term 'market value' salaries has absolutely no meaning at Ria. Developers that can barely put in a 5 hour day are making six figures while other people who are putting in 40+ hour weeks and who do an equally stressful job are making next to nothing. Career growth is limited, definitely seems like a 'who you know' situation. UX + Product team are absolute chaos..., neither of them seem to have any clue what's going on. Product are constantly changing scope for the product at the last minute leaving people frustrated and confused. UX has the lowest morale of any team I've ever worked with in 10+ years, mostly due to mis-management at the Director level and unnecessary politics.

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    Advice to Management

    Cut the deadwood, which unfortunately would be a large chunk of Development, UX and Product. Stop taking advantage of people who genuinely love and care about the company by paying them pathetic wages and insulting them with 'cost of living adjustments' that aren't even 1% and don't match inflation. A number of people have already left and are planning on leaving... Stop sitting on your hands and do something about... it before half of the Denver office is gone and the only people you're left with are people who don't care and just want to collect their paychecks.

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    Ria Financial2019-04-28
  6. Helpful (7)

    "Poor culture and zero accountability"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ria Financial full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Decent office downtown, flexible schedule. Challenging product and problems to work on. Opportunity to build something interesting and potentially great.

    Cons

    RIA struggles mightily with a culture of gossip and cliquish behavior. It's surprising how the rumors fly around there despite it being such a small office. To make matters worse the main offenders are protected by senior management and continue to alienate coworkers and stifle productive collaboration. Additionally, meetings too often end with people yelling at someone and storming out leaving the rest of the... group to put the pieces back together. It's an often tense place to work with lots of whispering about what just happened. There is also a severe lack of accountability across the organization. There's too many people protecting their 5 hour work day. Most people lack the professionalism to dig in for 8 hours and own their project and responsibilities. They lack modern software delivery processes and fight any effort to implement them. Making most choices because it's the least amount of work and not taking a long-term and future view to the product. There's very little effort with senior management to make any real and lasting change to modernise process and hold people accountable for their responsibilities and behavior.

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    Advice to Management

    Clean house. Start with "the old guard" and leaders of the cliques.

    Ria Financial2019-04-16
  7. Helpful (1)

    "POOR MANAGEMENT"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Mesa, AZ

    I worked at Ria Financial full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Steady job, good and software,

    Cons

    Very low pay. No place for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Poor management

    Ria Financial2019-02-27
  8. Helpful (5)

    "Horrible experience"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Buena Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ria Financial full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good employees, people who work there truly care about their company. Great working with the CEO & Director. Good business model & corporate vision.

    Cons

    Other than VP level, all employees sit side by side, on top of each other, even managers, no cubicles. I had a horrid female supervisor in Marketing; difficult, volatile, immature, huge ego, always screaming at people in office, manipulative, controlling, dramatic, paranoid & caught in lies. Human resource KNOWS all this, turns a deaf ear & co-signs on this behavior. Buddies. I filed a "confidential"... complaint & was terminated a month later. I'm the 4th person now to leave Marketing in two years under this reckless leadership.

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    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, this was a walking harrasment lawsuit. You can do better than that.

    Ria Financial2019-02-17
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Decent Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Ria Financial full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule. Work is interesting. Some travel oppotunities depending on position.

    Cons

    Software Engineers get paid great, mediocre pay for everyone else. No room for promotions or career growth in most positions. Leadership team lacks leadership ability.

    Ria Financial2018-10-15
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Not all bad. Could be much better."

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

    I worked at Ria Financial full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great location and refurbished office space right in the heart of downtown Denver on the 16th Street mall. There are plenty of bars, shops and restaurants to frequent for coffee, lunch or happy hour. As a full time employee you will be offered a good salary and benefits package that includes healthcare coverage and 401K with a match. If you’re lucky, you might be eligible for a discretionary annual bonus. The... culture is a work in progress and they claim to be focused on delivery. The office environment feels like a startup within a much larger and well-funded organization. Most of your co-workers are pretty nice and there is a laid back feel with a casual dress code. They provide lunch or breakfast each Friday. They do monthly all hands meetings to update employees on company performance and hold focus groups a couple times per year to identify potential room for improvement. If you’re self-motivated you’ll feel pretty busy and will do some meaningful work in digital marketing, development, product or analytics. If you’re not self-motivated you might be quite bored and feel there is a lack of direction.

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    Cons

    Overall, HR at this company is here to look out for the company, not the employee. The healthcare benefits are good, but not cheap. If you’re planning on covering more than yourself on the company’s healthcare package be prepared to have a sizable chunk of your salary cut into. HR has been approached multiple times about correcting this or offering some lower cost options and they have done nothing. The same... goes for the 401K package. It’s obvious they have gone for the lowest bidder and have mediocre investment options because of this. It’s a good thing there is a match. The culture can feel a bit like a high school popularity contest and there are some small cliques that tend to congregate together. This has caused some favoritism and depleted morale. There is little room for advancement and zero accountability in this office, especially with the development team. A small group of very dedicated people contribute at a high level and deliver, but across departments people show up to work late, contribute next to nothing in meetings, take long lunches and leave early on a consistent basis. This is not in line with a culture of delivery. Considering this is primarily a development shop it is worth noting there have been four development directors in a little under four years. Each director has had their own way of doing things and this has contributed to frequent and significant turnover in the department. Once again, this is not in line with a culture of delivery. Another source of frustration for the digital office is the database team is isolated from them in a different office and state and they do not deliver at the same pace or have the same reporting lines as the digital team. Communication with them relies on email or the occasional conference call. The guy in charge of this team runs the department like he is an overlord and his team will do nothing without his approval. Get used to the word escalate because no-one wants to interface with this guy.

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    Advice to Management

    Don’t drive people out that contribute, produce and care about the performance of the company and their careers. Do something to bridge the gap between the development and database teams and things will go much smoother. Keep working on the culture.

    Ria Financial2018-06-06
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