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SNL Financial Reviews

Updated May 15, 2017
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  • Work/life balance is not satisfactory (in 18 reviews)

  • Worst Senior management i have ever seen (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Analyst in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at SNL Financial full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    work/life balance and overall firm culture.

    Cons

    Jersey City office management


  2. "Great environment to work in"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Charlottesville, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SNL Financial full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The work is interesting and always varied so it seems like time flies when at the office.

    All of my co-workers, whether local or international, are incredibly friendly and make me sincerely enjoy working with them.

    New involvement with S&P Global seems to have opened up a lot of advancement opportunities.

    High level of independence throughout the work day.

    Cons

    Very little negative aspects - sometimes juggling multiple cases and assignments can get a bit stressful and our reliance on client surveys, which sometimes seem arbitrary (one person's 7/10 is another's 9/10), for evaluation seems to be not the most accurate way of measuring an employee's skills and efforts.

    Advice to Management

    Keep maintaining the same atmosphere and work environment. The acquisition has brought many exciting, new changes and if we can incorporate these and still maintain the atmosphere that made me love working at SNL, we'll be all set.


  3. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Charlottesville, VA
    Former Employee - Intern in Charlottesville, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SNL Financial (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment to work in, workplace culture is more laid back but still centered around getting the job done.

    Cons

    Heard that some of the employee reviews can be harsh, but had a positive experience with my own.


  4. "Sales Associate"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Charlottesville, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SNL Financial (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Work Environment, Work and Life Balance, Great Industry exposure

    Cons

    Salary, Benefits, Growth Rate, Lack of upward opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees a competitive salary according to their experience.


  5. "Be cautious of working here"

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    Current Employee - Local Driver in Tyler, TX
    Current Employee - Local Driver in Tyler, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You are home each day which is a plus. Paid EVERY week which is another plus. Located in Tyler for convenience.

    Cons

    Horrible I mean HORRIBLE pay. You have to work 6 + days to even make a good living. There is NO advancement opportunity. I've worked here going on 6 months & I make the same pay as guys who have been here 10+ yrs. The trucks are garbage. The yard where the trucks & trailers are kept is horrible. Pot holes ALL OVER THE PLACE. Worked here for 4 months before the fixed the lights in the parking area. Just don't expect anything they tell you to come true unless your willing to work 6+ days a week

    Advice to Management

    Non existent.


  6. "Comp and review issues"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlottesville, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlottesville, VA

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

    Pros

    Good people, casual work environment. Some teams - mine included - felt more like a small business (except for review time - then the corporate presence makes itself known. See "cons").

    Cons

    Bonus plan is an excuse for lower base pay. If you don't rank in the top category for performance, your bonus never achieves what's essentially promised at hiring. Work/life balance is not satisfactory.

    Advice to Management

    If you aspire to have top performers in your company, you need to adjust (or abandon) the forced distribution of ratings. You're disillusioning a sizable portion of your workforce and will lose them - either because they get fed up, or because your rankings force them out. If people stay, but aren't "superstars," they will lack motivation if they don't feel financially appreciated. Wake up!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Marketing Manager"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Charlottesville, VA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    My coworkers are all intelligent, motivated individuals who are fun to work with. Management - at least within my division - has generally seemed fair and they maintain an open door policy.

    Cons

    Work/life balance has been very challenging. The company - like many others - runs with lean staffing, requiring individuals to overextend themselves. Goals - which are a big part of bonus potential - are difficult to achieve when day-to-day is overloaded. Meritocracy is fine, in theory, but the forced distribution of performance ratings frequently seems unfair, particularly in smaller divisions. In addition, too much income is at risk, based on the bonus plan.

    Advice to Management

    Ditch the forced distribution of performance ratings. Trust your management to fairly rate each employee


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Poor Management Style, Politics, Favortism"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in Charlottesville, VA
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Charlottesville, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SNL Financial full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Compensation is competitive and colleagues are knowledgeable

    Cons

    Poor performance evaluation process using 'rank and yank' model; managers are typically poor; poor leadership; inequity of work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    Recognize talent you have and dismiss the destructive managers that make political moves at the expense of subordinates


  9. "SNL Financial"

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    Current Employee - Director in Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Charlottesville, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture, young vibrant environment of self-starters and talented minds

    Cons

    Challenging work environment, rewarding for high performers but not for those deemed underperformers

    Advice to Management

    Encourage and promote high performers faster


  10. "Analyst at SNL"

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Charlottesville, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Casual work environment but don't let it fool you, this place is a true meritocracy. The people at SNL are a truly great group to work with and this is perhaps the best part of the experience.

    Cons

    As a private-equity owned company, SNL can tend to operate on the lean side and so at times employees will have to work with minimal resources at their disposal. Also SNL could do a better job at laying out career paths for employees and investing in employee development.

    Advice to Management

    SNL should focus on laying out clear career paths for its employees and investing the time and resources to invest in employee development.


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