ICAP (London)

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Updated Jul 21, 2014

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3.4 31 reviews

76% Approve of the CEO

ICAP (London) Group CEO and Director Michael A. Spencer

Michael A. Spencer

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56% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Fair analysis of life at ICAP.

    Dealer (Former Employee) Mumbai

    ProsICAP gives you a lot of exposure in terms of macro economics. If you just don't limit yourself to the job you are supposed to be doing and get into casual relations with your clients, there is tons to be learnt from the industry leaders.

    Conslimited industry scope. dying nowadays. you face tough competetion from electronic broking. As in every other broking job, it sees unfair at times. Your success is largely dependent on the number, size and type of clients you've got. You get focused to only one niche industry with limited self growth, ignoring all the other talents you possess.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDepartment heads should not be appointed according to the revenues they bring in, but their leadership abilities and popularity.

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    One of the best brokers to work for

    Broker (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsGood reputation in the industry, strong name

    ConsCommission structure not as good as some of the smaller houses

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Full of opportunities, energetic environment and supportive management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat opportunities and provide room for development, work with scheduled timelines, decent compensation and benefits, fun and enjoyable working environment

    ConsLack of integration with global management and processes, flat hierarchy thus, do not expect much of promotion in title but incentives in bonuses and pay increment

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide more feedback to employees and performance metrics to hit in order to achieve corporate goals

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Going through huge change

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSome good people
    Flexible working environment
    They are trying to update their business model as they know things need to change

    ConsNo clear direction
    Cost cutting a priority

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great people to work with, however very little support from the "Powers that be"

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe staff in my department were excellent, both professionally and socially. The daily work load was full on, but that's the way it should be.

    ConsICAP are like a "feeder" club. They get trainees in, train them up, don't give the wages, benefits that the individuals require, and then lose them to competitors who recognise the value that these experienced individuals now provide. ICAP is a good starting place, but you will be looking to move on after a couple of years to get the wages you deserve.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay your staff what they deserve and stop losing your best staff (and your clients) to competitors.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Exciting, fast-paced work environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsEvery day at ICAP was very exciting. It is a work hard play hard type of environment. It is challenging but you have more than enough resources to accomplish and excel at your tasks.

    ConsWhen the business was not good, it wasn't good for anyone. Also the fast paced environment translated to high stress at times. Definitely not for the weak-hearted.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Never a dull moment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsEntrepreneurial executive management. Very little bureaucracy and the opportunity to make a difference every day. Small but global enterprise provides opportunities to work in a lot of different cultures. with the financial markets in revolution this is a great chance to be part of inventing the future.

    ConsEntrepreneurialism and enthusiasm can mean that strategy is not thought through and leads to a lack of a single direction

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure that everyone internally knows what the mission of the company is

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Unstable mgmt, office politics, fast-paced, cut throat

    Broker (Former Employee) Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsIf you want to experience working for one of the biggest inter dealer brokers in the world and get a sense of how things used to run in the glory days, work here.

    ConsBe ready to deal with office politics, cut throat colleagues, overly strict and inefficient compliance (also dealing with ongoing public investigations and lawsuits), very budget conscious, no communication with management. In addition to these ICAP specific issues, the industry will struggle with banks doing less business and more regulations.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunication for starters.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company to work for!

    Analyst (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsGood salary; good work-life balance; great people to work with

    Consnone that I know of

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you're doing

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    You got to be tough in order to survive there

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFlat hierarchy
    Good compensation
    Nice infrastructure and environment

    ConsShrinking market
    Shift to electronic brokering

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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