FINRA Reviews

Updated 30 Jul 2020

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3.6
62%
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78%
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FINRA President and Chief Executive Officer Robert W. Cook
Robert W. Cook
50 Ratings
Pros
  • "Nice work life balance and will have opportunity to work on advanced technologies(in 119 reviews)

  • "Good benefits and work/life balance programs(in 51 reviews)

Cons
  • "Senior management includes aloof and heartless executives(in 25 reviews)

  • "Morale is wildly low amongst examiners -- many are burnt out(in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Awesome"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FINRA

    Pros

    It's great and the best thing is it's awesome

    Cons

    None are there as far

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  2. "Unifying mission, inclusive culture, industry leader"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Director, Human Resources in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FINRA full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent employee benefits including medical and 401K match. Exhaustive training opportunities and management support. As industry leader and without competition is very stable.

    Cons

    Primary departments are run as independent entities by the EVP. Senior management includes aloof and heartless executives.

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Yes, work her"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator/Engineer in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FINRA full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    flexible working hours, remote work available

    Cons

    "Open office" concept instead of cubes/offices for most levels through director

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  4. "Great Benefits but Low Morale and Complainers"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at FINRA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    FINRA has great health benefits and 401k match. Hard work and results are usually recognized and rewarded with a promotion and a high performance rating. Work can be very interesting if you are assigned to the right cases and/or develop a reputation for being very good at your job. People complain about the pay, but I didn't think it was bad, especially adding in the health benefits and 6% 401k match. You could get 10% more working at a broker-delear but with much less interesting work and who knows if the company will care about compliance (looking at you, Wells Fargo).

    Cons

    Management is typically pretty bad because they're focused on closing cases and barely focused on developing and supporting examiners. Morale in most regional offices is not very good. This is in part due to some employees who are just complainers and low-performers yet think they should be paid more and should have gotten a promotion instead of someone else. This can lead to a toxic level of disdain for FINRA which infects other employees. Political and bureaucratic. Always scared of SEC oversight yet the oversight never actually seemed to have any consequences regardless of what happened. It probably hurts regional management performance scores, but of course this would never be disclosed to employees why it actually matters.

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  5. "Great organziation"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Investigator in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at FINRA full-time

    Pros

    People friendly, relaxed workspace, good hours

    Cons

    Low starting pay, but no other complaints

  6. "Family oriented corporation"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FINRA full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great place for career growth and great benefits

    Cons

    It's important to have a good relationship with peers and manager

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  7. COVID-19
    Helpful (3)

    "FINRA's Response to current events has exceeded expectations"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FINRA full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    1. Response to BLM has been energetic from the CEO through management. After years of platitudes from our diversity HR looks like something is being done about racial inequality. 2. Equally, FINRA's care for its employees during the COVID period has been outstanding. The teleworking technology has worked seamlessly. Executive management has been proactive about ensuring staff have time for child care, elder care, grocery shopping; we even had a surprise day off from the CEO! We are in no hurry to return to the office, and it seems there will be many additional WFH options as we phase back. 3. We're getting raises to bring our base salaries in line with our industry. 4. FINRA remains a warm, safe, friendly place. The rearrangement of staff assignments and reporting lines that resulted from an internal reorganization have forced former "frenemies" to learn to work together, and surprise! it's been a great success.

    Cons

    1. 2019-2020 promotions were given based on "who you knew". There remains endemic stubbornness to look outside one's comfort zone. Perhaps as we start putting some meat into our diversity program this will be successfully challenged. 2. Little interest from new management to learn how successful programs worked before tossing them (but that's typical in management changes). 3. Not really a place for an ambitious person 4. Some fear/risk of embracing and promoting diversity improvement opportunities

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Boca Raton, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FINRA full-time

    Pros

    Great people, Great benefits, Great training

    Cons

    Opportunities for advancement could be limited at certain levels.

  9. "3 out of 5"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
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    Former Employee - Regulatory Analyst in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FINRA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good mission. Good work life balance. Good cafeteria

    Cons

    Archaic technology. Too much red tape. Annoying time tracking system that scrutinizes your every move. Feels like you are under a microscope and being micro managed 24/7. Not much room for career growth. The difference between an analyst and a senior analyst and a principal analyst is tenure. Your skillset will be limited here.

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    FINRA Response

    July 15, 2020Community Manager

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on your experience working at FINRA. We are glad you found the mission inspired you. We are sorry to hear you found our technology to be outdated. We have made big investments in our technology in recent years and we are proud of where we stand today. In fact, just this year we were rated the #1 midsized company to work at in IT.

  10. "Incredible work life balance"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Examiner in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FINRA full-time

    Pros

    FINRA offers a ton of great benefits and truly cares about its employees

    Cons

    I have nothing that would fit the con category.

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