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FactSet Lead Software Engineer Reviews

Updated 30 Oct 2019

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  1. Helpful (16)

    "A sinking ship ... work elsewhere"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - plenty of opportunities and learning - cloud focus to build marketable skills - decent internal tooling for most departments

    Cons

    - rapidly declining morale - declining fiscal outlook - lots of moving stuff to India - no pay raises since 2017. mediocre raises and bonuses otherwise. - most good engineers are interviewing or already out the door. You'll be here with largely B players. Some departments are still ok but it's hit or miss. - deteriorating benefits. If you have a family get ready for high copays or a huge bill

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  2. Helpful (2)

    "Work/Life Balance"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Norwalk, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance Challenging Opportunity for growth

    Cons

    Lots of legacy... So much legacy


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Review"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Norwalk, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture is a definite plus

    Cons

    Nothing major to report here

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  4. "Lead Software Engineer"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Norwalk, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FactSet full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lunch mon-thu Snacks, coffee and various snacks are freely available Work life balance Good work gets rewarded Flexible schedule including working from home available

    Cons

    Some take advantage of the work life balance The company let's non performers linger to long Business analysts don't visit clients enough

  5. "Review Title"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FactSet full-time

    Pros

    great place to work. free lunch.

    Cons

    no chipotle on the lunch menu

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  6. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Norwalk, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to start a career as they make you feel like you're part of a team... very collegiate feeling. There are some very smart people that work at the company, but a number of them are on their way out fed-up with indecision in some areas of the company.

    Cons

    Technology choices are old (VMS for example) and while they're trying hard to update, it's taking FOREVER. They will also make you fight for a top salary... you can get one, but they're not going to give it to you.

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  7. Helpful (2)

    "A good place to work, but need to beef up its appeal"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Norwalk, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FactSet full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work life balance. Friendly people. Ample physical cube/office space.

    Cons

    Compensation could be more competitive, and tilted more to reward performance.

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  8. Helpful (9)

    "FactSet is a great place to work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Norwalk, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    FactSet compensates very well, especially those who exceed expectations. Many of the other benefits are also very nice. - Employees start with 3 weeks' paid vacation. - Monday-Thursday you get a subsidy for the cafeteria that is enough to cover lunch. - Parents of newborns enjoy paid maternity/paternity leave. The projects are interesting and challenging. FactSet is very goal-oriented, so others are motivated as much as you are. The culture is healthy, and goals tend to be aligned from team to team.

    Cons

    FactSet has made some business decisions over the years that have put it in the position of needing to hire more engineers than it can. - What FactSet was doing 20 years ago was state-of-the-art. The environment that we operate in today is archaic. Engineers have to put a lot of effort in to simply maintain what we have. They also will not typically get experience in what is the industry standard. - We can't simply switch to what is state-of-the-art today because FactSet's clients do not like change. Over the years, bugs have become features. It is extremely difficult to make major infrastructure improvements, even if that means we fix bugs in the meantime. Work-life balance is good, but more can be done to improve it. - Many engineers have on-call responsibilities. Senior management and people in other departments do not appreciate how difficult it can be to work all night and then have to work all day. - Having been at FactSet many years, I have seen perks diminish and go away entirely. I suppose these are natural growing pains, but I wanted to list these things anyway. - Home internet reimbursement for people with on-call responsibilities. - The ability to invite a date / spouse to the holiday party. - A summer picnic. - Lunch on Fridays. - The lunch subsidy is not increased for inflation. - Tuition reimbursement. (Used to be 100%. It went away entirely, then came back capped at what FactSet can deduct.) These complaints are far outweighed by the positive side of working at FactSet. Overall, I am a happy employee.

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  9. "A challenging and rewarding role at a large, but personal global company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Lead Software Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FactSet

    Pros

    FactSet has provided me with opportunities to meet new people, learn new technologies and provided space to develop ideas into fully fledged products. The team ethic at FactSet is second to none and selfless way in which team members help others achieve goals for the benefit of all leads to great rewards. Senior execs are happy to speak with new recruits in the hallways and no question is off limit. It really helps cement the feeling that my opinions are taking and considered seriously and courteously.

    Cons

    If you don't like travel, then sometimes the intercontinental trips can become tiresome, but that is something that is easily overcome. If you don't like open offices that foster communication between teams and team members, then you can always put on some headphones and listen to some tunes.

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  10. "Great place to Launch your career"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Lead Software Engineer in Norwalk, CT
    Recommends
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FactSet

    Pros

    a lot of smart and very knowledgeable engineers that are willing to share information and ideas. as an engineer it is very easy to work on different projects or experiment/learn with new languages.

    Cons

    headquarters is in Norwalk, ct where most of engineering is.

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