Many long-term employees would agree, privately, that there has been a noticeable drop in morale. This is based on recent changes which substantially reduced long held feelings of trust and expectations.
You do get vacations, personal days and a decent benefits package. But the management is regressive. There is a new push to rectify this aspect of it, but only time will tell
I enjoyed my time at FINRA immensely. The management of FINRA, while focused on the goal of investor protection, works with the staff to ensure a pleasant place to work. Staff treated each other with professionalism. As with any job, deadlines had to be met and budgets held to. Overall FINRA was a great place to work.
Great way of getting your foot in the door. You have the ability to meet multiple members of management and start building a network for your career. They don't always have job opportunities available upon completion of the internship, but it will certainly give you good experience to carry with you.
Various (Current Employee) – Various – October 5, 2015
pros: good benefits, worklife programs cons: bad management, ineffective policies, beaurocracy, stagnant wages, more work is expected every year for the same pay and not enough resources, worklife programs are not available to everyone with the same consistency, disconnect between executive understanding of how the company works vs the middle management way of doing things, high turnover
Director (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – September 4, 2015
FINRA is a regulatory organization which means that the bulk of the work involves either compliance or examinations. If that is the sort of work you like, it is a good place to work, where the hours are reasonable and the employees are treated well. At this time, there are some unknowns about management structure that can make it a stressful experience for some.
About what you'd expect. Professional setting with minimal room for creativity or deviation. Typical day: arrive on time, punch the clock, drink coffee, answer emails, go to lunch, post-lunch nap, more coffee, more emails, go home anddddddd repeat.
Enforcement Legal Extern (Current Employee) – Jericho, NY – March 27, 2013
I love working at FINRA! Every single day, I feel the pride of it's employees when fulfilling their mission on keeping investors confident in the markets and holding broker-dealers accountable for their action or inaction.