Pros: benefits are amazing, esp persons wanting to start a family. they offer 5k a year for pursuing a degree or certificate.
Cons: star, the time tracking system. management lacks expertise, people skills and could care less about the noted low moral. very little career progression.
In Fixed Income Investigations you are asked what schedule you would like (7:30-4; 8:30-5) and you are expected to STICK to it. Please don't show up 15 minutes past your start time; you will soon see an email from your boss asking you to explain your whereabouts so they can report to their boss about why you were late! Yes, seriously.
In Fixed Income – more... Investigations, the management team will hire ANYONE to be a team leader/manager, qualified or not! Knowing the job and products regulated or not! So long as they get some chump they can push and poke and force to stress their team members until they conform.
In Fixed Income Investigations, turnover is high. As in the most senior staffer could be in the role for as little as 1.5-2 years. For most analyst, the 'honeymoon' period ends after 3-6mos, and after a year...you are looking for a job somewhere else. Most persons are out the door after they reach 2 years.
One thing FINRA never mentions during the interview is the company's use of STAR, a time tracking program that requires employees to represent how they spend their time each and every day. In some groups this is not a big deal. However, in Fixed Income Investigations, staff members are asked to enter their time on a daily basis. Managers are required to review time on a weekly basis and then submit a report to their boss noting any issues with their staff and how they have addressed the problem. So there's a lot of "you spent too much time on this case...."
Micromanaging is they way they prefer to do it. There is no team camaraderie, and moral is in the toilet. (as evidenced by the survey results discussed at the annual All Hands Meeting).
FINRA, particualry Fixed INcome Investigations, is a decent place to work for stability, a set schedule, and great benefits, but, if you want to apply for a job here, find someone who can give you the skinny before you accept an offer. They do a good job of selling the positions but it will suck the life out of you! – less