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Diversity of work experience: Regulation & Finance
Principal Analyst (Former Employee) –  New York, NYNovember 11, 2018
The culture of FINRA is that of compliance, most come from a legal background, or within the realm of financial compliance or risk management. FINRA has a widely known reputation outside of the firm as being a hard and stern enforcement agency, as an independent SRO it features some rules that are roughly outdated and cumbersome for organizations. If you work for the firm, be prepared to run into awkward conversations with former financial firm colleagues. Within the firm, a lot of the work takes a very direct relation to learning how to enforce and regulate more effectively. Right now a focus is on modernizing and using as much data as possible to inform decisions, especially at a market surveillance level.
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A Need to improve
Technology Specialist (Former Employee) –  New York, NYOctober 18, 2018
A job that I was able to grow, turned into a job in a box. The problem was there was way too many layers of management with many managers not having a clue what they were doing or talking about.

Some SVP's are so scared to push out and try new things, that they live in their little boxes and this I feel holds FINRA back from being a successful growing company capable of doing some really good things. The rank and file of the company is fantastic. Some really great minds there, that are being held back and not allowed to grow.

Too many upper level SVP's in technology especially, love to point fingers because they know very little. This company could be a great company if people would get out of their own way. Some are not only scared of upper level management, but they actually know very little about what should be done.
Pros
Salary, benefits, remote working.
Cons
Short sighted, poor upper management. The executive group needs to get down in the mud to see what is happening.
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3.0
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Decent Company
Market Surveillance Regulatory Analyst (Former Employee) –  New York, NYOctober 12, 2018
Decent company to work for. People there are easy to work with and the environment is fairly relaxed. Unfortunately, there is a high turnover rate.
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super
Financial Analyst (Former Employee) –  New York, NYOctober 11, 2018
It was a great experience to learn the regulatory side of the financial sector. I had knowledgeable mentors who were there to help me when help was needed
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Good place to work
Backup Administrator (Former Employee) –  Rockville, MDSeptember 10, 2018
If you have the time and the opportunity to be busy at your job then this is the place to be. Management is very kind and the atmosphere is very accommodating.
Pros
Lunch and free time to do what you need to
Cons
Very demanding
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Excellent Company
Regulatory Analyst (Former Employee) –  New York, NYAugust 20, 2018
FINRA was the dream company to work at. there were many opportunities to advance a career and management was very supportive. Always was mentoring about financial freedom and saving
Pros
All good
Cons
none I could think of
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good corporate environment
Technical Project Lead, Architect (Former Employee) –  Rockville, MDAugust 18, 2018
Large government-like company in the private sector. Good life-work balance, stable and consistent workflows. On the offset, larger amount of bureaucracy and slow evolution
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heavy work load
Senior Developer (Current Employee) –  Rockville, MDAugust 18, 2018
advance technology ,lots of learning opportunity.

title working schedule, have to work overtime every day, have to support deployment every weekend..
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Going downhill fast.
Technology Lead (Former Employee) –  RockvilleAugust 2, 2018
Used to be a decent place to work, but no longer. Struggling financially due to lack of technical innovation resulting in the loss of major customers. Too risk averse to change.

Mass layoffs are becoming a yearly occurrence.
Pros
OK benefits. Work with smart, interesting people.
Cons
Nothing technically exciting/challenging anymore. Layoffs.
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Oppressive Atmosphere
Analyst I (Current Employee) –  Rockville, MDJuly 16, 2018
bureaucratic, hierarchical, zero openness to new ideas and innovation. management entrenched and not able to inspire. policies to allow for telework and other flexibility are not evenly applied.. certain groups are allowed and others are not. non-collaborative across teams. quiet, depressing environment.
Pros
great benefits
Cons
terrible culture
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3.0
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Stable but Sedentary
Senior Examiner (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CAJune 19, 2018
FINRA is an excellent place to work if you desire security and benefits and seek little else. Management at FINRA rarely changes, though examiners experience a much higher turn-over rate. As a result, FINRA is not a very dynamic or inspiring place to work, though it is steady.
Pros
Good Benefits
Cons
Horrible Morale and Culture
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Examiner (Current Employee) –  NYC, NYMay 30, 2018
Room for advancement is limited in certain positions, eventually hit a ceiling with opportunities. Great work/life balance, and intelligent colleagues.
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Great co-workers / Terrible Senior Mangement
Associate Principal Compliance Examiner (Former Employee) –  New York, NYMay 28, 2018
The workload is overbearing with unrealistic deadlines demanded by management that have no appreciation for the employees' efforts and after hour commitments.

Currently FINRA is laying off - the low level employees with a pension to "save money"...

If they had concept of saving money - FINRA would lay off the top 10% highest paid employees since they bring ZERO value to the any of the examination work product.

FINRA would be a great place if they passed the money down to the lower level employees who bear the brunt of the work load.
Pros
Great co-workers / Nice health benefits
Cons
Terrible Senior Management with zero concept of the work difficulty
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Great Work Life Balance
Associate Principal Examiner (Current Employee) –  New York, NYMay 4, 2018
Great environment to learn about the US regulatory industry. Very collaborative environment. You will build perhaps your best working relationships here as everyone is supportive and willing to assist you succeed. Staff can work remotely at least once a week , some more depending on your group. Gets busy with multiple deadlines , however you are not required to work late. Get the work done on time however you see fit - work late or take it home with you. Not for profit organization and so the base salary is not as competitive as other entities. Otherwise, great company to work for!
Pros
Work life balance and great exposure.
Cons
Base salary.
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Used to be good...
Manager (Current Employee) –  Rockville, MDMarch 28, 2018
Company is failing financially and management is archaic and slow to respond. Compensation is not in tune with cost of living in DC area. Certain departments are resistant to remote work making work/life balance challenging. Benefits are great.
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Great work life balance
Sales Practice Examiner (Current Employee) –  Woodbridge, NJMarch 27, 2018
I work exactly 40 hours per week. I work from home two days a week which saves me money for commute. Pay comes with salary and bonus. My office is a relatively older group so advancement to management is a log jam but moving through the ranks until manager is possible.
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Great place to work
Director of Media Relations (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCMarch 21, 2018
Organization does great work to help protect investors by building and maintaining integrity of our markets. Turn over of employees seemed a bit high a few years ago.
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Loved it here!
Desktop Support Analyst Intern (Former Employee) –  Rockville, MDMarch 18, 2018
I was an intern at FINRA @ Rockville location. I was serving as a desktop support analyst. I loved it here, the culture and the people. I wish I could've stayed but there were no openings available.
Pros
lunch, people, culture
Cons
nothing
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Application Security Engineering Intern (Former Employee) –  Rockville, MDFebruary 12, 2018
Intern program is set up well, but my manager did not spend a lot of time with me and the learning was not there and he expected deliverables without teaching. But the goals of the dept and company are strong and it is a fun place to work and the people that work there are very friendly and eager to mentor you.
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Good experience
Junior Java Developer (Current Employee) –  Rockville, MDJanuary 26, 2018
. Lots of resources available
. State of the art access to new technologies
. Casual work environment
. Very collegial teams
. Amazing cafeteria with many selections
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