FactSet
3.7 of 5 406 reviews
www.factset.com Norwalk, CT 5000+ Employees

FactSet Reviews

Updated Apr 03, 2014
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3.7 406 reviews

                             

90% Approve of the CEO

FactSet Chairman and CEO Philip A. Hadley

Philip A. Hadley

(298 ratings)

80% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Perfect work-life balance for example you will get mentor when you are on boarding"
    in 65 reviews
  • "very good work life balance; nice coworkers; no pushing; soft deadline; free lunch"
    in 92 reviews
Cons:
  • "The company seems to balance out the work/life balance very well"
    in 11 reviews
  • "No career path unless sales, Motherly management unable to face tough problems head on"
    in 12 reviews
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Good job for undergraduates

Account Executive (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at FactSet full-time for more than 3 years

ProsInitial training of 6 weeks
Great level of responsibility given to consultants/account executives
Great team spirit

ConsWork/Life Balance
Average compensation is below the market

Advice to Senior ManagementInvest more in your committed employees

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good place to start a career

Account Executive (Former Employee)
London, England

I worked at FactSet full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood work culture, dynamic, youthful with a strong sense of "everyone in it together". Lots of social interaction, both in the office and with evenings/lunches out

ConsPay is not very generous, especially after the first step of your career there. Company strategy seems to have hit a bit of a wall - growth is not as fast as before and the company do not seem to be aggressively searching for new growth opportunities.

Advice to Senior ManagementPay better to keep talent from leaving the company. Look to move the company to the next level by investing in new areas for growth.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Unbeatable first job, nowhere to go after 18 months

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at FactSet full-time for more than 3 years

ProsPeople, Culture, Broad exposure to financial world, meeting CIOs, CEOs on their level from the start, impossible to get fired

ConsNo career path unless sales, Motherly management unable to face tough problems head on

Advice to Senior ManagementYou're hiring professionals, not children. Reward the highest performers, don't focus on keeping the worst performers

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Consultant

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at FactSet full-time

ProsCompany helps to obtain certificates

Consyou are more like an IT consultant

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A good place to start

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
London, England

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

ProsOpportunities to learn all about finance and the financial world

ConsSocial life seems to be limited to job function - not much mixing as a whole

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Legacy technologies and database update systems

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsGreat people to work with. All fun loving humble engineers.

ConsTransferrable skills in your dreams.
You hire excellent engineers to maintain data update systems?
You recruit from Universities and you haven't increased your starting pay for the past 10 years. Where have you considered inflation? Least starting salary in the Financial software field.
The year you join, you are given a flat hike no matter how well you do. Justification is that there wasn't enough time to prove your skills.
So in 2 years, you would only have actually completed 1 proper appraisal cycle.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf you want young engineers to stay, pay them well enough and they will work more and give you the best. Tell your HR to do some market research regarding starting pay. Hiring immigrants and sponsoring them doesn't mean they won't leave you for another job. 30 years and still not a billion dollar firm. That says it all.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to start a career. Hard work and loyalty is noticed

Account Manager (Current Employee)
London, England

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

ProsPerks
People
Work Life Balance
Free Lunch Mon-Thu
Interesting Work

Constoo much bureauacracy and admin work

Advice to Senior ManagementMore transparency to bonus system

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Consultant (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at FactSet full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat work experience and environment

ConsNothing special to mention here

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A very good multinational company with a friendly environment that overcomes the competition by far.

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at FactSet as an intern for less than a year

ProsA friendly environment, active company, good and valuable projects, always something to learn from. The compensation and benefits are very helpful. All of the employees respect the culture and values.

ConsI do not have any cons against the company. The company seems to balance out the work/life balance very well.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Software Engineer (Former Employee)
London, England

I worked at FactSet as an intern for less than a year

ProsGreat working environment. Lovely people, all very friendly. Free snacks and lunch 4/5 days a week! Free work laptop.

ConsPay! The pay isn't great. As an Intern you get a gross amount of £1,800 per month (which after tax and national insurance works out to less than £1,400 per month) on which living in London over the summer is extremely hard!

The work isn't exactly what you'd call stimulating either, just mundane day-to-day systems programming mainly.

Finally the starting salary is £32,000 with no sign-on bonus (and from what I've heard bonuses in general are almost non-existent in the company) which is pretty poor for a London based finance company.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou've got a great company culture, but you seriously lack in terms of pay. The company's profits have been rising for 10+ years straight now, so to keep this going you should pay your employees a competitive city salary!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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