FCA Employee Reviews about "interesting work"

Updated 22 Jan 2021

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Pros
  • "There is a the opportunity for great work life balance(in 152 reviews)

  • "Interesting work that is genuinely improving the lives of UK Citizens(in 71 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Career progression can be difficult(in 41 reviews)

  • "Decision making processes very long(in 18 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Intern

      Internship

      8 Jan 2021 - Intern 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Health benefits, sick pay and interesting work

      Cons

      No cons that I can think of

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Good organisation, poor progression, confusing strategy.

      22 Jan 2021 - Senior Associate in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good people trying to do the right thing, the organisation cares about its staff, flexible working arrangements, interesting work.

      Cons

      Progression at the junior level is terribly slow, significantly impacting remuneration and morale, forcing most of the good home grown talent to depart for more senior roles elsewhere. Frequent changes in senior leadership and strategy creating confusion on direction of travel.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Interesting place to work but no career progression

      17 Jan 2021 - Senior Associate in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Interesting work that is genuinely improving the lives of UK Citizens Good pay initially, however increases are minimal (1-2%) and very good bonus Great work life balance for Financial Services

      Cons

      Lack of career progression - no such thing as a promotion. If you want to progress you have to pray someone more senior leaves, and even if that occurs they may award the position to someone external or remove the position and call it a saving.

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    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to work but needs a lot of improvement

      9 Jan 2021 - Paralegal in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Really interesting work and cases, great training opportunities (even for junior staff) I have developed a lot since working here and have been encouraged to take on more challenging work. The work is very varied. Overall I enjoyed working here however there are many things that could be improved.

      Cons

      If you are permanent staff this is a good place to work. However FTC/Temps are treated pretty badly and are often let go without much notice. Its very difficult to get a perm job despite what HR tell you when joining. They told me the temp status was only was until my probation was over. They said paralegals hired before me had all been offered permanent jobs after six months, and I would to - provided I passed my probation. I found out that this was not true after I joined. The FCA do not like creating perm positions so you will most likely be let go before two years, and I know many who have despite being competent and well liked. This is also bad for teams because they have to bring in new people to train which obviously has an impact in terms of capacity etc especially as it often takes months to recruit replacements. It’s also not great for the culture having a high turnover. Very long work hours - there is too much work and too little staff. Even junior staff are expected to work long hours to keep on top of deadlines. I often feel swamped with work. However, there is no overtime paid and for FTC/Temps there are no bonuses either (again despite what you are told when joining) so it’s very unfair as you are basically working a full time job (and part time job If you add up the extra hours - & working for free) The remuneration for the amount of work and hours you do is terrible and managers have no empathy for this. I know great mangers but equally I had one who was known to be difficult to work with and had a history of bullying issues so why this person was given line management responsibility is very strange. It can be extremely cliquey (almost reminiscent of high school) it definitely comes down who you know not what you know in terms of progression. I also feel as though if you are from a different background you can be made to feel like abit of an outcast, very London centric and there is pressure to ‘fit into the culture’. Also the organisation is very overly concerned with policy and procedure at the expense of efficiency or common sense.

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    5. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      A mixed bag but generally good

      10 Jan 2021 - Associate in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Interesting work Some nice people to work with Mostly collaborative environment Development opportunities (although not necessarily internal promotion opportunities but good for CV)

      Cons

      Politics in the middle management layer Associate's often treated like children even though you could be in your 30s/40s I couldn't always be myself Annual Review process is not run very well

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      2 people found this review helpful
    6. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Too much inexperience amongst management and a lack of focus on the day job.

      12 Jul 2020 - Senior Associate in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Interesting work that is challenging, impactful and worthwhile. Good focus on employee welfare and physical working conditions. Progression if you tick the right boxes.

      Cons

      No consequence for failing to deliver or missing deadlines. Staff regularly utilised for career progressing pet projects by managers and above that don't align to business plan or organisation's goals. In some areas it currently feels like you're being made to feel complicit if you don't explicitly subscribe to political movements and statements. Bonuses and objectives for HoD level and above seem too political and don't align to what industry or consumers would expect for the fees being paid. Some blogs that have been approved for publication externally have a political slant e.g. relating to USA politics or Brexit that are contrary to staff guidelines but seem to pass scrutiny. Losing its way through political correctness now it has brought in lots of former civil servants and continues to live in the bubble of London. Focus on the day job please!

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      5 people found this review helpful
    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Good place

      16 Jan 2021 - Senior Associate in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Friendly people, interesting work, great work life balance

      Cons

      Remuneration and career progression can be slow

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Generally a very nice place to work

      20 Nov 2020 - Manager in London, England, England
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      Pros

      - interesting work - ok hours - public sector mandate -friendly / family friend environment

      Cons

      - pays less than the private sector - bureaucratic

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    9. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      tbc

      8 Dec 2020 - Senior Associate in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      worklife balance; interesting work sometimes; respectful work environment

      Cons

      ridiculous bureaucracy (up to 15 people to review and opine on a document who no one will bother read in the end); hiring people with little or no experience to do specialist regulatory roles. constant revolving door of staff; management are like headless chickens when something negative about an FCA regulated firm hits the news.

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    10. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Fair enough but hard to progress

      17 Jul 2020 - Associate in Stratford, London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good people, interesting work, good pay for the hours. Couldn't fault them for trying to lead on good behaviours.

      Cons

      Politics, favourites, career progression, London Centric. Sometimes the rhetoric can be a little hollow and its time to move on. You can be a square peg for only so long before the novelty wears off and you don't fit.

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      1 person found this review helpful
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