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Financial Conduct Authority Reviews

Updated 16 October 2017
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Pros
  • Great work life balance and lots of flexibility (in 62 reviews)

  • Interesting work with the opportunity for exposure to very senior industry practitioners (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • The move to Stratford in 2018 has caused a lot of upheaval (in 12 reviews)

  • There is limited career progression (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (5)

    "Great Place to be"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Financial Conduct Authority full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everybody I have met in my time here is very helpful and wants you to succeed, which is quite different to the commercial world where it is often dog eat dog. Alongside that the work is meaningful, rewarding and makes a difference, what more could you want?

    Cons

    There are few down sides unless you look very hard to try to find the negative.


  2. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good professional atmosphere, Very Friendly staff

    Cons

    I do not have any


  3. "Good place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Financial Conduct Authority full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent team spirit and training opportunities. Varied roles and possibility for development both internally and externally.

    Cons

    Like many government departments there can be a tendency to seek decisions by committee rather than an individual basis although that is a minor point.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good work/life balance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Financial Conduct Authority full-time

    Pros

    Good work/life balance
    Great benefits
    Friendly colleagues

    Cons

    Bureaucratic
    Lack of career progression
    Political
    No consultation regarding move to Stratford

    Advice to Management

    Create more development opportunities, and career progression should be based on merit and not 'who you know'.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Associate in London, England
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Financial Conduct Authority (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance is good

    Cons

    Lack of progression and talent management leading to high attrition rates and loss of talented staff

    Advice to Management

    Create more development opportunities, promote on merit and not length of service


  7. "Working at the FCA"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Financial Conduct Authority part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting and varied work that makes a difference in the real world.
    Collaborative working environment and helpful and friendly colleagues.

    Cons

    Management and leadership is very poor, overly bureaucratic and managers are not empowered to make decisions. The actual experience does not match the rhetoric in terms of career development opportunities. The organisation does not act in a way that shows it values and wants to retain experienced employees. The career structure does not allow for meaningful progression of people with technical expertise who do not want to be people managers.
    The open plan environment without adequate quiet space is not conducive to concentration on the technical issues that the work demands. People are often subject to unreasonable workloads so that work life balance is not possible.

    Advice to Management

    Create a career structure that demonstrates you value the technical expertise without which the organisation could not function.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "salary"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Financial Conduct Authority full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good place to work for

    Cons

    Dont wanna move to stratford

    Advice to Management

    Not enough British ethnics employed!

    Financial Conduct Authority Response

    7 Sep 2017 – Graduate Recruiter

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We understand that a move to a new office can feel like a big change, however hopefully you can appreciate all the benefits that come with moving... More


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Interesting work but poorly run"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Financial Conduct Authority full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The work is important and the central role in financial services means the work is always interesting and evolving.

    Cons

    This is an organisation that doesn’t value staff. Senior management are incredibly poor quality and go out of their way to blame junior staff for their own failings. In addition, the benefits are poor and working conditions aren’t as good as they think they are.

    The organisation is constantly talking about changing itself but senior management are incapable of this - and appoint people who are incapable of this.

    Staff development and progression is poor. They constantly talk about the training they provide - however this is focused on the senior management.

    Advice to Management

    The best decision I made was leaving. The organisation is dysfunctional and poorly run.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Ups and downs"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Financial Conduct Authority full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work with the opportunity for exposure to very senior industry practitioners.

    Cons

    Often a political and extremely bureaucratic environment. Can be extremely slow to progress work though multiple governance layers.


  11. "Good benefits and career progression"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Uxbridge, England
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Uxbridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Financial Conduct Authority full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and career progression opportunities after one years service

    Cons

    Social diversity can be improved in certain business areas but know this is something resourcing is working on


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