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First Derivatives Reviews

Updated 18 Jun 2019

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3.3
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59%
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73%
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First Derivatives CEO Brian Conlon
Brian Conlon
85 Ratings
Pros
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  • "Locals from Newry have great chances to be assigned in great locations(in 39 reviews)

  • "Can feel disconnected from HQ when on client site(in 21 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent company with great potential for graduates to progress in their careers!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Engineer in Newry, Northern Ireland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at First Derivatives full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent Capital Market Training Programme (CMTP) which gives graduates a great insight in to all aspects within the tech and finance industry. Very helpful and accomodating HR and staff providing great support to graduates from day 1. Great social events on a monthly basis which create a good sense of team bonding between all staff.

    Cons

    Have not experienced any cons to date! Company are always constantly looking for feedback to improve all aspects of employee well being.

    Advice to Management

    Try to increase the female to male ratio as it is currently predominately male around the offices.

    First Derivatives2019-04-25
  2. "Business Development"

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    Current Employee - Business Development Representative in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great opportunity to travel & for graduates to experience high intensity & exposure situations early in their career. Great opportunity to sell products in industries & regions the company has never been before.

    Cons

    Expenses & accomodation packages can be misleading

    First Derivatives2019-06-13
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Treated like you're already planning on leaving"

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    Current Employee - Financial Engineer in Newry, Northern Ireland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you're VERY lucky, you could be put on an interesting project in a good location

    Cons

    - More than likely going to end up in Newry where you're basically on minimum wage - Management will lie to keep you interested

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees who show a desire to stay and build a career and don't just focus on people from around the catchment area who will stay as its close to home

    First Derivatives2019-05-31
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Financial engineer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Current Employee - Credit Risk Analyst in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy going nature. No stress

    Cons

    Offices need to be refurbished.

    First Derivatives2019-04-17
  5. Helpful (3)

    "One star is a bonus...."

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    Former Employee - Financial Engineer in Newry, Northern Ireland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at First Derivatives full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Well... the only one is you could go out and get completely drunk every night and no one cared/noticed

    Cons

    Where do I even start? - the 5 star reviews on this are made by HR - they make you pay £5k if you leave - need to work 3 months on leaving - will pull you into a room when leaving and say you’ll never make it outside their company and you need them to survive in the financial industry - the jobs you are placed on is no where near your skill set - HR are beyond useless and don’t contact back or sort out your holiday...

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    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff, give them things to do and sort the attitude.

    First Derivatives2019-05-21
  6. "Financial Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Travel and expenses package

    Cons

    Can feel disconnected from HQ when on client site

    First Derivatives2019-04-05
  7. "Work hard and you will see the benefits"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Blank canvas , no-one in front of you to stop you progressing your career.

    Cons

    Lacks some structure and too many mixed messages.

    Advice to Management

    Remember we are all human

    First Derivatives2019-04-01
  8. Helpful (2)

    "A great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Newry, Northern Ireland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at First Derivatives full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Competitive salary - Good work life/social balance - Great training programme - Lots of travel opportunities

    Cons

    No flexitime which most companies offer now.

    Advice to Management

    Consider flextime

    First Derivatives2019-03-15
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Graduates Hate This Company But Glassdoor Rating Stay Average Because Of One Simple Trick"

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    Current Employee - Financial Engineer in Newry, Northern Ireland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Few and far between. Have started going grey since joining. Real hit with the ladies.

    Cons

    These people will screw you harder than Ron Jeremy.

    Advice to Management

    None. They are all-in at this stage, and the time for change has long passed.

    First Derivatives2019-04-13
  10. Helpful (5)

    "Poor Employee Development & Company Culture"

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    Former Employee - Financial Consultant in Newry, Northern Ireland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at First Derivatives full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The accommodation was decent, the starting salary was fair, and there were plenty of intelligent people working there. When one gets out on client site, there are good benefits and travel opportunities.

    Cons

    The company doesn't seem to care about it's employees or their development - you are simply used however they like so that they can make as much money out of you as possible. After being promised to get out on "client site" within a few months, plenty of people were sat in Newry twiddling their thumbs a year or two later, still waiting to get out (it sounds like a prison, and for many, that's how it felt too). There...

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    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees - create a better training programme for them. Work on your company culture.

    First Derivatives2019-04-07
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