FactSet Reviews

Updated 19 September 2014
Updated 19 September 2014
458 Reviews
3.8
458 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Perfect work-life balance for example you will get mentor when you are on boarding (in 66 reviews)

  • very good work life balance; nice coworkers; no pushing; soft deadline; free lunch (in 97 reviews)


Cons
  • The company seems to balance out the work/life balance very well (in 11 reviews)

  • No career path defined and joining diffeent teams is riven with red tape (in 9 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good benefits, but leading nowhere

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    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Sydney
    Current Employee - Consultant in Sydney

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

    Pros

    - Relaxed work environment
    - Good exposure to the industry
    - Solid initial training

    Good benefits:
     - Health Care
     - Lunch
     - Coffee
     - Paid CFA study

    Cons

    - Poor pay (starts low and doesn't take off)
    - Limited avenues for career development. You will most likely have to jump companies to move roles
    - No stock options overseas
    - Lots of career lifers (makes it hard to move up)
    - Limited feeling of achievement or success. You can work hard or take it easy and probably end up in the same place.
    - As a consultant you are bottom of the pile; others benefit from your work more than you do

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase options for career advancement
    Promote and reward achievement

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Smart, nimble company with excellent corporate culture.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at FactSet full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very smart people building world class products. They are very employee-centric and invest a lot of time and money into employee development. I worked there for 5 years and always felt proud to call myself a FactSetter.

    Cons

    As with many small companies that are selective with their hiring to protect the corporate culture, once they start to grow and get bigger there is risk that the corporate culture changes or is diluted and also that with expansion comes execution and integration challenges from acquisitions, etc. There was a bit of that towards the end of my time at FactSet and from what I hear it continued for a bit. Although now things appear to be stabilized.

    At the time I was there, there was not a clearly defined career path for most positions. They did not have even any titles that could be given as a sign of progress or promotion. This was a problem for many employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more time and thought into growth of employees, titles and job promotions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Software engineer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FactSet

    Pros

    Work life balance in the company

    Cons

    There are no opportunities for location change

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  5.  

    Good company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FactSet for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Free lunches, laid back atmosphere, surrounded by really smart and motivated people. FactSet is a great company for new graduates and experienced professionals alike.

    Cons

    FactSet is an engineering company with content, sales and development adjuncts. As such, these other areas are de-emphasized. At times project management and application development can become overly bureaucratized. Overall, it is still a great place to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Flexible, good starting place.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Specialist  in  Norwalk, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Research Specialist in Norwalk, CT (US)

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, great culture and people. Free lunch! Good benefits. Easy going culture.

    Cons

    Lower pay than competitive companies. Freedom and flexibility at times leads to lack of structure.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Best company , Great people great culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Norwalk, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Norwalk, CT (US)

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

    Pros

    People , everybody is really friendly. Lots of team outings and social gatherings.

    Cons

    Great company to work for , love to have Table tennis .

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Software Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at FactSet full-time

    Pros

    culture, people, free lunch, work life balance

    Cons

    old and out-dated technologies, a lot of meetings

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Has been a great company but new management has different values

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President
    Current Employee - Vice President

    I have been working at FactSet full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, develop a great network in the financial community, given a lot of responsibility early in career, community service, free lunch

    Cons

    Change in leadership, lack of loyalty, below average compensation, constantly reorganizing departments, tons of internal politics, much of the office space is outdated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the constant reorganization and promotions based on politics. Get back to the values that have made the company great in the past

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Mixed bag

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FactSet full-time

    Pros

    Not much work pressure. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Favouritism and biased ness to some extent. HR function does not have much say in the matters. Growth opportunities are very limited.

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good salary, lack of opportunity -- best to leave after a year or two.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. You get to work with smart and friendly people. Great spot for one to two years of entry level work.

    Cons

    There doesn't seem to be much of a company vision, and that's somewhat expected given the nature of industry. Lack of learning opportunities. No culture. This all leads to a somewhat unmotivated workforce.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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