First Derivatives Reviews

Updated 19 Jan 2021

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3.3
65%
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First Derivatives CEO Seamus Keating
Seamus Keating
27 Ratings
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  • "Can spend a lot of time in Newry if unlucky with projects(in 54 reviews)

  • "When you are in client site you almost forget that you work for FD(in 31 reviews)

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  1. "The Experience you need !"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Approaching my 9th month with the company, I can share an amazing travel opportunity, valuable expenses package and stable project experience with one of the most considerable FD client. Feel like I have everything I need.

    Cons

    Projects might come later than expected but it is worth it waiting for them

  2. "Great opportunities to travel"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate KDB Developer in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get opportunities around the world and can develop at tier 1 banks which looks great for the CV

    Cons

    Very VERY niche skills you learn. This means they are virtually useless in other industries so you need to make sure its a road you are happy to take for a long time.

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  3. "Good company to start with"

    4.0
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    • Diversity & Inclusion
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Cork
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at First Derivatives full-time

    Pros

    Great expenses package Good training and experience Opportunities to travel

    Cons

    Can get stuck in Newry and not receive the expenses package.

  4. "Consultant"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Travel, opportunities to get into the finance department, expense package

    Cons

    salary is low because of expense package

  5. "Good place to work for Travel and Exposure opportunities"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Financial Engineer 

    I have been working at First Derivatives full-time

    Pros

    Exposure to excellent portfolio of clients Salary is competitive for NI average

    Cons

    Difficult to ascertain what personal development plan and career progression route can be

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good Graduate Job....Not good after 4/5 years"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at First Derivatives full-time

    Pros

    - If you're lucky enough to travel to big cities it can offer great opportunities - If you perform well you'll know it because often you'll get jobs offers from clients or other consultancies working on site - If you're on the Kx side of the business you're very well taken care of

    Cons

    - Capital Markets Consulting side of the business lacks strategy and decent leadership particularly on the people side. - HQ in Newry seem to be a unnecessary blocker on many things. Would do them the world of good to let the reigns go. - HR are quite unprofessional and could use fresh external blood in the leadership team who have the power to make the change required to retain staff. - Performance reviews and remuneration are often not based on contribution, value and client feedback. Its all a game of luck on who shouts loudest. They find it difficult to differentiate between those who carry teams and the dead weight who don't deserve promotions.

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  7. "Growing business in all its glory"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at First Derivatives full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Generous package, pushing the female technology agenda.

    Cons

    As with all quickly growing businesses, sometimes HQ not quick enough with on the ground staff.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "opaque company, dont apply"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not many besides travel, business model is exhausted

    Cons

    Opaque, good projects are little to non Existant

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  9. Helpful (8)

    "Wouldn't Recommend"

    1.0
    Former Employee - Data Scientist 

    I worked at First Derivatives full-time

    Pros

    If you are lucky you might get to travel somewhere

    Cons

    The job title Data Scientist is very misleading

  10. "Graduate"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at First Derivatives full-time

    Pros

    Good exposure to great clients

    Cons

    Communication is very poor from HR.

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