First Derivatives Reviews

Updated 30 Jun 2020

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59%
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First Derivatives CEO Seamus Keating
Seamus Keating
12 Ratings
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  • "Being placed on a project: This is from other people's experiences whereby they ended up staying in Newry not on a project for some time(in 47 reviews)

  • "When you are in client site you almost forget that you work for FD(in 32 reviews)

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  1. "The Experience you need !"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • 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. "Growing business in all its glory"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • 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.

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    "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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    "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

  5. "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.

  6. "Great starter company"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good grad package with an opportunity to work with an excellent portfolio of clients International experience Fast growing company

    Cons

    Lack of support on client site due to company growth

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    "GLORIFIED AGENCY - AVOID IF EXPERIENCED"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Dublin, Dublin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can't think of any, unless you like to be left completely to your own devices with no intereaction.

    Cons

    Where to start! This is not a consulting firm but rather an agency/recruitment firm. FD dump you into the first project they can find, regardless if the project suits your skills. From there on out expect minimal to no interaction from FD. You're essentially any other contractor in the client site now. Good luck if you think you have any say on what project you will go onto next! Absolutely no structure or thought given to your self-development or progression. Which makes it hilarious at the end of year HR meeting when this is asked of you. Very one sided to expect everything from the employee when the employer is not willing to make any effort to begin with. Sick to think of the daily rate (€450) they earn from each consultant being based on client site while paying out in pennies a fraction of this to us!

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    "Financial Engineer"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Financial Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Travel opportunities - Generous expenses package - Meet similar people

    Cons

    - Not much opportunities for advancement - When contracted to certain places you can meet some degree of hostility from those who are not contracted - Gossipy place to work - High turnover

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good Starter Company"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work for a big FinTech company anywhere across the globe. Good benefits package - accomodation, expenses, healthcare

    Cons

    Lack of control over your own career - you could get pulled from client site at any point in time to be put on another project in potentially another country and doing an entirely different role. No transparency in annual review process - HR hadn't a clue what role I was even doing

  10. Helpful (3)

    "Caveat Emptor"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

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

    Pros

    Travel opportunities Responsibility when on client site

    Cons

    HR a nightmare to deal with Uncertainty

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