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First Derivatives Reviews

Updated 19 Feb 2020

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3.0
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First Derivatives CEO Seamus Keating
Seamus Keating
3 Ratings
Pros
  • "FD expenses package is next to none(in 62 reviews)

  • "great opportunity to travel & for graduates to experience high intensity & exposure situations early in their career(in 56 reviews)

Cons
  • "long days and you will be located in newry for extended periods of time(in 43 reviews)

  • "When you are in client site you almost forget that you work for FD(in 29 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "A great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Financial Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits Culture Exposure to clients Growth Working hours Salary is competitive

    Cons

    Future uncertainty Have projects around the world which can be good or bad depending on your preferences Life is quite unstable when waiting for a project N/A N/A

    First Derivatives2019-01-25
  2. "Wouldn't Recommend"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    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

    First Derivatives2020-02-07
  3. "Graduate"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    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.

    First Derivatives2019-09-11
  4. "Great starter company"

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    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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    First Derivatives2019-08-19
  5. Helpful (5)

    "GLORIFIED AGENCY - AVOID IF EXPERIENCED"

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    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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    First Derivatives2019-07-18
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Financial Engineer"

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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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    First Derivatives2019-04-24
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good Starter Company"

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    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

    First Derivatives2019-04-05
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Caveat Emptor"

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    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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    First Derivatives2019-03-05
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Bizzare company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at First Derivatives full-time

    Pros

    Money is decent all things considered with expenses and accommodation.

    Cons

    Lack of career progression with majority of roles. Doing random roles that banks require. Really just a recruitment agency getting money to throw graduates into roles, regardless of interest or aptitude for the role. Newry. Made up reviews to inflate their glassdoor profile. Shocking contract in which they often claw back pay from employees. Made up training so they can legally take backpay when employees leave before grad programme ends. 3 month notice period. Just a month at normal companies. Making it pure awkward to leave so that weak graduates remain their for two years.

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    First Derivatives2019-03-23
  10. "At the starting line!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Current Employee - Consultant in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I passed the interview stages which were solidly done and I am excited to start on the ground running

    Cons

    None so far. Well run HQ and I can't wait to see the bigger location.

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    First Derivatives2018-11-14

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