First Derivatives Reviews

Updated Oct 22, 2021

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3.4
60%
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First Derivatives CEO Seamus Keating
Seamus Keating
72 Ratings
Pros
  • "Reasonable expenses package when out on project(in 67 reviews)

  • "Opportunity to Travel around the world(in 65 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "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. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Great company

      Apr 6, 2021 - Financial Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
      Recommend
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      Pros

      There are plenty of different project which help you develop your skills in different areas

      Cons

      Very little chance of promotion if you don't know the right people.

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    2. 2.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Not a good place to work

      Oct 20, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Opportunity to travel (if lucky)

      Cons

      misleading promises to employees - most get farmed out to jobs/locations that they have no choice in

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Experiences Differs

      Sep 7, 2021 - Financial Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Dynamic, Young workforce, Lots of oppurtunities

      Cons

      Management promise lots but fail to deliver. International travel has been revoked

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    4. 3.0
      Current Employee

      okay

      Aug 31, 2021 - Project Manager in Dublin, Dublin
      Recommend
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      Pros

      young workforce but work hard

      Cons

      work you to the bone

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    5. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Avoid if you've any ambition

      Jun 11, 2021 - Financial Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The only pro that comes to mind is the potential to add tier 1 banks onto your CV, this is ultimately pot luck however as you have no say in what companies you work for or what you end up doing.

      Cons

      HR - Where to begin with this one, could be here all day. I've been with the firm for two years and have had one conversation with HR about my progress at the one year point. Weekly reports are a joke, no one reads them. I raised many issues with my project and week after week they are ignored, don't bother filling them in. The CMTP programme that is so highly advertised by FD is nothing more than smoke and mirrors, people with zero financial experience can breeze through the entire course in about two weeks as you're given a cheat sheet on the first day by lads already in the company. HR know they exist but pat you on the back for getting them done and lick their lips because they can sell you to clients because of your newly found control F skills. The opportunity to travel is also a charade, you've entered a lottery by signing on and fingers crossed you get that 1 great project. For anyone else like myself you'll get shipped out to do tasks banks couldn't be bothered getting their permanent employees to do in Belfast or Dublin. My experience has consisted of copying and pasting files and filling out excel sheets for the grand majority of my two years. I graduated with a finance degree and have not had to use anything I've learned at all during my time at Uni, a monkey could do my job. This whole job really is luck of the draw and it doesn't matter what your degree is, what experience you have. They'll send you anywhere they can to start earning the £££££ and wash their hands of you once you're on client site. If you kick up a stink, scream loud enough and prove to be that much of a nuisance to HR they'll offer better roles ,I've seen it happen but good luck. Theres a 3 month notice period if you want to leave which is 3x longer than any other firm and also a 5 grand penalty or 2.5 grand penalty if you want to leave within your first or second year in the grad programme respectively. The business model here is simple, advertise highly decorated grad students to employers at a cheap rate, pay them buttons and spit them out after the two years. The employee turnover is so high for a reason, there is no opportunity for growth past your two years. Use FD as a stepping stone if you must but don't overstay your welcome if you have any crumb of ambition.

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Can be great, can be a big risk

      May 9, 2021 - Business Analyst 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great starting opportunity for grads, gives the possibility of working abroad and doing some travelling while getting your career off the ground. FD can be a great experience but to make sure you get the right side of the coin have to make yourself heard and be confident.

      Cons

      Communication from HR can be poor.

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Great Company for First Grad Job

      May 5, 2021 - Consultant in Dublin, Dublin
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Full expense package including accommodation, food, travel etc.

      Cons

      Poor salary review process, lack of communication from Management downwards.

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Better rewards needed

      May 5, 2021 - Business Analyst in Dublin, Dublin
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Friendly people, working with great technology

      Cons

      Long working hours, better rewards needed

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Brilliant place to work!!

      Mar 29, 2021 - Business Analyst in Dublin, Dublin
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Progression, Education support, Excellent Grad programme

      Cons

      Could be more project options outside the financial services industry

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    10. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Pros

      Intake groups are good for meeting others in the company

      Cons

      Bad They are cowboys, full of lies. I sat around from 9-6 every day with no work to do. Every week they would tell you a new story that you would have a job but it was never true We were treated like children

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