First Derivatives Senior Consultant Reviews

Updated Jul 14, 2021

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First Derivatives CEO Seamus Keating
Seamus Keating
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  1. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    FD Jobs

    Mar 18, 2021 - Senior Consultant in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good wage, variety of projects so work remains varied

    Cons

    Not a clear career progression

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  2. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    Not bad

    Jul 14, 2021 - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good to get expierence, get to travel, social

    Cons

    Poor HR, no career development, changing

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  3. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Senior Consultant

    Apr 13, 2021 - Senior Consultant in London, England, England
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The company is re-strategising and part of that involves better employee engagement

    Cons

    Career progression can be unclear

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  4. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Very Progressive

    Apr 1, 2021 - Senior Consultant in London, England, England
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Tier 1 Investment Bank clients - Quick placement if on the bench - Transparency regarding promotions

    Cons

    - Emphasis on sales related targets

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  5. 3.0
    Current Employee

    Lack of perks

    Feb 16, 2021 - Senior Consultant in London, England, England
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    Pros

    Some very friendly members within the firm.

    Cons

    Don't pay for training and development. Must be self-taught and exam fees are only reimbursed IF you pass.

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  6. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Murex Consultant

    Jan 18, 2021 - Senior Consultant in London, England, England
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Diversity of projects and clients

    Cons

    Lack of management and no real structure

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  7. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Good

    Dec 29, 2020 - Senior Consultant in Doha
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Excellent company to work always

    Cons

    Nothing to say about the company

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  8. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Senior Consultant

    Sep 18, 2020 - Senior Consultant in London, England, England
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Very good client opportunities and interesting projects

    Cons

    Pay is not that great

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  9. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    You might get lucky?

    Apr 26, 2020 - Senior Consultant in London, England, England
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Maybe you might get lucky?

    Cons

    Bleary eye’d you emerge from the cheapest flight bookable to your destination. You arrive in an unfamiliar country. You check to see if the accommodation team has emailed you? No. Where am I staying? You google the client’s name – which of their offices should I arrive at? This is only the start. Once they book you into the cheapest last minute AirBnb, you’re faced with the prospect of arriving to the client site with little more direction that “It’s a tech project”. SOWs and LOEs are guidance. Scope Creep is a natural product of a sales team with little knowledge or interest in the actual engagement. You are a number. The days you spend forgotten about in whatever shared services centre you’re left in is their profit. Legal background but got put on data warehouse project? Pity – it’s a “learning opportunity”. Single bed in a room little bigger than a coffin in Brixton? Good luck getting a response to your email. A common refrain is that the travel experience and paid expenses make it worthwhile. Firstly, you have to travel to avail of those expenses – if you’re not lucky, you’ll be asking your housemate if he can drop you to work with his car as you’ve been ‘accommodated’ on the outskirts of Newry for the months. If you do get to travel, you could find yourself anywhere. Naturally, FD highlights NY, Singapore etc. What isn’t highlighted is Glasgow, Belfast, and other backwaters that you will be far more likely to call home. This is a drinking problem with a body-shopping firm. You exchange any personal or professional autonomy for paid bunk beds and food delivery. Try a respectable company.

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  10. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Swings and Roundabouts

    Nov 18, 2019 - Senior Consultant in London, England, England
    Recommend
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    Pros

    I can only speak for the Consulting side of the company where I have worked. This has provided me with some interesting and challenging work in some interesting and varied locations, but generally the company is filling out project and support teams rather than leading the project. Nevertheless, it does provide great opportunities for the young starting out their career in the Finance Industry, less so for experienced staff. If you do have to work away then the expenses deal is good - providing you do dont mind sharing accomodation with your work colleagues.

    Cons

    Overall the company exploits your existing skills and does not help you develop any new ones, though there has been some recent effort (since early 2019) to encourage staff to gain Amazon AWS certification (based upon study in their own time). It will help your career if you were born in Ireland or have gone through the graduate training program in Ireland then it will help your career as who you know, who you go drinking with and who you play gaelic football with will definately help you to get on the right project . Internal organisation and procedures slowly catching up with European standards, but will seem slightly old-fashioned and amateur if you have worked for other professional companies in London. No clear career path or internal training (other than compulsory regulatory training) for senior staff. Very basic office equipment and offices which isnt an issue most of the time as you will be on-site, generally working in better conditions. The benefits package is rather basic - especially for senior staff or those with families - in particular the medical cover. There is at least Death in Service Insurance now and the pension contribution is at the lower end of the range. Watch out for charges if you use the company's designated Financial Advisors.

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