First Derivatives Employee Reviews about "opportunity to travel"

Updated 8 Dec 2020

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First Derivatives CEO Seamus Keating
Seamus Keating
33 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. "Managing Consultant"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at First Derivatives full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent Package and career progression Expenses provided onsite Great travel opportunities

    Cons

    Work can be highly pressured and stressful at times. Need to help juniors manage this effectively.

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  2. "Good company to start with"

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


  3. "Consultant"

    4.0
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    • 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

  4. Helpful (1)

    "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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    "Caveat Emptor"

    2.0
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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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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Legal Advisor"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Dublin

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

    Pros

    Young team Average grad pay Good opportunity to travel

    Cons

    Training was abysmal. They throw legal grads into banks and other finance companies and expect them to be able to keep pace with finance graduates in the same role, who will lead by miles in terms of excel alone.

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  7. "Overworked and Underpaid!"

    2.0
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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities to travel, if your lucky! Looks good on CV

    Cons

    Working very long, stressful hours without any extra pay on a minimal wage to begin with! not a lot of guidance or support given, really thrown in at the deep end

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    "Travel, at a price"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Financial Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities to travel globally as a young professional, wholly at the companies convenience Generous expenses package Work with some very well renowned clients

    Cons

    HR treats employees like children No career path and employees are scolded for even hinting at this All non-kdb roles are basically jobs banks would not hire people permanently to do You are forced to travel on the weekends and often at unsociable hours in order to save the company money No overtime is offered or bonuses given but working beyond your contracted hours is expected E-mails to HR or management are often not replied to and when it does eventually occur it is terse and scolding. While travel opportunities are fantastic, the company will not assist employees in any way to suggest their destinations. Even asking about roles in a particular location will also lead to a harsh reply from HR.

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    "Decent opportunities, poor communication and organisation"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at First Derivatives

    Pros

    The technology owned by this company is fun to work with, and you get the opportunity to work with global banks and financial institutions. The expenses package when on client site is pretty decent. Accommodation, food and transport are covered (within reason). You get the opportunity to travel if you're interested (tho you get 0 say in where you are sent to).

    Cons

    Extremely poor communication with management. You will be left in the dark about what projects you'll be working on. Emails will go a long time without being answered, you may be sitting doing nothing for weeks while the project is delayed. This is not fun. The company has grown quickly but has not increased the size of it's HR department proportionally to the number of consultants. Don't expect any good communication. Expect to hear about things last minute.

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at First Derivatives

    Pros

    Good work environment. Great travel opportunities. Interesting work, high standards, great projects. Intelligent people, could learn a lot and get involved.

    Cons

    Low pay, long hours, thrown in the deep end.

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