What attracted you to FactSet?
There are many reasons why I chose to apply to FactSet. I was drawn in by FactSet being voted in the "UK's 50 Best Workplaces." Second was the career progression that is offered here. You start as a consultant and with enough determination and hard-work I don’t see there being a reason why you cannot replicate Phil Hadley’s path. Thirdly, the speed with which we are growing is phenomenal. The excitement working in an ever-adapting environment is second to none. Last but not least, the opportunity to be sponsored for the CFA is a great addition.
What are the best things about working at FactSet?
When you start your career at FactSet you quickly discover the benefits of working in such a dynamic environment. Teamwork is an integral part of any job, and at FactSet this is no different, working with teams across the company on differing projects gives the job great variety. The work we do for our clients makes us indispensible as we are often at the very core of their day-to-day tasks.
At FactSet each client receives a dedicated consultant, allowing us to build relationships with them. Since our market data and analytic software is used by everyone, from interns to directors, I have the opportunity to work with people from all experience levels. Whilst we do work hard, we are provided with free lunch daily and also have access to complimentary snacks and drinks throughout the day. With FactSet's London office being located within the “Square Mile” you are central to restaurants, café’s, shops and bars.
What projects have you been working on recently and what you have you most enjoyed?
Within five months of joining FactSet, I was made the lead on a project, working on integrating the data we provide into PowerPoint. This enabled the client to easily create presentations and pitchbooks in a more efficient manner than would have otherwise been possible. From the offset I communicated with the client directly, arranging meetings to discuss the progress and to answer any questions they had. Prompt completion as always was very important, but more so due to the sensitive nature of this project.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of this project was the pressure that came with the time constraint. This meant I would have to prioritise work and be in regular contact with the client. The project required the help of colleagues if it were to be completed on time. Working with them and brainstorming the most effective method of completion added to the experience. The trust shown in me by my manager has given me the confidence to further my career here at FactSet.