At FactSet Research Systems Inc., 92 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 838 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.30. It was published on Sep 12, 2016. 32190 Visitors

What Employees Say

I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
Management trusts people to do a good job without watching over their shoulders.
This is a psychologically and emotionally healthy place to work.
People here are given a lot of responsibility.

What They Do

We asked FactSet Research Systems Inc. to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

FactSet offers instant access to accurate financial data and analytics to thousands of investment professionals globally. FactSet is a one-stop source for financial information, combining hundreds of databases from clients' own proprietary data into a single, powerful information system.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Financial Services & Insurance
US Headquarters: Norwalk, Connecticut US Sites: 16
Major Locations: Norwalk,, Connecticut; New York, New York; Boston, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; San Francisco, California; Austin, Texas US Employees: 2,405
US Revenues: $1,006.8 million Worldwide Revenues: $1,006.8 million
Employees Worldwide: 8,356 Corporate Structure: Public
Stock Symbol: FDS Founded: 1978

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Perks and Programs

We asked FactSet Research Systems Inc. to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Maternity Leave Benefit: FactSet provides eligible employees with a maternity leave benefit of 10 weeks at 100% of base pay. FactSet's maternity leave benefit is in addition to the benefits provided to employees through short-term disability insurance (typically 6 weeks at 100% of base pay). This provides employees with a full 16 weeks of paid maternity leave.
  • CFA Bonus: FactSet offers employees the opportunity to understand our clients' businesses. Those interested in taking the CFA are offered extensive training. FactSetters have a 69% Level I pass rate (compared to the national average of 35%). We will also pay for the exam itself and provide incentives for each level achieved!
  • Free Lunch, Snack, Drinks: FactSet will cover up to $8 per day for employees' lunches Monday through Thursday. Depending on their office, employees have the option of having lunch delivered from a local restaurant or deli. Employees in our headquarter office have a variety of lunch options in our cafeteria. In addition to free lunch four days/week, every office offers fully stocked kitchens which include fruits, snacks, breakfast foods, coffee, tea, sport drinks, and more!
  • Wellness Program: FactSet values the health and well-being of our employees. To keep our employees focused on their health and wellness, we offer an onsite nutritionist in our headquarters, onsite massage, acupuncture, annual biometric screening, and fitness challenges.
  • Training Programs: While training varies from one department to another, FactSet offers an intensive orientation program to all new hires to provide a basic understanding of our business, our products, and our clients. Our Consulting and Engineering departments have created their own customized training programs to provide new employees with the skills necessary to do their jobs most effectively.
  • Paternity Leave Benefit: Paternity leave is provided to allow employees time away from work following the birth or adoption of a child. Paternity Leave is available to all FactSetters when one's wife, partner (of the same or opposite sex) or civil partner gives birth to or adopts a child. Parental leave was recently expanded to four weeks
  • Employee Referral Program: FactSet employees are eligible to receive up to a $2500 referral bonus for eligible employee referrals. There is no maximum to the number of referrals one can submit.


$41,973 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Operator $117,790 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Software Engineer
100% 401(k) match of employee's contribution, up to 4% of an employee's salary100% Company-paid health coverage for employees
100% Company-paid health coverage for dependents (If an employee's spouse is eligible to receive health insurance through their own employer, the employee is charged a spousal surcharge) 100% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers
30 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance


  • 401(k)
  • Stock options to employees
  • Restricted stock units to employees
  • Pre-tax savings account
  • Employee stock purchase plan


  • Free snacks during the day
  • Free lunch on a regular, daily basis
  • On-site package/mailing service
  • Discount ticket sales
  • Car wash
  • Banking
  • Free beverages during the day
  • Free breakfast foods on a regular, daily basis
  • Massage therapy
  • Fitness classes
  • Dry cleaning
  • Personal travel service
Norwalk FactSetters


25 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 25 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
5 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 5 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment
13 weeks Unpaid sabbatical after 5 year(s)


  • Flexible schedule (45% use it)
  • Job sharing
  • Telecommute option (18% use it)


80 days Job-protected maternity leave80 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
80 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take20 days Job-protected paternity leave
20 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)10 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
20 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents20 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
*Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. Not all employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.


  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative
  • Elder care resources


  • Medical care
  • Vision care
  • Mental health care
  • Fertility treatments
  • Dental care
  • Prescription drug subsidy
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)


  • Breast cancer screening
  • Skin cancer screening
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Complete biometric screening
  • Prostate cancer screening
  • Cholesterol tests
  • Flu shots
  • Fitness center (at some locations)

Community Involvement & Philanthropy

$500,000 Philanthropic donations in last year $80,000 Total company-matched employee donations in last year


  • Formal programs support professional development for: Women; Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees
  • Married employees in same-sex or heterosexual relationships receive the same benefits
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave

Executive Diversity

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How to Get Hired

We asked FactSet Research Systems Inc. for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

FactSet is a very collaborative environment so we prefer candidates able to actively engage their interviewer as they would fellow team members in a work setting.  This interactive style provides for a more conversational interview and helps demonstrate how the candidate will interact within the team environment.  Additionally, the ability of a candidate to articulate a clear line of reasoning, and approach a question or problem from a different perspective is typically an indicator of someone who will be a successful hire for FactSet.  Individuals are often faced with having to respond to problems with creative solutions and demonstrating an ability to think outside the box which is both extremely desirable skills and characteristics we value.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

We love to see candidates who are properly prepared for the interview and able to demonstrate knowledge of FactSet; who we are, what we do, and our position in the industry.  Our recruiters have high expectations and a candidate who has clearly prepared and done their homework always stands out.  If a candidate is well prepared, they will be able to articulate how their background and experiences will translate and apply to the position.  This will require a detailed understanding of our organization and the position.  This level of preparation will demonstrate that a candidate has the “care factor” and is willing to put in extra effort and work hard to be successful.  We can teach most of the skills relevant to the role itself, but we can’t teach self-motivation, dedication, team-work, and work ethic.    

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

As we continue to grow we are seeing an increased number of Industry level candidates who can offer unique and diverse perspectives.   We are hiring more senior level and executive candidates into our Sales, Engineering, Product Development, Marketing, Human Resources, and Legal teams.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

One of the best ways for a candidate to learn more about FactSet is to attend a campus career fair or information session at one of our partnership universities.  These events provide an ideal opportunity to speak with a FactSet representative and get firsthand insight in to the work environment and culture.  Additionally, FactSet has an extensive online presence that provides a wealth of information to potential candidates.  Our careers website ( includes our current job openings, information on our various lines of business, video testimonials and insight into our values and culture.  Our social media presence on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Google , YouTube, and Vine provides a daily snapshot of life at FactSet and a firsthand look into our culture.

hiring Outlook

420 Job openings forecast for coming year 9% Job Growth
55 Average applicants per opening 36,493 Applications received
663 Positions filled in past year 23% New hires by employee referrals
229 New positions created 101 Jobs filled by current employees
Yes Recruits on college campuses 242 New graduates hired
9% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees 17% Voluntary turnover for part-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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