Pros: competitive pay, treat employees well, lots of unique benefits, continuously improves employee experience & opportunities, strong ethical standards.
Cons: many policies set in stone without consideration to individual employee situations, loyalty is not always rewarded, very competitive and sometimes political internal advancement and mobility, strict & methodical salary grades.
Very large private company that, for the most part, is very employee oriented. 99% of everyone I worked with and for were fantastic people and genuinely supportive and encouraged growth within the company. Found myself working for that 1% towards the end of my career which, compounded with my job relocating to North Carolina, led me to separate from – more... the company. Initially accepted the relocation package but ultimately decided that the management structure I was working for was not supportive of my career growth, and in addition to my wife and I becoming pregnant, decided not to relocate. Because I reneged on my decision, I forfeited any and all severance benefits. I worked hard to the scheduled end, and after 12 loyal years at Fidelity, I was shown the door with barely a pat on the back and zero severance pay (would have been 2 weeks for each year of service, plus bonus, plus profit sharing, plus benefits).
Negativity aside, I loved my time at Fidelity, loved the culture of Fidelity, and was proud to say that I worked for such a great company. I had envisioned myself working for the company for my entire career, and was loyal to the end. My separation from the company was unique to me, and was an anomaly that executive management was unwilling to bend the policy to accommodate.
If the right opportunity presented itself at Fidelity, I would strongly consider working there again. – less