Pros: occasional free food, great city
Cons: no benefits, low pay, unchallenging work, bad for growth
Except for the large south-facing window, office space is dull, spartan, and lacks the amenities you'd expect from an established and successful company. Management is functional, but at times petty, chauvanistic, sour, unwilling to teach, unwilling to be taught, and generally lacks knowledge of financial markets & investments.
The hours are fair and – more... flexible. Starting, there are no benefits, and only meager hourly pay between $13-15/hr. Advancement is slow unless you bat your eyes and pretend to care.
The work itself is entirely unchallenging, mind-numbing, and headache-inducing. It involving phone calls, emails, and googling for pension research. I.e., you invest nothing in your future earnings potential because you do not acquire any marketable skills working there. Hence why this position is for the unambitious.
Coworkers are kind, mild, and on average middle-aged, with a distribution skewed somewhat left skewed. A few recent college grads liven the atmosphere. Otherwise, be prepared to talk about what you packed for lunch and fantasy baseball.
Starting, expect to waste an exorbitant amount of time asking companies to disclose private financial information; a 5-11% success rate is typical. As time progresses, you will be doing the same thing, but be asked to request more information from companies, which makes them less likely to inform you.
Overall: It's not a terrible place to work, just be advised that it is a slow-moving company with low pay, no benefits, and little room for advancement, and again, there's no SOE, no data analysis, no programming, and very little SQL. – less