Best Places to Work in IT 2017 Employer Profile

No. 15, Midsize

FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority)

Rockville, Md. [South Atlantic]
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) 
Credit: FINRA

Why you want to work there

Flexible working arrangements are a hallmark of the environment at FINRA, an independent, nongovernmental regulator of securities firms in Rockville, Md. IT employees are given the opportunity to work when and where they are most productive. Family-centric benefits include generous parental leave and a stipend of up to $5,000 per child for adoption-related expenses. As part of its its commitment to building and fostering an inclusive workforce, FINRA now covers gender-reassignment surgery as part of its employee benefits package. All employees may take up to two paid days off each calendar year to volunteer in their communities.

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 3,577

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 624

IT employee turnover in 2016: 11%

IT promotions in 2016: 12%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2016: No set maximum

Training budget per IT employee in 2016: $1,282

PTO and Healthcare

Days of paid time off after one year of service: 29

Days of paid time off after 10 years of service: 35

Percentage of employee health insurance premium paid by employer: 80%