So, how's the culture here?
Ever read the myth of Sisyphus and said, “Hey, that sounds like fun”? Like losing? And working really, really hard for too little money and too little reward only to be the butt of jokes? Well, my friends, perhaps you’d like to consider a job at FINRA. Particularly the part of FINRA focused on making animals who’d drive over their own mother to make 75 cents act like human beings.
Nobody becomes a financial adviser to make the world a better place….
Can Finra enforce strength of character among people motivated by greed?
No way. Players run faster than refs.
Read all of the above and thought, “Sounds good, but you can make it more thankless and miserable and soul-crushing and maybe even a little personally risky, and put us in a place where we can have all of that but also be ostracized and mocked and feared and loathed and ignored by our colleagues?” Why yes, yes we can!
I have never heard of senior managers passing out swag to compliance officers or rewarding them with Hawaiian boondoggles for turning down revenue.
So I asked two officers from the “business prevention unit,” an industry term of endearment for compliance staffs, what they thought about Finra’s focus on culture, specifically the way firms view and treat their compliance units….
If senior management repeatedly overrides the compliance staff, the reversals would be an indication to Finra that the firm’s compliance officers are nothing more than “junior chipmunks,” he added….
Both officers described the personal liability that compliance officers face when there are failures in oversight. Regulators can levy fines, take away supervisory licenses or ban professionals from the industry. “You must be effective,” one said. “If you’re not effective, you will be sanctioned.”