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Brokerage Systems Technical Operations Specialist

Interactive Brokers Chicago, IL

• Monitor all aspects of the Interactive Brokers global brokerage system. • Communicate with exchanges to configure, test, and implement new… Glassdoor


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Brokerage Systems Technical Operations Specialist

Interactive Brokers Greenwich, CT

• Monitor all aspects of the Interactive Brokers global brokerage system. • Communicate with exchanges to configure, test, and implement new… Glassdoor


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Interactive Brokers Chairman, President, and CEO Thomas Peterffy
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    A Meritocracy for Programmers

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    Current Employee - Programmer/Business Analyst  in  Greenwich, CT
    Current Employee - Programmer/Business Analyst in Greenwich, CT

    I have been working at Interactive Brokers full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I've been at "IB" for roughly two years after a rather tortuous journey at several large banks. There are basically two primary businesses at IB : 1. The market maker (electronic trading) and 2. The automated brokerage. I work for the latter. Probably the greatest feature (as a programmer) working for this company is that management, and management's management, are all programmers. As a result, the intricacies and difficulties of writing good code are understood by higher-ups and rewarded. For example, you will never have to waste your time explaining to a panel of bureaucrats the differences between Java and Excel at IB.
          In terms of "culture", IB is certainly a for-profit business and as a result, management does expect their employees to contribute to the business while at work. It is generally frowned upon to shop for clothes or view Facebook during the day, although I must admit that we do (gasp) discuss non-work related topics along with taking the occasional afternoon stroll down Greenwich Ave. without the least fear of managerial reprisals. At IB, There is not much emphasis on team-building field trips or pinball-matchine break rooms like some companies have, although this is not what I personally look for in an employer, especially not when the economy sours. My impression is that IB's philosophy is to reward their employees with higher salaries and bonuses, rather than the aforementioned corporate perks.
          In contrast to some of the criticisms I have read below about management being intransigent, I have found new business ideas and technology to be readily embraced here... HOWEVER, be ready to make a business case for them. The utter absence of bureaucracy means decisions are made based on risk and potential profit, i.e. rationally.

    Cons

    There are a multitude of very smart people at this company, with a wide variety of different skills and knowledge. I think that it would be beneficial to have monthly presentations on different aspects of the business or different technologies people are using. Nothing like this is ever discouraged, it's just that no one is particularly proactive about it. We are a bunch of computer nerds so we like this stuff (or at least I do).

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