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Interactive Brokers Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
48 Reviews
2.9
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Interactive Brokers Chairman, President, and CEO Thomas Peterffy
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  1.  

    Exciting, Fast Moving, Not for Slowpokes

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Legal/Compliance
    Current Employee - Legal/Compliance

    I have been working at Interactive Brokers

    Pros

    Intellectually challenging, Fast paced, Solid comp., Growing, successful business

    Cons

    Not fot hose who like a lot of structure and handholding and bureaucratic processes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    True meritocracy

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - UI Developer in Greenwich, CT
    Current Employee - UI Developer in Greenwich, CT

    I have been working at Interactive Brokers full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interactive Brokers dispenses with office politics and maneuvering, and presents the opportunity to work for a true meritocracy. If you are a senior developer ready to bring coding expertise and elbow-grease to the table, this is the place for you.

    Cons

    It would be great if there was a greater variety of free drink choices for people who don't drink coffee - do there really need to be 12 different blends of coffee?

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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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 (more than an 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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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    simply wonderful place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Interactive Brokers full-time

    Pros

    great place to work. righteous mgmt. challenging stuff.

    Cons

    not much to speak of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep doing what you are doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    great place for computer geeks wanting to branch into finance

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Greenwich, CT
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Greenwich, CT

    I have been working at Interactive Brokers

    Pros

    Opportunity to advance for doing good job, little or no politics

    Cons

    If you stack off, it will be noticed and reflected in (lack of) bonus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent company to work for and great stability

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Interactive Brokers full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good company to work for, great CEO, average management, lack of focus on specific areas at times

    Cons

    Lack of focus on promotions and bringing performers up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to employees performance and especially the revenue generating employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    good co. to work for

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Interactive Brokers

    Pros

    great place and good people

    Cons

    none the co. is a great plce

  9.  

    the best brokers i ever worked with

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    Current Employee - Market Trader in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Market Trader in New York, NY

    I have been working at Interactive Brokers part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very good working environment and career opportunity

    Cons

    too many strick rules this company should be more flexible

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    you get out of it what you put into it

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Interactive Brokers full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    there is opportunity for growth and career development. if you are willing to work, and become a versatile asset, you may be rewarded

    Cons

    could use more vacation days

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Demanding but rewarding

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenwich, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenwich, CT

    I have been working at Interactive Brokers

    Pros

    Very little red tape
    Lean department means lots of interesting work
    Chance to bring many projects to completion

    Cons

    Too little time off
    Unbalanced salaries

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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