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7 days ago

C# / WPF Developer | Buy-Side | NYC

Options Group New York, NY

Growing financial services firm seeks to immediately fill a C# / WPF Developer position to build out real-time scalable trading systems. This is a… Options Group

3 days ago

I-Banking C# WPF GUI Developer

Options Group New York, NY

• Modify existing software to correct errors, allow it to adapt to new hardware, or to improve its performance. • Analyze user needs and software… Options Group

10 days ago

C++ Programmers | Top NYC Financial Firm

Options Group New York, NY

**Valid US Work Authorization Required One of our most lucrative, valuable clients is seeking highly skills C++ programmers to assist in… Options Group

12 days ago

QA Engineer | NYC Financial Firm | Fulltime Position

Options Group New York, NY

**Valid US Work Authorization Required NYC Financial Services firm seeks to bring onboard a highly skilled Quality Assurance Engineer to take… Options Group

10 days ago

Quantitative Developer | Financial Software | NYC

Options Group New York, NY

Growing Financial Software Technology firm seeks to immediately fill a Quantitative Developer position to maintain and implement new analytics for… Options Group

4 days ago

C# MBS Trading Systems Developer

Options Group New York, NY

C# MBS Trading Systems Developer Duration: 6months+ (ongoing longterm contract) Location: New York City, NY Role requires extensive… Options Group

8 days ago

Lead QA Engineer | Financial Services | New Jersey

Options Group Fort Lee, NJ

**Valid US Work Authorization Required Top performing financial services firm seeks to bring onboard a highly skilled Lead Quality Assurance… Options Group

4 days ago

C#, C++ FI Modeling Trading Systems Developer

Options Group New York, NY

FI Modeling Trading Systems Developer: C#, C++ Location: New York City, NY Duration: 6 months+ (ongoing long term project) This position will… Options Group

12 days ago

C++ Developer | Electronic Trading | New Jersey

Options Group Fort Lee, NJ

Lucrative and growing, financial services firm seeks to immediately fill a C++ Developer position work on the development of trading system within… Options Group

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Options Group Stamford, CT

also include analyzing trends, costs, revenues, financial commitments, and obligations incurred to predict future revenues and expenses. Reports… Options Group

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Mike Karp
4 Ratings

    A lot of pluses but just as many minuses. Probably used to be a great place, but going downhill fast!

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    The company has a large research team in New York that can do great things for clients. The head of research is a brilliant and capable guy who should make partners some day. Some of the top recruiters are very sharp, have real understanding of their markets and have great contacts. The top people in their IT and quant trading team are really awesome recruiters. There are some talented junior people also. Several (but not all) of the top people there are smart, nice and good at what they do. This is a good training ground for people who want to cut their teeth at a truly aggressive firm where they can learn the art of hard selling. The CEO has excellent contacts and is very charming (when he is present at work.) They have a real global franchise. The database is enormous. They give their people a lot of flexibility. Basically they can do whatever they want, in any product and in any market. Ambitious people (who do not care about the terrible management and culture) can move up quickly there. You can even move around geographically at that company. If you are connected there and produce a lot, you can also make a lot of money. Finally the firm has an amazing client list. They keep these clients because they execute searches with a lot of energy and they get the job done. Plus, no one wants to be raided by them because they will get picked clean of their best people.


    The CEO is absentee and his partner is a terrible manager who yells at his employees. Really, there is no management there, no human resources, and very little administrative staff. There is no rule book and no real rules. Rules change depending on who you are and how you bill. Political in-groups and out-groups dominate the place. Its a mystery to everyone how the firm keeps running. Maybe its the controller, since they fired the only full-time manager that they had about a year ago. Discrimination and sexual harassment run rampant. It seems like this used to be a great firm at one time but it has probably become everything that the founders disliked about their competitors when they started out. They are greedy and cheat their own people out of money for example, particularly junior people. All of their clients know this about them but they are too afraid of them not to work with them. Basically this is an old boiler room operation, the type that are disappearing these days. They can not adapt to the new search business where you are expected to be smarter and more flexible than your competition, basically because most of their employees are pretty dumb. There are no opportunities for partnership any more. If you ask me, the place is going down hill fast. A lot of great recruiters have left there lately and they can not recruit new ones because everyone knows their reputation.

    And they are terrible pathological liars..... almost forgot that....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some real managers even if you have to hire them from the outside. Then put some real rules in place and fire the people who do not follow them. Define the structure there, too. You may lose some good people who cannot take the changes, but thats life. People who won't accept proper management should work on their own, not for a real company. You need to make this in to a real company. Right now, you couldn't sell it for two cents to an investor. There is still a lot of talent there but you need to clean house. Probably you should keep your smartest people and figure out what to do with them a bit more, and you should get rid of the stupid ones. You really do not know how to get the most out of the people who can do the most for you, so you should figure that out. Maybe you should learn to be a little bit more consultative also. It seems like your clients think of you as great recruiters but also huge liars who can never be trusted and who add almost no value past search. That is because a lot of your top people have no scruples. If you think that is not a reflection of your values, then you should do something about it. However maybe they are a perfect reflection of you, and, in that case, I would say that you are in big trouble because that is a terrible reflection. Mirror, mirror...

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