Sun Trading – London, England
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I worked at Sun Trading full-time
Sun hires some very bright quants and financial engineers, pulling in top candidates from prestigious schools. Most of the people you'll work with are pleasant, at least to your face. The benefits are good and the pay is decent for the industry. Hours aren't as demanding, and the culture not as cutthroat, as some other local firms. The company has managed to stay relevant for a long time in a hard industry. A brand new CEO could make positive changes at a crucial point.
The technical side of the house is a bit of a mess. With the exception of programming, the hiring effort put forward on the trading side does not translate as well to tech, and you may not find yourself working with the best and the brightest in all fields. On top of this, the company is bad about letting go of dead weight, especially dead weight that's pulled in a large salary for a long time. There is a culture of letting trading dictate the firm's pace, regardless of the rocky technical foundation it's building itself on, which makes things frustrating for technologists working with a decade-old trading system and being given little time to fix it.
Advice to Management
Continue the housecleaning that has started under the new CEO. Remove both management and workers who do not possess the "enduring greatness" to which you aspire. Realize that there is more to good technology than good programmers and have both high expectations of, and high respect for, all of your technical staff. Hold people to account for bad decisions and bad work so it doesn't happen again. Take the time to understand the time investment needed to bring your technology up to a modern standard and commit to letting the good people you have work to improve your foundation.