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Chicago Board Options Exchange CEO Edward T. Tilly
Edward T. Tilly
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    With all the quirks, it's a good company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Systems Support Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Systems Support Analyst in Chicago, IL
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    I have been working at Chicago Board Options Exchange full-time


    Good benefits. Good people. Reasonable pay.


    Management can be arrogant and uncooperative.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people in the trenches who are doing the work.

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    Engineer, Systems Development Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    No Offer
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    Difficult Interview


    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Chicago Board Options Exchange (Chicago, IL) in January 2015.


    Very uneasy and awkward. I had three software engineers interview me initially and a lead software engineer i alone after. All eyes on me and no smiles, didn't introduce themselves upon entering the room. Majority of them were foreign, so understanding some of the questions was hard: Difference between an abstract class an record class (mean't regular). It seems like majority of the engineers were absolutely miserable, and upon explaining the role stated that I would be forced to be on call at all times and frequently come to the office over night (normal in IT, but the way they made it sound like it was awful). I was asked to bring resumes, but upon handing them out, no one took them making it even more awkward. The best part was being told that my bachelors in Computer Science was essentially worthless because I was not java certified. The single best part of the interview was being asked the same question between the software engineers and the senior engineer. I was asked by both the middle engineers and the senior engineer which is the last instruction of a non-void method that contains a "try-catch-finally" statement: the value returned, or the "finally" statement. The middle engineers states the finally, which was what I answered with. The senior engineer stated that was wrong, and that the return value happens after the finally. Not a pleasant experience at all.

    Interview Questions

    • Difference between an abstract class and regular class?   Answer Question
    • What is multithreading? What are the pro's and con's?   Answer Question
    • Given a username and password with a relational database table containing login information, write out the method and statement to verify authentication.   Answer Question
    • If a user gives a username and password and authenticates themselves through a web app, what do you do when the database returns two rows containing the same username but different passwords?   Answer Question

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Headquarters Chicago, IL
Size 501 to 1000 Employees
Founded Unknown
Type Company - Public (CBOE)
Industry Finance
Revenue $500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
Competitors NYSE, NASDAQ

First there was one. CBOE (or Chicago Board Options Exchange) may no longer be the only options exchange, but it's still the US leader in overall volume. Founded in 1973 by the Chicago Board of Trade (now part of CME Group), CBOE lists options on more than 1,900 stocks, as well as on interest rates, broad-based stock indexes (such as Standard & Poor's S&P 500 Index), and industry indexes. CBOE, which had already launched the fully electronic CBOE Futures Exchange, debuted its CBOE Stock Exchange in early 2007, going head-to-head with the NYSE and NASDAQ ... More

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