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- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
I have been working at DC Energy full-time (more than an year)Pros
The culture of the company reflects the people who work here: young, smart, motivated, and friendly. Management in general does a very good job in the recruiting process, and so you feel surrounded by (on the whole) very competent people much like yourself. Perks on the job are great - expensable dinners if you stay late, and on average once-monthly company events at very nice venues. Most are happy coming in to work in the mornings.
Work-life balance is pretty good compared to other companies expecting similarly high-performance - it's no govt job. 50-60 hours per week (some teams may need to spend more occasionally), but hours on a daily basis are pretty flexible and "facetime" isn't a huge issue here.
Feedback from direct managers is frequent and constructive - feedback is emphasized.
DC is a fun town - like the company, very young and energetic.
Starting salary higher than most anybody else.
Company performs very well compared to competitors.
Exit opportunities are good - the kind of work we do is looked on very favorably for its analytic/quant rigor. The coding skills that you pick up on the job are also quite valuable. Caveat: see non-compete below.Cons
Bonuses seem to vary a lot, and without a lot of explanation on the part of management. Overall, transparency on the management's behalf seems a bit excessive, and it weighs on a lot of people's minds.
Noncompete is pretty binding, and can be quite disadvantageous if you're not looking to go back to school after you leave.
Mentorship at the company, while not bad, is not great. More frequent formal meetings with advisers would be nice so there's not as much pressure to interact on a casual basis. (On the plus side, upper management that has a lot of cumulative experience in a range of areas is approachable and friendly, and willing to talk.)
Staffing on teams seems arbitrary at first, although most people are able to move into roles that suit them after putting in a year's work.Advice to ManagementAdvice
CEO should have more direct interactions with analysts/associates. The company is small enough to know everyone.
Giving employees a bit more perspective on how end-of-year comp is determined would be appreciated - at the moment it's pretty opaque.RecommendsPositive OutlookNo opinion of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Interview Details
-Submitted my resume and cover letter through my university career database
-Had 2 30min in-person interviews with company employees
-One brainteaser (see below)
-One case interview about what type of power plant to invest in based off of figures given to you (coal, natural gas, or oil)Interview Questions
No OfferDifficult Interview
- Brainteaser: You have 1000 boxes and only 1 box contains the "treasure". In order to find the correct box, you must line the boxes up 1-1000 and systematically remove one box, save the next box, remove the next box, etc, etc. What number box contains the treasure? Answer Question
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DC Energy is a proprietary trading firm that invests in the energy markets and other commodities. DC Energy was founded in 2002; today it and its affiliates have grown to over 50 investment professionals. We are based in the Washington DC metropolitan area.
DC Energy’s competitive advantage is based upon a rigorous, quantitative analytical approach. Our team comprises exceptionally bright problem solvers who work together cohesively as a team to understand the fundamental value of commodities and identify opportunities for trading and investment. Together we have...