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Knight Capital Chairman and CEO Tom Joyce
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26 Ratings

    Good balance of small firm feel and large firm resources.

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    Former Employee - Director in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Director in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at Knight Capital full-time (more than 10 years)


    very little red tape. Get your ideas across and implement them. Easy to get recognition but it doesn't go far.


    Small / mid size firm makes it hard to move up as there is a very finite number of leadership positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the whole firm into consideration not just the current profit center.

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Knight Capital Interviews

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    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at Knight Capital.

    Interview Details

    I was initially given a written tests, consisting of 4 programming questions/problems. Makefiles and (not necessarily comprehensive) test cases were provided.The test was un-timed, but we were supposed to report how long we took in completing it. My test took roughly 4 hours.

    We scheduled a phone interview about a week later. There were more technical questions, as well as the typical behavioral questions. At the end of the interview, I was asked to complete an implementation of one of the programming questions we discussed and send the result via e-mail.

    Soon after, I had a similar second phone interview. Again, a mix of technical and behavioral questions, with a post-interview programming exercise.

    I was invited to an on-site interview, which lasted for the entire day. I interviewed with 4-5 onsite software developers one-on-one, as well as with another developer in a different location via satellite and a group lunch. All of the interviews were technical (except for the lunch), with a mixture of brain-teasers, math problems, and programming exercises (using a notebook or whiteboard to write out solutions). Even during the video conference, I was grilled on material I'd mention on my resume.

    Knight made me a very competitive offer within a few weeks of interviewing.

    Overall, I was very happy with the entire process. All of the technical questions and tests were interesting without being overly burdensome, and I appreciated the extent to which they try to vet candidates. I was also very impressed with all of the employees I met. Overall, the atmosphere seemed relatively relaxed, but still meritocratic and productive.

    Interview Questions
    • Suppose you have a stack of pancakes of pairwise distinct sizes. You wish to order the pancakes the pancakes by size, with the largest one on the bottom. The only operation is available to you is a spatula flip: You can insert a spatula anywhere in the pancake stack and flip over the stack above the spatula, reversing the order of the pancakes. For instance, in the following stack

      bottom . 2 3 | 5 1 4 . top

      Inserting the spatula between 3 and 5 will give:

      bottom 2 3 4 1 5 | top

      Design an algorithm to sort the pancake stack using this operation. Write a program to execute this algorithm in C++. What is the runtime efficiency (precisely, not just in Big-O time), assuming that a flip is an atomic operation? Is your algorithm optimal (again, precisely, not just asymptotically)?
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    Reasons for Declining

    I had multiple competitive offers, and another offer was better based on some other factors unrelated to the companies directly.

    Declined Offer
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    Difficult Interview

Knight Capital Awards & Accolades

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Best Places to Work in New Jersey (Large), Best Companies Group, 2012

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Headquarters Jersey City, NJ
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1998
Type Company - Public
Industry Finance
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year

A day trader is one thing, but a Knight trader is something altogether different. Knight Capital Group performs electronic and voice-activated trade execution services for US and foreign stocks, as well as futures, options, foreign exchange, and fixed income products. Following its 2010 purchase of the specialist operations of Kellogg Capital Markets, Knight Capital also makes markets for more than 1,000 stocks and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) on NYSE exchanges. Active in the US, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region, the company can handle up to 20 million trades per day... More

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