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- Work/Life Balance
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
- Comp & Benefits
- Senior Management
I have been working at Optiver full-time (More than a year)
- Working with really smart and sharp people in the industry. Also everybody is friendly and willing to help. - Highly competitive pay as both junior and senior level, benefits(5 weeks vacation!), and free catered lunch - Intellectually challenging. You are on the production desk in only 3 months and start making trading decisions. - Transparent bonus structure and management. Unlike other firms, we normally have the rough idea of how much we(and others) would get paid at the end of the year. - If you are good, you can advance pretty quickly.
- Trading is not for everyone; sometimes it could be pretty stressful. - Not sure the management fires people as its last resort. Its not good to see people voluntarily leaving/fired while we seem understaffed.
Advice to Management
Keep up the good work. Don't fire people too often; employees who know well about our systems and have other skills are worth keeping.
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- No OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Optiver (Chicago, IL) in June 2015.
I had the displeasure of a phone screen with an HR person who thought they were qualified to conduct a sound technical assessment of a candidate. The approach used by the HR person was akin to "profiling" the candidate, rather than to truly gauge their skills as a technical person would. For all intents and purposes, misunderstandings turn into assumptions which soon morph into core beliefs, all the while not bothering to clear any of them up with the candidate. This bureaucratic screening process is one that Optiver specializes in well.
Optiver is an international proprietary trading firm, headquartered in Amsterdam, with more than 700 colleagues across four continents. We build markets and provide liquidity to exchanges in Europe, the US, and Asia-Pacific 24 hours a day in order to make financial markets fair, open and reliable.