Automated Trading Desk LLC

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    Great place to work has been diminished by Citi

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Mount Pleasant, SC

    ProsMany opportunities. There are so many ideas that the company can't implement them all. The company understands that there needs to be a work life balance. Management regards it's employees and has always ensured that profits are shared. Meritocracy based organization, if you have a good idea it's likely that you'll be able to see it help the company. Recent acquisition by Citi offers many opportunities for working with other groups.

    ConsCurrent purchase by Citigroup has introduced large amounts of bureaucracy. ATD has traditionally been a nimble company that works at being a leader. With the new organization it takes far too long to get anything accomplished.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCiti needs to give ATD more flexibility in running it's group. ATD can't be operated like a bank. There needs to be strong leadership in business and technology to ensure that everyone is pulling in the same direction. ATD is filled with some of the smartest people in the business, Citi just has to allow them to do their jobs.

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    Best Company for Technology Jobs in Charleston, SC

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Mount Pleasant, SC

    ProsThe work environment is very flexible and casual, and the hours are not as long compared to other Citigroup or finance jobs. A generous amount of vacation is allotted even to new employees. There are a lot of smart employees and you will also learn something from everyone--even a junior fresh out of college. Employees come from various backgrounds and industries, and that makes for a good diverse environment as well.

    Because ATD is an electronic trading firm first and foremost, traders treat technology people with mutual respect and don't look down on tech people.

    For technology professionals in Charleston, SC, this is THE best company to work for.

    ConsThe business unit is really limited in its role by Citigroup in NYC, and due to politics, inter-team relations on site can be quite difficult. VPs and team leaders prefer to keep their heads down and lay low.

    ATD also recruits with the image that they are the old ATD before the Citigroup acquisition, but all of their marketing in that respect is a bit misleading. That "small" company feel is gone, long gone, and it can be depressing listening to people who where at ATD before the acquisition talk about how things have changed. You will always be a bit of an outsider to them as well if you weren't with ATD before the acquisition.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTeam leaders (VPs) in the business unit are rather young and still immature. This is reflected clearly in their output.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Kind of a sweat shop

    Programmer (Current Employee) Mount Pleasant, SC

    ProsIt looks good on the resume. They are big in high frequency trading. The building is great. Mount Pleasant is a great place to live. It is probably the nicest place that I have ever lived.

    ConsAll of the project management is on a ticketing system which is insane. The managers play these games, where they put as much work as possible on every ticket. The assumptions of the tickets are not checked. They keep these statistics of how many tickets are late. The programmers in turn, try to do as little work as possible on each ticket. It is a horrible way to work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the ticketing system, and just let the traders ask the programmers to do stuff, and let the programmers interact as much as possible with the traders.

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    A great place to work.

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Mount Pleasant, SC

    ProsGreat area, nice culture, aggressive and cut-throat yet laid back at the same time.
    Amazing building to work in, it really blows you away the first time you see it.

    ConsCiti now owns the company, which has brought more negative to the company than positive ones.
    Some of the stronger traders and engineers have left the company as a result.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRide your winners, cut off your losers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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