Belvedere Trading

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Belvedere Trading Reviews

Updated July 14, 2014
Updated July 14, 2014
14 Reviews

3.6
14 Reviews
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  1.  

    High Stress, High Reward, and a Good Firm Overall

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    The environment is fast-paced and they throw you right into the fire from the very beginning. The training, though it varies in pace, is quite good and prepares you for the stress that can exist on the trading desk.

    The team at Belvedere is pretty solid and they are a fun group in and out of the office.

    Cons

    If you don't love an intense work environment with the occasional "animated discourse" then it's probably not the place for you.

    The skillset you acquire is fairly specific to Belvedere's trading strategy and not particularly transferable to other firms or industries (not unexpected, but still a con).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Awesome place for your career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Competitive and fun place to work as a senior developer. Very good work/life balance. Management are open-minded for new ideas and are always adopting new technology.

    Cons

    BT has pretty complicated system and it may take some time for a new comer to get up to speed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up with the good work and don't introduce unnecessary process!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Competitive, but supportive environment to become a trader

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The training materials and process are very strong. On the trading side, the work-life balance is unmatched by any other job in the financial industry.

    Cons

    There is a time and place for heated discussions between traders, but the competitiveness drives the company forward. The reliance on technology is increasing, so technology-related issues can hinder the performance of trading desks.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Young Growing Company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    -Technology agnostic - as long as you make things better/faster and do it in a cost efficient manner, they are very open to your ideas and input. Great place for young developers or people who want to learn new skills outside of their domain
    -Lots of people there that try to make the place fun to work in. Lots of people who you can go out for drinks with after work. Also a handful of company planned events during the year
    -Very casual work environment. You can throw a football around or shoot some nerf darts at people.

    Cons

    -Hired a lot of people in a short span of time. They've come a long way assimilating this growth but there's still some growing pains.
    -Need to focus more time, resources & tools into QA/UAT - especially when planning a release that utilizes new technologies or architecture
    -The entire Tech side is highly Development process oriented culture utilizing scrum. For persons who's primary job is doing support/maintenance/infrastructure - this can sometimes be like trying to fit a cube through a triangle shaped hole.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Owners are very approachable, team leads are all competent

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - reasonably good compensation
    - good secondary benefits (sports teams, in office yoga, free health screenings)
    - team leads are all reasonable and competent

    Cons

    - heavily dependent on a trading business model that will be going away sooner rather than later

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -continue to diversify into more trading arenas

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good experience so far

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good learning environment, laid back

    Cons

    no way to know where you stand, too much office politics

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Complete chaos and politics in IT department

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fun and young company. Great company events. Very tech savvy and projects are always exciting.

    Cons

    Used to be flexible and laid-back. Hired some uptight middle managers (and also staffed some from within) and the culture went haywire. There is no centralized process or structure. The senior management blindly trusts the middle managers that are introducing a finger-pointing and backbiting culture where the people care about watching their back more than adding value to the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Choose your middle managers more carefully. Don't let politics take over your company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome place to work.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Trader  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Trader in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Intelligent laid back people who are the best in the industry at what they do. Great place to trade and learn to trade.

    Cons

    I don't have any negatives. Easton Mckinley isn't the CEO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up. Great company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Pretty good owner

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    casual enviroment and smart peopel

    Cons

    can not think about too much cons right now

  11.  

    Quantitative Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Belvedere Trading has a really good working environment, it is really energetic and could communicate freely and the working space there is comfortable.

    Cons

    As far as I have concerned, I actually did not have much to say about this downside, may be this is because I did not work long at there and left.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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