Chicago Trading Company Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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  1. Infrastructure manager

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    Current Employee - Infrastructure Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Infrastructure Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Trading Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They definitely espect employees. Good training program. They provide a great work/life balance. Very good communication across the firm- limited siloing, you're involved in real projects to work on. On the misc side, lunch provided every day, with all the coffee/tea/soda you can drink.

    Cons

    Long days can be a drag- part of the financial market though.


  2. Legacy code

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    Former Employee - Software Developer
    Former Employee - Software Developer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Casual and friendly work environment Excellent facility (private bathrooms) Open to new technology and ideas Top notch in-house education Smart and helpful traders Have a drink after close on Fridays

    Cons

    Lots of legacy systems. Expect plenty of fire fighting. Limited compensation upside. Was told what developers can at when I joined. I've seen better work-life balance. Telecommuting strongly discouraged. Teams are a bit segregated and don't work together as well as they could.

    Advice to Management

    In need of better tech leadership.


  3. Great place to learn

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Chicago Trading Company full-time

    Pros

    Great place to learn how to trade. In house education is the best in the business. Lots of smart people.

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy. Too many project managers and not enough project doers.


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  5. Best job in my 20 year career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Trading Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Treated with respect and given freedom to work and not be micro-managed. Free lunchs is a great perk and overall a great office to work out of.

    Cons

    Some people may find the ability to move up in rank limiting. I'd argue that as a minimum it would be a well respected entry on your resume if you are looking to move up the ladder elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to give people space to work and evalaute new products and processes.


  6. Review

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    Former Employee - Trading Assistant
    Former Employee - Trading Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good lunch program. Impressive office space. Looks like a bachelor pad. Most of the people were very nice work with.

    Cons

    Uncomfortable working environment. Poor management.

    Advice to Management

    Try listening to your employees.


  7. Helpful (2)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Really cool work environment that lasts long

    Cons

    A lot of people don't like to be managed that much


  8. Helpful (1)

    software engineering intern

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good food and view of the office

    Cons

    too far away form where i live


  9. Helpful (1)

    Hate this company. Hope they crash and burn

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free food in exchange of your soul

    Cons

    Disorganized, backstabbers, evil people. Don't keep up with modern engineering process.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Top Proprietary Trading Firm in Chicago

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work with smart people CTC Education / training program Free lunch and breakfast Beautiful spacious office Competitive compensation Meritocratic culture Work hard with reasonable hours - great work/life balance Mostly supportive management

    Cons

    At times, management may overreach

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees to do the right thing


  11. Helpful (1)

    Good perks

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chicago Trading Company part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great lunch benefits - lunch is paid for

    Cons

    It can be faced-paced depending on the market, but that is normal.



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