Interactive Brokers

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If you want to maintain the status quo and not be able to challenge anything, this is the place to be.

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenwich, CT
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenwich, CT

I have been working at Interactive Brokers

Pros

Decent benefits except vacation days.
You don't have to worry about politics.
Senior management is very competent.
The Company is very efficiently managed and is almost a guaranteed net income generator. Therefore, the stability factor is a big plus plus.

Cons

Vacation days.
Little to no flexibility allowed.
Little to no growth potential for non-programming staff.
Very little (if any) cross communication.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

I don't think the management needs any advice as far as the bottom line is concerned. The Company consistently generates good revenue and has a great handle on managing the major costs. As far as employee morale is concerned, not sure if this is considered important at all - so why bother advising?

Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

52 Other Employee Reviews for Interactive Brokers (View Most Recent)

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  1.  

    great place for computer geeks wanting to branch into finance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Greenwich, CT
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Greenwich, CT

    I have been working at Interactive Brokers

    Pros

    Opportunity to advance for doing good job, little or no politics

    Cons

    If you stack off, it will be noticed and reflected in (lack of) bonus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Bad managers, lack of perspectives and obsolete technology despite good things to learn

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer
    Former Employee - Software Developer

    I worked at Interactive Brokers full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    * Some managers and colleagues are helpful if you approach them with respect.
    * Some teams tackle interesting problems with state-of-the-art tools (depending on the manager)
    * You end up delivering production sotware quickly (and in frequent cycles).
    * IT teams often drive the business process, or have a strong influence.
    * You can learn some interesting stuff about the business itself too.
    * Fairly stable company with solid financial background.

    Cons

    The previous reviews said it all. Avoid this company if you think of yourself as a real Software Engineer --you'll be a coder guy, mostly following orders. I often felt somewhat depressed, and it didn't get better.

    What I'd like to highlight:
    * Managers have huge egos and can get tyrannical. They may give you direct orders, or disregard you.
    * New joiners can expect that some managers and colleagues might NEVER collaborate.
    * A complete lack of perspective (career development) and insights. You are TOLD what to do, and that's it.
    * Often obsolete technology platforms, which cause continuous headaches. Zero initiative to re-engineer stuff.
    * Your ideas and opinions are often overlooked. These huge egos are sure they know it better anyway.
    * Very few trainings to keep your knowledge up-to-date.
    * Work gets dull and boring after a few months, due to the reasons above. Once you've reached the plateau, there's not much to learn and grow as a developer... unless you want to deep-dive into the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * A more open-minded approach would be necessary to attract and retain skilled people. Simply throwing some money at them won't help on the long run.
    * More effort (yes, your precious time and money!) to rethink and rebuild outdated legacy systems.
    * Collaboration over the rigid 1950s management sytle.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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