Geneva Trading

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Geneva Trading Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
14 Reviews
3.3
14 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Company, Great People

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Geneva Trading

    Pros

    First and foremost, the people at the company are amazing to work with. Everyone is helpful and always in a good mood to talk about anything. Working in small teams where communication is key to fast implementation and productivity.

    Cons

    This is a subjective con but, the architecture of the company is pretty flat. You'll only move up if someone quits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    technology handicapped

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Geneva Trading

    Pros

    An awesome HR group with an uphill battle trying to keep morale elevated. And, free coffee and fruit.

    Cons

    Behind on technologically but don't know it. A select few awarded big titles had zero experience or training on how to manage and motivate people, nor how to manage projects effectively. Also suffered from NIH (not invented here) syndrome.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get better technology leaders who really know it rather then just Gooogling it to sound like they do. And, change the name of your discretionary bonus to the academy awards.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work, if you are capable of working on your own

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Geneva Trading

    Pros

    easy place, little stress, C# and Windows environments

    Cons

    salary is not competitive with the industry, no bonuses

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stay away

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Geneva Trading full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The salary was very reasonable

    Cons

    Management is incompetent and makes short-sighted decisions. They have a weak understanding of how electronic trading has changed and are getting left behind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees, hire better managers that understand cultivating the talent of your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, poor direction

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    Current Employee - Developer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Developer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Geneva Trading full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people at Geneva Trading. Very well rounded individuals that are smart but also very friendly.

    Cons

    Some things are played a little too close to the chest. Too much indirection by management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify your edge and focus on it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for

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

    I worked at Geneva Trading full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Small trainee group. Dedicated support network. Great Culture.

    Cons

    Pushed us to start trading prematurely in a market that wasn't very good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would have been cheaper for the company and more mutually beneficial to pay the trainees their small salary for a longer period of training before going live.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Trader at Geneva Trading, LLC

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    Current Employee - Trader in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Trader in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Geneva Trading

    Pros

    Great opportunity to start a career in trading
    Management is helpful in getting you started
    Great work/life balance
    Benefits are great

    Cons

    Goals given by management are confusing and conflicting
    Fixed costs are expensive
    The knowledge that your job is becoming outdated and irrelevant to the success of the firm

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Outline goals to be more explicit
    Update the training and continued learning department to make it actually effective and useful

  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Geneva

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    Current Employee - Trader in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Trader in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Geneva Trading

    Pros

    You are your own boss. No one really bothers you and you can more or less come and go as you please depending on how you're doing.

    Cons

    It is eat what you kill so you need to be ready to live on the cheap side if you want to trade for this company. They are a better deal than most prop shops though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up what you are doing but show more concern over the individuals performance and be more hands on with them.

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Intersting Place to work

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

    I worked at Geneva Trading

    Pros

    Great environment, great team, great place to work

    Cons

    Crappy benefits and strange pay issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please make it rain on me

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great experience, great people, great lifestyle if you can make it!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Trainee Trader in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Trainee Trader in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I worked at Geneva Trading as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    If you become successful winning/earning trader. This job is one of the best out there with the exception of being a professional athlete or poker pro.
    You can get to be your own boss. The majority of the people working there are nice guys and will help you along the way provided you ask and are social.
    If you make it as a trader, there is no cap on your income. So incentive is huge in a place like this. You will know what is happening everywhere in the world as it happens as you are constantly tuned into live feeds and you probably never buy a newspaper again!

    Cons

    There is no doubt about it that being a trader is stressful at times. Hours can be long-but anyone afraid of putting in long hours should probably consider another vocation. Losing money can suck, and being limit down can suck more. (Limit down means that you have breached the maximum loss for that particular trading session). Always having to be alert even when you are not trading.
    Pressure to be a consistent winning trader as apart from your own living expenses you need to earn enough during a month in order to pay for your trading desk and transaction costs attached to all the trades you have made for that month( referred to as round turn costs by traders).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management have an extremely difficult job. They have to judge and take shots at trainee traders in that they could be successful. Even if a trainee trader is performing well on the simulator that does not mean that they will be successful if they are trading with live funds.
    My advice to management would be to emphasize the importance of trading intelligently and with discipline and giving constructive criticism and praise where its due.
    Also, getting to know the trainee traders on a personal level is important in understanding how they think.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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