Graham Capital Management
2.2 of 5 12 reviews
www.grahamcapital.com Norwalk, CT 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Jun 12, 2014

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Mr. Pablo Calderini

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11% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great company If you want to stay mediocre and ready to retire

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsNice building/gym, stable job and great company if you have no career goals, better than investment bank in work/life balance. Wonderful place to wait for retirement.

    ConsZero communication from the top, many many management layers for just dozens of people, highest ratio in my career. If you are not part of small circle, you are pretty much done, no career growth. Better to stay mediocre and do minimum, the end result will be the same anyway, people sit in the office have much easier life and better pay no matter what they do or deliver.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOverhaul management teams, reward people based on performance/contribution not based on how long they are employed by the firm, retain one top performer is better than keep 5 mediocre ones. Monitor time card and lunch hours won't help, hire/keep/reward top performer and get out of their way and let them do their things.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Overall disappointing

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThey ramp up capital pretty quickly. The people are genuinely friendly. The cafeteria is not bad either. The building is beautiful.

    ConsTight and changing risk limits. Hard to know what targets to keep. People were hired and fired pretty quickly. It's a revolving door. Also, the one year non-compete is pretty onerous.

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    If You Like Wearing Jeans, Forget to Shave, and Know Nothing About Finance Then Graham is Great Fit!

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Rowayton, CT

    ProsGraham hires people for their "fit" into their corporate culture. If you like wearing jeans to work, then Graham might hire you! If you forget to shave or prefer a beard, then Graham will hire you. If you know nothing about finance but possess a can-do attitude and a desire to learn, then you will find yourself right at home among the Graham employees.

    ConsGraham hires people who have no industry experience or left investment banks because of regulatory changes or other similar reasons. Numerous have turned down their offers and Graham is left with opinionated management with mediocre to poor results compared to institutional hedge fund reports.

    Advice to Senior ManagementClose shop and return the money to your investors.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Sloth of a hedge fund

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Rowayton, CT

    ProsJob security across the firm, except for Portfolio Managers

    ConsApathetic leadership in Technology. No vision. The development team has 35 people with 18 among them with management roles. That is a ratio of 1:1 of managers vs productive workers. The culture encourages Yes men. the leadership in development team lacks business knowledge and makes decisions that are self preserving with no consideration for clients and stake holders.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBring in professional and experienced management in the development team in technology. the current team is inept.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Rowayton, CT

    ProsHire Inexperienced People; Great for People without Wall Street Experience

    ConsLost $60 million in hedge fund 2012; Poor compensation compared to Wall Street; Employees lack experience in electronic market making

    Advice to Senior ManagementGraham is Located Like a CAGE - Containment Area for Graham Employees which isolated from NYC or any train station; Hire Experienced Employees; Pay Well; Move from Rowayton to a Location Near NYC or the Train;

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I was a portfolio manager at Graham Capital, and the terms and opportunities of employment were very fair.

    Portfolio Manager (Former Employee)
    Norwalk, CT

    ProsManagement very easy to work with. Facilities and support were great.

    ConsAlthough the message from management was to focus on long term results, in practice there was an implied pressure for short-term steady results

    Advice to Senior ManagementOnce you've identified top-level talent, ensure you do everything possible to retain them, through both good and bad investment cycles.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    not a great experience

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Norwalk, CT

    Prosdecent salary.
    easygoing work environment.
    nice office space.
    nice gym.

    Consvery bad code. not allowed to improve.
    managers only like people who look and act like them.
    projects not interesting.
    too much micromanagement.
    too much support, not enough coding.

    Advice to Senior Managementtreat everyone with respect, not just people you like.
    give people good projects to do.
    be open to new ideas.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Depends upon your role

    Quantitative Research Analyst (Current Employee)
    Rowayton, CT

    ProsIt is an established hedge fund.
    Smart people to work with and learn from them.
    Good gym, cafe. weekly happy hours etc.

    ConsNot much chance of growth
    There were lot of changes in direction in terms of trading strategies ... mgmt does not seem to know what they want to do on long term basis.
    Lot of personal bias.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not the best place to be a software engineer

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Rowayton, CT

    Pros1. Good compensation
    2. Most people are good to work with
    3. Nice office space
    4. Low-stress/ not overworked

    Cons1. Very poor communication between groups.
    2. Close-minded management which is not receptive to the ideas of others and who micromanage things in a very top-down fashion.
    3. Very few interesting or challenging assignments for a software engineer.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a second look at some of the people placed into management roles and have them change how they operate or replace them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Develop

    Software Developer (Current Employee)
    Norwalk, CT

    ProsFinance side and challenging.Many areas to work and learn all aspects of development.Learn lot from each other and from trading side.

    Conslittle communicatin from management.People are bisaed and care only for someone whom they like.Advise is recognize for good performents.

    Advice to Senior Managementreward good performing employees.little communicatin from management.People are bisaed and care only for someone whom they like.Look for good worker not color.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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