RGM Advisors, LLC

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RGM Advisors, LLC Reviews

Updated Apr 30, 2014
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4.7 9 reviews

88% Approve of the CEO

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Richard Gorelick

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89% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Ideal company for techies with interests in finance.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    Pros-The firm went the extra mile to make the office a place employees WANT to go to every workday.
    -At the same time, the firm is very supportive of flexible working arrangements (some people work primarily from home).
    -At the end of the day, it is really a technology company (that makes money using its own financial trading systems).
    -No customers and/or investors. The company is completely self-funded and funds operations through returns on its own investment activity.
    -Due to the various smart policies and unique characteristics, including those listed above, everyone at the company seems “happier” than at any other companies I have worked for.

    ConsThere is not a ladder of arbitrarily made up titles to climb and turnover seems very low for a financially related company (these are actually pros to me, but may be cons to individuals acclimated to the finance industry).

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou have put together an awesome company by maintaining a very free and creative environment. At this point, introducing a higher level of standardization could help scalability (thinking more along the lines of operational/coding standardization than “dress code”).

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Experience So Far!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsIt seems like there is a great work-life balance here at RGM, which was a huge factor for myself when looking for careers. The benefits they provide really are very competitive for the Austin area and make it an overall very attractive package. I love the laid back environment and like knowing if I want or need to speak with upper management for anything, they are right down the hall (which isn't very common in companies anymore!) Overall I am very pleased with RGM thus far and look forward to growing my career with them!

    ConsNo cons that I have experienced since starting

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience

    Quantitative Researcher (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsI recently joined as a quant researcher, and my experience so far has been great! The people are both smart and kind. Everyone is very competent and supportive so, if you ever run into an obstacle outside of your area of expertise, you can count on the support of smart colleagues. It is an exciting atmosphere and the problem space is extremely rich. There is room for improvement everywhere, yet the complexity is such that every problem requires a good deal of insight. In short, if you like math, playing with lots of data and working on hard problems, this is the ideal job. Also worth mentioning is the fact that the IT infrastructure is top-notch and well supported, so that is unlikely to ever stand in your way.

    The offices are very nice and offer great views of Austin. Also, each floor has a kitchen stocked with snacks and drinks, and each kitchen has a different coffee maker. The atmosphere is casual, and the hours very flexible.

    ConsIf you are really into what you do, it will be hard to force yourself to take breaks (although there is no expectation that you will overwork yourself whatsoever!).

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company for those with families and who want to stay firmly in your comfort zone.

    Trader (Former Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsComfortable offices, and constantly changing difficult problem to solve. Very sharp colleagues.

    ConsHorizontal management structure limits any growth. Compensation is driven by random assignment of strategy allocation, and well below industry standards. One of my colleagues referred to the system of resource allocation as a high school popularity contest.

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

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    A fantastic place to work in a field I didn't expect to enjoy.

    Database Developer (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsThe work environment is located in Downtown Austin, with views of the surround hills and lake, a modern design aesthetic, and any equipment you can desire. Despite being a financial firm, we operate as a technology firm first and foremost.

    Getting to actual work involves by and large hands-off management, which works great for the right kind of personnel. High expectations are placed on everyone, from estimating effort through to project completion.

    Projects are varied and interesting, since we deal with huge amounts of data, tons of computing power, and what sound like far-fetched ideas. When it all comes together, the things that our technology is capable of can be downright staggering, from the research to the trading through to the back office systems.

    The level of talent is unmatched in my experience, which is a keeps me both motivated and on my toes. The conversations, whether work related or just geeking out over whatever it is we're into, are always fun..

    We are treated well in all regards - from the simple things like food and drink to management understanding that working more hours doesn't make us more productive or valuable, it all adds up to a great work life, but more importantly, one that treads lightly on the life outside of work.

    Also, meetings are used as a tool, not as the solution to every problem. Between this and the quality of life, that's what I have enjoyed the most as improvements over previous work environments.

    ConsTo keep from sounding too positive to be believed, there are a few.

    The work environment can be challenging if you are not self-motivated and disciplined, and those are things that cannot be gleaned from a resume or judged in an interview, so candidates should be very honest with themselves and RGM regarding those aspects of their personality, or expect to really focus on that as part of your personal development.

    Getting new candidates has been challenging, which is unfortunate. We do have a very rigorous process, but I wouldn't make it easier just to get more bodies in the building.

    Working from home isn't necessarily the best idea, as you can miss out on valuable context through conversations that really help build the picture and inform your decision making.

    Company performance is very highly correlated with factors outside of our control, which can be very frustrating to see in contrast with the continued improvement of our technology and personnel.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe steady handed approach is something I'm very pleased to see, through ups and downs, and I believe that needs to stay a core piece of the enterprise to keep us in the hunt as one of the best places to work, and keep our performance at a high level. Things must change over time, but management builds trust at ever major decision point which makes the change more acceptable - just don't abuse that trust.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Collaboratively working with smart, driven coworkers on interesting quantitative problems in global financial markets.

    Quantitative Researcher (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsThe work itself is interesting. We work on challenging quantitative problems like creating robust, predictive models using large data sets of financial time series.
    The culture is collaborative, encouraging and flexible. Employees here maintain a healthy sustainable work-life balance.
    Compensation is great and uses a communal structure to promote collaboration which is valued here.

    ConsOur structure is very flat, so employees don't frequently have title changes as responsibility, productivity and compensation increase.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company! Exciting and interesting work!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsI have been at RGM for almost 4 years now and this has been hands down the best job of my 16 year career. The company treats their employees very well. There is definitely a feeling of trust, that we are all adults and working for the good of the company. No micro managing at all. The work is fast paced and very interesting. The company rewards innovation and improvement. You are working with motivated and sharp people.

    ConsRGM is a relatively flat company, so there is not much of a “corporate ladder” to climb. For some that will be a plus and for other that may be a con.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A wonderful group of smart, ambitious individuals

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsYou will have the chance to work with incredibly talented people. It is a friendly and collaborative environment. Every employee is treated as a valued contributing member of the team and management is very approachable. The pay and benefits are superb - particularly for Austin. It is a wonderful place to work if you are looking for a healthy work-life balance. Everyone here is expected to work incredibly hard but the company respects the fact that people have lives outside of the office. In fact, they encourage it.

    ConsManagement has an aversion for implementing strict employee and HR related policies. RGM does not wish to be "corporate" but sometimes having such relaxed policies leads to frustration.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great atmosphere and smart people!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsRGM Advisors provides a friendly and casual work environment and employs very bright individuals from all walks of life. The company structure is very flat which allows people across the organization to impact the business in various ways. I have worked for many companies in Austin over the last 15 years and think the company provides a great atmosphere and great compensation and benefits and is one of the beter employers in Austin, Texas.

    ConsThe flat structure may not be for everyone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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