Spot Trading

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3.2 21 reviews

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Stephen Brodsky

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56% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    A good place to gain experience

    Software Developer (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsGood projects to work on
    Friendly people
    Take good care of interns

    ConsNone I can think of.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great internship program

    Software Developer (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    Pros- Competitive intern compensation package
    - Encouraged to work with the latest tech
    - Great development atmosphere
    - Very open and encouraging

    Cons- Working with other teams outside of development can be hard sometimes

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work and learn

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat place to learn about the industry and hone your technology skills
    Fun and intelligent people to work with
    Good leadership and management, including an excellent CTO
    Great culture where you are encouraged to do R&D with the latest and greatest tech
    Decent hours for the industry

    ConsCan be called at any hour of any day
    Unnecessary politics
    There can be some distractions during the day that can effect your productivity

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excited to go to work everyday

    Trader (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsSpot Trading is a great place to work. It has the following positives:
    -The people are nice (it is a jerk-free environment)
    -The management is willing to try new strategies
    -Very entrepreneurial
    -They value your opinion
    -Exciting growth opportunities (feels like a startup, even though firm has an established track record)
    -Does a good job of making sure that new hires are a good cultural fit for the company
    -Very understanding when it comes to vacation / days off / family obligations (kinda surprised that people mentioned otherwise in some previous reviews, but maybe it depends on your group)
    -Benefits (continuing education, healthcare, free meals)
    -Leadership is on the same page (no internal power struggles)
    -Very open lines of communication up and down the firm (firm is very focused on communicating strategy to employees regularly, it is easy to talk to management one-on-one)

    ConsSpot is not without its negatives, although I think the company is aware of them and working to address them:
    -Understaffed in some departments and overstaffed in others
    -Firm could probably run a bit leaner
    -Many people at Spot haven't worked at other firms, so they can be a bit sheltered.
    -The firm might be "too nice," meaning that maybe they might get better results by motivating with fear, giving people less leeway, etc.
    -Bonus pool could be bigger

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep working to improve performance (in terms of both productivity and profitability) and Spot can become one of the best trading firms out there.

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

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    Support Team

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSupport team is full of wonderful people. Free lunch.

    ConsTraining. A lot of the traders are very stuck up.

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

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    STP Software Development Program offers an excellent learning experience and challenging projects to recent graduates.

    Associate Software Developer (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    Pros- Excellent Options Pricing Course for STPs
    - Great projects in C++, C#, and SQL
    - Team oriented and comfortable working environment
    - Pretty good (free) food on most days
    - Great learning opportunities for recent graduates
    - Rotational program gives you exposure to different groups within the firm and a chance to work on many different projects with many different teams

    Cons- Do not get to choose which you want to work in after completing the STP Development program

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

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    No work-life balance

    Software Developer (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    Prosfree food throughout the day
    good benefits (med. insurance etc.)
    smart coworkers
    learning opportunities

    Consvery long hours
    be prepared to work 12 hrs a day, and over the weekend, and at night
    no life outside the company
    no breaks - is it legal?

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire more people and don't make people work 12 hrs a day

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Perfect combination of an open approach to problem solving, a meritocratic environment and amazing access to resources

    Data Group Intern (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    Pros- get to work with some of the smartest professionals across the best colleges of America
    - dining perks, housing perks in the summer internship
    - easy access to learning opportunities
    - meritocratic work environment

    Cons- growth of knowledge limited to the finance domain

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

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    Great people and culture, worth the effort

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsChallenging environment, see results of your efforts quickly, and good people with low attitudes. Love the free food and overall good benefit package. Co-workers are the best part.

    ConsHours can be demanding at times, but none of this stuff about not being able to take vacation is true, I have never had a problem. I would say if you want to work at a trading firm the hours here are actually good compared to others.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    short term great learning experience

    Financial Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsOpen research environment, strong team memebers.

    ConsExcessive working hours vs. medium/low salary.

    Advice to Senior Managementneed to focus on nurturing long term career development

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