WorldQuant
3.7 of 5 21 reviews
www.worldquant.com Old Greenwich, CT 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Feb 23, 2014

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WorldQuant Founder & CEO Igor Tulchinsky

Igor Tulchinsky

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63% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Its the future of trading

Technology (Current Employee)
Old Greenwich, CT

I have been working at WorldQuant full-time for more than a year

ProsYou get to work with industry's world class smartest people.
Everything is well designed, be it infrastructure or technological processes.
Management is fair
Compensation is awesome
If you want to grow, this is the place.
Work life balance is really good.

ConsToo many people getting sacked. But of course for a reason of non-performance.

Advice to Senior ManagementThere should be a one to one meeting with ground staff with management (at least once a year if not twice).

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

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HR called to heckle me

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at WorldQuant full-time

Proscannot think of anything. why bother.

ConsA British HR called and asked what was my "primary programming language". I answered "JAVA". He said "Then why did you put C in front of JAVA on your resume?! You should not do that!".

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Great place to work - fun, challenging, and you'll learn a lot.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Old Greenwich, CT

I have been working at WorldQuant

ProsGreat people to work with - they are friendly and you can learn a lot from them.
Good incentives to work hard.
Solid technology and infrastructure to work with.
A lot of freedom in your daily work.
Competitive environment.

ConsYou'll have to learn to manage your time very well.
Not as much cooperation as you might see at other places.

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue providing good incentives to employees to maintain top notch performance.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great environment to work, learn, and advance

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Old Greenwich, CT

I have been working at WorldQuant

ProsAbility to work with and learn from the best and brightest in the industry, good opportunities to advance and move around inside the company, challenging tasks and lucrative incentives to perform well. Employees are encouraged to experiment with projects outside their mandate, and are given full support and coaching by management.

ConsWorking remotely is frowned upon.

Advice to Senior ManagementTelecommuting is very efficient for some people, and should be encouraged.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Performance and Pressure.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Old Greenwich, CT

I have been working at WorldQuant

ProsYou will get the opportunity if you prove your value. And this company provides you the chance to show your real potential. No time consuming bureaucracy. Fast decision making. More about numbers than politics, making high level of fairness. Performance sensitive positions are constantly fired, but that is not uncommon in this business.

ConsRelatively low compensation compared to similar places. Too frequent changes on company policies. Constant pressure. Minimal cooperation. Less learning opportunities (conference, etc).

Advice to Senior ManagementPersistent pressure changes fun to stress. Over stressed workers cannot make real innovation. Money is only part of compensation. Employee education, providing exciting experience, and top level compensation are proven long term investment.

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Learn yourself

Quantitative Researcher (Former Employee)
Mumbai (India)

I worked at WorldQuant full-time for less than a year

Pros- Very good money.
- Bonus for good work

Cons- Need to learn the job yourself - not much help is provided.

Advice to Senior Management- Too much worried about compliance

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Ambitious company which grows

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at WorldQuant full-time for more than a year

ProsWorldQuant quantifies the day by day activities of its researchers. They all know what they do and how it affects their yearly bonuses.

ConsNot all processes are perfect, there are some gaps which may frighten the one who expects the world to be perfect

Advice to Senior ManagementGood luck to make Worldquant better!

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

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Just a couple of warnings for new employees

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at WorldQuant full-time for more than a year

ProsSmart, really smart people. Unfortunately, that's all here.

Cons- Bonuses are inferior - bonuses are designed for poor asian countries like China or India and are the same all over the world (!!!). So when making decision on offer - assume no bonuses at all and decide whether stated salary is ok for you.

- Smart people is not the only factor to make a successful team. Great people should be a team and collaborate to bring even greater results. But the system is designed in a way to stimulate rivalry rather than collaboration. This makes this place not very pleasant for people who want to learn and conduct serious research.

Advice to Senior ManagementI tried to give them advice from inside - they don't want to do anything. Unlikely, somebody will react on this.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Is that it?

Quantitative Researcher (Former Employee)

I worked at WorldQuant full-time

Pros- Better than average salary in developing countries.
- No advanced math or knowledge of data science or anything that assumes more than a highschool diploma is required to work here.

Cons- No training is offered.
- Management is inexperienced
- Competitiveness: you basically compete against everyone from day one, so knowledge doesn't get passed around freely.
- You have to produce results at a pace that prevents quality research or any form of self learning.
- Long hours
In summary: if you expect to do more than testing one liner formulas for 10 hours a day, while listening to abusive comments from your supervisor about why you dont work 12 hours a day, this is the right job for you

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more forthcoming about the job description when talking to prospective employees. Offer structured training. The model "if you have questions, just ask your supervisor" doesn't work,especially if you have to be up to speed in a week.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Senior Quantitative Analyst

Senior Quantitative Analyst (Current Employee)
Changping, Beijing (China)

I have been working at WorldQuant full-time for more than a year

ProsFlexible working hour and very smart coworkers

ConsNo input/corporation/feedback from any other people, no training/learning opportunity. People are smart but they compete with each other too hard. Avoid this place if you want to develop a long term career in finance by starting on research

Advice to Senior ManagementEncourage collaboration between researchers

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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