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CME Group Careers

Chicago, IL
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public (CME)
Brokerage Services
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
As the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, CME Group enables clients to trade futures, options, cash and OTC markets, optimize portfolios, and analyze data – empowering market participants worldwide to efficiently manage risk and ... Read more

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  • At CME Group, we believe in advancing policies that strengthen the integrity of our global company - from workforce empowerment, to corporate stewardship, to community commitment and sustainable solutions. Read about our ESG initiatives here:

  • CME Group is honored to be named one of IDG's InsiderPro and Computerworld's 100 Best Places to Work in IT for the third year in a row! Congratulations to our employees on this recognition.

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CME Group – Why Work With Us?

Push Industries. Not Papers.  

Working at CME Group offers you the opportunity to impact global financial markets every day – whether you work on our industry-leading technology and risk management services, our benchmark products or in a corporate services area that helps us serve our customers better. 

We’re small enough for you and your contributions to be known.  But big enough for your ideas to make an impact.  The pace is dynamic, the work is unlike any other firm in the business, and the possibilities are endless.

Problem solvers, difference makers, trailblazers. Those are our people. And we’re looking for more. Our employees have propelled us to unparalleled success in our industry, and we want to hear from you if you have the skills, creativity and drive to join our team and help grow our business for the future. 

CME Group Center for Innovation 

Innovation has always been a driving force for the exchanges that form CME Group: CME, CBOT, NYMEX, and COMEX. We have continually embraced change and fostered an entrepreneurial spirit that has enabled both our exchanges – as well as the futures industry – to grow and prosper. We know from firsthand experience that innovation can transform business, influence the direction of civilization and alter its reality for the better.

But creative thinking and great ideas cannot exist in a vacuum – they benefit and gain momentum by being spread far and wide. Recognizing this, in 2003 CME founded the CME Center for Innovation – now called the CME Group Center for Innovation (CFI).

The CFI creates and sponsors thought-provoking original programming that identifies, showcases and fosters examples of significant innovation and creative thinking across multiple industries in both the public and private sectors. Each of the programs explores and communicates the principles behind innovation, and more importantly, showcases their application to a broad and diverse audience.

The CFI's programs help advance the application of innovation by providing a broad, multi-industry analysis of the concept. The CFI is interested in evaluating not only the principles behind innovation, but in taking a strong, hard look at innovation in action.

At CME Group, we value being a good corporate citizen and taking an active role in social responsibility across the communities where we work and live.

In 2018, CME Group contributed $8.4 million in charitable donations to support important philanthropic causes around the globe. through our charitable programs and foundations. Additionally, our community outreach program, Amicus, engaged our employees and members in volunteer opportunities totaling more than 2,500 hours of service. Community relations committees, made up of CME Group employees, organized volunteer initiatives in our Chicago, New York, London, Belfast, Bangalore and Singapore offices and worked to establish new charitable relationships with local partners.

We are proud to be a socially responsible organization that dedicates time and resources to corporate citizenship, and we look forward to continuing to make a difference through our global outreach.

Corporate Philanthropy 
CME Group supports many philanthropic causes through charitable grants from our two foundations.

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Through our community involvement, we create opportunities for those in our exchange community to make a difference.

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Discover how CME Group supports sustainability and stewardship in our environment, workplace, and workforce.

For a detailed report on our 2018 Corporate Citizenship please visit

Working at CME Group provides more than a paycheck.  Employees benefit from a total rewards program that is market competitive, emphasizes performance and helps us attract and retain the industry's highest achievers.  Supporting our employees in every stage of their lives and careers is an important way we show how much we value the contributions they make to the business. 


Our compensation programs align employee rewards with shareholder interests and emphasize our pay-for-performance philosophy.

In addition to market competitive base pay, all employees are eligible for short-term incentives in the form of our annual bonus program, which is tied to achievement of the company’s financial goals and strong individual performance. We also offer a spot bonus program to reward employees who make exceptional contributions to the business throughout the year.

Through our broad-based equity program, employees at more senior levels are eligible for annual equity awards, while all other employees are eligible for discretionary equity awards based on individual performance. In addition, we offer employees the opportunity to purchase CME Group stock at a discount through our employee stock purchase plan.

Our Excellence Award program also provides spot bonuses to employees who make exceptional contributions to the business in strong alignment with our values. 

In addition to compensation, we offer a wide range of benefits designed to support our employees’ health and wellbeing, retirement needs, professional development, and work/life balance.

Paid Time Off / Vacation

CME Group offers a competitive time off program (a PTO program in the U.S. and a traditional vacation and sick program for international employees) in addition to a generous holiday schedule. We also offer a work/life balance program that allows employees to take advantage of flexible work arrangements such as working remotely.

Continuous Learning

CME Group employees are part of a learning organization.  We are committed to ensuring that everyone who works here has the resources and support they need to succeed in their jobs, understand developing trends in the marketplace and achieve their career aspirations.

In addition to learning on the job by performing challenging work and collaborating with smart people, we provide a variety of benefits to help employees grow their expertise, including tuition reimbursement for continuing education costs. Additionally, we offer onsite professional development training courses, access to external seminars and technical skills training, as well as an integrated series of leadership development programs to prepare employees for each stage of their careers.

Other Benefits

CME Group offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which provides confidential counseling sessions to discuss personal and family issues, including legal counseling and child/elder care matters.

This service provides employees and their families with child care resource referrals and educational information on topics such as health, work and finances.

CME Group also provides business travel accident insurance for all employees that provides benefits coverage when traveling on company business.

CME Group offers our U.S.-based employees a competitive benefits package that includes the following offerings:

  • A variety of competitive medical plan designs and pricing options for employees and their eligible dependents (including domestic partners)
  • Competitive dental and vision benefits
  • 401(k) Plan that includes employer match, online financial advice and Roth 401(k) feature
  • Active cash balance pension plan that CME Group contributes to on employees’ behalf
  • Disability insurance; basic and voluntary life insurance (including dependent life insurance)
  • Flexible spending accounts and commuter benefits
  • Parental leave benefits
  • Adoption assistance to help parents cover the cost of adopting a child
  • Company wellness program with incentives including discounted medical premiums and a variety of onsite prevention and screening programs
  • Additional voluntary benefits such as pet insurance, identity protection and primary care/concierge medical membership

Internationally, CME Group offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits package that is aligned with local best practice and includes the following offerings*:

  • Medical insurance for employees and their families
  • Competitive dental and optical coverage
  • Life insurance, disability and sickness insurance
  • Competitive retirement benefits
  • Company-subsidized gym membership
  • Parental leave benefits
  • Health assessments / wellness provisions
  • Additional voluntary benefits depending on location


*Benefit offerings vary by regions.

Rotational Analyst Program

CME Group recruits and develops future leaders through our Rotational Analyst Program. The program provides a unique opportunity to learn our business from a cross-functional perspective.

Over a span of two years, participants gain a broad base of experience in the financial services industry as they complete six-month rotations in four of CME Group’s core business units, including Clearing, Finance, Legal & Regulatory, Global Operations, Products & Services, Strategy & Execution, and Technology.  After that time, analysts will work with our Human Resources department and their mentors to pursue a full-time role as a senior analyst within any of the particular business units listed above. 

"CME Group’s Rotational Analyst Program is an exceptional opportunity that allows an analyst to learn across all the business units. It opens the door to not only learn from some of the most intellectual individuals in the business, but also to work alongside them in day-to-day operations. Having the ability to rotate across various departments has challenged me to expand my knowledge of the business, allowed me to develop lasting relationships and given me insight into areas I may have never been exposed to otherwise. The Rotational Analyst Program is truly a unique and positive experience."

— Kaitlin Meyer, Market Education (University of Chicago, Class of 2010)


Rotation assignments will most likely take place in our Chicago Loop locations.


We’re looking for smart, motivated individuals with diverse educational backgrounds to help drive our future success and share in our collective achievements. Candidates should have:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • The ability to learn quickly and a demonstrated ability to work in high-pressure situations
  • Desired GPA of 3.5 or above
  • A completed bachelor’s degree by the start of the program (all majors accepted)


To ensure that rotational analysts get the most out of the program, they are a paired with a mentor who serves as their advisor. Mentors are employees at leadership levels who have the appropriate networks and institutional knowledge to help participants grow their expertise.  For the first rotation, analysts are assigned to work in their mentor’s division.  For subsequent rotations, they will work with their mentor and CME Group management to determine the best fit depending on their preferences and abilities, as well as project availability.

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CME Group Interviews



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    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at CME Group (Chicago, IL) in January 2019.


    Phone interview consists of questions related to the skills they're looking for in the particular job. If that goes well, then on-site interview with panel/group, consisting of more technical questions and previous projects - could ask you do to some whiteboarding.

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CME Group Awards & Accolades

  • Forbes America's Best Midsized Employers 2019, Forbes, 2019
  • Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality, Corporate Equality Index, 2019
  • Exchange of the Year, Risk, 2019
  • Exchange Innovation of the Year, Risk, 2019
  • Computerworld 100 Best Places to Work in IT, ComputerWorld, 2019
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Pledges & Certifications

Tech Hiring Commitment

Helping to train, hire and promote more technology workers

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

Pledge to Thrive

Taking steps to prioritize employee well-being

First Job Programs

Maintain entry-level hiring and career development programs to give people career starts

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