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Flow Traders Overview

Amsterdam (Netherlands)
201 to 500 employees
2004
Company - Public (FLOW)
Stock Exchanges
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Flow Traders is a leading technology-enabled liquidity provider, specialized in Exchange Traded Products (ETPs). With trading desks in Europe, America and Asia , we are able to provide continuous liquidity across all major exchanges, globally, 24 hours a day, while seeking to ... Read more

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Flow Traders – Why Work For Us?


Working at Flow Traders

Our headquarters in Amsterdam and offices in New York, Singapore, Hong Kong and Cluj allow global, around the clock market coverage and accommodate more than 300 employees. Flow Traders fosters an entrepreneurial, innovative, team-oriented culture. We value quick-witted, creative minds and challenge them to make full use of their capacities. If you aim high, the sky is the limit!

 

Our work environment is a reflection of the things we believe in. We believe that it is more important how you perform than what you wear. So our employees dress comfortably for work – jeans, t-shirts and sneakers are common. We believe that what someone says is more important than who says it. We believe that the contributions of our team-members are crucial to the success of the company. We believe that two people know more than one, and that people can have great ideas even in areas other than their core expertise. Therefore, we welcome and encourage everyone to share their opinions. Anyone with a good idea, be it in his or her own area of expertise or another, will be encouraged to put this forward. This is part of our open and collaborative culture.


  • Extensive Training Program: We provide a rigorous, six month training program for all entry-level traders at our headquarters in Amsterdam. Incoming traders will receive lectures and hands-on training in a small group setting to learn our philosophy of trading and the ins and outs of our proprietary software. The company is also working on a continuous learning and development program called Flow Academy which expands the structured training programs available to the Technology and Support teams as well.

  • Work-life Balance: Our mentality is work smart, not long. We understand the value of a balanced lifestyle and encourage our employees to get out of the office when they're done with their work or kick back and enjoy a game of FIFA, poker or darts in the lounge. Salaried employees are granted 20 vacation days plus 9 paid holidays, unlimited sick leave, and special leave time for moving, studying, or other personal life events that shouldn't chip away at your real vacation time.

  • Global Bonus Pool: Flow Traders puts a strong emphasis on team work and collaboration. At the end of each year all employees are eligible to receive a discretionary bonus from our shared global bonus pool which is 36% of gross profits.

  • Global Mobility: We offer the opportunity for employees to transfer between our trading offices in New York, Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Singapore to promote one of our core values of retaining top talent and promoting from within. To foster collaboration between global teams, many employees also travel to the Amsterdam headquarters for cross training and relationship building.

  • Annual Company Trip: The ultimate company event is our annual trip where all employees are invited to attend a three day, all-inclusive retreat. In the past we have gone bobsledding in Park City, jet packing in Barbados, yachting in Ibiza, and even a private swim in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland. The main objectives of the trip is to show our true appreciation for our employees and provide an exhilarating event filled with team building and new experiences.

  • Wellness Program: Flow Traders offers onsite massages, haircuts and yoga classes to keep employees feeling good inside and out. Equinox gym memberships are offered with several locations within walking distance of the office. The office is fully stocked with healthy snack and lunch options on a daily basis. Each year, we host a month long Wellness Challenge to encourage healthy lifestyle choices though group wellness events and suggested workout or diet adjustments. Tickets are awarded for participants and prizes are raffled at the end of the month to a few lucky participants.

  • Team Building Events: We like to have fun in AND out of the office. We organize monthly recreational events to foster stronger and more personal relationships between colleagues. From Formula 3 racing, sporting events, paint classes, competitive bowl-offs to karaoke nights, we make sure to create an experiences that everyone can enjoy!

  • Modern and Playful Workspace: Our latest office was designed with the objective to create a comfortable and enjoyable workplace and provide a space to socialize and have some fun after working hours. On one side you will find a state of the art trading floor where all the action occurs during market hours. On the other side of the office you will find a 30 foot putting green, pool table, arcade games, darts, video games, poker tables and a bar/lounge with a view overlooking the tree line of Bryant Park.

  • Employee-directed Charitable Donations: At the end of the year the company sets aside 5% of net profits and asks each employee to choose where they would like to donate their portion of the funds. In 2017 we donated to over 100 different accredited charities based on our employee's recommendations. 

  • Casual Dress Code: At Flow Traders you can express yourself openly with a relaxed dress code and the freedom to wear what you want to perform at your best.

This review is based on 54 employee surveys in the US office, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 4.05. It was published on Jul 10, 2018 & the full profile can be found here: Great Place to Work - Flow Traders.


Our success is driven by a combination of smart trading strategies, state-of-the-art proprietary technology and prudent risk management. Our people are the cornerstone of our ability to deliver on these items. This is why we aim to recruit and retain the best talent available.


We are looking for motivated self-starters who enjoy working in an innovative and challenging environment where ownership, drive, and teamwork are the core competencies.  The most stand out applicants at Flow Traders have great energy, a solid understanding of our business, and a passion for their craft.


Our employees include people from different backgrounds and nationalities. We have economists, engineers, computer scientists, mathematicians, lawyers and physicists among our employees. We harbor people from 36 different nationalities. This diversity ensures different viewpoints are brought into discussions, and we believe this leads to better, more innovative outcomes for the company.

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The Experience

Feel the adrenaline. As a trader, you work in a fast-paced, high-intensity environment. You face complex challenges throughout each day. Traders are highly driven. Determined to be the best. Being a trader is for brilliant minds, independent thinkers, energetic doers, and outstanding talents. This is an exciting career for exceptional individuals.

The Work

Perform at your peak. At Flow Traders, we manage and optimize daily positions in a broad range of financial products. We handle a variety of asset classes on multiple exchanges in real time. We collaborate in small teams that are responsible for specific securities. We formulate innovative trading strategies. We partner with our software engineers to develop trading models and tools to capitalize on opportunities.

The Trader

Be the one. To succeed as a trader, you need a passionate interest in global financial markets and you need a strong numerical ability. You need to have the desire to create your own career path and a drive for more responsibility and rewards. You are a creative problem-solver who thrives under pressure. And you have a winning mentality.

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A Technology Company Operating in a Financial Environment


Trading and technology go hand in hand and our Engineers are an essential part of Flow Traders that provide the building blocks to our trading success. 

We employ an in-house developed, cutting-edge technology platform which processes vast amounts of real-time information. The platform enables us to quote bids and offers based on the latest prices of underlying or related instruments at all times. 

Risk management is at the heart of our organisation and our risk functions are closely integrated into our platform. Our risk management tools are independent of those of our trading professionals. Our platform is scalable, robust and designed to promote continuous incremental, well-managed improvements over time. Combined with our team's talent and analytical skills, insights and analyses, along with our robust risk management framework, this gives us a substantial edge.


Flow Traders Reviews

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    Pros

    At Flow Traders you are stimulated to speak up and bring your ideas to the table. The culture is informal, collaborative and focused on high performance. You really have the opportunity to learn a lot and advance your career.

    Cons

    In this fast paced environment you need to be able to make decisions quickly.
    Some areas of the company can be better organized.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the flexible informal culture while the company grows.

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Flow Traders Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Flow Traders (New York, NY) in October 2017.

    Interview

    Overall the process was very thorough and you were kept well informed before and after each round. The technical questions and exam clearly let you know where you stand and what is expected in the role. The in person interview was candid and thought provoking. It was a pleasant and challenging interview at the same time.

    Interview Questions

    • The technical questions and exam were sound, and identified areas of strength and weakness. All interviewers were courteous, and engaging, and highly skilled. At no point did you feel uncomfortable, even when you did not have all the answers.   Answer Question
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Flow Traders Awards & Accolades

  • Great Place to Work Certified, Great Place to Work Institute, 2018
  • Best ETF Market Maker - Europe, Annual Global ETF Awards, 2018
  • Best ETF Market Maker - Asia-Pacific, Annual Global ETF Awards, 2018
  • Great Place to Work Certified, Great Place to Work Institute, 2017
  • Best ETF Market Maker Europe, Annual Global ETF Awards, 2017
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