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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 global technology-enabled liquidity provider, specialized in Exchange Traded Products (ETPs). With trading desks in Europe, the Americas and Asia , we are able to provide liquidity across all major exchanges, globally, 24 hours a day. Founded in ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Take a peek at the newest Flow Traders office space! As US operations continue to expand, the 60 person team recently moved into a 27,000 sq ft space overlooking Bryant Park at the W.R. Grace Building. Equipped with a state of the art trading floor, the office also contains amenities such as a putting green, arcade games, a billiards table and a hair cutting station for employees to enjoy!

    —30+ days ago
  • Flow Traders US is proud to be certified a Great Place to work for the 2nd year! Read more about what our employees had to say about the great challenges, great atmosphere and great rewards for working at Flow: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQiIV

    —30+ days ago
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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.





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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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.



This review is based on 47 employee surveys from the New York Office, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 4.36. It was published on Jun 28, 2017. Read more about why employees think Flow Traders is a Great Place to Work, here: Great Place to Work - Flow Traders

Flow Traders Reviews

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    "A very special place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
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    I have been working at Flow Traders full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Challenging and rewarding work:

    Flow Traders is a place for self-starters who are ready to hit the ground running. If you need hand holding, this may not be the place for you. If you enjoy having free range to come up with creative solutions to problems and identify opportunities for your team to improve from day one, then you should definitely consider a career at Flow.

    - Great perks:

    Breakfast and lunch are provided and the pantry/fridge are stocked with any beverage or snack imaginable. Lots of social outings, awesome company parties, casual dress code, etc.

    - Outstanding company culture:

    Flow Traders is not a regular corporate workplace. What you wear or your tenure is mostly irrelevant; what matters is your contribution. In contrast to my experiences at other firms, individuality and authenticity are valued here. You don’t have to come to work dressed as someone else or as a watered down version of yourself. Generally, my colleagues are unique and each one brings something different to the table. The only things they all have in common is that they are kind, smart, and passionate about what they do.

    Cons

    Can't think of anything notable. We're going to grow out of the NY office space soon, but I believe an office move to a new and bigger location is in the works, so that's trivial.

    Advice to Management

    As the firm grows, try to maintain what makes it so special.

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Flow Traders Interviews

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    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Flow Traders.

    Interview

    On campus interview started with a 10 minute mental math test followed by a normal interview in person. Second round was an online IQ test. Final round was on site interview and case study. The interview was fine, the case study very difficult without a background in arbitrage and trading. They claim that those without this background would be fine and they just want smart people, but without that knowledge it was very difficult to complete.

    Interview Questions

    • Given this ETF made of 3 stocks and these available trades, what should you do to generate risk free profit? Something changes, how do you remain perfectly hedged.   Answer Question
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Flow Traders Awards & Accolades

  • Best ETF Market Maker Europe, Annual Global ETF Awards, 2017
  • Best ETF Market Maker - Asia-Pacific, Annual Global ETF Awards, 2017
  • Great Place to Work Certified, Great Place to Work Institute, 2017
  • Great Places to Work, Great Place to Work Institute, 2016
  • Best European ETF Market-Maker, ETF Express Global Awards, 2016
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