Working at Flow Traders | Glassdoor
Notice concerning COVID-19
Flow Traders has posted an update on their COVID-19 response. Please see Company Updates for the latest news.

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 historically specializing in exchange traded products, but now expanding into other asset classes. We provide continuous liquidity, without having any directional opinion. As a technology focused company ... Read more

Mission: Our ambition is to become a one-stop shop liquidity platform in the financial markets globally. Supported by our proprietary technology platform, we provide liquidity in financial products that help contribute to more efficient markets. We will achieve our strategic ambition by ... Read more

Company Updates

  • COVID-19

    Flow Traders’ business and operations functioned as normal following the COVID-19 outbreak. A robust business continuity plan was successfully implemented in all regions with the primary focus being the health and well-being of employees. Flow Traders was able to continuously provide liquidity and pricing to the ETP markets on a global basis, which enabled issuers and counterparties to efficiently trade across all products in all circumstances. “In these unprecedented times, we feel that it is more important than ever to continue to contribute to society’s health and well-being globally. We have already accelerated the availability of our annual personal charitable budget and donated €2.5 million to a select number of charitable foundations around the world, including Erasmus MC, Voedselbank, VentilatorPAL, The Courage Fund, The Community Chest and Mount Sinai. In addition, we will shortly establish the Flow Traders Foundation with the aim of promoting and funding health and well-being charities globally on a significant, structured annual basis.” - CEO Dennis Dijkstra

See AllSee All

Flow Traders – Why Work With Us?


Working at Flow Traders

Our headquarters in Amsterdam and offices in New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, London and Cluj allow global, around the clock market coverage and accommodate more than 500 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, four month training program for all entry-level traders. 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. 

  • 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 about 36% of our 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 an all-inclusive weekend retreat. In the past our offices have gone to places like Iceland, Ibiza, Barbados, Cannes, Vail, Miami, Gilli Islands, Vietnam and Phuket. 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: In addition to a comprehensive health insurance plan, Flow Traders offers onsite massages and subsidized gym memberships to keep employees feeling good inside and out. The office is fully stocked with healthy snack and lunch options on a daily basis. 

  • 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 the Grand Prix, 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 an onsite Gym in Amsterdam, pool tables, arcade games, darts, video games, poker tables and a bar/lounge, boasting views like Marina Bay in Singapore or Bryant Park in New York.

  • 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. Over the years, we have 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.



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.

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. 

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

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.

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.


Graduate Trader

When you're hired as a graduate trader at Flow Traders, you start your career with an intensive, in-house training program. You’ll learn all the intricate details of our trading processes before being assigned to a desk and gradually take on more responsibilities as a member of a team.

 

Graduate Trading Support Engineer 

As a member of our Trading Support Desk, you will provide hands-on support to our traders to safeguard the performance and stability of our proprietary trading systems, as well as the related hardware. Additionally, you will participate in projects, advise on structural improvements and monitor trends within your area of expertise to capitalize on opportunities of new technologies. 

 

The best way to get to know us is to visit one of our recruitment events during the academic year. For more information about the Flow Traders Recruitment process, visit www.flowtraders.com/careers 

 

Flow Traders Reviews

  • Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Lucky to work for a company like this"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Flow Traders full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Collaborative, fun work environment, always have a chance to voice your opinions and contribute directly to growth, becoming a more established company in the industry externally.
    Particularly during COVID, the company has shown that they really care about us with nice WFH setups, care packages and weekly MB updates. Even while working from home, everyone is reachable and it seems business as usual but with more solidarity than ever.

    Cons

    Communication from HQ doesn't always trickle down to other offices, lower base salary than some competitors - more variable comp

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent and communicate long term vision and plan with all employees. It would help us better understand what we are working towards and how to get there

See All 69 Reviews

Flow Traders Photos

Flow Traders photo of: Hong Kong Team
Flow Traders photo of: Flow Traders US Office
Flow Traders photo of: A little FIFA in the HK office
Flow Traders photo of: All smiles in the newly opened Hong Kong Office
Flow Traders photo of: Shooting a little pool after the close
Flow Traders photo of: Trading floor
See All PhotosSee All

Flow Traders Interviews

Experience

Experience
59%
30%
11%

Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview
57%
33%
6%
1
1
1
1

Difficulty

3.4
Average

Difficulty

Hard
Average
Easy
  1. Featured Interview

     

    Trader Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Flow Traders.

    Interview

    The interview process is straightforward. I applied through my university and heard back within a week. They then ask you to complete a math test as well as behavioral interview.

    Interview Questions

See All 184 Interviews

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
  • Market Maker of the Year, Asia Capital Markets Awards, 2018
  • Best ETF Market Maker - Asia-Pacific, Annual Global ETF Awards, 2018
  • Top Market Maker ETP Coverage, HKEX ETF Awards, 2019
See More

Pledges & Certifications

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

Tech Hiring Commitment

Helping to train, hire and promote more technology workers

Work at Flow Traders? Share Your Experiences

Flow Traders
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
 
Click to Rate
or