I worked at G-Research full-time
Some very smart people to work with
Good pay and benefits
Rules limit hours in the office so engineers generally have to leave before 8pm
Lack of email outside of the office means getting urgent emails that disrupt your holiday is not an issue
Very draconian constraints in the name of security make getting work done extremely hard (rubber stamping from various levels of management to make otherwise-straightfoward changes, mandatory spyware-like tools that cause performance issues on workstations and servers, purposeful knowledge siloing, ...)
Lack of personal phones in the office and work-from-home options means office-hours life admin can be difficult
Advice to Management
Make empowering the people beneath you a priority and listen to them when they advise that your decisions are getting in the way of their work
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at G-Research (Pasadena, CA) in February 2016.
I applied through a recruiter. The first step is a 90-minute written test covering probability, statistics, basic finance, etc. I took this at a remote location. The exam is then scanned and transmitted to G-Research. If one passes the test, you move on to a phone interview and then potentially an in-person interview. I did not advance beyond the first step. It is certainly worthwhile to refresh one's knowledge, especially if years have passed since undergrad and you have not taken a test since then or early in grad school. If you don't, the test will probably be quite difficult.
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