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IMC Trading Overview

Amsterdam (Netherlands)
201 to 500 employees
1989
Company - Private
Stock Exchanges
Unknown / Non-Applicable
IMC is a technology-driven trading firm with offices in Amsterdam, Chicago and Sydney. We develop innovative technology and employ advanced trading strategies to make markets on the world’s best-regulated trading venues. We are also a Designated Market Maker (DMM) on ... Read more

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IMC Trading – Why Work For Us?


About IMC

IMC is a leading market maker in exchange traded instruments active on over 100 exchanges, platforms and pools of liquidity across the world. Our commercial success reflects our ability to develop strategies and technologies that enhance our competitive position and aid the efficiency and transparency of financial markets for all market participants.

IMC is a privately-held company founded in Amsterdam in 1989 by two traders working on the open outcry floor of Europe’s first options exchange. Today we have offices in Amsterdam, Chicago, Sydney, New York and Hong Kong and employ just over 500 people. 

Follow this link to understand exactly what marketmaking is: What We Do

IMC Foundation

One of our core values is to take responsibility for others as well as ourselves. So giving back and social commitment are integral and vibrant parts of our culture. Through the IMC Foundation, we focus our efforts in three different ways: Global giving, local giving, and employee involvement.

GLOBAL

Our largest unified effort is an annual Trading Day for Charity where the proceeds from an entire day of trading across all IMC offices are donated to a cause chosen by employees.

LOCAL

Each office has a dedicated fund to support local causes, with a primary focus on organizations that improve access to opportunities for young people. Examples of the kind of work that we fund include: schools for low income children, programs that use sports to teach life skills, robotics programs, and career education.

EMPLOYEE

Each year, our employees across the globe donate time, talent and money to more than 300 nonprofits serving the community in areas from social service and animal and environmental welfare to medical research. Our offices organize volunteer opportunities and we also support causes employees care about by donating in recognition of their service and/or matching their donations.


At IMC, we recognize talent and reward teamwork. We believe in giving people freedom and responsibility. We applaud ambition, encourage entrepreneurship and strive continually for improvement. We never stop learning; individually and from each other. The people we hire, work together to deliver solutions that drive results.

Being smart gets you in the door. Continuously striving for improvement and a restless curiosity will help you succeed. If you have a passion for problem solving, technology and innovation, we have the work culture, training and environment to help you realize your potential. At IMC there are no limits to success. Your career here goes as far as your talent takes you.


"Everybody wants you to learn as much as you can"

Matt Gokel - Developer - Chicago Office

"There's always new and hanging ways to acheive success in this market."

Ikenna Igboaka - Trader - Amsterdam Office

"We like to do it better than the next person"

Brendan Jones - Trader Team Lead - Sydney Office

Education and training

If you have a passion for trading and technology and want to put your talent to work where it can have a real impact, IMC is for you. We encourage openness, honest discussion and teamwork - our training and development programs reflect those values. We’ll invest in you from day one and keep on doing so throughout your career.

At IMC you will have the opportunity to work on global teams, learning from and sharing ideas with some of the best traders, developers and technologists from around the world. Our people love what they do and thrive in a challenging, creative environment where talent is recognized and rewarded.

Global learning and development

Whether you're in trading or technology, your career at IMC starts with our global traineeship. This consists of in-house developed courses and trading and development simulations created and delivered by our traders and developers from around the globe.

Held in two of our offices each year, the goal of the traineeship is to teach you the core of our business, introduce you to trading, programming, and the specific requirements of your role. This intensive program will also give you an introduction to our unique culture and a real insight into how we work and what we do.

Within two months you’ll be putting what you've learned into practice, trading and creating software, alongside a mentor who is committed to your success in the world’s biggest, most dynamic financial markets.

Professional development at IMC is ongoing. For example, after a year of employment, we offer everyone specially designed programs run by the Colorado-based Center for Creative Leadership:

  • Employee Development Programs (I & II), for everyone at IMC
  • Leadership Development Program, an international 2 phase program for people leading a function


Our benefits program is in place to make life convenient and worry free for our people so they have the time to focus on what they’re most passionate about. No matter where you’re based, we go above and beyond the basics to support a healthy lifestyle physically, emotionally, and socially (each office will provide benefits details specific to the country where it’s based). 

A healthy lifestyle: 

  • Outstanding health insurance (where applicable)
  • Generous time off / leave packages
  • Meals and snacks on us (details dependent on office)
  • Free or supplemented gym memberships / healthy lifestyle services
  • Many others specific to each office

Making time for fun: 

  • The opportunity to work in all three of our offices (Amsterdam, Chicago, Sydney)
  • Friday happy hours
  • Ping pong and/or pool tables, video games etc to help you unwind
  • Annual Christmas gift
  • Annual events with spouses and families included – holiday parties and summer outings
  • Company outings and sports teams
  • Annual company trips 

And giving back: 

One of our core values is to take responsibility for others as well as ourselves. So giving back and social commitment are integral and vibrant parts of our culture. Through the IMC Foundation, we focus our efforts in three different ways: Global giving, local giving, and employee involvement.

  • Global: Our largest unified effort is an annual Trading Day for Charity where the proceeds from an entire day of trading across all IMC offices are donated to a cause chosen by employees.
  • Local: Each office has a dedicated fund to support local causes, with a primary focus on organizations that improve access to opportunities for young people.
  • Employee: Each year, our employees across the globe donate time, talent and money to more than 300 nonprofits serving the community in areas from social service and animal and environmental welfare to medical research. Our offices organize volunteer opportunities and we also support causes employees care about by donating in recognition of their service and/or matching their donations.

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    Pros

    I’ve been with IMC for almost 6 years now. In my current role, I mostly work on global projects across our three offices. The close collaboration with the different teams globally is something I truly enjoy. IMC really encourages international collaboration and offers ditto opportunities. Shorter and longer term international assignments are very common practice.

    The best thing I like about IMC is its culture and the people that form this: informal and collaborative, but very professional and ambitious. IMC puts a lot of effort in hiring people that share the same values and bring something unique. Another thing I like is that people are given as much responsibility as they can handle, and preferably a little more. There is a strong focus on learning and both personal and professional development.

    Overall, what has been keeping me here for nearly 6 years is the reward of working with a bunch of smart people on cool stuff in a fun and international environment.

    Cons

    IMC is not for everyone though. The downside of working in a fluid and by times ambiguous environment is that sometimes you could feel a little ‘lost’. Don’t expect too much structure created for you. You create it yourself. People are always willing to support wherever they can, but the ball is in your court.

    The pace is high: you’re expected to be always on top of your game, there is not much room for slacking around. I don’t see this as something negative, but you should be prepared for this. You should not only be able to handle this, you better love it, otherwise this is not the place for you.

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IMC Trading Interviews

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    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at IMC Trading (Chicago, IL) in May 2018.

    Interview

    Very professional interview process. Great experience overall. The onsite interview didn't work out as I have expected. Three rounds before the on-site interview: OA, HR and Technical round.
    I enjoyed the onsite interviews a lot, it's fun and exciting, but unfortunately didn't make it through.

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IMC Trading Awards & Accolades

  • Expat Employer of the Year, The Expat, 2011
  • NAB Schools First Community Partnership Award, Schools First, 2013
  • Great Place to Work Certified, Great Place to Work Institute, 2018
  • Expat Employer of the Year, Expatica, 2011
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