I worked at Mercuria Energy full-time
If you have experience and know what you are doing it can be a great firm. They do a great job of providing resources and enough rope to run your strategy as you see fit
No clear draw down rules and can be at the whim of exogenous factors. Becoming bigger and somewhat faceless.
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Mercuria Energy (Chicago, IL) in January 2011.
Interview was a full day meeting with everyone in the office (~ 20 people). The interview process was very casual and was more of a conversation rather than behavoral questions. I also went out to lunch with one of the individuals
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