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Optiver Overview

Amsterdam (Netherlands)
501 to 1000 employees
1986
Company - Private
Stock Exchanges
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
Unknown
Optiver’s story began over 30 years ago, when we started business as a single trader on the floor of Amsterdam’s options exchange. Today, we are at the forefront of trading and technology as a leading global electronic market maker, focused on pricing ... Read more

Mission: We improve the market.

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Chicago, IL
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    I have been working at Optiver full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I've worked at Optiver a long time. Every year it gets better.
    - The company is managed on the basis of principles and values, not process or politics.
    - Those principles and values align very nicely with mine:
    -- Autonomy: there is very little hand-holding and extraordinarily high expectations of individuals in the company. The company rewards those that keep pushing those expectations higher with greater responsibility and authority.
    -- Collaboration: there are a lot of great fights over the right way to approach a given problem. When we're at our best, everyone in the fight has a strong opinion but is also listening to everyone else and continually re-evaluating that opinion as new information, ideas, and opinions are expressed.
    -- Prudence: the company carefully evaluates risk/reward trade-offs both when it comes to trading and technology decisions. The latest fads (cryptocurrency, esoteric programming languages, etc) are carefully evaluated, but reckless pursuit of them is frowned upon.

    I'll end with a sports analogy. Working at Optiver Chicago is like playing for the Patriots or the San Antonio Spurs. It certainly isn't for everyone. But if you like competing for the championship every year and always pushing yourself to be better, there's no better team to join.

    Cons

    If the company values do not align with yours, you will find it an increasingly frustrating place to work. Honestly, just read the cons from other posts and you can see how that plays out. If you find the principles above strange, out of fashion, or backwards, you'll agree with other people's cons. If you think those principles are refreshing, you will have a hard time coming up with many cons.

    Advice to Management

    Keep preaching principles, keep ensuring the best people are happy, keep pushing us to ever higher standards, and don't worry about the noise from people who should be playing for a different team anyway.

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Optiver Photos

Optiver photo of: Optiver Weekend is an annual getaway, always full of adventures and surprises.
Optiver photo of: Our traders captivated by the market.
Optiver photo of: Our in-house coffee shop is a go-to for both caffeine and meeting colleagues for a chat.
Optiver photo of: Trading floor at the Optiver US office.
Optiver photo of: Enjoying a game of ping pong in our game room.
Optiver photo of: Another day at CBOE, the world's largest options exchange .
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Optiver Interviews

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    FPGA Engineer Interview

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Optiver.

    Interview

    The interview process involved ~40 phone call, during which mostly non-technical interview questions were asked. After this I was sent a link to a HackerRank challenge to complete. I had a week to start, and 24 hours to finish, once started, although it was not made clear whether you were supposed/encouraged to take the whole 24 hours. I took ~3 hours, not too difficult, some tricky/vaguely worded questions.

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Optiver Awards & Accolades

  • Best Places to Work in Australia, BRW, 2013

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