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Amsterdam (Netherlands)
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
Optiver is a proprietary global market maker, trading on major financial markets around the world. We opened our first office in Amsterdam and now have locations in Chicago, Shanghai, and Sydney. Optiver employs over 900 highly educated professionals worldwide who are ... Read more

Mission: We improve the market.

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Optiver CEO Paul Hilgers
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    "Interesting work. Fantastic work environment. Great people"

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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 3 years)


    Teamwork. Company ethics. Work with people from diverse backgrounds from all over the world. Inter-office communications. Great perks. Accessibility of management.


    Sometimes they will keep poor performing people around a little too long before firing them. Also it can take an excessive amount of work to get everyone required to sign off on a new idea.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Don't change much. Maintaining this will be difficult as the company grows. Foster more respect between teams in different departments.

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Optiver Interviews



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    Trader Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied online. I interviewed at Optiver (Chicago, IL).


    Process took a few weeks. Applied online and then interviewed at the office in Chicago in Feb 2017. Started with a mental math test online (80 questions in 8 minutes). After that there was a phone call, mostly behavioral, pretty straight forward. Third was a sequence and pattern style recognition test (30 minutes 26 questions if I recall). After those there was a technical phone interview, mostly stats/probability type questions. Final was at their office, full day of stuff, they make you re-take the online tests in person to make sure you don't cheat, and then also a couple behavioral interviews, some shadowing, one or two technical ones, and a lunch that doubles as a behavioral interview.

    Interview Questions

    • What would be the strike price of an option for a 12 on a 12 sided die that goes up by odds. The sides would be 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23 and each dot on the die is 1 "point"=$1   Answer Question
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Company Updates

  • We'll be visiting Cornell University next week! Join us and Women in Computing at Cornell for a talk with our CTO, Pierre Salverda.

    OptiverUS on Twitter

    Join us and Women in Computing at @Cornell for a #tech talk with our CTO next Wednesday, 3/1! #optiveroncampus

  • The Chicago office is looking for passionate HR professionals to help support our growing business. Find out more about our Recruiting and HR Operations opportunities to take your career to the next level:

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Optiver Awards & Accolades

  • Best Places to Work in Australia, BRW, 2013

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