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Amsterdam (Netherlands)
501 to 1000 employees
1986
Company - Private
Finance
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
Unknown
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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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
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    I have been working at Optiver full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Intelligent and humble coworkers
    - Great pay
    - Engineers are promoted and paid based on merit. There is transparency regarding levels (junior, senior status, etc.) and your guess is likely correct about where others are.
    - With everything in technology and trading constantly changing, there is much room for growth and taking on new responsibilities, even immediately after starting
    - Everything is solid including culture in general, 401k, massages, breakfast, lunch, snacks, five weeks of vacation shortly after starting (which everyone actually takes), and yearly company trip
    - Useless meetings are cut short or cut out; there is little opportunity for being bored
    - Team leads aren’t simply middle managers; they've excelled at the role they are leading
    - Expectations are extremely consistent: focus on clean, simple solutions, own the stack, grasp the feedback loop of development

    Cons

    - Making significant changes that affect trading can be stressful, though this is largely mitigated by frequent releases and having a plan if your solution is broken

    Advice to Management

    - An important and positive part of our culture is the blame-free environment where we collectively learn from our mistakes. Continue to encourage this.

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Optiver Photos

Optiver photo of: Trading floor at the Optiver US office.
Optiver photo of: Wrapping up the week in the game room is an Optiver favorite.
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 .
Optiver photo of: Our Trading Systems Support Engineers are the gatekeepers of the production trading environment.
Optiver photo of: Optiver Europe
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Optiver Interviews

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    Trader Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Optiver.

    Interview

    Ongoing, but first round was an 8 minute, 80 question test of arithmetic questions. It requires you to do quick mental math--multiplication, division, decimals, fractions--and to select the correct answer from four choices, though sometimes the choices are tricky or not in reduced form. I only answered 70 of the 80 in the 8 minutes, maybe got a couple wrong, and still passed.

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Company Updates

  • Market making. It all started in 1626 on a bridge near Dam Square in Amsterdam. Learn more about the beginnings of market making and Optiver's purpose.

    The history of Market Making and Optiver

    Uploaded by Optiver Europe on 2017-06-13.

  • Calling all electrical and computer engineer majors: we're building out our hardware team and challenge you to apply your experience in fintech! http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQRHh

    Chicago - Campus: FPGA Engineer (2018 Start)

    Optiver's FPGA Engineers accelerate network infrastructure and trading system components with high speed FPGA designs.

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Optiver Awards & Accolades

  • Best Places to Work in Australia, BRW, 2013

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