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PEAK6 Investments Overview

www.peak6.com
Chicago, IL
201 to 500 employees
1997
Company - Private
Finance
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
At PEAK6, we’re redefining what it means to be an investment firm. We’re driven to see solutions others don’t — and capitalize on opportunities others miss. We operate with a focused, entrepreneurial drive and push ourselves to think ... Read more

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PEAK6 Investments – Why Work For Us?


 

Careers at PEAK6

At PEAK6 we’re looking for wildly passionate, collaborative, and entrepreneurial minds to bring their best ideas to life with us. Every employee at PEAK6 has immense opportunities to collaborate, share their ideas, and shape the path of the different businesses in the firm. Here, your ideas are heard and your input is valued.

We provide good flexibility in terms of work-life balance, a great work space, an open and candid atmosphere, and development potential as the company continues to grow. You can really develop your career at PEAK6, while you’re working in a great space, surrounded by friendly people, and learning new things daily.

Sound interesting? PEAK6 might be the right next step for your career.



 

The PEAK6 Culture

PEAK6 is not your typical investment firm. We are a uniquely smart, entrepreneurial firm that thinks differently. We’re driven to see solutions others don’t and capitalize on opportunities others miss. This ambitious approach has helped us become the diverse range of successful businesses we are today.

As part of our entrepreneurial culture, we give every employee at PEAK6 opportunities to collaborate, share their ideas and shape the path of the different businesses in PEAK6. Here, your ideas are heard and your input is valued.

We value discipline, intelligence, and tenacity to see an idea through. We take a smart, measured, and data-driven approach to everything we do, so even if we don’t get the results we anticipated, we’re always learning.

At PEAK6 we’re looking for wildly passionate, collaborative, and entrepreneurial minds to bring their best ideas to life with us. 


Take a look at what makes us a great place to work!

 

Career Opportunities for Students & Graduates

We’re looking for bright, entrepreneurial, and insatiably curious students to join PEAK6 as Trading Associates and Software Engineers. We give new graduates immense opportunities to collaborate, share their ideas, and shape the path of the different businesses in PEAK6. Here, your ideas are heard and your work will make an impact.

Sound interesting? Perhaps a career at PEAK6 might be the right path for you. Explore opportunities at PEAK6 for new graduates.



Trading Careers at PEAK6


Intensive Training
 — Our rigorous training program will immerse you in the world of options and derivatives trading and teach you strategies to help you start trading. 

Trade Sooner — With our unique training structure and proprietary trading tools, it’s possible to  move from the classroom to actual trading execution in a short period of time.

Cutting-Edge Proprietary Tools — Our technology teams develop customized, proprietary trading technology, tools and systems to help you develop and implement your trading ideas.

Learn from Experienced Traders — Be a part of a supportive and collaborative culture where you’ll get personalized guidance from senior traders to develop your trading skills and shape your strategies.

Challenging, yet Rewarding Culture — Work with incredibly talented traders who will push you to be the best and help you grow and develop as a trader.

Sound like a great opportunity? Learn more about becoming a PEAK6 Trading Associate or experience what life is like as a trader at PEAK6




Technology Careers at PEAK6

Collaborative Culture — Complex technology requires complex solutions, which is why we’re passionate about collaborating and working together to find the right solution. We value new ideas and encourage discussions. You’ll have opportunities to influence the shape of our processes and approaches. 

Sophisticated Technology — You’ll develop a vast range of large-scale concepts and ideas into proprietary, distributed, high-performance trading technologies, systems, and business solutions. And, you’ll work with a variety of technologies and languages, including Java, C, C++, JavaScript/HTML.

Intensive Training — Our advanced training program will get you up-to-speed and give you the skills to develop proprietary low-latency, high-speed trading systems and learn the business of options and equities trading. 

Opportunities for Impact — From Day One you’ll have immediate opportunities to work on meaningful projects affecting our business. Your ideas will be heard and your skills will be actively leveraged. Ultimately, you’ll see your work impact the business.

Mentorship — You’ll work shoulder-to-shoulder with incredibly smart engineers who will mentor you and provide guidance as you enhance your skills as a developer.

Sound interesting? Discover why there’s incredible opportunities as a PEAK6 Software Engineer or experience what life is like as a developer at PEAK6



 

Benefits

At PEAK6 we’ve created a company that not only does great work, it’s also a great place to work. PEAK6 employees enjoy the generous health, vision, and dental insurance plans and matching 401(k) programs you’d expect from a company consistently rated one of “Chicago’s Best and Brightest Employers.” And, then some.

  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Sabbatical Program
  • Backup Childcare
  • Adoption Assistance
  • Family Leave
  • Health & Wellness Initiatives
  • Massage Therapists
  • Free beverages & snacks


But we also believe in work/life balance. We invest in a very full social calendar that includes:

  • Game nights and poker challenges
  • Top-shelf firm parties and social events
  • Movie screenings
  • Seasonal sports leagues
  • Weekly Yoga
  • Charitable efforts

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    I worked at PEAK6 Investments full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I worked at Peak6 for more than 5 years. A lot of the people there were great. They really hire talent. From department to department, there were people who really knew their job.

    Cons

    After a while, it seemed like decisions weren't as well thought out. Direction of the firm and side projects didn't go as well as the core business.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees more in regards to how to grow the business.

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PEAK6 Investments Interviews

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    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at PEAK6 Investments (New York, NY) in March 2017.

    Interview

    Two interviews on campus, followed a few days later by an interview with the organization's president. The first round of interviews was easy, but the second was tough, as it focused largely on weaknesses and failures.

    Interview Questions

    • What complaints would your staff have about you as a manager?   Answer Question
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PEAK6 Investments Awards & Accolades

  • Top 100 Workplaces, Chicago Tribune, 2012
  • 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For™, 2012
  • Crain's Coolest Chicago Offices, Crain's Chicago Business, 2011
  • 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For, 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For, 2010
  • 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in Chicago, 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For, 2009
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