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Updated Jan 13, 2022

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3.8
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Pros
  • "Good team, work with smart people(in 20 reviews)

  • "Akuna is a place that pushes you to be at your best(in 15 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Full time employees definitely work somewhat long hours(in 10 reviews)

  • "The upper management are all arrogant click traders who want to play fintech make-believe(in 10 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Data team is super great

      Jan 13, 2022 - Data Infrastructure Engineer in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Flexible WFH policy Competitive Salary Never on-call Friendly teammates Very good place for new grads

      Cons

      Some projects are very challenging.

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    2. 5.0
      Former Employee

      good

      Nov 29, 2021 - NONE in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      very nice smart and good people

      Cons

      tough and you will work hard

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    3. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Quants stay away

      Aug 29, 2021 - Quantitative Researcher 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Little work to do if you know tricks to please the upper management.

      Cons

      100% trader driven environment. No systematic strategies by industry standards. So-called automated trading is a propaganda to fool junior people and candidates. Projects are created to fetch resources and fuel political fights. Devs are mobilized for developing barely tested strategies. Everything is promising but nothing is working. Claimed to be cooperative but effectively silo. Deteriorating transparency and suppressing bad news. You will find people and teams disappeared for no reason if periodically checking the name list of employee. Pay is probably acceptable for your first year (if you can't get any offer from other firms) but will not grow---This is reasonable given the profitability of those "strategies". Stay away if you want to gain any meaningful experience and pursue a quant career.

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      17 people found this review helpful
    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Great place to work

      Jul 21, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Great office in Chicago - Flexible WFO/WFH arrangements and work hours for a trading firm - Benefits are constantly being improved (most recently with increased vacation and full payment of all health insurance). - Exciting and fast-paced work. Have loved my time here.

      Cons

      Honestly cannot think of many. Potentially more time off around the holidays but this is due to market/banks hours so would see this at any competitor.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    5. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Treat HD like garbage

      Sep 1, 2021 - IT Help Desk in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Food Office space Some people are fun to hang with

      Cons

      -always fear of losing job -when helping upper management they just stare at you like if your stupid when trying to explain something. -nepotism is huge at this place! -HR reps don’t care get mad when you ask questions about policy or bring something up basically try to run you out -no it person has been there for more than a year

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    6. 1.0
      Current Employee

      Experienced Employees are Trash to them.

      Oct 10, 2020 - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Certain teams are good to be in. Reasonable WFH policy. Still has some smart people around, despite growing number of resignations.

      Cons

      Senior management has serious issues. Does not value the mid-level employees, which do the bulk of the work, applies to all departments, Devs, Quant, Trading. They rather hire fresh juniors for higher compensation than keeping current employees happy, despite juniors being trained by current employees. CEO doesn't know what he's doing, fires 4 CTOs within 2 years, tried to become CTO himself despite having little understanding of the development side. Implements policies after reading a book, leading to bureaucratic clutter that does not solve underlying issues. Morale across almost all departments and teams very low. Next year's bonus will make or break this company, coming mass exodus of mid-levels if bonus expectations aren't met, especially after how trash the bonus this year was due to improper company management. Resignations already slowly happening across the Dev and Quant teams despite a banner year across trading firms. No base salary during non-compete mentioned below is true. Penny-pinching in the wrong places. Disregard a lot of the blatantly positive reviews below, many from HR and recruiting department, or recruiting asking people to post positive reviews. Large number of recent negative reviews from both current and former employees paint an accurate picture of where this company is at.

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      30 people found this review helpful
    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great Place to Work

      May 27, 2021 - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good Life Balance, Good Management, Good Coworkers

      Cons

      Not use a lot of new technologies

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      hi performance

      May 27, 2021 - Trader in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      flexible, good training and systems, strong recent performance, growth

      Cons

      growth can sometimes feel hectic

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    9. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Like the Whitehouse

      Nov 17, 2020 - Software Developer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good place to learn the industry, fast-paced, some nice people.

      Cons

      The parallels are striking with the WH (the current occupants!): - Entirely transactional relationships at the top - Pervasive nepotism (see other comments on this, there are many) - Sycophants surround the senior management, basically an echo chamber where its impossible to break through the accepted wisdom - Negative feedback is ignored, or actively punished - No empathy - High turnover at all levels Not exclusive to this firm but there is a huge pay disparity between the do-ers and the management/founders. Its understood that they were there first and its 'their money' but that's not how you build loyalty and it's not a long term strategy. If you're willing to live with all of this, and even embrace it I'm sure you'll do well, but at what cost? Be wary of the reviews that obviously are sanctioned from within, often it seems in response to a negative one. Just ask yourself this, which is more likely to be fabricated - the 5 star glowing review or the 1 or 2 star critical review?

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      35 people found this review helpful
    10. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Good place to be a jr dev!

      Mar 3, 2021 - Software Developer in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Pretty good work/life balance for the industry. There is too much work, but it's generally acceptable to push the work instead of increasing hours. Vacation is respected - Jr devs learn quickly - Business seems good

      Cons

      - Deep seated structural issues. Most teams are overloaded. Everyone is so overloaded, it seems teams/people turn against each other at times leading to generally toxic environment - Management undervalues opinions from outside hires. Promotions are based on tenure, relationships and continuity with the "akuna" way - Management decisions are usually reactive and short sighted - Politics galore

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      5 people found this review helpful
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    AKUNA CAPITAL has an overall rating of 3.8 out of 5, based on over 190 reviews left anonymously by employees. 71% of employees would recommend working at AKUNA CAPITAL to a friend and 72% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has improved by 25% over the last 12 months.

    According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, AKUNA CAPITAL employees rate their compensation and benefits as 3.8 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at AKUNA CAPITAL. This rating has improved by 20% over the last 12 months.

    71% of AKUNA CAPITAL employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated AKUNA CAPITAL 3.8 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.6 for culture and values and 3.7 for career opportunities.

    According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at AKUNA CAPITAL to be benefits, culture, career development and the cons to be work life balance, management, senior leadership.

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