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Chicago Trading Company Reviews

Updated February 1, 2017
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  1. "Excellent Company!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Trading Assistant Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Trading Assistant Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Chicago Trading Company full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    CTC has an awesome atmosphere - fun and friendly and provides all of the office perks of a tech company. Would recommend to anyone.

    Cons

    Can't think of a con off the top of my head. Hours are not terrible depending on what group you are working with. Much better than similar paying finance jobs for hours


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Trader"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Trader in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Trader in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Chicago Trading Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Free Lunch Program
    - Good perks and company events
    - Decent Compensation

    Cons

    - Increasingly Bureaucratic
    - Very political
    - Not the same firm as when I started
    - Advancement seems limited unless you are a partner
    - Individual performance not as important as the firm performance (pro or a con)
    - Much of your pay is salary rather than bonus.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Highest job satisfaction to date"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Trading Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great perks, benefits
    Good autonomy - management delegates well and lets engineers own products and tasks
    Enjoyable work atmosphere - friendly, open and collaborative
    Training opportunities

    Cons

    None that I can think of.
    Some growing pains, but nothing concerning.
    I wish I lived closer to work to join in on evening outings more easily.

    Advice to Management

    It's refreshing how focused and organized we are as an organization, all due to top down priorities. Keep it up.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trader in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Trader in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Trading Company full-time

    Pros

    Great team environment. Company focus of maximizing strengths of employees all the way down to junior level. Good opportunity and lack of bureaucracy.

    Cons

    Financial industry can be competitive and extremely redundant. Certain roles have repetitive focus with no true end goal.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on changing and expanding roles of employees who have potential in different areas. Be open to new ideas on a trial basis.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Easy going"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Trading Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Love the office environment and managements positive attitude make working here a pleasure.

    Cons

    Deadlines can be moved up arbitrarily and without reason.

    Advice to Management

    Stay positive.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Trading Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Has a great team environment. The atmosphere is relaxed, but employees are serious about doing well. People are very friendly. Good education department.

    Cons

    Just like most trading firms, market activity can dictate work hours. Some unexpected time periods can require extended work hours.

    Advice to Management

    Remove legacy systems and move onto newer, more current and cutting edge technologies that are available in the industry. Don't be afraid to experiment and take risks.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Infrastructure manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Infrastructure Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Infrastructure Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Trading Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They definitely espect employees. Good training program. They provide a great work/life balance. Very good communication across the firm- limited siloing, you're involved in real projects to work on. On the misc side, lunch provided every day, with all the coffee/tea/soda you can drink.

    Cons

    Long days can be a drag- part of the financial market though.

  8. "Best job in my 20 year career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Trading Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Treated with respect and given freedom to work and not be micro-managed. Free lunchs is a great perk and overall a great office to work out of.

    Cons

    Some people may find the ability to move up in rank limiting. I'd argue that as a minimum it would be a well respected entry on your resume if you are looking to move up the ladder elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to give people space to work and evalaute new products and processes.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "software engineering intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good food and view of the office

    Cons

    too far away form where i live


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Top Proprietary Trading Firm in Chicago"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work with smart people
    CTC Education / training program
    Free lunch and breakfast
    Beautiful spacious office
    Competitive compensation
    Meritocratic culture
    Work hard with reasonable hours - great work/life balance
    Mostly supportive management

    Cons

    At times, management may overreach

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees to do the right thing


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