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Citadel Employee Reviews about "fast paced"

Updated Oct 3, 2019

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Citadel CEO Ken Griffin
Ken Griffin
176 Ratings
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  • "smart people, meritocracy, room for advancement(in 34 reviews)

  • "Fast paced environment with no(minimal) red tape(in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Fast Paced, Lots of Responsibilities"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Citadel full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Citadel is a great place to work for someone without too much experience in the industry. You can make an impact right away and have ownership over your projects. This comes with more responsibilities and you get to interact with the stakeholders of your work. Having ownership means that you can see your project from initial design through to production. Since the people that use the software that you build are... internal clients, you get feedback constantly, resulting in a fast paced iteration process. You will be learning alot really quickly and get to develop not only technical skills, but also communication, leadership, and financial skills. teams are generally pretty small and generally collaborative. The company has a very flat sturcture and results oriented. As a junior developer, quant, or trader, you have many opportunities to interact with leaders in management across different functions.

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    Cons

    Citadel is split among different businesses. As an engineer, you will be supporting traders and researchers who generate money for those businesses. Not all the businesses have the same culture and thus team experiences could differ. This also means that there will be a team with a business need and culture that you will find compelling. Some teams' work life balance isn't too great and do work very long hours.... Usually it is because the projects they work on are very time sensitive and high margin. Turnover is relatively high as some new people may not fit in well with the team and/or business.

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    Advice to Management

    Try to keep more of the talent that you spend so much money to recruit for. Very smart and talented people have left due to internal politics and bad team/business fit.

    Citadel2019-10-04
  2. "Great place to learn, grow and have an impact"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Manager 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Citadel full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Work with the brightest developer and business partners in the industry - Fast paced environment with no(minimal) red tape. - Software developers have more than enough decision making power to make impact - Interesting problems to solve both on the technical and business front.

    Cons

    - Not for everybody. It is a fast paced environment where the standards are high. If you like that its a great place to work. All you colleagues are high performing individuals so the same is expected from you.

    Citadel2019-10-02
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    "Fast-paced environment with great co-workers"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Citadel full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    * Fast-paced - expectations are high, and there is always plenty of work to be done * Autonomous - developers have the opportunity and responsibility to prioritize and make decisions without micromanagement * Team members - coworkers are driven, reliable, skilled, and flexible/understanding * Interesting business - working in finance presents interesting problems to solve

    Cons

    * Difficulty of working remote - work station is a desktop, not a laptop, so working remotely requires RDP onto Windows machine, even though primary development machine is a Mac * High turnover - bad for morale and leads to being understaffed at times

    Citadel2019-08-08
  4. Helpful (1)

    "The challenges of a startup with unlimited resources"

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    Current Employee - Data Engineering Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Citadel full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Citadel provides a challenging fast-paced environment that combines the best features of a startup and a larger player. There is a large degree of autonomy in technical decision-making and architecture choices, and there is an emphasis on being able to contribute as widely and cross-functionally as possible, typical of startup environments where you have to "wear many hats." This always leaves one feeling like there... is never a shortage of learning opportunities. At the same time, there are a large amount of resources to lean on, spanning compute infrastructure, data ingestion, infosec, etc. It is very straightforward to feel your impact on and stay connected to the business, as projects require direct and ongoing communication with stakeholders and are designed from the onset to be quantitatively measurable. I highly recommend the company for any self-motivated engineer or analyst who cares about being able to assess the effect of their contributions all the way to alpha generation and P&L.

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    Cons

    The amount of knowledge within the organization is staggering and sometimes makes you feel like you are drinking from an information firehose. Nevertheless, finance is at a stage where this assimilation of information is a necessary precondition for success, so being able to acclimate to this environment leaves one more resilient and versatile in the end, and acts as a career amplifier at Citadel and in the industry... as a whole. There is some need for information barriers that is inherent to the industry, but despite these necessities management is always transparent and keeps you informed about the broader picture and organization-wide initiatives.

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    Citadel2019-08-08
  5. Helpful (4)

    "Like a Start-Up But With Money"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Citadel full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Fast-paced, productive, and result-oriented environment - Interesting work: both from a finance perspective (constantly evolving trading strategies, asset classes, etc) and pure technology perspective (solving real scalability and resiliency problems) - Technology is deeply respected and tech culture is long-term focused - Very horizontal. Everyone contributes. Thin "management layer" - Little to no "face... time" requirements, as long as you get your work done - Compensation is good for the industry - Free food

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    Cons

    - Path for growth isn't obvious due to very horizontal structure - "Crunch time" isn't common, but can be stressful and time consuming - Can be competitive

    Citadel2019-07-01
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Quantitative Developer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Citadel full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Fast paced environment - Ample learning opportunities and encouragement to take on greater responsibilities - Ability to take on impactful projects from day 1 - Really enjoyable colleagues who are some of the smartest in the industry - Generous compensation In general, there are some reviews about how terrible of a working environment Citadel is, but I highly disagree. There is, if anything, a much more... collaborative environment than I have seen at other companies. Also, work-life balance is not nearly as bad as people would seem. Especially out of New York, the workday is nothing more than other finance companies and very similar to what you would see at similar positions in the most competitive tech companies.

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    Cons

    - Since everyone is very talented and ambitious at Citadel, upward mobility is a little harder than at smaller hedgefunds or at less reputable companies. Not a huge deal, just worth mentioning.

    Citadel2019-06-14
  7. "Over all good"

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    Current Employee - Infrastructure Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Citadel full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fast paced culture, get an opportunity to works with very bright people around you

    Cons

    Employees must be capable of handling stressful situations

    Citadel2019-06-13
  8. "Intense Place"

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    Current Intern - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Citadel for less than a year

    Pros

    You are surrounded by some of the smartest people in the business world. You learn a lot in a very short period of time. The Chicago office is also very nice.

    Cons

    The culture is intense and fast paced. It is very easy to get overwhelmed with all the things that are thrown at you at the beginning of the internship.

    Citadel2019-05-18
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent organization to learn, be challenged and grow your career."

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Citadel full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    (1) Great place to learn, challenge yourself, develop and take your career to the next level. Surrounded by the strongest talent in the industry, it’s a demanding fast paced environment with commitment to excellence. This In turn raises your game, awareness, self-development, hunger and drive. Given lots of autonomy in a meritocracy, where there is a "get things done" attitude. (2) Have had various different... roles/opportunities to be continuously grown and challenged; developed a career path here in the last 9yrs, I’ve been empowered to succeed by supportive mentors and leaders. Given the tools, support and guidance and every resource available to succeed. (3) There is a strong sense of work ethic, drive. Assigned to the most impactful projects that help drive the business. A lot is expected from you and if you deliver there is great opportunity. You get to see the impact of your contributions to bring revenue to the organization, which i find extremely motivating and empowering. (4) Highly collaborative environment with great learning and development resources (Tech Talks, Town Halls, Speaker Series, Financial training, programming language courses, latest technology platform’s training etc)

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    Cons

    None that come to mind.

    Citadel2019-02-24
  10. "Great place to work with great benefits"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer 

    I worked at Citadel full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Fast paced collaborative work environment.

    Cons

    Can be stressful at times.

    Citadel2019-01-30
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