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Crabel Capital Management Reviews

Updated November 28, 2017
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "great place to work but only if you are self motivated and driven individual"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Crabel Capital Management full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Crabel offers great compensation and opportunity to learn new concepts and technologies. It's a great place for self motivated individuals to advance and thrive in this environment. What I like really about Crabel is that leadership of the company is not playing too safe. Management makes bold calculated decisions to improve the company, even though it may appear to a regular person with lack of vision that these decisions are not right.

    Cons

    You need to be self driven to seek out and capture the opportunities in Crabel Capital. Nobody is going to hold your hand on every step. If you are the kind of individual that requires micro-management, constant supervision, and being told what to do every step of the way, Crabel may not be the right fit for you.

    Advice to Management

    I worked in Crabel for over 16 years. There had been some period of instability and changes in senior management. However, these changes worked out for the better of the company. In fact, in the past 7 years since Crabel established its core business in LA, every change I observed has been an improvement toward the future of the company and its employees. More importantly, now Crabel has the best senior management in the company than what I have seen over the previous years working in Crabel. Not only does the management cares about the company, but it also continuously seeks and makes improvements. These changes are very balanced which make Crabel great today and will make Crabel great in the future. Crabel is a great environment to learn and grow your career, but only if you are a competent professional. If you are just looking to pass time and get a pay check, then Crabel is not a good fit for you.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Worth a shot to get your foot in the door of FinTech"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Century City, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Century City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Crabel Capital Management full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Crabel would be a great firm to work if you are new to the hedge fund industry. The environment is low stress because they are not doing sophisticated development from a computer science perspective. It would be a great opportunity to get your foot in the door of FinTech and not be overwhelmed - although you would have to really apply yourself outside of work to enhance your marketability for that day you leave the company. And they have seen their share of departures over the last year. Several were core employees, not just the 4 or 5 who were just there to draw a paycheck. (Although I question their hiring practices would be that bad).

    However the company is not very interesting if you are looking to stay on the leading edge of FinTech. The team is easily distracted with trivial computer science issues. For example, several meetings I have attended degraded into arguing over the meaning of Unit Testing versus Integration Testing. Let’s just say the company loves employees that do not think outside the box but can crank out bug fixes and trivial improvements to the existing infrastructure. In fact, there are several employees that have been here for over 10 years who are still in the same role and still not driving the direction of the company. Yes - the company loves employees who don’t question the way things have worked since the company left Wisconsin several years ago, and in many ways it still feels like you are working for a mid-level software company in the Midwest. I think this follows from the company motto of “Humble Roots”. They do have great lunch options, fantastic health benefits, and a great work/life balance - and LA weather is very nice. This is a company that might be worth a shot for the person that is not very ambitious and just looking to draw a paycheck.

    Cons

    There really is no opportunity to contribute advanced thinking or methods into their system, and the company is not really looking for that either. You might read reviews to the contrary, but in my opinion MUST be written either by management spoofing as a regular employee, or the paradoxical driven, ambitious, self-motivated employee who is still praising management after 16 years (in other words apparently this employee wasn't driven enough after 16 years to advance to management).

  3. Helpful (3)

    "There have been a lot of departures at Crabel"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Crabel Capital Management full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I thought it was a good company, but follow the rats

    Cons

    Not sure what is going on but there have been a lot of departures. 1 or 2 leaving could be due to 'just wanting to pull a paycheck', but as the count grows you wonder what else is going on.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work for the entrepreneurial minded"

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    Current Employee - Operations in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Operations in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Crabel Capital Management full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent environment to learn, grow and develop for an entrepreneurial minded individual. Senior Leadership is very approachable and deeply cares about the employees and the business. Problem solving complex subject matter, forward thinking and taking ownership of your role will help you to excel at Crabel.

    Cons

    If you are unaware of the HF industry the hours can be long, resources can be constrained. It can be difficult to be disconnected from the HQ in LA. Communication can be improved and this has been an area of focus for the leadership team.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on diversifying the product lines and giving your high performing employee’s chances to grow through additional responsibilities and roles.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to learn stuff, but not for long term"

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    Former Employee - Equity Research Intern in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Equity Research Intern in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Crabel Capital Management (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good life-work balance. Free lunch. People are nice.

    Cons

    Milwaukee is not a very good place to live.


  6. "Summer Quantitative Researcher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Nice and talented people. Open and flexible working pattern

    Cons

    no systematic training and in some cases you are all by your own


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Not a long term position"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Crabel Capital Management (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, free lunches, bonuses.

    Cons

    Lack of management, no opportunity for growth, beuacracy

  8. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Trader in Fond du Lac, WI
    Former Employee - Trader in Fond du Lac, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Crabel Capital Management (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It's a good place to work. I learned an absolute ton of stuff on how markets works.

    Cons

    They take advantage of the night guys. If your already in the seat it's easier to have that person stay than to have someone take over.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and take what they have to say to heart. Most people truly care about how the company does.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Not a place you want to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Crabel Capital Management full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits (do not get pulled in by this)

    Cons

    Poor mangers, lack leadership, bad work environment, lack transparency, hire but do not train, directors are unapproachable, no room for growth or advancement. People stay for the money but are not happy or proud to work there.

    Advice to Management

    Get some good leadership, invest in your employees, build a culture and values. Top management should listen to employees and keep an open door.