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Updated November 18, 2018
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DRW Founder & CEO Donald R. Wilson, Jr.
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "A rare combo of smart + professional + nice"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DRW full-time

    Pros

    When I went through the recruiting process, I was impressed by the level of intelligence of each person I met, and then realized I also just enjoyed talking with each of them. As someone who has worked in several different fintech and trading firms, I've come to appreciate that having colleagues you LIKE is a huge bonus. It was part of the reason I said yes to coming here, and it's proven a smart decision each day since. It's hard to find a blend of smart, driven and nice, but DRW actively recruits for exactly that combination, and whatever they are doing, it is working.

    As a working mom, it's also been refreshing to experience how supportive the firm has been in enabling me to manage and accelerate my career while also having the flexibility to manage my other priorities. It appears this mentality holds true whatever those "other" priorities are -- family, a passion project, etc. The people here are celebrated not just for what they bring directly to their jobs but also for the other things that make them tick.

    It's also fun to be at a place with a proven track-record and a lot of success that is still constantly innovating and seeking new opportunities. It's a dynamic place that welcomes new ideas -- from every level -- and gives bold ideas the oxygen they need to thrive where it makes sense.

    And of course, as you'd expect, the technology/hardware/perks are all awesome.

    Cons

    Growing pains that come with our global expansion and diversification can be a bit turbulent.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on the things that make DRW special, especially as we navigate the challenges and opportunities that come with the substantial growth (including acquisitions) the firm has experienced in the last couple of years.


  2. "Challenging (in a good way) Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DRW full-time

    Pros

    Dedicated, extremely intelligent people across the board. Great people in general from the top down. Solid innovative work is generally recognized and rewarded.

    Cons

    Expectations can be hard to meet at times and the goalposts can move. It feels less familial as the company has grown.

  3. "Great place to work"

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    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 DRW full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly, casual, surrounded by smart people who care about what they do

    Cons

    Teams are somewhat broken up so you have to actively get to know people on other teams if you want to


  4. "Trading Analyst Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very interesting, actually useful projects/work

    Cons

    Nothing stood out in a negative manner


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Lacking in tech innovation, can't attract top tier talent."

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    Former Employee - Trader
    Former Employee - Trader
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DRW full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People are nice, not very high stress

    Cons

    Given that the current state of tech is moving into AI, DRW is definitely lagging at attracting top talent.

    Places like Two Sigma, HRT, Jump, Citadel, etc. are very strongly embracing AI and have amazing presence, which makes them attract high caliber PhD students, smart undergrads, etc. who then tell their smart friends, and it becomes a virtuous cycle.

    Leaving DRW doesn't really give much credential in exit options - aside from a few trading firms, nobody seems to care that you've worked at DRW. Tech doesn't care and won't put you in interesting roles such as machine learning, and other well-known firms don't really care either from interviews.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in machine learning and stop looking like a frat-house, or your only options will be hiring average employees. Other places don't hire smart people (from competitions, PhDs, etc.) because the work will always involve what they did. It's because it gives great reputation for hiring smart friends as well.

    DRW Response

    Sep 4, 2018 – Global Head of Talent Acquisition

    Attracting smart people who are good colleagues and creating a balanced workplace are high priorities at DRW. We’re glad that was your experience. We also agree AI and machine learning have a role in... More


  6. "I enjoy working with some of the smartest ppl in the city."

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

    I have been working at DRW full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Smart ppl, caring atmosphere, interesting problems

    Cons

    Not really any I can think of

    DRW Response

    Sep 4, 2018 – Global Head of Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for sharing your experience at DRW. We’re happy to hear you enjoy the people and the work at our organization.


  7. "Employee in Chicago, IL"

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    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 DRW full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Casual environment, great people to work with, and a collaborative and fast-paced environment (no two days are the same)

    Cons

    None, keep up the great work!

    Advice to Management

    None

    DRW Response

    Aug 13, 2018 – Global Head of Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on Glassdoor. We’re happy to hear that you’re enjoying your time at DRW.

  8. "Technical strength and open communication"

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

    I have been working at DRW full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome pay and benefits, strong colleagues who are driven and results-oriented but in a laid-back manner(typically). Over my time I have seen some great engineers leave DRW. Though the present talent, and the draw for skilled, and pragmatic developers to join us remains exceptionally strong. I learn a ton from my colleagues. Open communication across teams and the software culture is making a comeback. I'm excited about our potential and wouldn't consider a change for the foreseeable future.

    Cons

    Nothing standing out. Nice to have more sponsored restaurant/bar/etc outings for internal teams.

    Advice to Management

    Retain the employees that helped make DRW what it is, and from my point of view - specifically senior network, security, and software engineers throughout the organization.

    DRW Response

    Jun 13, 2018 – Global Head of Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for sharing your positive experience at DRW. Open communication and a strong culture are two areas of focus for us, and we’re glad you have seen a positive result. We’ll continue to think... More


  9. "Great Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DRW full-time

    Pros

    Great environment to work in. Everyone is very respectful of each other.

    Cons

    I can't think of any.

    DRW Response

    May 7, 2018 – Global Head of Talent Acquisition

    Thank you, we appreciate you taking time to share your experience at DRW on Glassdoor.


  10. "Great company to work for!"

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    Current Employee - Cash Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Cash Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DRW full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    DRW is an amazing company to work for. It has plenty of perks (free breakfasts and lunches, wine tastings on Fridays, company provided cell phones, cool DRW logo gear, and many more!) It's a pleasure to work with super knowledgeable co-workers and managers. Everyone is down to earth and chilled. Very laid back atmosphere. Jeans every day. Very happy to be a part of this amazing culture!

    Cons

    None at the time of review

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

    DRW Response

    May 7, 2018 – Global Head of Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for sharing your experience at DRW on Glassdoor. We’re pleased to know you are supported and happy in your role.


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