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Updated March 15, 2017
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DRW Founder & CEO Donald R. Wilson, Jr.
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Pros
  • Great perks: free breakfast and lunch, massages, phone, laptop, wine tastings, outings (in 9 reviews)

  • Decent work / life balance for finance (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • this company expects you to work long hours for them and they require am intern course (in 5 reviews)

  • Expenses can run pretty high for the traders (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Good"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Trader in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Trader in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learned about trading fundamentals which was a great compliment to ones quantitative/data analytical skills

    Cons

    Compensation isn't that competitive, can be hard to move up.

    DRW Response

    Feb 9, 2017 – Recruiting Manager

    We’re happy to hear your experience at DRW was positive. We try to support employees to grow within DRW - through different strategies, products, systems or roles - but there is always opportunity ... More


  2. "Poorly Managed Arrogant People"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Trader Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Trader Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DRW (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lot of Cash if you have ideas

    Cons

    so much politics, partners and managers so arrogant , ridiculous turn over

    DRW Response

    Nov 21, 2016 – Recruiting Manager

    Thank you for providing your feedback. We’re disappointed to hear about your experience. While we don’t feel it represents the experience of most DRW employees, we do take the feedback very ... More


  3. "Awesome Place!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Wireless Engineer Project Management in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Wireless Engineer Project Management in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    To many to count! High Moral,Great Team, Great Support. People there really know what they are doing! Free breakfast & lunch as well. People are willing to help you.

    Cons

    Really there are no Cons here. Just a great company to work for, if your willing to commit.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. This is an awesome place. I wish i were back at the company.

    DRW Response

    Nov 21, 2016 – Recruiting Manager

    Thank you for your input. We’re proud of the results-driven and supportive environment that we’ve built at DRW, but most of the credit goes to our employees. They have developed and nurtured the ... More


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trader in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Trader in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at DRW full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people. Great benefits. game room is awesome. If you work under a great partner, you're blessed.

    Cons

    If you're stuck in a bad group, you better leave the firm.

    Advice to Management

    Lower expenses please.


  6. "Smart & passionate"

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    • 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 DRW full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people here are really smart and passionate about what they do - and driven to succeed. It's definitely a place where you're rewarded for working hard and delivering. The partners care about the firm and employees. Great perks and benefits, and good commitment to philanthropy.

    Cons

    Because the firm is still trying to adjust to being large, decision making at the top isn't always smooth.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work so far."

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    • 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 DRW full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Trading side: Well-known and respected firm in fixed income, commodity, and currencies. Work with some very intelligent and passionate traders, software engineers, quants. Very aggressive, forward-thinking firm that is willing to put capital toward trading ideas as long as you have done your research.

    Company side: Free breakfast and lunch everyday, unlimited healthy snacks and drinks. Good compensation and lots of benefits if you are interested in opting-in. Lots of company events like developer speaker series, poker nights, chess, yoga classes, chair massage, wine tasting, etc. They are not stingy and is willing to spend money to keep their employees happy and healthy.

    Cons

    Sometimes the hours are long and it can get pretty grueling. Expenses can run pretty high for the traders.

    Advice to Management

    Don't stop innovating to staying on top.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Trading operations"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trading Operations in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Trading Operations in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Surrounded by very bright people pushing you to do better. Great free breakfast and lunch, solid benefits

    Cons

    long hours, high pressure job, but not unlike others in industry. Opportunities to move around can be slim. Fairly high turnover


  9. "Great Place to Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Accounting Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Accounting Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I was given plenty of opportunity to do meaningful work as an accounting intern. The accounting team helped me get acclimated and learn while allowing me to actually contribute. Along with the free meals, casual dress code and generally relaxed environment, it was a great place to work.

    Cons

    The relatively small size of the accounting department makes it hard to say what future career opportunities DRW will have - but this is also an advantage for an intern because you get the chance to really know everyone.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "DRW Trading"

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    Former Employee - Trader in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Trader in Chicago, IL

    I worked at DRW (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good culture and benefits. Food everyday is a good perk. Decent health care options. Results based environment allows the best people to succeed.

    Cons

    The environment can be very stressful at times. Employees must constantly prove themselves. There could be more of a training program.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. Employee morale is very important so keeping them happy will allow the company to succeed in the future.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "trader"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Trader in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Trader in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at DRW full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    pay is good hard to beat

    Cons

    long hours and constant pressure


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